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More than the watering hole of the...


More than the watering hole of the Chesapeake

My family and I moved to Annapolis two years ago from Montgomery County. We did so precisely because Annapolis is a special place. We chose the historic district because it is a collection of human-sized neighborhoods in the center of a small, bustling city.

I have not been involved in the pushing and shoving that seems to be dominating Annapolis at the moment. I have been trying, however, to understand and have found it difficult.

I fail to see how increasing the number of bars and nightclubs and extending their hours can possibly be seen as progress. It seems misguided to classify everyone who looks upon the effect of longer hours of drinking -- vomiting and urinating in the streets, drunken driving and vandalism -- as being against progress. What seems to be happening is that those who value the special nature of Annapolis, and are afraid of losing it, are being turned into the bad guys in a struggle with commercial interests that identify a 2 a.m. closing time for a bar as the wave of the future.

Surely a proud old place like Annapolis, which has surely seen everything in the past 300 years, can find a more promising destiny than to be known as the watering hole of the Chesapeake.

Robert A. Potter


A crab is to love, a nutria phooey

"Nutria banquet?" asks Elise Armacost in The Sun for Anne Arundel of Sept. 24. I personally think nutria stew would gag a goat. A former boss of mine, a long-time Maryland resident, made the mistake of moving to Kentucky. Last month, he made a quick two-day trip to Maryland and wrote me the following:

"One of the reasons for the trip (in addition to business) was to eat crabs. And we did. We had crab cakes, fried soft-shell crabs, Crab Imperial (at the Anchor Inn), and hot steamed crabs. Later, when we visited our older granddaughter in Colonial Heights, Va., we had more steamed crabs. I felt like one of the characters in Michener's 'Chesapeake.' Live crabs (or freshly steamed ones) are simply not available in Louisville, while backfin crab meat is a special order item at the one seafood outlet in town."

G; Can you imagine anyone driving 630 miles to eat nutria?

Tom Gill

North Beach

Don't let council choose school board

It is good to see so much attention given to the issue of selection of county school board members. As I have said for years, popular election is preferable, for many reasons. It has just been reported that some County Council members are proposing that each council member appoint a member of the school board. Are they kidding? And the rationale of these councilmen? "Because that would make the appointees more accountable to voters."

Give me a break!

Bill D. Burlison


Vote 'family values' at movie box office

Many have complained that Hollywood doesn't make enough "family" movies anymore. Recently, three films opened in the Baltimore area: "Showgirls," featuring sex and nudity; "Seven," featuring a violent killer, and "Unstrung Heroes," a wonderful, entertaining, adult "family" picture.

What kinds of films are made in Hollywood in the next year may depend, in part, on how well each of these three movies does at the box office. You can "vote" on what you want to see in the future right now by simply purchasing a ticket. If you don't vote, don't complain later.

William Roessler

Severna Park

The season that wasn't for the home nine

Born a Baltimorean and an Orioles fan since 1947, I find myself disgusted with the maneuvers of the Orioles owners and management this year.

We fans have had to sit back and watch the bullpen being undermined under the aegis of Phil Regan, who is under orders from the Orioles management and owners. Phil Regan is obviously the front man for someone. He blamed all losses on the bullpen, destroying its morale. Then he moved to systematically weaken the starters. "El Sid" had enough and moved on to better ground. Kevin Brown has been treated poorly. Jamie Moyer doesn't get his due. But the all-out attack has been on Ben McDonald. Every maneuver has been aimed at destroying him as the ace pitcher. Ben has been forced to speak out. He said in the Sept. 13 Sun, "I don't know who to blame. It's xTC Phil's decision, so I guess I blame him. I don't really see where he is coming from. It's bizarre. It's a crazy season to be around."

Check the records. Ben pitched very well, with only one or two games you could call his loss. His other so-called losses were a result of the team's inability to get hits.

Why is it that Mike Mussina is being molly-coddled while the rest of the Orioles pitchers are being disparaged? Mussina has the most fortunate spots in the rotation. Ben pitched twice against Randy Johnson. Has Mussina? No! Mussina not only misses most of the tough pitchers, he was even "lucky" enough to pitch the big Cal Ripken game. What is the big push for Mussina versus everyone else? Who stands to gain? Is someone at the top mad for him? What else can you think?

At any rate, our team has been gravely damaged in a purposeful way. Our pitchers (save one) have been demoralized beyond belief. And it is a shame we didn't have a better showing during Cal Ripken's big year. How can the Orioles expect to keep their fans -- or do they think all Baltimoreans are stupid?

I think we have had a great team this year (Mike Mussina included), but I do think we fans have been willfully disappointed consistently by whoever is in charge of the Os.

Ruth Sadegh

Glen Burnie

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