I find it ironically amusing and a bit sickening that gubernatorial candidate Del. Ellen R. Sauerbrey, R-Baltimore County, has taken it upon herself to decide that the city of Salisbury doesn't deserve $1 million the state had promised to build a long-anticipated baseball stadium.
Apparently, the more than $100 million spent on Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the more than $5 million that went into the Prince George's County stadium -- undertaken in the apex of the recession -- were appropriate state interests, but a baseball stadium in Salisbury is not.
Once again, the Eastern Shore is abused for all the tax money it can generate, and the only improvements that suburban lawmakers from the other side of the bay are willing to fund are for the convenience of Western Shore residents reaching beach destinations.
For the last six months, community and business leaders -- including Peter Kirk and Frank Perdue of Maryland Baseball Inc. -- have devoted time and funds to determine how this project can be reality by 1995.
Mr. Perdue has donated the land for the stadium.
The city of Salisbury and Wicomico County have decided on how they will approach funding without raising taxes, and the project is ready to start by the end of next month.
Gov. William Donald Schaefer delivered on his promise of $1 million this year and hoped to deliver $1 million for next year.
Unfortunately, Ms. Sauerbrey has taken the position that the stadium's $1 million could be used for schools and other interests.
How many schools could the $100 million-plus spent on Oriole Park at Camden Yards have built? How about the $5 million spent on Prince George's County stadium?
That stadium almost cost the Eastern Shore much needed med- evac coverage on weekday nights (a possibility shot down after furious lobbying by Shore lawmakers), but stadium funding was passed and the oft-delayed project will open this year, we think.
How will $1 million for Salisbury suddenly disturb the balance of state investment in stadiums?
It seems absurd that as lawmakers spend thousands of dollars debating a new football stadium in Laurel, a football stadium or basketball and hockey complex in downtown Baltimore, Ms. Sauerbrey can't see what a great return in morale, community pride and votes a $1 million investment for baseball in Salisbury would bring.
I can no longer ignore it. Both Stephen Wigler, your music critic, and Stephen Hunter, your movie critic, are in serious need of attitude adjustments.
Mr. Wigler's recent review of the BSO concert featuring music of Herbert, Gershwin, Grofe and Bernstein was just downright nasty. For what reason? He didn't like the choice of music.
Maybe somebody on The Sun staff should inform Mr. Wigler that it is not his duty to make judgments on the quality of music. Everyone's preferences are different, and what he considers to be trash I may find to be magnificent.
I would find it likely that the audience enjoyed this program a great deal more than they enjoyed the Corigliano or Cyr symphonies performed recently, regardless of the so-called quality of those pieces.
What I really object to (and this goes more so for Mr. Hunter) is the negative, denigrating tone of their reviews. Do they really feel it necessary to trash entire concerts and movies based on a few weaknesses?
In all the years I've been reading Stephen Hunter's movie reviews, I can think of only a handful of movies he has reviewed favorably, and most of those were extremely esoteric and unenjoyable.
Is Mr. Hunter so jaded and out-of-touch with society that his point of view is no longer relevant to the average movie-goer? This movie-goer thinks so.
Moreover, Mr. Hunter seems to think that we are more interested in what he has to say, and how witty and stylish he is when saying it, than in finding out about the movie under review.
I personally find his writing style to be pompous, arrogant and overblown. I suggest he save it for his own novels.
I know my opinion will have little effect on the way Mr. Hunter and Mr. Wigler do business, but I think it would serve them well to find some positive things to write about. This is one reader who will no longer be turning to them for an opinion.
aul J. De Luca
Not Next Door
Would City Council sponsors of Bill 846 be as eager to rescind the moratorium on incinerator construction if the proposed 700,000-ton, waste-to-energy facility was being built on 33rd Street, Edmondson Avenue or Park Heights Avenue, rather than Pulaski Highway? I doubt it.
East and South Baltimore share the dubious distinction of having the highest mortality for respiratory cancer -- an honor they suspect is related to their proximity to the Pulaski, BRESCO and Hawkins Point incinerators.
East Baltimore residents should welcome siting the proposed mega facility someplace else to spread the environmental illnesses around more equally.
Baltimore City is not facing a "trash crisis," since BRESCO is more than able to handle the city's incineration needs, especially with recycling gaining momentum.
If the "region" needs another incinerator, why not site it in one of the counties that would utilize it, such as Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll or Howard?
Do Baltimore City residents pay the highest property taxes in the state for the privilege of breathing environmental pollutants?
Don't sacrifice our health for Willard Hackerman's $10 million incinerator "host fee."
Failed Publicity Stunt
A while back I read with amusement about the largest raid in Maryland history, when at least 500 State Police raided The Block.
At the time I thought this was a high-profile, high-publicity stunt. It was supposed to show the public "you're safe, we're on the job."
Now I read that half of the charges have been dismissed for a gamut of reasons, from illegal searches to the officers' sexual misconduct. What was initially done for good publicity has turned into Superintendent Larry Toliver's fiasco.
We need the officers and the $360,000 it took to pull off this media event for other purposes. I hope in the future the State Police department handles itself in a more professional manner and leaves the circus business to Barnum & Bailey.
ames E. Lorber