BSO on television
We have in Baltimore one of the greatest symphony orchestras in the country and yet we never have the opportunity to see it on television.
New York has its symphony and Boston has its "Pops" on public television several times each year.
Why not our own? Why can't our big companies organize enough advertisers to have our own orchestra show its wares?
Much discussion has taken place in the media relative to the future direction of Baltimore city schools, and I as an educator in the city schools for 17 years believe that a scholar and educational leader of the stature of Dr. Samuel L. Banks is urgently needed as superintendent.
I base this belief on three points: (1) Dr. Banks has consistently demonstrated distinguished leadership in curriculum and instruction, both locally and nationally. This is widely known throughout our school system. (2) A superior organizer and motivator, he possesses a splendid vision to bring our staff together to serve the 108,000 students enrolled in the Baltimore city school system. (3) He commands the respect and admiration of the staff and community as a result of copious writings and direct involvement in a variety of community activities such as the NAACP and the Urban League to improve the quality of life in Baltimore.
Dr. Banks is well qualified as a scholar and instructional leader to provide dynamic, creative and effective leadership of the Baltimore school system.
Collis D. Patterson
I am dismayed to note that many articles have appeared recently in The Baltimore Sun apparently advocating higher taxes. I certainly hope this approach to dealing with the anticipated state deficit is not shared by our elected officials. I am sure it is not shared by the majority of taxpayers.
Studies of government economics in recent years have demonstrated that tax increases do not reduce deficits. Rather, they stimulate additional spending. The only real way to reduce a deficit is to reduce spending. Probably the best way to do this is by an across-the-board cut. Surely every department and every program could stand a 5 percent cut without seriously reducing services. It is simply a matter of improving efficiency, restraining salary and wage increases and eliminating bureaucratic bloating.
Richard K. Eberts Sr.
Best concert yet
Regarding Judas Priest's concert Dec. 9, as a long-time fan, I disagree with Nestor Aparicio's statement that they have "fallen into the nameless, faceless, one-dimensional trappings of anonymous speed metal."
I have seen them in concert three times and found them to be improving with age rather than "rusting out." The "Painkiller" tour seems to me to be the best yet, proving that they may be aging, but they've still got what it takes.
Mr. Aparicio may also want to take a look at the "Stained Class" album ` the song he quoted in his article as "Beyond the Arms of Death" is actually titled "Beyond the Realms of Death." Yes, he is entitled to his views, but he should first verify his information before putting it into print. Could it be that other parts of his review also are in error?
Last Aug. 30, your papers carried a supplement titled "Black Arts and Entertainment." On Dec. 13, your papers had a supplement titled "Black Business."
Since I am sure most of your subscribers are not black, when can we expect supplements for the other subscribers to your papers?
John G. Baublitz Jr.
A Majority supports U.S.in Mideast
In his Dec. 13 letter to the editor, A. Robert Kaufman sanctimoniously and myopically concludes that the "literate majority" opposes the sending of troops to Saudi Arabia because a preponderance of letters printed in the Forum do not support the aggressive posture taken by President Bush. He proceeds to wonder when the public can expect to hear from the "illiterate minority" on this subject.
Perhaps Mr. Kaufman could expand his parochial horizons and read the editorial sction of other newspapers or look at any scientifically administered public opinion poll taken on the subject. Even though the majority of letters chosen for pbulication by The Evening Sun may reflect opposition to the U.S. military buildup in the Persian Gulf, Mr. Kaufman and others like him need to realize that the overwhelming majority of Americans support the present American military stance in the MNiddle East.
Mr. Kaufman is free to express his opinion. However, for him to assume that those who disagree with his position speak for an "illiterate minority" simply because their views are not printed in the editorial section of lhis preferred newspaper represents the height of arrogance and provincial thinking.
Michael E. Marr Jr.
As one of the "illiterates who support Bush's escalation," I found A. Robert Kaufman's leter of Dec. 13 extremely supercilious. Obviously Mr. Kaufman has a propensity for oversimplification and flippancy. As one of the "literate majority," it would behoove Mr. Kaufman to consider mor authoritative sources on which to base his comments instead of "the plethora of letters to the Forum."
C. William Manunes