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Liberty ships were longer and lighter

In a June 22 article, "Yard gave birth to many Liberties," you said, "The mass-produced Liberties -- 416 feet long and 7,700 gross tons -- were cranked out in 20 or 30 days . . ."

Either that statement or my memory is at fault, and I'll bet on my memory. During World War II, I served as a deck officer on three different Liberty ships.

On the last ship, when as chief officer I was visited by the invariable port officials with their quest-ionnaires, I always answered "441'6" to the question of "length" and "7,176" to the question of "gross tonnage."

These answers, along with the expected gift of a pack of American cigarettes, always satisfied these officials.

Gordon H. Himmer

Baltimore

Time for apology is long past

I am not opposed to an apology for this country's involvement in slavery, but I question why it is necessary.

Wasn't it obvious how the country felt in 1861? Didn't thousands of young men give their lives in the most bloody and brutal war this country has ever known?

Didn't President Lincoln show disapproval of slavery as he agonized over that conflict that sent brother against brother?

The Civil War is over. Let us press ahead to solve the current problem of getting along with the descendants of those slaves whom we freed at such loss.

Dorothy M. Christopher

Catonsville

Marines good for Naval Academy life

The Marines deserve to be at the U.S. Naval Academy. This right comes from being part of the Department of the Navy.

I can appreciate the U.S. Marine Corps' desire to have greater say on the daily operations at the Naval Academy. The Marine Corps officers and enlisted men assigned there offer a unique view of military life. The midshipmen's leadership and professional development would only be further enhanced by the presence of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Michael DiBonaventura

Baltimore

Taxpayers deserve to be recognized

The Ravens and the Maryland Stadium Authority can stop looking for a corporate sponsor to name the stadium after.

They already have one: Just call the new stadium "Taxpayer Field at Camden Yards."

Michael Calo

Annapolis

I-97 is safe at speed and not congested

Frederick N. Mattis' letter, July 7, "Lower speed limit to save lives on I-97" must be talking about some other I-97 than the one I know about and drive on, sometimes several times a day.

I-97 is not congested or unsafe. Its present speed limit is justified and safe.

David Mason

Linthicum

German Life builds cultural bridges

Thank you for the June 22 coverage of our publication German Life. While the article "For German-American readers" represents most aspects of German Life fairly, there are misrepresentations that need to be corrected.

The article characterized our review of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in our second issue as "lukewarm." The six-page features was written by Harry Conway, whose family fled Nazi Germany. His review was a realistic portrayal of his personal experiences while at the Holocaust Museum. He states, "The museum presents unequivocal historical facts about an unspeakable event, one that should be remembered so that it may never happen again." His views acknowledge the museum's effectiveness in "trying to explain the unexplainable."

Moreover, I was misquoted regarding German-American culture in relation to the Holocaust. Due to the aggressive role Germany played in two world wars, anti-German sentiment became prevalent in the United States. German language and ethnicity were extremely unpopular, and this continues to affect German-American culture negatively today. I would never dream of even insinuating that any negative impacts on German-American culture are comparable to the destruction of European-Jewish culture.

The Holocaust has inevitably stigmatized the average person's view of Germany and Germans. Germany has worked admirably to reconcile itself with its past and take measures to ensure that history won't be repeated. With this as a foundation, German Life aims to build bridges of awareness and understanding.

Lisa A. Fitzpatrick

Grantsville

The writer is publisher of German Life.

Trucks and buses should be pollution tested, too

There have been several reports in the newspapers about smog, air pollution, etc., and often a reference to new tests for the contributions automobiles are alleged to make in the way of harmful pollutants.

I wonder if the governor or mayor has ever visited the depots where trucks and buses are housed overnight.

Each morning, when the drivers start the engines of those diesel-powered vehicles, the air is filled with dark clouds of emissions.

Recently, while driving south on Saint Paul Street, I was behind a bus that spewed heavy clouds of diesel smoke, so much so that motorists maneuvered to get ahead of the bus.

Yet, with all the evidence of truck and bus smoke filling the air, no one in the governor's or mayor's offices said anything.

The finger is always directed at motorists. Isn't it time for officials to open their eyes and to do something about the real polluters?

Earle A. Newman

Baltimore

Pub Date: 7/15/97

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