'Monster' ThisEditor: If a restaurant ad said, "Bring your...


February 23, 1991

'Monster' This

Editor: If a restaurant ad said, "Bring your gluttonous self to ravage our food," would you think they respected you as a customer?" What if a theater advertised, "Come with your silly friends to see our flicks"? Would you be enticed into going there?

The Maryland Science Center's dinosaur exhibit is advertising with a campaign that says, "bring your little monster to see ours." My 5-year-old has seen this ad during cartoon programs and thinks it means to take his toy dinosaurs with him to the Science Center. Poor kid doesn't know he's being insulted.

The folks behind this Science Center ad don't think it show disdain for their young paying customers. They insist that the ad is funny. Well, it's about as funny as any ethnic or racial joke would be.

I don't plan on bringing my son to a place where his ticket will be accepted by people who have publicly called him a monster. If the Science Center wants to smirk about children, perhaps they should rethink what their mission, if they have one, is all about.

D. Clark Levine. Towson.

PAC Limits, Etc.

Editor: The leadership of the General Assembly, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., are to be congratulated for their sponsorship of bills which would bring long-needed reform to our election process.

Special interests, as represented by political action committees, have been contributing increasingly large amounts of money to candidates. Winners in the 1990 General Assembly campaign spent a total of $10.1 million, which was $3 million more than was spent by the winners of 1986. Even more disturbing is the fact that 71 percent more was contributed by PACs than had been true in 1986.

The set of recommendations announced by the leadership included a suggested limit of $8,000 per candidate on contributions by PACs. Although this is certainly better than no limit at all, it is too high. I earnestly hope that the limit will be lowered and a cap of $4,000 will be put on PAC campaign contributions.

There is little doubt that reform of our election process is long overdue. When passed, the legislation now under consideration will go far to combat "the perception that democracy has been corrupted by special interests."

$Josephine W. Marbury. Baltimore.

Aris T. Allen

Editor: "Aris T. Allen, Pathfinder," (editorial, Feb. 12), although a splendid polemic and in retrospect an excellent reflection of Dr. Aris T. Allen the man, is not complete.

I wish to complete the entire portrait of the man and present another side of this wonderful, complex and humanitarian human being.

I came to know Dr. Allen as a result of my appointment by the governor to the Morgan State University board of regents. For almost three years I sat across from him during board meetings. I gained over the years some insight into this wonderful man.

Dr. Allen was a pathfinder, as your editorial states. Yes, he was interested in the development of our young people, regardless of their station in life or color.

Dr. Allen worked very hard as a board member, considering the many responsibilities he carried. He was available as vice chairman of Morgan's board to anyone seeking help.

This hard-working, warm and soft-spoken American always had time in his busy schedule to help solve problems related either to the board or students at Morgan. One of his major priorities was to see young people improve in all areas of life.

Although not mentioned in your editorial, Dr. Aris Allen took his responsibilities in relationship to education very seriously at Morgan. He told me many times, ''Our youth are our future.''

Dr. Allen was not only a large man in body, he was also large in mind and spirit. He found few tasks that he could not accomplish.

I was fortunate, along with my wife, to share a small part of this world and to become friends. He loved life, he loved his fellow man and was a model of the best of what a family man should He was, further, a great admirer and aficionado of large-breed working dogs. He possessed the virtues of patience, loyalty and ability to make friends with almost any individual.

I am a better person for having the good fortune of meeting Dr. Aris T. Allen. He will be missed by citizens throughout this state. Further, he will be missed by many at Morgan State University. Dr. Allen was indeed a pathfinder in all aspects of his long and productive life.

John A. Micklos. Baltimore.

I Mean Like

Editor: You know, I mean like, there's somekinda revolution going on . . . okay? Somehow, it's happening like everywhere. I mean, you know, people are just like . . . talking . . . right?

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