Alternative to 'politically correct'The reactionary fear...

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May 13, 1991

Alternative to 'politically correct'

The reactionary fear against movements which have been called "politically correct," even the naming of the term itself, is propagated by people (mostly men, mostly white, mostly straight) to maintain privileged existences and attitudes of supremacy.

If you want to brand me politically correct for wanting to secure basic civil rights for all people and not just the majority in power, go ahead.

The alternative, living with the realities of racism, rape and bashings against various people, unofficially sanctioned by a system that refuses to adapt to changing lives, seems the greater evil.

Jim Vitrano

Baltimore

Boost for Sinai

In response to Dan Rodricks' April 26 column about Barbara Walters speaking at Sinai Hospital's 125th anniversary celebration: Ms. Walters' appearance was sponsored and paid for by the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary, which conducts its own income-producing activities. In fact, the cost of the Barbara Walters program was largely offset by ticket sales to an audience of 1,100 a full house.

Unfortunately, Rodricks also made no mention of the other highlight of the evening: our check presentation to the hospital for $125,000 to purchase a state-of-the-art, neo-natal monitoring system for high-risk newborns.

Additional funds generated by the auxiliary's 2,500 members go toward hospital support programs sibling workshops for expectant families, first-grader experience for children in a hospital setting, parenting classes, toys, books and safety seats for pediatric patients and a premier "Years Program for Seniors." We also fund scholarship positions for employees so that their children may take advantage of quality child care in our soon-to-open day care center.

Ellen Schapiro

Baltimore

The writer is president of the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary.

Slurs at the races

The Preakness is approaching, and Baltimore looks forward to a grand community celebration.

As a resident of a neighborhood near Pimlico, however, I have a concern. I am used to hearing Pimlico's loudspeaker every Saturday and Sunday. On Preakness Day, I can accept the traffic jams and parking problems and even the drunken race fans walking around late in the day after all, it's only once a year.

However, after the big race, some fans drive through the adjacent neighborhoods shouting racial insults at the residents. Our neighborhood is composed of African-Americans and Orthodox Jews. The race is always on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, when people walking to the synagogues are subjected to taunts of rowdy race fans.

Over the years, the Preakness has evolved into a week-long celebration which attracts many visitors and creates much good will in Baltimore. Religious slurs are quite inconsistent with this event.

Jeffrey P. Jarosz

Baltimore

Why Clarke?

I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment of the recent billboard-bashing in Harlem Park (editorial, May 6), which begs the question: Why was the president of the Baltimore City Council, Mary Pat Clarke, reveling at this event and mugging for the cameras?

Joseph R. Blair

Baltimore

Schaefer's vision

I continue to be appalled by the press' treatment of our governor. The wrong person is being criticized for the problems in our state today. The legislative leaders Clay Mitchell, Mike Miller, Larry Levitan and Buzz Ryan who were there before the governor arrived and will probably be there after the he leaves, are the real culprits and should be criticized.

Where have they been, and why won't they acknowledge that they approved every dollar spent in the state of Maryland? They need to be more responsible in solving the problems between the legislature and the governor of our state.

The 2020 commission, the Linowes recommendations and the gasoline tax increase were very important to the business community and all the citizens in our state. Let us start giving our great governor the proper credit for his vision. He has long been recognized as a great mayor and governor among his peers. He should not be subjected to such abuse in his own state where he works so hard for all of its citizens.

J. P. Blase Cooke

Silver Spring

The writer is president of a building firm in Silver Spring.

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