Nobel for Tito
Marshall Tito, retrospectively should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for having kept the peace in Yugoslavia (Bosnia) for so many years after World War II.
=1 Certainly no one else has been able to do it.
Media on Hubble
The following is an effort to highlight the media's lack of enthusiasm for the recent outstanding success of the Hubble Space Telescope repair mission.
Prior to the mission, the media was consumed with the notion of impending failure, forecasting a dark and grim future for NASA following anything short of a total success. During the mission, they were preoccupied with the cost and risks associated with taking on such a complex task, failing to focus on the obvious benefits to science and technology.
Now that this endeavor has been an unequivocal success, media coverage has been almost nonexistent. When asking around about this phenomena, the most interesting response was "with the earthquakes in California, the media has been preoccupied."
Make no mistake; if the Hubble mission had been unsuccessful, the media would have found time, and lots of it!
Fundamentally, I believe that the editor of a media organization is entitled to have his or her own thoughts and views; however, the public is entitled to adequate coverage on prominent issues of the day. Due to this preoccupation with doom and gloom sensationalism, the media lost a chance to portray itself as an authoritative source of information. Furthermore, the American public lost a chance to be proud of their country and see evidence of their hard-earned tax dollars being put to good use.
Viewing Hubble's corrected images with my family and colleagues at the Goddard Space Flight Center gave me great pride in our space program and our country's quest to explore the unknown, despite the potential for risk and failure.
This is everyone's success, because we are all beneficiaries of what Hubble has discovered, and the discoveries that await in Hubble's future.
Unfortunately, because of the media's quest disparity in reporting, not everyone will know of humankind's great
Burton J. Squires
I am writing to say how sorry I was to read of the impending resignation of Dr. Martha Smith, president of Dundalk Community College.
I was privileged to be at Dundalk Community College, first as the director of financial aid and later as a faculty member in the Paralegal Studies program. I spent 11 years at DCC, a time period that spanned all three DCC presidencies. Prior to coming there, I had worked at four nationally recognized educational institutions. Nowhere in my 20-plus years of experience in higher education have I ever encountered a president who equaled the quality of Marty Smith.
Marty Smith is the most ethical person I have ever met. She cares sincerely about students and the Dundalk community. Her management style allows for personal growth and creativity for all who work at the college. She successfully has guided the college through difficult economic times. Her work in systemically studying what changes the curriculum needs to best serve DCC's students and the community has gained her and the college national recognition. How sad that the Board of Trustees for the Baltimore County community colleges is so short-sighted.
If Marty Smith leaves Dundalk Community College because of the lack of support by the board, the few faculty and staff who fear change and, yes, those people who still can't handle having a woman leader, it will be a great loss to the students of DCC, and to the citizens of Dundalk and Baltimore County.
Judith J. Munaker
Let's Move On
While reading James Bock's Feb. 6 article entitled, "Local blacks stand by Nation of Islam," I was angered by one of the remarks. Roots Baily was quoted as saying, "Jews have been through hard times, but every chance they get, they let people know about it . . . "
As a people, we will not forget the horror of the Holocaust nor the history of slavery, but can't we move on with the problems facing us as a nation today and stop looking continually backwards?
Didn't Stay Home and off the Ice
The Department of Public Works appreciates the spirit of Mary Boser's Feb. 7 letter to the editor, but feels compelled to correct some erroneous perceptions.
Employees of the Bureau of Solid Waste were never directed by the mayor or myself to "stay home and off the ice." On Monday, Jan. 17, the Bureau of Solid Waste celebrated Martin Luther King's birthday and did not collect trash. Tuesday, Jan. 18, and ++ Wednesday, Jan. 19, weather conditions were so severe we were unable to enter alleys or side streets and attempted to pick up trash on main streets only. No employees were ordered to stay home during this period of time. In fact employees who did not collect trash were detailed to shovel snow by hand. They shoveled snow for the Bureau of Water and Wastewater to relieve storm drain inlets and prevent flooding. They shoveled snow on sidewalks for the Bureau of Transportation to provide passage on bridges. They even shoveled snow for schools to provide access.
The Bureau of Water and Wastewater is not a separate department but works together with the other three bureaus of the Department of Public Works which include General Services, Transportation and Solid Waste. Employees of these bureaus work together during these severe winter conditions to perform the many functions needed to keep the public safe.
Many of the employees of these bureaus, in addition to the employees of the Bureau of Water and Wastewater, work long hours, in many cases over 16 a day. They also endure adverse weather conditions and hardships.
We hope that the public appreciated the efforts of the entire city and the Department of Public Works for the hard work and sacrifices made during these most trying times.
On behalf of the employees of the Department of Public Works, I offer our sincere appreciation to friends, families and citizens of Baltimore who understood, had patience with our duties and appreciate our efforts.
George G. Balog
The writer is director, City of Baltimore Department of Public Works.
Harding's Attack against Olympic Spirit
Because of the close relationship of Tonya Harding to those involved in the deliberate and brutal attack against fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan, Ms. Harding should be dismissed from the U.S. Olympic Team.
Certainly Ms. Harding has rights. She has the right to an attorney, a hearing and all other rights afforded by the American legal system.
But there is another issue here.
The attack has violated every sense of fair play and sportsmanship. The U.S. Olympic Committee has the right and responsibility to uphold its own set of standards to protect the integrity of fair competition.
It must not let the intricacies of the legal system stand in the way of good, sound judgment.
Evidence overwhelmingly suggests Ms. Harding knew of the attack beforehand and even encouraged it. She has lied before. Does anyone really believe she is telling the truth now?
Bill Glauber's Feb. 6 commentary lists many obstacles Ms. Harding has had to overcome to reach her level of competitiveness, including poverty, abuse and marital problems.
All of that is interesting but irrelevant. I am sure all other athletes have overcome adversities of their own. Harding is an adult and should be responsible for herself.
Ms. Harding's chances for a gold medal, her lack of endorsements, her future earnings, her legal maneuverings of her attempt to court public sympathy should bear no relation to her place on the Olympic Team. The U.S. Olympic Committee should have had enough backbone to act on principle. The attack on Ms. Kerrigan should stand above all other conditions and mitigating circumstances.
The fact that Ms. Harding has not been arrested or convicted of a crime should not close the issue. Similarly, a person convicted of a crime should not be automatically barred from the Olympic Team. The point here should be the nature of the crime and the relevancy to Olympic competition.
The crime, in this case, was done on Ms. Harding's behalf and to favor her competitive chances.
Steven R. Vaughan