Juggling work, home should not be viewed...

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Juggling work, home should not be viewed as only a woman 0) thing

Susan Reimer's column ("The Juggling Act," June 3) serves to perpetuate our society's image of the working mother.

While I greatly admire the women depicted in the piece, Ms. Reimer does them and all women a disservice by refusing to question the status quo: that it is still a woman's responsibility to be the primary caregiver of her and her husband's children.

Where are the men in these pictures? Ms. Reimer sometimes mentions the husbands, but only states their names and occupations, occasionally offering, "Her husband is extremely helpful, but . . ."

None of the women interviewed were single mothers, widows or divorcees. Therefore, the problem was not that these women did not have a partner but rather that the partner did not assume the same amount of responsibility that she did.

While this article angered me as a woman, it would have saddened me if I were one of those men who is his kids' primary caregiver, does the day care pickup, or is an aspiring father who would one day like to stay home and raise children.

Ms. Reimer has completely left men out of her article and serves to invalidate the growing number of men who, like women, are jugglers, too.

Amy Sette

Randallstown

People mover is a fine line from Canton to O's games

Dan Rodricks expressed his doubts about the sensibility and motives behind the mayor's push to build a people mover from the harbor to Canton ("Is people mover headed to Big John's," June 1). While the proposed Wyndham hotel is clearly one of the main motives for the idea, I find Mr. Rodricks' opinions about the people mover to be a bit presumptuous. He states that it doesn't belong "anywhere near Fells Point and Canton."

I live in Canton, and am thrilled about the idea of not having to drive my car to get downtown or to a Ravens or Orioles game. I can't wait to have a modern form of public transportation to get around town and to have it within walking distance of my home.

My only advice to the city would be to realize that the people mover would need to run past 2 a.m. so I and other Baltimoreans don't need to drive to our favorite watering holes.

Lonnie Fisher

Canton

Howard Co. nabs violators but loses out on extra cash

I enjoyed reading in your story about Howard County drivers receiving citations for driving through a red light as shown by a photograph ("In this court, camera never lies," May 30). It took me back to 1961 in Germany.

At that time I lived and worked in Germany and frequently had to travel from Frankfurt to Duisburg. I had the choice of comfortable train service or the more venturesome trip by autobahn, where speed was limited only in a few locations.

One day I received a postcard notifying me to appear at the Frankfurt police station regarding a driving citation. When I presented the card at the designated office I was shown a photograph. It was a photo taken through the windshield of a car.

What made it unusual was that across the top of the picture were a date, a clock, a speedometer and a notation of the designated speed limit. In the center was a picture of the rear of my car. The evidence indicated that it was traveling well above the indicated speed limit.

I paid the fine and got a receipt. As I turned to leave it was called to my attention that there was also a fee to cover the cost of making the picture, and that they would keep the picture in my file. It may be possible that Howard County is missing some income if they do not charge for the picture of the crime. After all, photographs are more expensive now.

William G. Bowles Sr.

Baltimore

Kinsolving has no place on radio -- or in newspaper

I was very disappointed to find an article on Les Kinsolving on the cover of the Maryland section ("Catching eyes, ears for radio notoriety," May 31). There is no purpose in recognizing a man who is known only for provoking hatred and shock.

A talk show that serves only to shock is not journalism or good talk radio, as your article suggests.

Talk radio can use shock as a means to provoke an audience to a better understanding of an issue but should not lose sight of the facts and should for no reason create facts to support a hypothesis, as Mr. Kinsolving has done on countless occasions.

There is no purpose in giving recognition to a man who hides his own ignorance under a smoke screen of loud, obnoxious behavior. I would have hoped that The Sun would have better judgment than to feed the ego of this man who is damaging to so many.

David Nesbitt

Baltimore

Love of their country drives military pilots

I read with great interest your article on military pilots ("Pilots, Air Force feeling a crunch," June 1). As a retired aircraft maintenance supervisor, I worked hand in hand with crews doing temporary duties, alert tours, exercises and day-to-day training.

It takes a special woman to adapt to the demands of military life. And yes, a lot of wives are skilled in everything from changing oil in the family car during their husbands' absence to nearly everything else a dad can do.

The vast majority of career pilots endure a wide range of weather conditions, working environments and training demands that tax both mind and body.

Those who fly fighters, tankers, transports and helicopters do so out of a love of country and devotion to duty, and it is for these ideals that we can all be thankful.

Bruce Wiese

Hanover, Pa.

Probes such as Ken Starr's require time and patience

Clinton devotees who are champing at the bit for an end of special prosecutor Kenneth Starr's investigation of President Clinton should remember that Lawrence Walsh's investigation dragged on for seven years at a cost of $40 million before concluding that there was no evidence of criminal misconduct on the part of former President Ronald Reagan.

These things take time, especially when the subject of the investigation stonewalls at every turn.

Chuck Frainie

Woodlawn

City of covenants could use alternatives to court fights

It looks like the "sue thy neighbor" mentality is stronger than ever in Columbia, where algae growing on the side of a house can turn into a court case and even get the homeowner jailed ("In Columbia, get spiffy or get sued," June 3).

The Columbia Association rules on everything from house color to lawn mowing to algae to unpainted chimneys.

The violations are par for the course. It happens in every neighborhood where a homeowners association makes sure the community is maintained. Disagreements between the homeowners and the association are also expected. We do, after all, live in a democracy.

In the end, it doesn't really matter who's right or wrong because when the conflict reaches the courtroom, we all pay, and we all lose.

Everything costs more because of our litigious nature. Not only are our courts burdened by lawsuits, but the emotional and financial toll is staggering. In most cases, a lifelong adversarial relationship is established by a court-settled dispute.

What a shame when alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration are promising alternatives to the "sue thy neighbor" mentality so prevalent in society. This form of conflict resolution is efficient, less costly, less time consuming and leaves both parties less acrimonious toward each other.

Vicki Almond

Lutherville

The writer is chairwoman of Baltimore Regional Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse.

Article on Father Roach portrayed him accurately

I am one of the lucky people who have met Father Michael Roach, so the article ("Exiled from his Eden," May 28) was very interesting to me.

The article was very well-written and portrayed Father Roach as he really is. I have not seen Father Roach for a while, so I enjoyed reading about him. He is truly a devoted priest and a holy man.

NTC Knowing him and reading just an article about him makes us feel a little better that a man like him has passed through our lives.

God bless him always.

Marge Griffith

Pasadena

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Pub Date: 6/09/98

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