Editor: The article "Wonderful Life" (Opinion * Commentary, Dec. 26) leads me to write about my visit to Black Marsh in eastern Baltimore County.
There, for the first time in my life, I saw bald eagles in flight. In the 1,310-acre park of wetlands and woods, I saw hawks and herons and deer and the tracks of muskrats. I saw the beautiful open water of the Chesapeake Bay. All this lies within 15 minutes of the Baltimore beltway. I talked with watermen who told me that the crabbing was good and that this year's rockfish hatch there had been more successful than in most parts of the bay.
Now I understand that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources wants to pour some concrete over this very beautiful and also valuable natural resource. The department proposes to build a large amphitheater, a food facility, several other structures and parking lots. Some wildlife, including the bald eagles, need a large expanse of wild area to survive. Young crabs and rockfish need extended wetlands to nurture them as they grow. Black Marsh should be preserved, not destroyed.
Suzanne E. Chapelle.
Editor: I am appalled by the Public Service Commission's recent decision forcing C&P Telephone Co. of Maryland to block its Caller ID telephone service upon customers' request.
C&P has voluntarily agreed to provide blocking for law officers, state and charitable agencies, and presumably anyone else where necessity dictated. Now, however, the company has been ordered to put the phones right back in the hands of the pranksters and obscene callers.
Who is the Public Service Commission thinking about when the benefits of the Caller ID service for the public are less important than the privacy of one individual?
Editor: As the United Nations deadline approaches for Iraqi forces to withdraw from Kuwait, President Bush might well find comfort in the writings of Gen. George S. Patton to buttress his own view that offensive action taken sooner rather than later could prove the wisest strategy.
In his autobiography, "War as I Knew It," the tough combat commander wrote:
"A good (war) plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan next week. War is a very simple thing, and the determining characteristics are self-confidence, speed and audacity. None of these things can ever be perfect, but they can be good."
Patton was acknowledged by military experts as the ablest Allied general in World War II in the art of pursuing and defeating the enemy. Taking a leaf from his book and mounting an early massive all-out strike against Saddam Hussein's forces might in the end save more American lives than getting bogged down in a prolonged conflict.
Albert E. Denny.
Editor: David Gordon referred to Israel as the ''host country'' of the Palestinians. His definition of ''host'' would appear to be analogous to Saddam Hussein's definition of ''guest.''
Editor: The customers of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. should have great difficulty in understanding the need for huge rate increases, when the company can lease a luxury sky-box at the new baseball stadium at $225,000 for three years.
The members of the Public Service Commission should hang their heads in shame.
David F. Eastman.
Editor: One more word on the Linowes Commission: The proposed 5.5 percent sales tax should go to 6 percent. Then nothing else has to be taxed. This seems fair to everyone and not just to a few people.
Gerald A. Yamin.
Editor: I hope it is not true that there are plans to tear down the Northern District police station on Keswick Street.
It is one of the finest architectural landmarks in Baltimore, a perfect example of a style at its peak, a building which landmark-protective metropolises such as New York and Boston would fight tooth and nail to save and, to top all, in relatively top form, owing no doubt to the care given by its honorable occupants.
I was born and raised in California, lived a decade in San Francisco and another in Manhattan before discovering and moving to this fine city. I am now proud to call Maryland my home.
Just this Christmas day, I was out for a walk in the beautiful Johns Hopkins Homewood area and cutting back toward Hampden. I saw with joy this landmark, rising above the landscape. I thought: What a fine and traditional city! When I later strolled past, I marveled again at this formal brick monument.
Three days later, I read in your paper that its demolition is planned. I am appalled.