33rd Street Plans
Editor: Recently, I attended a neighborhood meeting at Union Memorial Hospital to see the proposed new building and parking lot. Neighbors from the Charles Village Civic Association and the Oakenshawe Improvement Association were there.
I was amazed at the negative feeling and cautious approach in the room. The hospital is proposing to replace the nurses' school, provide another parking lot and tear down several buildings it owns along 33rd Street for a possible day-care center.
I feel that these great proposals will provide needed services for all kinds of people, who will get to see a slice of our lovely neighborhoods. No matter what ends up facing 33rd Street, it will be well maintained, well groomed and will be attractive.
I feel that neighborhood concerns would be better directed toward the Greenmount Avenue corridor, which is littered with bottles, trash and leaves.
Ann W. Howell.
Editor: When Walt Kelly died, I was convinced his unique way of depicting and satirizing the foibles of life could never be duplicated. Thus it was with great skepticism that I greeted the rebirth of the "Pogo" comic strip. Much to my delight, Mr. Kelly's successors did an admirable job of capturing the spirit of the original.
This makes it all the more painful to be deprived once again of this classic. I can only conclude that "Pogo" is an acquired taste, thus the brief exposure you gave the recent iteration did not allow a new generation time to gain an appreciation of its combination of subtlety and broad brush humor. Pity.
Also, one must assume The Sun has a quota system that obliges it to carry a locally written strip. How else could you justify "The Stanley Family."
Editor: It looks as if the government vultures are getting ready to prey on the hard-earned money of the citizenry again. It started with the federal cronies (those who so obscenely allow themselves another salary increase), followed by the local executive (Howard County) and now by the pronouncement from another ''hallowed'' commission that called for increased taxes despite voters' ''no-new-tax, no-additional-tax'' message in Maryland.
Well, I for one am completely opposed to this interpretation. Living in one of the highest (No. 3) taxing states in the union, I cannot accept the arrogance of government to add to the burden we already live under. It's about time for all Maryland citizens to cry out that we've had enough.
Otto C. Beyer.
Editor: Question: How do The Sun's editorial writers have an understanding of issues concerning Louisiana, racism and David Duke?
Answer: They don't.
The Sun ran a story Oct. 8 comparing anti-incumbent moods in Massachusetts and Oklahoma to Mr. Duke receiving 44 percent of the vote in his bid for a U.S. Senate seat. But The Sun's Oct. 10 editorial contradicted the Oct. 8 story by characterizing Mr. Duke's support as coming from a racist electorate in an economically disadvantaged environment.
The Sun's editorial disagreed with a Tulane professor who said the racial and anti-incumbent backlashes were equal reasons for David Duke's vote total. When it comes to Louisiana politics, I hope readers will believe a New Orleans professor over a Baltimore editorial writer.
The November elections showed an anti-incumbent mood across America. True, only one incumbent U.S. senator was ousted. However, several incumbent governors were given the boot and Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J., and other incumbents barely won. It's unfair and inaccurate to cry "racism" for Louisiana and "anti-incumbency" for the rest of the country.
To add to the ignorance of the editorial, The Sun claims "Louisiana led the nation into the recession." Even before the Gulf crisis and the rise in oil prices, Louisiana's economy has been slowly improving.
It's ludicrous to suggest that one state could lead America into a recession, especially when that one state's economy has performed directly opposite of the rest of the country's over the past 10 years.
As a journalism student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, I usually defend, not attack, the press at almost every chance I get. But after growing up in Baton Rouge, La., I couldn't let The Sun blast Louisiana without just cause.
Lost 'Silver Spots'
Editor: Phillip Davis' article about the "silver spot" butterfly's decline in Maryland brought back pleasant childhood memories. My dad and I spent many delightful summer hours during the early Fifties collecting butterflies in northern Baltimore County along Dulaney Valley and Old York roads. At that time the area was largely undeveloped.