Maryland voters, whether pro-life or pro-abortion, need to study S.B. 162 (which will be voted on in a referendum in November). The Sun would do its readers a tremendous service by publishing the legislation in its entirety.
Those wishing a copy of the bill may request it from the Department of Legislative Reference, 90 State Circle, Annapolis, 21401.
milie J. Taber
Caspar Weinberger is the latest to have been selected by special prosecutor Lawrence E. Walsh to play Jean Valjean to his, Mr. Walsh's, Javert. Nothing in recent history so parallels Victor Hugo's "Les Miserables" -- the relentless pursuit of a crime by an over-zealous fanatical "servant of the law."
Sadly in the current production, a 5 1/2 -year-in-the-making super spectacular $30 million epic, the cost is being borne by ordinary taxpayers to satisfy the political yearnings of a Democratic Congress, which wants nothing more than to destroy the image of a former very popular Republican president and a sitting Republican president who just happens to be running for re-election.
The Iran-Contra affair threatens no one, but the possibility of a Republican winning the White House threatens the Democratic Party, and that is why we have $30 million wasted in a futile vendetta so enthusiastically pursued by liberal Democrats in the so-called House of Representatives.
Stanley M. Bell Jr.
Your newspaper's articles on the Baltimore city public schools have been completely honest and fair.
Having grown up in the city and in its schools, I felt a loyalty to give them a fair opportunity to educate my son. He went to what is supposed to be a better elementary school (Mount Washington) and briefly attended what is supposed to be one of the better middle schools (Fallstaff).
After entering Dumbarton Middle in Baltimore County, it was quickly clear that he lacked basic skills in math, English and studying habits. These weaknesses had been masked by good grades given to him in the city.
Having observed both city and county classes myself, I have witnessed a lack of initiative on the part of the administration and teachers in the city. At his elementary school graduation, the principal spoke of the students' needs to be satisfied with limited goals since they could not all be doctors or other types of professionals. My son is now enjoying a positive academic and ** extracurricular program in Baltimore County.
The poor quality of education he received in Baltimore City was the result of low expectations and lack of imagination on the part of teachers and administrators who were unable to figure out how to make use of the resources and eager students and parents they had at their disposal.
Robert L. Schwartz
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke maintains that removing his daughter from Roland Park Elementary School (The Sun, June 17) is not a hypocritical action on his part.
He gives no specific reason for this. But possibly one reason might be the "third world look" of the grounds in front of the school, where the daily litter shows above the red earth and the few strands of grass beside the remaining scrawny hedge.
Since image is so important nowadays and since the mayor and the city have been unable to keep the grounds of this school presentable, as an alumnus of this school, I call on:
1. Alumni to donate funds to plant grass on these grounds and have mature hedges (preferably barberry) planted around the walkways.
2. Additional alumni funds be given for perpetual maintenance.
3. Mayor Schmoke to sow the first seeds and plant the first barberry bush as a means of maintaining the image.
L This alumnus is prepared to donate funds for such a project.
N. W. Reid
Too Much Shame
Do I detect a cliche in your June 17 Letters to the Editor section?
I found three instances: "Shame on George Bush and Dan Quayle . . .," "Shame on Perot . . ." and "Shame on network television . . ."
It was my privilege, recently, to have been present when Otis Warren formally announced the start of work on the City Crescent project.
When Mr. Warren, who is African American, stated that without the involvement and commitment of his partners, David Evans ** and Stephen Garchik of the Evans Company, Crescent City would not have been possible, it occurred to me that we were witnessing something of great importance. Mr. Evans and Mr. Garchik are both white. There is a vital lesson here for us all.
Through these acts of free association and choice, as is so characteristic of our democratic and pluralistic society, Messrs. Warren, Evans and Garchik stepped into history.
At the same time, this unique trio did boldly and, I think, courageously take the aims of affirmative action and related programs to their logical and intended conclusion: African Americans achieving -- on merit -- an equity and mainstream business position.
The City Crescent project was a not a "set aside." Otis Warren and his associates competed on the open market and won.
Against the backdrop of recent events in Los Angeles and other U.S. cities, the achievements of Otis Warren take on even greater significance and proportion.
If others would replicate what Messrs. Warren, Evans and Garchik are doing, we would make tremendous progress in solving some of the ills of society.
Let us normalize relations between each other. Governments are doing it. Why can't we?
Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Warren, Mr. Evans and Mr. Garchik for demonstrating the best kind of leadership of all, leadership by example.
Robert E. Greene
Three Gripes from Orioles Fans
It's a shame that the Orioles have to charge admission to view our new ballpark at Camden Yards even when the team is on the road.
If the money were to go to a fund for school books or sports equipment, that would be fine with the public. But for the money to go into the coffers of the ball club is not really necessary.
There are numerous companies and plants that offer free admission so that visitors can enjoy important sites.
The Sun's baseball writers have finally discovered the bum deal that ordinary-income but loyal Orioles baseball fans have got because of the sparsity of good pay-as-you-go seats at the new stadium.
For 15 years my daughters and I made three treks a year from Western Maryland to see our favorite team. Now we can barely see the main field of action during the single trip that our budget can stand.
I've always resisted any attachment to the Pirates in Pittsburgh, whose park rests an equal distance from home as Oriole Park at Camden Yards. I may not have much choice now but to cultivate one. Pittsburgh has a skyline, too, and a riverside site.
When I go to a game, I want to see all the play on the field from seats that I can purchase just weeks, perhaps days, in advance. Maybe I can even afford going to the baseball park more than once a season.
The Sun June 11 contains two seemingly unrelated but significant articles.
The first article reports on the Orioles 3-1 win over the Red Sox and notes that the attendance at the game was "the 8th straight standing-room-only crowd and the 16th overall."
The second article on the front page of the paper reports how a coalition of health-care organizations continues to implicate second-hand smoke in fatal lung cancer and now links passive smoking as the cause for "up to 40,000 innocent bystanders" who die each year from heart disease.
For those of us who enjoy taking our families to the Orioles games in now fairly crowded conditions, the aggravation, irritation and now threat to our health from smokers lighting up continuously through the game has become a public health hazard.
The fact that the stadium is an open air arena does not prevent hTC the smoke from wafting back into the non-smokers' face and eyes. Let's go Orioles! Make a decision in favor of the fans' health!
Charles D. Mross
The writer is president of Franklin Square Hospital.