The Great Days of 'Pickin' Eggs'
Editor: I have tried to restrain myself from entering the "Pickin' Eggs" stories, but obviously things were different in various parts of Baltimore City.
I was born in Waverly, lived in the house of my birth for 75 years and well remember the days of "Egg Pickin' " after Easter.
In our area the cry was "Who gotta guinea egg? Who wanna picka me? Who gotta eggggg?"
This was the favorite way of inviting some other fellow to come and try his luck. Only raw eggs were used.
First you practically hid the egg in your closed hand with the point barely showing and the other guy would attempt to crack your egg. You then reversed the egg so that the butt end was exposed and again the fellow would try to crack that end with his egg butt.
If one end cracked, you reversed the egg so that point met butt or butt met point. When an egg was cracked on both ends, you lost it to the challenger. Great care was taken in selecting eggs, as some seemed to have harder shells than others. I liked brown eggs best.
Sometimes "cheaters" would attempt to bore a small hole in the egg and insert plaster of Paris. Those were great days.
Beverly Ernest Earp.
Set Him Straight
Editor: "We've got to protect public property," said George G. Balog of the Baltimore City Public Works Department when asked about the expeditiously removed hand-painted "Hon" in the "Welcome to Baltimore" sign. I find this quote rather ironic in view of the department's incompetent means of handling a $7.7-million, eight-story garage that was authorized wutgiyt a state waterways construction permit.
It will only cost the taxpayers an additional $216,450 to tear down and redesign parts of this magnificent structure built in a flood plain. What a bargain! Maybe it's time for someone to help Mr. Balog get his priorities in order.
Editor: The state has severely cut its funding for a program crucial to oyster production. The program transplants seed oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, which is essential for the growth and harvesting of oysters. This budget cut will not only effect oyster production, but also the aggregate health of the bay.
Oysters are essential for the food chain. Many organisms feed on oyster bars and then become food for fish. Also, oysters filter 50-60 gallons of water a day each, acting as a water filtering system that significantly reduces sediment. The oystermen of the bay need to address this issue immediately to keep oyster production and water quality at a satisfactory level.
One answer to the problem would be for the oyster farmers to form a cooperative. A cooperative of oyster farmers could bring a group of entrepreneurs together in a venture that would transplant the seed oysters and eliminate the disastrous effects to oyster production and water quality. Also, a cooperative can help farmers reduce costs and get a higher return in the marketplace. They could jointly process and market their product, purchase production supplies and significantly enhance the health of the Chesapeake Bay.
Many farmers now are using computers, genetics and satellites for everything from alfalfa yields to zucchini production. In many instances the capital needed for these ventures is the result of forming cooperatives. By working together these oystermen could improve their own incomes, the state's economy and the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Without an immediate and cooperative approach to this problem, the threat to survival of oysters and the bay will only get worse.
Brian A. Pomykala.
Editor: A recent article detailed the Planned Parenthood's efforts to help kids deal with ''a web of woes -- including drugs, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy.'' This article was very distressing.
The impulse to help young people in this adverse world is a beautiful thing and should be nurtured. But are kids really being served by programs such as these? The writer of the article stated that the Planned Parenthood ''Teen Empowerment'' groups get results. The only result cited, however, was a more favorable attitude toward condom use.
Our kids are so needy.
They need love and fortitude and courage to face so many ills. Some say that promoting condoms to kids empowers them.
I cannot agree.
It is not reassuring to me that 14- and 15-year-old girls (the ages of group participants cited in the article) ''could help a man put on a condom.''
A parent quoted in the article blames her daughter for being spoiled. The writer of the article refers to gold jewelry as a ''kid-type thing.'' Many parents participating in the program said their teens were fixated on money, sex and cars. If we truly wish to serve our kids, we need to stop promoting these fixations.
We must stop reinforcing the lie of a child's right to excessive material goods and unbounded sexual expression.
We need to stop dragging our kids down into the evil pressures of the world, pretending that we have no control over them.