Believer that politicians have an inalienable...

AS A FIRM

February 04, 1991

AS A FIRM believer that politicians have an inalienable right to change their minds, this department hereby recommends that Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke revoke his decision to inflict the ugly, obtrusive visitors center for the U.S.F. Constellation on the citizens of this region until most of us now living reach dotage or the grave.

Indeed, as the mayor seeks the approval of voters for another term, he has an excellent opportunity to turn his blunder into a bonanza.

He could arrange to have the Constellation towed into the middle of the Inner Harbor. From that vantage, it could train its cannons on the visitors center and open fire as a dramatic setting for the launching of the Schmoke re-election campaign. Provided that by dawn's early light the visitors center is no longer there, his victory would be assured.

The alternative is intolerable. Under an agreement with the city, the visitors center may continue to block the public's view of the Constellation until 2028. By that time, our 40-year-old mayor will be 77 years old and thoroughly sick and tired of having people blame him for this monstrosity at Harborplace.

AU.S. appeals court has announced, "We defer to the commission's expertise and judgment" to the Federal Communications Commission, which told a Fredonia, N.Y., radio broadcaster he can neither renew his license nor sell it after finding he discriminated in hiring, lied to the commission and held a contest and kept the prize.

Henry Serafin, owner of station WBUZ-AM, said he was "in shock" over the commission's finding him not to be of good enough character to keep his station. From here, it

sounds like a pretty good thing.

THE HEART OF a pig could be transplanted to beat inside a human chest by the year 2000, according to a recent American Heart Association statement.

Two advantages of using pig hearts instead of hearts of more closely related species such as monkeys are 1) the spread of viruses like AIDS is not a problem, and 2) they come in a variety of sizes.

A representative from the heart association said that many people are troubled by the thought of using the organs of primates in humans. Then again, if the heart fits, use it.

WHEN IT comes to spending money, society makes life easy.

Yet when it is our turn to be on the receiving line, things get complicated, drawn-out and delayed.

For instance, count the number of people served per minute in crawling unemployment and welfare lines; now, see how rapidly the lines of waiting customers are served at race tracks and casinos. The profit motive is a good reason to run things with true efficiency.

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