Coming to Terms
The Sun's editorial staff seems overjoyed with its interpretation of the Supreme Court decision on term limits. "Such an amendment would be foolish. Experience counts." That's cave man talk.
Would the editorial staff be so gracious as to grant that perhaps there is more experience outside the Congress than there is in the Congress, and that perhaps the people are looking for new ways to tap this experience?
Most voters do not analyze things as carefully as The Sun. What voter would ever return Paul Sarbanes because they believe that the other senators need his advice?
Most voters do not recognize what fine financial managers we now have gathered together in the hallowed halls of Congress, wouldn't you agree?
The problem to date is that the power structure will not help the people attain what they want. And The Sun does not seem to ever help make peaceful war in order to achieve more of the "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people".
Let's see some change. Let's get the language in the proper format. We can start by changing the language to limiting our legislators to a fixed number of consecutive terms.
What the Articles of Confederation did or did not contain is really not relevant. I suspect that The Sun's editorial page editor certainly understands this perfectly well.
James M. Holway
Your May 29 editorial, "Mega-Bar Blunder," shows how out of touch The Sun is with the plight of the city.
State Sen. Perry Sfikas, with good reason, bravely championed our cause with an attempt to ban mega-bars from our midst. The Sun is really off-base to denigrate his efforts.
We are inundated with bars and liquor stores in Southeast Baltimore, and the city liquor board has overwhelmingly taken the side of the liquor establishments against community concerns.
Once the establishments are here, it becomes the community's responsibility to regulate them -- a huge task.
We are already grappling with very serious and complex issues, from drug trafficking to dwindling city services. The last thing we need are giant drinking factories virtually on our doorsteps.
Senator Sfikas understands this. What the senators who opposed his bill understand is questionable.
There are many problems with the way the Liquor Board does business.
Why don't you look at some of those problems, like the buddy system between some state senators and the liquor board, the liquor board's general incompetence in regulating liquor establishments and why inner-city communities are being asked to absorb even more and even larger bars?
For the last 100 years, it has been traditional for baseball teams to wear the name of their team on the front of their uniforms when they play at home.
When they visit the ballpark of another team, they wear the name of the city they represent on the front.
This year, the Orioles have scorned tradition. They are just Orioles, no city is represented.
Where is Oriole Park? Where is their home grounds?
Put Baltimore back on those gray uniforms, where it belongs.
Jessie B. Davis
In his May 21 commentary, "Free Trade by Denying Trade," George F. Will defends Japan's continued restricting of its automobile market by saying that the foreign car dealers' businesses will be injured or destroyed by the proposed tariffs.
He states that there are 617 dealers of Japanese cars that will be affected, but what he doesn't say is how many of these same dealers also sell American cars.
While these multiple-make dealers may sell fewer Japanese cars, it is very possible that the same dealer will sell more American cars.
Mr. Will also tries to justify a huge trade deficit with Japan by comparing it to the local grocer. Mr. Will states that we have a chronic trade deficit with the grocer because, "You constantly buy from him, he never buys anything from you."
I believe this to be a very poor analogy because the grocer does, in fact, purchase many things from us.
A great many of the items that the grocer sells were grown in the United States by American farmers, packaged in cans and boxes which probably were produced in America by American workers and brought to him by American truck drivers in American-made tractor trailers.
The grocer's store was more than likely built by American labor with the majority of the materials being made in America.
So, while the local grocer may not hand you dollar bills when you walk in his store, he does buy from each and every person who supplies him, even indirectly, with goods ad services.
Contrary to Mr. Will's opinion, I do not believe that the "billions" spent in Japan on American rock music and movies justify their continued attempts to keep a strangle-hold on the American economy with their refusals to open their markets while flooding ours with their products.
Steven P. Strohmier
No 'Near Riot' at Randallstown High
I would like to respond to Jerry Chosak's May 19 letter to the editor.
He referred to the fashion show held at Randallstown and the events which happened as a result. Several things are obvious to me.
First, he was not there at the scene. If he had been, he would have known there was not a "near riot" of 300 students from Randallstown. He would have seen that the students and parents in attendance left the school generally without incident.
Second, he may have missed the fact that the May 10 Sun article made reference to the agitators and fighters as being from the outside, not Randallstown students.
Unfortunately, the article did not quote me completely when I spoke of the police action that night. I said that I'm sure the police were responding to the information they had been given, but to me it seemed to be overkill. I was referring to the police dog and the helicopter.
After the article was printed, I found that the police had responded to a call from someone in the community who did indeed overreact. The police action was appropriate for the information they had. Randallstown High has zero tolerance for fighting.
We spend 90 percent of our time talking about 5 percent of the student population when, in fact, 95 percent of the students at Randallstown are positive, good students. The same negative 5 percent exists in every school.
The Sun's front page article May 19 on Mark Hampton belies the reputation some want to give Randallstown. There are many students who are similar to Mark Hampton in character and in scholarship.
Students should be held accountable for their actions, both positive and negative. That is not to say there aren't some students who don't act responsibly. They will be dealt with in a consistent manner.
Of interest, regarding the fashion show, there were several parents who were not pleased with my action because they thought I had acted too hastily in closing the fashion show early.
I will always act in the best interest of students; their safety and welfare come first. As for the rest, "you can please some of the people some of the time . . . "
Barry F. Williams
The writer will be the principal of Randallstown High School starting July 1.
This is the first time in my 62 years of life that I have felt the need to respond to a letter to the editor. Jerry Chosak's letter attacking Barry Williams, the new principal at Randallstown Senior High, cried out for a response.
Obviously, Mr. Chosak does not know Mr. Williams. I have worked with him on and off for several years, this past year at the Rosedale Center for Alternative Studies.
As a professional for many years in the Baltimore County public schools, I have worked with numerous administrators. Barry Williams is an administrator, child-oriented educator and caring human being par excellence.
Randallstown is very fortunate to be the recipient of Barry Williams' intense dedication to the job to be done and his unconditional positive regard for students, staff, parents and everyone he meets. We at the Rosedale Center will miss him terribly.