Thanks for the Memories
Editor: In an age of turbo, high tech and glitz, I find Memorial Stadium a source of comfort, not ''homey and homely'' as so described by Jean Marbella. Memorial Stadium has provided a field of dreams for the Colts and Orioles, as well as college football games played by the University of Maryland.
When the final gate closes at Memorial Stadium, many fond memories will be locked inside forever. Perhaps Memorial Stadium is simple and unpretentious but not all that glitters is gold; I hope the new stadium can provide such thrills. Thanks for the memories, Memorial Stadium.
Edgewood. Editor: You have given us a picture of America, 1991 (a 10-year-old in handcuffs after his holding a gun to another's head, The Sun, May 18), as graphic as "Oliver Twist" and "Les Miserables." All of the inequality of opportunity and indifference to others, with differentiated social and educational opportunities, are there for us to see.
Only extraordinary changes will do.
I propose: Let's do away with cities. (We've been trying to get away from them. Economists have been telling us they no longer serve as economic centers.)
Starting with Baltimore, let's divide the city among the neighboring counties. We will immediately solve the problem of city schools, unequal taxes and save the cost of one school system and one city government. The people with greatest need will have greater ownership as we are less able to distance ourselves.
It's time for new thinking. We are a nation in crisis.
Editor: I read your editorial in support of the community-oriented policing concept May 12 and want to share my thoughts in that regard.
You are correct when you note that community-oriented policing has shown promise in urban areas throughout the nation. Community-oriented policing has been most effective, however, in those areas where it has been adopted not merely as an enhanced operational program, but rather a law enforcement philosophy coupled with a commitment to long-term strategies.
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and I stand shoulder to shoulder in our belief that the long-term philosophy and commitment of the Baltimore Police Department will be toward community policing efforts. The Baltimore Police Department will soon undergo an assessment of its operations. This assessment will set out the department's plan for the future and a strategy in developing a true collaborative police-citizen relationship as the basis of policing the community.
I am pleased to say that the assessment proposal has received the wholehearted support of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
We actively seek the community as a participant in meeting our service goals to our citizens. Our community outreach to Baltimore's churches, various associations, organizations and business leadership has already paid dividends. Community participation activities include such things as Neighborhood Services, Foot Patrols, Block Watch, Citizens on Patrol, Stop the Tears Campaign, 685-DRUG and renewed Padlock enforcement efforts.
As The Sun aptly points out, community policing is ''not a quick-fix'' approach for problems which have long been in place. It is my goal that we strengthen and build upon a foundation of mutual trust and respect between citizen and police. Let's concentrate our collective energies in efforts toward solving the city's problems and meeting the needs of our citizens.
Edward V. Woods.
The writer is police commissioner of Baltimore City.
Editor: Recently, in a speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf was compelled (through a spokesman) to apologize for his characterization of those ''who had not served in Vietnam but felt fully qualified to comment on the leadership of all the leaders of the United States Army'' as ''military fairies.''
It was not too many weeks ago, in a speech to Congress, that the same general undemocratically and unpatriotically denounced as ''naysayers, protesters, prophets of doom and Nervous Nellies'' those of us who embraced former military leaders, clergymen, educators, students, editors, columnists and other reasonable and patriotic citizens who questioned the wisdom of our policies in their honest efforts to give sanctions and diplomacy a chance in the Middle East, instead of death and desolation.
The Bush administration strove to convince us that only military might could teach Saddam Hussein the lessons of tolerance and justice toward other nations and tolerance and justice toward opposing factions and disgruntled citizens within his own nation.
If war were the only solution to teach Saddam Hussein (thousands of miles from our shores) tolerance and justice, should not President Bush and General Schwarzkopf (here at home) cease their demand for immunity from criticism that they plead for in the name of patriotism?