Yitzhak Rabin, a peacemaker will be missed
All people of good will are shocked and saddened by the tragic events in Israel.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was a peacemaker for our time as he risked working with others for peace in the Middle East.
May he be remembered for a blessing and may his example give courage to all men and women who would dare to follow in his footsteps.
%Rev. William P. Baxter Jr.
Need world court for war criminals
The 50th anniversary of the United Nations is an appropriate year for the Clinton administration to strongly support the institution of a permanent international criminal court.
The effectiveness of the existing ad hoc tribunals investigating breaches of human rights in Rawanda and Bosnia suffers from their installation too long after the perpetration of the allegations and also from curtailment of those panels' activities due to the United Nations funding crisis.
Bodies of the United Nations are currently planning a more effective mechanism that can hold individuals accountable for their violations of international law. Only by establishing the principle of individual accountability will the global community be able to deal with terrorists, mass murderers and war criminals.
A permanent, adequately funded international criminal court will provide a neutral and competent judicial body for this task. An established court will not only redress completed crimes, its existence can be expected to decrease future crimes.
Palmer H. Futcher
Guards needed on light rail
Regarding your Oct. 31 editorial, "Captured on camera," I do not believe surveillance cameras are the answer.
They might help capture the criminal, but it will be after the fact. This is small consolation to the victim or his family. What is needed is prevention before the fact to make people feel secure on the Central Light Rail Line.
I am convinced the real answer is to put a person on each car who can take ticket money and act as security.
I am sure ridership would increase dramatically; those complicated ticket machines could be done away with and the increased usage would more than cover the additional cost of salaries of the guards.
This is the real answer to fully utilizing the potential of the light rail line, not more devices.
Seniors deserve their own day
The elderly in nursing homes have already given up many of life's simple pleasures.
These senior citizens must give away almost all personal possessions while losing the independence and privileges they had while living on their own. Now, the Republicans in Congress are trying to take another necessity from the elderly -- Medicare funds.
Every human has basic necessities -- one of these is to be needed. Companionship programs in nursing homes are one way to make the residents feel needed and useful to the community.
Some nursing homes have established after-school programs in which senior citizens interact with children. Other homes have the seniors care for a "resident" nursing-home pet.
These programs are beneficial but why not complement them with a Senior Citizens' Day to celebrate the contributions of the elderly and to make up for the privileges they have lost?
If a day is devoted to groundhogs, can't a day be set side to honor and support the patriarchs of the community?
While Republicans try to take away necessities, the rest of the country can celebrate the restoration of the mental health and attitudes of the elderly.
The Browns are just a start
As long as the Cleveland Browns are moving to Baltimore, I think we should also try to get the Football Hall of Fame to move here from Canton, Ohio.
In doing so we not only make the citizens of Baltimore happy to have a National Football League team back but we thrill Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to boot.
After all, he always thought we would be better off spending our money on a museum.
A sounder city would benefit all
Unfortunately, new and challenging ideas first provoke emotional reactions. When their worth is finally perceived and accepted, usually a heavy price has been paid in lost opportunities.
In the case of David Rusk's recommendations in his new book, "Baltimore Unbound," the loss would be very heavy in economic growth, social expenditures and even human suffering.
The concept of moving a portion, albeit small, of the economic underclass into the surrounding counties can easily be rejected in a "not in my backyard" first reaction. But the higher than average per capita income, the greater economic growth, the more stable social fabric and the better education that have been achieved in those areas of the country where Mr. Rusk's concepts have been implemented cannot be overlooked.
Maryland's fragmented efforts at economic development have not produced great results. A unified metropolitan economic development effort would be stronger than its parts and all citizens would benefit.
A lessening of Baltimore City's unbearable share of the poor would have many benefits for all.
aniel J. Loden
Peabody Prep is a city treasure
My daughter has completed another wonderful summer dance session at the Peabody Preparatory in downtown Baltimore. An enthusiastic 12-year-old "prima ballerina" and the unequivocal center of my life was nurtured and encouraged in the heart of a city often characterized as dangerous, depressed and abandoned.
Each morning, I would confidently deliver my child to the extraordinary faculty of the Peabody. Each evening I was regaled by accounts and demonstrations of the day's dancing adventures. My daughter experienced jazz, classical ballet and contemporary dance.
She spent her summer days in the safe, historic confines of the TC Peabody Preparatory sharing a summer experience with children from places as wide-ranging as Guilford, Harlem Park and the surrounding counties. She not only learned how to move her young body in concert with the music, but also to assert herself in a group rich in the diversity of city life.
The Peabody is a Baltimore City treasure. It exemplifies the urban spirit: history, diversity and culture. Some question the value of cities and are willing to abandon not only their neighborhoods, but also the institutions which have contributed to the very development of a civilized society.
I have no doubt that Baltimore and its treasures such as the Peabody Institute will continue to nurture the healthy development of our children.
I only hope those fearful or ignorant of Baltimore's treasures will venture to explore the city and all its wonders.
Humans intrude, not the bears
I would take exception to the choice of words in the caption for the photos accompanying the Nov. 2 article, "Black bears getting too familiar."
Clearly, the bear is at home; it is the human who appears to be lurking.
Joshua L. Shoemaker