Unique flavor of City Fair slipping awayI have just...

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September 11, 1990

Unique flavor of City Fair slipping away

I have just returned from the Baltimore City Fair. How very bleak was this event, which is supposed to celebrate our city. Oh, there were rides and food aplenty, but those are not the things that make Baltimore special. Precious few neighborhoods were represented, and the lack of cultural and social institutions was depressing.

Where was the Walters? The Baltimore Museum of Art? The Mechanic? Where were agencies like the House of Ruth and My Sister's Place? Where was Maryland Public Television and the Cloisters Children's Museum?

In 20 minutes I was able to walk the whole fair. How sad. Two years ago I took my children to the fair and our favorite part was visiting the displays, collecting posters from the many organizations. The city needs to do some serious reorganization if the fair is not to slip away from us again.

A few suggestions: Move the fair back to the harbor. It could wrap around from the Aquarium to Rash Field and even spill onto Federal Hill. Change the date to the third week in September. Labor Day weekend was a mistake. Reach out to all community organizations and get them to participate in the fair planning process. The City Fair needs to be a celebration about and of the city of Baltimore. It wasn't this year.

Mary R. Gunther

Baltimore

Recognize unborn

My stomach turned as I read the account written by Loretta Ducote (Other Voices, Aug. 31) concerning the testimony the nurse gave about the baby which survived the abortion and was then placed in a sink, covered and left to die.

What choice did that infant have? How can such cruelty be permitted by a "civilized society"?

The answer is simple: Such infants are non-human beings. They have no name. They have no numbers, no certificates. They do not pay taxes. They are not registered. They are not recognized by the "government." Without such recognition, they cannot be protected by the laws or the rights the rest of us "human beings" have as citizens.

A suggestion: Provide an incentive for parents to register their wanted children with the government. Maybe it means allowing an additional dependent on tax returns or welfare requests for expecting parents.

Recognition by the government of wanted unborn children could be the first step to granting human rights to all people -- born or unborn.

Alan Kurtz

Baltimore

It's enforcement

As a frequent vacationer to Virginia Beach, Va., I naturally have been watching news accounts of the Labor Day activities in that city.

In the many years that I have been going there for vacation I have never noticed the police to be anything but totally professional in dress, manner and behavior. When a police officer takes custody of a person for looting, destruction of property, etc., that is called enforcing the laws of a civilized society.

Wilbur T. Cooper

Baltimore

Tough medicine

I wonder how many Evening Sun readers are aware of th impending furloughs of federal workers that may be brought about because of the provisions of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act. On Aug. 29, all federal employees received a letter informing them of the possibility of furloughs beginning Oct. 1, 1990.

As a spouse of a federal employee, I hope that if these furloughs take place, the Social Security commission closes down the entire Social Security administration for continuous days, not a day or two at a time. If the employees are going to suffer, I hope all recipients of Social Security payments have to suffer also. I know this sounds cruel, but this is the only way Congress will take the necessary steps to avoid this possibility.

Even more frightening is the very real possibility that if these budget cuts take effect, FBI agents, federal prison guards and federal marshals will also be furloughed. Does the American public really want a free crime ticket courtesy of Congress and the White House?

Michele A. Lawrence

Baltimore

Misplaced thanks

The United States is facing a major crisis at home. Thousands of federal employees have received notices of possible furlough. Such an action would have a drastic impact on many government agencies. In addition, thousands of federal employees would be facing major financial woes that would carry over to the general economy.

Contrary to the opinion held by some, the average federal employee is loyal and hard-working. Many studies have shown that federal employees are underpaid compared to their counterparts in the private sector. Yet, these same federal employees are being asked to carry a major part of the burden caused by the country's budget deficit.

And even as this burden is being dropped on the federal employees' shoulders, President Bush is asking Congress to "forgive" a $7 billion debt owed by Egypt. Granted, Egypt has proven a good friend in the present Mideast crisis. But Egypt also has a lot to lose if Iraq is allowed to invade its neighbors with impunity. Egypt, after all, is a lot closer to Iraq than we are.

Congress is in no hurry to pass a budget compromise that insures the stability of many federal agencies and insures the paychecks of thousands of Americans. Yet President Bush wants to say "thanks" to Egypt to the tune of $7 billion. It seems our priorities are out of order -- Americans ought to come first in the eyes of our elected officials.

Jack Michael

Sykesville

Those sexy turbans

Rape? That's what the general in charge of Operation "Desert Shield" called Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Let's hope that his rape metaphor doesn't catch on because, given the traditional treatment of rape victims in the U.S., the result would probably be a declaration that the Kuwaitis had "asked for it" by wearing overly sexy turbans.

John McBeth

Glen Burnie

Druther pay

If I had my druthers, druther pay $5 or more per gallon for gas and oil than send our young men and women to fight and die on foreign soil.

Magdalene B. Fennell

Baltimore

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