Editor: The March 10 column by Sydney Schanberg regardin U.S. policy toward Cambodia throws ice cold water on the warm glow of victory following the war in the gulf. While reading this, my mind's eye conjures up two contrasting images. The first is that of George Bush's Hail-to-the-Chief party before Congress, while the other consists of the huge pile of human skulls portrayed in "The Killing Fields."
For those with the stomach to watch, this film chronicled the genocidal rampage perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the late 1970s. How odd that the government which successfully prosecuted a technically flawless war against the evil that is Saddam Hussein sees fit to ignore -- even indirectly support -- Pol Pot's continuing effort to regain control in Cambodia. Of course, Mr. Pot is fighting a government installed by that eternal bane of the Pentagon, Vietnam, and Cambodia has no oil to speak of.
The truly amazing thing about political hypocrisy is not its depth -- one does become somewhat inured after a while -- but rather the ease with which it is found. One need only turn one's head, in this case, one third the way around the world, from the Middle East to Southeast Asia.
Loss of Heritage
Editor: Frank Somerville's article concerning the auction o Tiffany stained-glass windows from an Episcopal Diocese-owned building on Monument Street should serve as a call to action to church members who are interested in historic preservation.
A telephone conversation, concerning the windows, with an aide of Bishop A. Theodore Eastman was answered with comments regarding the fiduciary responsibility of the diocese. A question concerning whether the diocese also had a responsibility to the community was answered mainly with a stammer.
It has been only a short time since the state and numerous individuals provided well over $500,000 to restore St. Paul's Rectory for temporary use by Preservation Maryland. St. Paul's Parish will ultimately receive the full benefit.
It appears the Episcopal Diocese management did not get the message that Baltimore landmarks are precious to her citizens, as they have responded by proposing to sell off her treasures.
Apparently the diocese regards this cannibalization as a financial matter only, with no regard for Baltimore heritage.
Whats next? Anyone want a statue, an altar, a painting, an organ?
Paul F. McKean.
Editor: It's been hard to believe what the media are doing t Gov. William Donald Schaefer.
A few incidents have been blown completely out of proportion and given coverage over and over again. The war in the Middle East almost pales in comparison.
When you stop and think about it, what are his sins? What is all the news about?
Maryland has a governor who reads all his mail and actually takes phone calls from average citizens. He listens to radio talk shows and calls in to respond. To me, this is a man who cares and is doing his job beyond what we would normally expect of a busy governor.
In his first term he traveled to every county, city and town in this state to meet with and listen to citizens.
Think of the thousands and thousands of letters and conversations from citizens. Most of these are requesting something, expressing a problem with government or venting frustration in some form.
All are read. All merit a response. Most, where possible, are reacted to in a positive manner. Red tape is cut, agencies attempt to help, individual staff members go to see the person(s) -- all at the governor's insistence.
In a handful of instances -- out of the thousands -- he has reacted to citizens whom he felt were wrong or misinformed. If anything, maybe the governor is a little too human.
Governor Schaefer has given us too much of himself over too many years to be treated as he has been lately. Let's give him a break.
Richard H. Trainor.
The writer is former state secretary of transportation.
Still a Champ
Editor: I am writing to you concerning your March 17 Sunda Sun article, "The Decline and Fall of a Champion, Johnny Unitas."
This article disturbed me deeply. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Unitas at National Circuits Inc. I remember him as one of the nicest men you could meet, and so down to earth.
Due to my age, I never knew him as Johnny Unitas, the No. 1 quarterback and a man Baltimore adores. I knew him as Mr. Unitas, a fellow worker. When I first met him, I didn't even realize who he was. I am probably the only person in Maryland naive enough to ask him whether he used to play football.
Occasionally, people would just come in off the street, ask i "the" Johnny Unitas really worked there and then ask to see him. He always made time to come out and shake their hands and give them an autograph, and never complained. You didn't have to be a "big" person for him to be nice to you.