The Open Sea
Editor: May I add my protest against building a footbridge between the Rusty Scupper restaurant and Pier 5 in the Inner Harbor? As others have pointed out, this would make Baltimore not a happy harbor but a pitiful pond.
I come from Sydney, Australia, the site of a magnificent open harbor, a large part of whose downtown shoreline has recently been splendidly developed.
The walk and transportation around Sydney's Inner Harbor shoreline is beautiful. And so it is at present with Baltimore.
The footbridge proposed by a London architect to the Baltimore Architectural Review Board would be, to my mind, an utter disaster and ruinous to the Inner Harbor.
It would at best be used by only a small number of people. They could equally well use the transportation available already around the Inner Harbor, which is congenial and convenient.
Let us ''scupper'' the footbridge idea. For such a pathetic project the way would be barred to the open sea.
Winston Churchill said in World War II: ''If we have to choose between Europe'' (transpose to an isolated Inner Harbor) ''and the open sea, we will always choose the open sea.'' And how right he was.
I trust Baltimore will always also choose the open sea, so that those immensely interesting visiting ships and vibrant life they bring to the Inner Harbor can be continued.
The open sea has always been the life blood and beauty of Baltimore. Let it stay that way without any pettifogging footbridges to impede its progress.
Peggy Wallis Harvey.
Editor: Thank you, the voters in the Baltimore metropolitan area, for your trust, confidence and for re-electing me governor.
Together, while I was mayor, we turned the City of Baltimore around and made it a city known all over the world for its progress. When I was elected governor, many worried that I would forget the city.
Since I have been governor, the city has received more financial help and aid than during the previous 10 years. While I had to overcome negative, biased stories, you were able to ferret out the truth and with your help we won even in these difficult times for incumbents.
The city still has money problems, and while there are still areas of the state who do not understand the problems of the city, we are making progress. We worked well with the communities, the business sector, the elected officials and most of all the people of the city. Together we can continue our efforts.
#William Donald Schaefer.
The writer is governor of Maryland.
Free the Banks
Editor: Charles H. Keating Jr. is to be tried for defrauding the depositors of Lincoln Savings and Loan. Five senators are now being ''publicly examined'' for, in the words of some, ''going too far'' in behalf of '' constituent service,'' a euphemism for influence peddling.
The participants in this scandal have already thrown recriminations back and forth, and the press has gullibly accepted the terms of the debate, thus aiding and abetting the cover-up of the greater scandal.
That is, how did these five senators, plus the other 95, plus the hundreds of senators who came before, amass the kind of power which bank presidents might try to buy? How secure are any of us when the power to shut down a bank or not shut it down is in the capricious hands of political creatures who buy and sell ''influence''?
Since the world is awakening to the idiocy of centralized state power, it would be well if people realized that the alternative to socialism is not our current system of politically dominated banking.
It is free market banking, where banks would not be coerced into joining a federal ''system'' but would be subject to the much more effective and unforgiving regulation of the marketplace and the laws governing fraud.
There would be no public bailouts under this system, and we, the taxpaying public, would therefore not be subjected to an unending tax burden to pay for the criminality or bad judgment of foolhardy bankers.
And senators would have no power to help the bankers who are their friends or to hurt the bankers who are their enemies or to extort campaign contributions from any banker.
In the meantime, note that the private businessman, Keating, was jailed for several weeks prior to trial, while the five senators are still freely walking the halls of Congress to accumulate more power still for the welfare state and its rulers, and then to award still more ''influence'' to their ''constituents.''
John L. Pattillo.
Editor: Now that the Berlin Wall is down, Germany is reunited and World Wars I and II are over, is it not time for the name of Redwood Street to be changed back to German Street in honor of the German-Americans who fought and died in both wars?
Gerard H. Kessler.
Not Just Racists Voted for David Duke