Jail guards here need more respect
In response to the April 1 editorial, "Corrections Crisis," regarding the grand jury report about Baltimore City Jail and the suggestion made to create a cadet program, the jail has already instituted and abolished a cadet program.
What the writer fails to realize is very few worthwhile prospects would consider entering into a program of this nature at any penal institution after viewing first-hand the extremely hazardous and stressful working conditions.
In addition, very few people respect the profession. Of course, its very difficult for the public to have respect for a profession in which administrators refuse to allow their own officers to make even the most minor decisions related to inmate care.
The only way that the corrections profession will ever gain the recognition it truly deserves is by more public involvement, improved wages and benefits, higher performance standards and, last but not least, the respect it deserves from its own superiors.
Gregory C. Filley
The writer is a Baltimore City Jail corrections officer.
All we wanted was a scorecard.
My six-year-old son and I arrived 40 minutes before game time on Opening Day. The boy had learned to keep score last summer and suddenly sitting through nine innings was no problem for him. So off we set in search of a program. Five ramps and half a dozen concession stands later, no luck. Sold out, we were told.
Sold out of programs? On the last opening day ever at Memorial Stadium? How could this be? And that's when I saw him: A middle-aged man with a beer belly and a grocery bag full of programs. One more living example of the heartless, speculative greed that has sucked the joy out of a game that so many of us once loved.
"Can I buy one of your scorecards?" I asked. "No way," the man replied, turning on his heel. Visions of twenties and fifties danced in his head, no doubt, as he imagined gouging young children (or, more likely, their parents) at some not-too-distant baseball memorabilia convention.
It is seldom I disagree with all of the letters to the editor, but The Evening Sun of April 3 managed to have a perfect score in the Forum.
The letter about the Persian Gulf war being a crime against the environment should have been signed St. Paul of Nature or simply God.
Although the depth of thought reached the level of a bumper sticker, the writer was sure he knew everything and had the solution to all problems.
The letter about students of law was quite upbeat. Unfortunately, what this country needs is lawyers who know something about English. Let's hope the students only learned to appreciate the law. We really don't need more lawyers.
And how can anyone fault the decision to allow pregnant women to have the right to work around toxic chemicals? But make sure they have to work until just before delivery. That would lessen the problem of how to pay for the medical care of the deformed children.
A second environmental letter had your attempt at humor (it was, wasn't it?) defacing it. The letter wasn't really all that bad. The writer was a bit silly, though. There is nothing mysterious about a conservation measure failing in the House of Delegates. Reelection money and constituents' greed make development more attractive than the preservation of trees.
Finally, there was the letter berating the editors for not being smart enough to assume they are not always right. An error was pointed out. This is unfair. I have followed the Orioles' ownership and management for years. I have worked in many places of business. Simple competence was never a requirement for advancement or for the right to hold an opinion. It is unfair to demand it of editors.
A cruel hoax
Whenever I read or hear about Donald Schaefer being mentioned as a presidential candidate, I feel as though I've awakened from a dream and it's all an aberration. Hasn't this state embarrassed itself enough with former governors Agnew and Mandel? In 1986 didn't we send Barbara Mikulski, another political liability, to the U.S. Senate?
We owe our country more than we have offered to date. To advance our current governor as a serious presidential candidate is a cruel hoax, no matter how humorous the suggestion may be.
Joseph L. Bishop
In an Other Voices article (March 19) and in a recent "This Week with David Brinkley" focusing on the large numbers of college athletes who do not graduate from college, Rep. Tom McMillen says Congress ought to pass legislation regulating college athletics. In other words, McMillen is suggesting that sports such as college basketball be socialized.
McMillen has not yet learned that there are areas of life that Congress cannot and should not micro-manage. Every college and university has different admission and graduation standards. It should be up to the individual, not Congress, to decide whether or not a school is right for him or her. After all, a Congress that has not balanced a budget in over a decade is in no position to tell any responsible institution what to do.
Furthermore, who can say where Congress will draw the line on regulating sports? Will problems concerning local little league games be arbitrated by a bureaucrat in Washington?