Let 'Sanctuary' be the healer it once...


Let 'Sanctuary' be the healer it once was

On Nov. 12, several friends and I had the pleasure of visiting your fair city for the purpose of touring the former hospital ship USS Sanctuary, which was berthed in the Inner Harbor.

We were returning from the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in Washington, when a former Army corpsman with us suggested we stop in Baltimore to see the contemplated end of such a fine ship.

Upon arriving at the pier, we were greeted by members of Life International, who told us they intended to make the former giver of life and hope a floating center for the rehabilitation of victims of chemical dependency.

We then toured the vessel, where we were amazed by the complexity of the facilities and overwhelmed by the potential the ship provided for its intended capacity. We were also somewhat dismayed by the monumental task of refurbishing that now faces the volunteers of the organization.

We also had the privilege of meeting some of the valiant nursing staff who once served on the vessel during the Vietnam War. We came away with a greater understanding of the capabilities of the ship as well as their fervent hopes for the rebirth of their former home.

With these points in mind I am encouraging all residents of Baltimore and beyond to get behind this worthwhile project.

With the money and the manpower that can be mustered from your area, you can have a unique facility of your own to help those in need and make your city known throughout the country for supporting efforts to make the ship the "Sanctuary" it once was.

Donald C. Frisco

Wilmington, Del.

The writer served in Vietnam between 1966 and 1967.

Endless appeals

As I witness the legal wrangle over the fate of a confessed, non-repentant murderer, who wants to be executed in accordance with the sentence of the court, I can't help but wonder just who is paying the court costs and legal fees in this misguided effort to overturn the decision of the court.

I hope that it won't be the taxpayers. But I fear that the lawyers will accomplish their objective, over many objections, and at our expense, so that we will have to pay to save him and then we get to pay to keep him confined for the rest of his life.

It is said that capital punishment is not a deterrent to murderers; therefore the death penalty should be abolished.

Unless a death sentence is carried out in a reasonable time frame, it can't be a deterrent. But the legal system has no incentive to expedite the process. There is more money for the lawyers in endless appeals.

Robert S. Gladden Jr.

Severna Park

Shame on Schaefer

What is the value of anything acquired by betrayal, breach of faith or deceit? What will Gov. William Donald Schaefer have accomplished if Alfred Lerner's eleventh-hour power play produces an NFL franchise for Baltimore?

Will the citizens of Maryland feel vindicated for the injustices suffered at the hands of Robert Irsay? I think not.

Instead, we will serve as an object lesson that loyalty, hard work, diligence and honesty do not count for very much in the "big leagues." All that matters is results.

Governor Schaefer, who professes to value personal loyalty above everything, has revealed himself as a hypocrite.

No matter what the outcome of his desperate effort to win the favor of the football barons, he will have only brought shame upon himself, his associates and the state of Maryland.

Benjamin Rosenberg


Feminist theology

The article "Feminist theology challenges tradition" (Nov. 11) stirred and energized me to organize my thoughts.

Fifty-five years ago I was taught that we can be anything we want in life -- if we are willing to pay the price. The great lie now being told to women is: "You can have it all."

The feminist agenda seems to discount women's strong

influence throughout history. While men have been administering organizational structures, women have been shaping relationships.

For those of us who have always been aware of women's and men's contributions, this sudden discovery of women's worth vTC doesn't shine new light on women's accomplishments.

If women feel a personal need to wield power through leadership positions in business or church hierarchies, they need not overlook the tremendous impact and direction women and men exert through subtler, nurturing, persuasive techniques.

As a society we finally are recognizing that those qualities we label "feminine" and "masculine" are all possessed by both males and females to varying degrees. Sound theology is neither masculine nor feminist.

God created man in his own image, male and female. Perhaps it is time for sound theologians to return to an understanding of God that transcends gender. I will continue to address him in Jesus' words, "Our father," without ever once confusing him with any earthling.

Nancy L. Krikorian


Mind your business

I read Glenn McNatt's Nov. 13 column on the value of the Brady Bill. Obviously, we ignorant gun owners need the supervision of all you intellectual anti-gun types.

We average gun owners can't possibly be intelligent enough to own a gun without a government-imposed waiting period to help us make up our mind.

I had no idea that my guns could be used in domestic violence. I guess the fact that my children treat guns with respect and that we've never used those guns against another human being must be by sheer accident.

You would have us believe that domestic violence is inevitable if one owns a gun. I think not.

The anti-gun people are entitled to express their opinion, but when they interfere with my rights as a gun owner by pushing gun control laws, they're stepping on my toes.

I will not put up with any attempt to make me the scapegoat for society's problems. Mind your own business.

Mark A. McKean


Time out

Daylight saving time is gone . . . for now. Hopefully, it's gone for good. There may have been a time when it was beneficial, but surely it is not needed now.

J. Small


An easily avoided trucking accident

I read with interest Peter Jensen's article "Putting the brakes on stereotype" (Nov. 14).

No doubt truck drivers are generally better drivers than the average motorist. However, Mr. Jensen failed to even mention speeding.

From my observation, trucks are worse offenders of speed limits than any other motorists, with the possible exception of motorcyclists.

It would appear that the jackknifing of trucks that results from sudden braking, especially on wet roads, would not occur -- or at least would occur much less frequently -- if trucks maintained the legal speed limit, which in many states is below that for other vehicles.

The deadliest consequence of jackknifing -- collisions with other vehicles -- would then be minimized.

It would be illuminating to discover the percentage of accidents involving trucks that have jackknifed.

Franz J. Vidor


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