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April 30, 1991

Johnny Unitas remembered as great man

It is with great distress that I have read recent news articles depicting in graphic detail the financial adversity which has befallen Baltimore Colts hero Johnny Unitas. To see this good person undergo such suffering strikes at the heart of me.

I know little about the world of high finance. What I will never forget is that a few brief years ago when Mr. Unitas was an owner of the Golden Arm Restaurant on York Road, his presence brought a special panache to that establishment above and beyond the excellent service, courtesy, good food and attention to detail which still exists today.

Mr. Unitas' frequent and surprise visits added extra flair to an already enjoyable meal. When he walked in the front door of the Golden Arm during busy lunchtime hours, the entire restaurant buzzed with delightful anticipation. Waves of whispered excitement flowed from table to table as patrons wondered it they would get a glimpse of "No. 19." Almost invariably Johnny stopped at every table offering smiles, handshakes and words of warm greeting.

My fondest recollections are of Johnny stopping by our table when I was dining with my late uncle, Bill Reiter. An avid sports fan, Uncle Bill's delight was unparalleled on these occasions. Uncle Bill beamed like a college kid who just won the Heisman trophy.

As the years carry us out of this tumultuous century, the annals of sports history will record for posterity the legendary athletic accomplishments of Johnny Unitas, and the business reverses which loom so large today may be wiped into oblivion as time bestows a clean slate on which to write a new success story. But I will always remember Johnny Unitas as the great man who took time to bring a smile to the face of someone I loved dearly.

Linda Flaherty

Baltimore

The LMF disease

President Bush masterfully orchestrated the forces against Saddam Hussein; victory was never in doubt. His vocal urgings to the Iraqi people to rid themselves of Saddam carried with them a strong message that they would be assisted by the coalition forces.

Bush then let the man he called another "Hitler" slaughter his own people. Bush coldly called the killings an "internal matter." He preferred to ignore the moral imperatives and his culpability in the potential Holocaust. British, French and world opinion finally persuaded him to alter his position.

Kuwait has been liberated, the oil fields are still burning and Saddam still rules in Baghdad. Meanwhile, the Kurds are still dying. Bush's conduct revealed a lack of moral fiber that does not bode well for his leadership achieving any stability in the Mideast.

Thomas M. Waldron

Glen Burnie

Fool's game

"It's all but official now that Republicans will go after working-class white votes next year with what amounts to a racist pitch," according to Jim Fain ("Bush's Southern strategy," April 24).

That a national leader would maintain power by inflaming racial passions is nothing new in history. This century provides infamous examples.

Sad to say, Fain's prediction is consistent with a domestic policy based on tax cuts and prison construction. This "supply-side" duplicity gave us a bull market in stocks, bonds and poverty. Even our AAA-rated state government foresees massive layoffs.

Instead of a jobs bill, Bush offers a crime bill. Prisons: America's growth industry.

Exploiting the insecurity they created, Republicans mouth incantations to working-class whites: "quota bill" "Willie Horton" "colorblind."

It is a fool's game they play!

Gregory Lewis

Baltimore

Who'll be next?

Before you jump on the "2020" bandwagon and side with fanatics who want to take land-use control away from those who own the land, you'd better realize that you will be next on their hit list . . . after they've used you.

Let's see, fellow "greenies," how many trees could be saved if The Sun's Sunday edition were limited in size? How many trees

could be saved if weekend editions were eliminated and banned altogether.

Think it's impossible? Better think again. You're next, after the landowners lose their rights.

J. Douglas Parran

St. Leonard

Irreverent

In an automobile maker's commercial, survivors of head-on collisions attest a safety feature for drivers. One says, "I thank God and my air bag."

Egad, this gratitude to the Deity may be inadvertently irreverent. Suppose others besides this person were in that crash and were killed. It's now suggested that either God could save only one, neglected to save any other or decided not to do so.

For the thanksgiving to reflect dignity on God, the commercial should say: "I thank God for the air bag."

R. D. Reese

Baltimore

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