Does tourism mean city needs nude dancers?
I read with great interest the Nov. 20 story on the importance of nude dancing to the future of Baltimore's tourism industry. I was once again reminded that this is truly a man's world.
American Joe Miedusiewski, a man who might have been our governor, believes that in order to bring tourism dollars into our city, women must bare their bodies for the pleasure of men. Mr. Miedusiewski believes that in order to foster a "pro-business climate, a discussion about upscale adult entertainment is warranted."
One can deduce that in Mr. Miedusiewski's world, "women in business" means women wearing nothing more than high heels dancing for $20 tips.
Mr. Miedusiewski is apparently not the only person who shares this belief. According to Tony Pulaski, the owner of a club in which women will be allowed to dance nude, it is "an embarrassment for the city" that women are forced to cover their genitals while dancing in his club. Another club owner, George Barzoucas, pointed out the forward thinking of the Hooters restaurant chain, when he noted that patrons could "see more" there than at his own establishment. Pity the poor shopkeeper who is hampered by the bonds of government.
There is also the perspective of the dancer herself. No one is forcing her to dance, of course, and she would make quite a lot more money if she were able to disrobe entirely. From the businessman's perspective, it is certainly preferred for a woman to have a short-lived career wherein she stagnates in a professional world full of the vices that discourage her from bettering herself in any manner. But, the dancer reminds us, she can make $1,000 a night. Yet another example of forward thinking exposed by this issue.
Our city, according to nightclub owner Pulaski, is looking for something to showcase in order to become a "conventioneer's city." I ask our government to consider what it says to the citizens of Baltimore (and particularly to the young women of this city) when the business world is empowered by the nude bodies of women.
Jo-Ann L. Melton
Nude dancing mislabeled
As a commercial photographer I spend as much time in board--
rooms as I do in darkrooms.
While I have no objection to nude dancing, I do object to its being marketed as an upscale club, "a very corporate-minded establishment where business people can entertain clients." Let's market it for what it really is -- a male bastion where most women (clients or otherwise) would feel somewhat uncomfortable, unless of course (gasp) men were dancing nude, too.
It is grossly mislabeled, unless we as a city support white-bread, male corporate boards, even the ones with the lone woman or minority for the annual report photo. Baltimore needs to continue to cherish its rich diversity and not cater to the corporate male myth.
Conservative justice is fair justice
I read with interest Elaine Tassy's article about defense lawyers seeking to move trials out of Baltimore County because of juries they consider too conservative. They are concerned that Baltimore County citizens might be too protective of our communities and send too strong a message to criminals committing crimes in the county. The message our citizens send is this: Commit a crime in Baltimore County, be tried in the county, receive a tough but fair conviction and sentence from our jurors.
Lawyers are shopping for a trial location that will "be more consistent with what we need," i.e., an acquittal. Change of venue requests should not be easily granted in most situations.
The citizens of Baltimore County and the rest of Maryland deserve justice that is consistent with what we need. That means putting criminals in jail, not on the street. Congratulations to the Baltimore County juries that deliver tough but fair justice.
John J. Bishop
Begging linked to priorities
The troubling problems presented in your Nov. 12 feature on panhandling would virtually disappear if we could count on adequate social services, such as shelter, job training, continuing education and medical assistance (including sufficient facilities for treating addiction). Such services, which are freely available in other industrialized countries, would remove both the need to beg and the dilemma of whether to
It is regrettable that the current political climate places higher priority on reducing our taxes -- already lower than in any of our peers among the affluent democracies -- than to the subsistence of our fellow-Americans.
'Katharine & Sidney Hollander
Ehrlich isn't part of the solution
Thanks so much to Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. for his Nov. 19 Perspective section column, "What do they need to hide?" addressing the needs of people living in Baltimore's public housing.
That is, thanks for 99 percent criticism and 1 percent ideas. He said, "What is needed is an alternative which honestly and clearly redresses the inherent problems facing Baltimore." No kidding. But what are his solutions?
As a national leader, it is not enough for him to criticize the efforts of those seeking effective solutions. He must also be a part of the solution.
Grey Cup champions belong where they are
Grey Cup '95 has just ended and we are sitting here trying to decide how upset we are.
If we look at this thing from a purely nationalistic point of view, we are extremely upset that our Grey Cup is going south.
If we look at it from what may be best for the Canadian Football League, perhaps this is a good thing, albeit very disappointing.
We suppose we can now understand how American baseball fans must have felt when Toronto first won the World Series.
One big difference, though, is that we cared. During that first World Series, many Canadians were totally wrapped up in what was going on. It is one of those things where you can remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when it happened.
Sadly now, we can't help wondering if those same things can be said about Baltimore. Is our Grey Cup going back to a place that could totally care less? If so, that is sad.
We have heard that there is a movement afoot to keep the Stallions in Baltimore. We sincerely hope it will be successful, because that would be an indication that the people in Baltimore realize how important it is that the CFL be successful in Baltimore.
We might be just a tad biased, but we believe CFL football is great football. It would be a shame if the Grey Cup champions could not even remain in their home city.
Eric & Shari Maertens-Poole
Boucher's death great loss for city
With the passing of William Boucher III, former director of the Greater Baltimore Committee, this city has lost a leader in our civic and business landscape. But many of us have also lost a good and valued friend. Bill Boucher was a personal hero from whom I learned what civic responsibility really means.
George S. Wills