Ward MuseumEditor: I would like to respond to two recent...


March 04, 1991

Ward Museum

Editor: I would like to respond to two recent letters indicating an apparent misconception concerning the funding of the new Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art.

This unique art museum is being constructed by the Ward Foundation and dedicated to the perpetuation of wildfowl art.

The Ward Foundation is a private, non-profit organization funded more than 20 years ago to preserve the American art form of decoy carving.

Due to the phenomenal growth of the foundation and steadily increasing interest in wildfowl art, the foundation's volunteer board of trustees committed to building the new museum.

With the help of dedicated, civic-minded men and women, private donors and companies have committed to raise a total of $5.3 million to build the museum.This fund-raising effort has been a joint partnership of public and private funds.

To date the state has generously committed to $1.5 million in the form of matching grants.

While we are extremely grateful for the essential financial support from the state of Maryland, it should be clearly understood that it is through the volunteer efforts of the foundation's members, the board of trustees and supporters that the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and the exciting future of

wildfowl art will become a reality.

Ralph A. Bufano.


The writer is executive director of the Ward Foundation. Editor: The controversy surrounding the award of the Maryland lottery contract is a classic example of why legislation to control political action committee contributions and political fund-raising by lobbyists is essential.

According to media reports, the administration extended deadlines, altered contract bid specifications and changed the award decision authority to insure that a company represented by a top lobbyist friendly with the administration would win the contract.

One can only wonder if the fact that this lobbyist raised tens of thousands of dollars for the governor's political campaign and recently attended a $1,500-a-plate dinner had anything to do with these decisions.

Legislation that would at least make some attempt to control these abuses has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly this year.

We are tired of the sleaze that constantly seems to permeate Maryland politics and we want genuine reform.

John H. O'Hara.


Bad Talk

Editor: The letter Feb. 23, ''I Mean Like,'' was long overdue. The ungrammatical use of the word ''like'' seems to have started with that cigarette slogan. ''Winston's taste good, like a cigarette should.''

How its use has proliferated since them. Your correspondent certainly has described the present state of English in the U.S. ''Like,'' he says, ''somekinda revolution going on. Okay?''

Another point. Recently I learned that the Spanish language has what is called ''linkage'' of words. That seems to be why all the words run together and one reason why we no longer have or teach diction in our English language in the U.S.

Can't help wondering what H. L. Mencken would have to say if he had to watch television today or had to try to understand the young people's speech. Certainly not many of them would have found employment in those early days of radio and television when good diction was a top requirement.

Mary P. W. Kendall.



Editor: Your editorial concerning the State Highway Administration's plans to construct an eight-story office building adjacent to the B&O warehouse at Camden Yards reflected the outrage of the real estate development community of Baltimore and the state.

With the economy in its most serious decline in decades and several tax-generating development projects on hold, the state is foregoing an opportunity to stimulate revenue-producing development. It is bad enough that the highway administration is vacating its North Calvert Street location when the Class B office market is experiencing a 20 percent vacancy rate. To do so without creating a positive offset is unconscionable.

Larry J. Smith.


The writer is executive director of the Downtown Office Marketing Task Force.

Will's Words

Editor: George F. Will made a statement on the Opinion * Commentary page on Feb. 21, ''I believe persons are what they read.''

I agree, but I feel more importantly that ''persons'' are what they think. Thinking controls one's emotions and thus, one's attitude.

It's not what happens to us in life, good or bad, that controls, but how we think about it. Shakespeare said that ''There is nothing good or bad, but thinking makes it so.''

I always read Mr. Will's column to hone my vocabulary, although I think at times he tends to be a pedantic polymath, but then again I have a lot to learn.

G. Denmead LeVinnes.


No C.O.

Editor: Army Spec/4 Leonard Jackson joined the Army four years ago because he had a three year old, a pregnant wife and ''no money or prospects. . . Sometimes you have to turn to the Army to feed your family or learn a skill or get an education.''

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