Look behind when the light turns yellow
Let me confess at the outset of this response to your recent editorial, "The red (light) peril" (Evening Sun, Aug. 30), that I have succumbed to the infection that seems to be plaguing more and more motorists in the Baltimore area ' this tendency to try to get through the intersection before the amber light changes to red. Nonetheless, I believe that it is a kind of peril that ought not to be allowed to get any worse.
Not long ago I was going south on Harford Road a bit above the speed limit, I suspect when the light at the intersection ahead began to change. I knew that I couldn't make it through before it turned red, so I began to apply my brakes, only to have the driver of the pick-up behind me swerve around me angrily, because my effort to obey the law caused him a bit of inconvenience.
I'm trying to develop the habit of looking in the rear-vision mirror when I approach intersections as the amber light comes on to make sure that some driver more daring than I doesn't plow into my rear and cause me more expense in property damage and physical harm than a traffic ticket would cost.
With so many of these violations, the revenue gained from stronger enforcement might go a long way toward hiring additional traffic cops. Such violations ought not to be considered minor. Serious accidents can result from ignoring this tendency on the part of motorists.
John A. Mote
A city gone wrong
It was interesting to read Wiley A. Hall III's "There is rot beneath the glitter," reprinted in the Charlotte Observer Aug. 29.
It was interesting because I had just returned from a visit to Baltimore, my hometown, less than a week before. The sickness, violence, fear and apathy endemic to our nation the rot beneath the glitter was forcefully and painfully brought home to me during my visit to the city I dearly love.
The streets of Baltimore were filthy and litter-strewn. The roads were in an unbelievable state of disrepair. A 6-year-old child was gunned down by two sociopaths and a gun-toting 10-year-old boy robbed another child.
To paraphrase Mr. Hall: Where did Baltimore go wrong?
Connor L. Corkran Jr.
Liz Atwood's article, "State agency under fire" (Evening Sun, Aug. 28), reminds me of an old Navy saying: "He's looking through the wrong end of the telescope."
This article ignores one of the important functions of the 'N Maryland International Division (MID), which is to attract foreign capital and business into the state. This "one-stop shop" was instrumental not only in keeping but in expanding our company, a subsidiary of a large German firm which had outgrown its original facility in Maryland and was contemplating a move, possibly to another state. With a few days' work by MID the company was shown a most suitable building and site, to which VTC it is moving next month. The state will benefit by an increase of $8 million in investments and an increase from 55 to over 150 jobs within the next two to three years.
These investments and increase in employment will generate around $10 million a year in goods and services spent in Maryland. In addition, the economic multiplying effect creates 1,000 other jobs, which also reflects directly in larger revenues for the state and communities. Governor William Donald Schaefer is absolutely correct in assigning to the Department of Economic and Employment Development and its international division the job of promoting manufacturing which creates jobs and brings investments to Maryland.
Overall, the U.S. exports less than 10 percent of its gross national product; European countries export around 40 percent of theirs. Why, then, is this article so critical of the activities of MID?
We must look at the world as a marketplace, not retrench and hope that our national economy will continue to sustain our jobs.
The writer is director of Knorr Brake Corp.
Need for institutions
The Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens spends a great deal of money on fund-raising and on lobbying to close state institutions for the mentally retarded money that would be better spent serving the 6,000-plus clients who are on waiting lists for services in the community.
The association also is spreading negative propaganda in regard to the need of some clients for institutional care and is insulting parents who believe in this need. It does this only because it wants for itself the state and federal funds now being expended for institutional care.
It might surprise some who would close the state institutions to know that some parents whose children are in them believe there is a need for them.
The enemy within
I was intrigued by Wiley A. Hall's Sept. 5 column, "Hey, we need a new bogyman." With its demise, the Soviet Union presents perplexing problems for the world's sole surviving "superpower."
To paraphrase Hall: How do we find a much-needed, new world-class bogyman cruel enough to strike terror in the hearts of all free people? The new specter of evil must be perceived as threatening enough to justify continued expansion of our already colossal war machine.
I have plumbed the depths of my mind in quest of a demon to fit these specifications but without luck. In desperation I turned to my magic mirror, asking, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, how can I find the scariest bogyman of all?"
And it replied: "Let you and your countrymen look deeply into this mirror and see: The most fearsome bogyman, by far, is thee."
The March of Dimes would like to clarify confusion expressed by letter writer Lynette Reagan (Forum, Sept. 3) about our new unit of measurement, the milestone.
To accommodate walkers, the spring walk-a-thon was reduced from 22 miles to 15 miles. Thus, the milestone was born as a new method of measurement used to help the March of Dimes raise funds to save babies. Each milestone represents a medical achievement of the March of Dimes, such as the vaccine for polio.
We were sorry to read that Ms. Reagan will not join us in our 6-mile walk on Oct 20 because of the measurement change. We hope, however, that our loyal and dedicated walkers understand the need for adopting a unit of measure that will enable the March of Dimes to raise maximum dollars for improving the health of babies.
J. William Middelton
The writer is chairman of the board of the Baltimore chapter of the March of Dimes.