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Due to a composing room error, a letter to the editor in the Nov. 19 Sunday Sun failed to fully identify Severn School's athletic director, Robert H. Woods, when Paul Brown was an assistant football coach in 1930.

The Sun regrets the error.

Paul Brown's record at Severn

What goes around comes around. The name of the Browns football team may someday be changed and the name returned to Cleveland. But the name has its roots in Maryland. Paul Brown's career began as the assistant coach of the Severn School Little Admirals in Severna Park.

My uncle, H. Woods, athletic director at the school from 1919 to 1963 and a founder of the Maryland Scholastic Association, hired him in 1930. That year Severn's record was 7-0, with four shutouts. Brown also taught history and English, but in Robert Gray's history of Severn School, Captain Woods described him as "a slight, quiet, but cocky youngster who knew from the beginning that he wanted to devote his life to teaching football."

After leaving Severn, Brown went on to his high school alma mater, then to Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns, named of course for him. His record at Cleveland was 167 wins, 53 losses, and nine ties -- an inspiration for our new team.

Virginia L. Bennett

Pasadena Thanks to Barbara Frank of Severn for telling it like it is (Nov. 13, "Those who complain and whine the most"). Our generation had few of the luxuries later generations take for granted -- health and unemployment insurance, Social Security and Medicare.

Her life could have been my life (and that of thousands of others of our generation). Without Medicare I wouldn't have been able to afford the two major operations that saved my life. I would not now be living independently in my own home, enjoying a loving relationship with my children, grandchildren and friends. I would be dead.

Laura Burggraf


Replica Constellation could sail the seas

The USS Constellation, centerpiece of the Inner Harbor, is in trouble -- rotting timbers, costly repairs, insufficient funds. Questions abound as to the proper thing to do. Answers on funding are short and filled with emotions evoking images of glory days and wondrous adventures of this wooden naval ship sailing the Seven Seas, tales not entirely shared by the historical intelligentsia.

The simple answer to Baltimore's problem may possibly lie within the talents of one man -- Peter Boudreau, the builder of the Pride of Baltimore II. Would it not serve the interest of all concerned to fashion a replica of the Constellation, completely to specifications, but rigged with all the technology of the present day and able to join the armada of tall ships in sailing the seas again?

I'm sure Mr. Boudreau could be persuaded to undertake such a " project, if properly funded and motivated by a consortium of Baltimore business interests and state and local officials to build a ship worthy of the heritage of a naval frigate. The city could witness the rebirth of this proud ship as it takes form on the same ground that produced the Pride. Otherwise, caulking and sealing a 141-year-old boat with rotting timbers will buy a little time, but it is not the long-term solution the city needs to put this matter to rest.

Robert M. McDonough


Costly bonding at ball games

In his Nov. 12 column, Barry Rascovar makes a good case for the rationalization of the Cleveland Browns moving to Baltimore. Baltimoreans must understand that when you wish for something, your wish just might come true. We simply wished for a team -- and we got one.

Where Mr. Rascovar starts to trip up is when he waxes nostalgic about the old days and "bonding" at Colts games with his father.

Very few fathers and sons will be able to afford to "bond" at the new stadium, after buying the right to buy tickets and then buying the tickets.



Girls' work isn't cheering men

Regarding the story of Nov. 8, "Cheerleading Craze," I could not believe what I was reading. Cheerleading is now considered a sport?

Just what message is this sending these young girls? That their role in life is to stand on the sidelines and cheer on their men? I sincerely hope not. I think that their spare time could be better spent maybe playing a real sport.

Does no one remember the Texas cheerleader debacle of a few years ago?

Frances W. Jordan


Glendening must stop Charles County sprawl

I was delighted to read your Nov. 5 story, "Governor urges planners to pursue directed growth." Gov. Parris N. Glendening spoke eloquently against the damage sprawl development causes to the public purse, natural resources and communities.

The Glendening administration has before it a critical test of his real commitment to stopping sprawl development in Maryland, and our 11,000 members join other residents keenly interested in the outcome.

The administration is poised to make key decisions concerning Chapman's Landing, a proposed new city of 12,000 to 15,000 residents on the Potomac River in Charles County.

This new city, the biggest pending proposal in the state, is promoted by a Chicago development syndicate.

This city would transform a 2,250-acre forest into 4,600 housing units, 2.2 million square feet of commercial space and a golf course. Over half of the proposed city would lie in the drainage of Mattawoman Creek, one of the state's most important spawning and nursery habitats for fish.

Some three-dozen elected officials and fishing, conservation, consumer and public interest organizations have asked for an appropriate and reasonable review of Chapman's Landing.

This review includes a water study (proposed by the state two years ago but not funded) to address the problem of well failures in the area, and a full Environmental Impact Statement in order to gather information on traffic impacts, impacts on the Mattawoman Creek fishery and other concerns.

Surely the governor who spoke so eloquently against such development would support appropriate and reasonable review of the largest sprawl development currently proposed in Maryland. Otherwise, isn't it all just empty words?

Larry Bohlen


The writer is conservation chair of the Maryland Chapter of Sierra Club.

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