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THE BALTIMORE SUN

2nd strike for Fair Hill Music Festival

My husband and I purchased advance two-day tickets for the weekend at the Fair Hill Country Music Festival. It was clearly stated on the tickets, "rain or shine."

We also attended the same festival last year and it was a disaster. Fair Hill asked for a second chance to prove itself and promised things would be better.

We came prepared for any kind of weather. It had been raining since Wednesday and all forecasts called for the same conditions to prevail throughout the entire weekend. We sat in driving rain and ankle-deep mud to see the performances. "Rain or shine," remember.

The endless delays to hang makeshift tarps and shuttle equipment to the stage were totally unacceptable. Saturday deteriorated after the first act with each one getting later and later.

The human spirit is strong, but Fair Hill pushed us to the limit. Two strikes and you are out. R.I.P.

Frances V. Wagner

Lutherville

Superb care

This letter is being written to publicly acknowledge the superb medical care received by my mother at the Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

During her stay of seven weeks the genuine care and concern of the doctors, nurses and support staff were unfailing. As family, we were treated with respect and kindness so that throughout the emotional trauma we felt supported and cared for.

All too often, the negatives are voiced. This family would like to voice a loud and clear thank you to all the nursing and support staff on 2 Central at Francis Scott Key Medical Center.

Nancy Stephens

Baltimore

Rational move

We, the readers, are indeed blessed that we have your editorial staff as moral consciences. To take issue with the Jewish community that made a rational decision to hold its ethnic festival in friendlier surroundings, however, is not realistic.

As a non-Jew I can only commend them for the common sense they exhibited in relocating the event in a safer, larger and more accessible location. Also, it made sense to locate in a center of Jewish population since it is obvious they would generate greater interest.

You amateur social scientists who incessantly advocate assimilation beneath the urban umbrella insult the intelligence of your readers.

Baltimore City is averaging better than a murder each night and is very nearly a basket case. Any rational planner with the facts in front of him would make the move to Owings Mils.

You can continue to delude yourselves in the denial of reality and in the pursuit of an urban utopia, but don't berate the planners of the Jewish Festival for a sound business decision.

Joseph L. Bishop

Monkton

Role for McGovern

I can see why former President Nixon was not seen at the Republican convention -- the old crook was probably an embarrassment to Messrs. Bush and Quayle. . .

Ironically, Mr. Nixon's policies, domestic and international, were far more moderate than Mr. Reagan's and Mr. Bush's.

That said, I would have liked to have seen that kind and decent man, George McGovern, at the Democratic Convention.

After all, Bill Clinton was Mr. McGovern's Texas campaign manager in 1972. Mr. McGovern's "Come Home, America" acceptance speech was timely and beautiful.

Hopefully, Mr. Clinton will place the vigorous Mr. McGovern (only two years older than Mr. Bush) in his administration when he wins the presidency.

As for me, I shall take a swig of Ripple, vote for Mr. Clinton and then take a good shower.

Gerald B. Shargel

Reisterstown

Don't use HCFA to judge effectiveness on city issues

I was somewhat bewildered by the absolutist tone of the Aug. 19 Evening Sun editorial entitled, "No advocate for the city." The editorial writer chose to use the Health Care Financing Administration's (HCFA) decision to stay in Woodlawn to measure the effectiveness of Baltimore's congressional delegation's advocacy for the city's interests in the U.S. Congress.

The editorial writer believes that if the Baltimore delegation had worked harder, then Baltimore City would have been awarded the new consolidated HCFA site and the benefit of additional revenue to the city. Such an allegation is without foundation. The Evening Sun interpretation is purely speculation that ignores the record of the city's congressional delegation.

No one ever wants to be placed in the unenviable position of fighting his/her own neighbor over resources and jobs. I have worked very diligently with Mayor Schmoke and the entire Maryland delegation to advocate and ameliorate Baltimore's interests and problems. Together, we have addressed a plethora of issues and have delivered substantial benefits to the city.

Yes, HCFA will remain in Woodlawn. However, I am sure that this issue may resurrect itself again in some form or fashion. One of the wondrous phenomenons of politics is the fact that issues and positions change and leaders must be prepared for such change. I am very surprised that the editorial writer ignored this aspect and chose to use this complex issue to deliver a bleak message to its readers.

The Sun has called for healing and understanding both in the city and throughout America. As urban, rural and suburban communities compete for their place on the American agenda, we must all remember that divisiveness threatens healing and coalition-building. Just as I must answer for my record of public service, so must those who shape public opinion, but may not face their constituency daily.

Finally, when we judge the effectiveness of the Baltimore congressional delegation, let us look at the entire collection of works to judge the job on its merits. It is inappropriate to take one sampling of our work to demonstrate one particular point of view.

Kweisi Mfume

Washington

The writer is the congressman from Maryland's 7th District, which is composed of parts of Baltimore city and county.

Hillary-bashing is attack on us, too

Clearly, when Barbara Bush, the June Cleaver of the last four years, speaks disparagingly about Hillary Clinton, she is attacking many more women than she imagines.

Or perhaps the GOP thinks any woman who is anything other than a stay-at-home mother or grandmother is highly suspect. If this is not perceived as a blatant punch in the face to women of all ages and incomes and persuasions, then females in this country have a very, very long way to go, baby.

Calling Hillary Clinton a "radical feminist" is a sophomoric, hate-filled attempt by the religious right-wingers to de-humanize someone who has worked so long and hard for children, women and all people prior to any spotlight.

Obviously, all this pathetic, self-serving braying about "family values" (now popping up in obnoxious television commercials for automobiles!) is nothing more than empty rhetoric.

Depriving women who work, with jobs or "careers," with or without children, married or not, heterosexual or not, of their personhood and humanity through the use of catch-phrasing is hardly evidence of "family values."

As our country falls deeper into a protracted economic depression, the GOP and Mr. Bush have chosen their scapegoat -- a woman -- at a time when many women have found themselves jobless, homeless and prospect-less.

Many of these women bring children with them on the descent into poverty, and many have been cast there by Reaganomics and now by Mr. Bush himself. The city of Baltimore has a huge number of small children living below the poverty line . . .

George and Barbara Bush typify the segment of society in this country who desire to keep well-to-do, wealthy, white persons controlling the power structure of this nation.

This group clearly, as demonstrated so well during the convention, has no heart for anyone else, no concern for the welfare of those less financially endowed and no purpose to include all the faceless "thems" into their enclave . . .

Teri L. Hagberg

Perry Hall

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