TCFawning PaeanEditor: Your June 7 editorial, ''The Owner...


June 16, 1991


Fawning Paean

Editor: Your June 7 editorial, ''The Owner Who Fired Himself,'' comes off as a fawning paean to Eli Jacobs, majority owner of the Baltimore Orioles. We read it is ''in the club's best interest, he's firing himself.''

Having paid $70 million 3 years ago for a baseball franchise now worth well over $100 million, the sale is obviously in Mr. Jacob's ''best interest.''

You might also wish to advise your readers that Jacobs is a director of the Times-Mirror Co. of Los Angeles, which owns your newspaper.

Stuart G. Morris.



Smell of Abuse

Editor: In "Lowly pigs provide profits for drenched Iowa farms," (The Sun, June 2), Doug Struck implies that pigs smell naturally bad and not because of the way they are raised.

In fact, intensive hog production systems with their concrete confinement buildings are responsible for the "overwhelming, permeating, suffocating smell" that irked the author on his visit .. to an Iowa pig farm.

These poorly ventilated, overstocked buildings are full of ammonia and other irritant gases from the manure pits, making respiratory diseases very common in hog factory operations. Dust, irritating fumes and toxic gases are so bad that not only pigs but farmers and workers are affected to the point where, according to the agribusiness newspaper Feedstuffs, "Seventy to 90 percent of workers in swine confinement structures suffer acute respiratory symptoms."

Being isolated from the cleansing effects of sunlight and rain, hog factory buildings develop what producers call "bacteria buildup" in which the interior becomes infested with a variety of disease-causing organisms.

It's as cheap a shot to blame the pigs -- the victims -- for their offensiveness under these conditions as it would be to blame people who were confined indoors and overcrowded amid their own waste. Let's be fair.

Karen Davis.



Restoring Civil Rights

Editor: Once again, members of Congress are faced with passing meaningful civil rights legislation. Since the height of the civil rights movement, a number of Supreme Court decisions regarding employment discrimination and employment opportunity laws have changed.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964, because of the recent Supreme Court reversals, no longer protects the basic rights of those it was designed to serve. The Supreme Court has aggressively rolled back the clock on employment rights particularly as they relate to women and minorities.

The Civil Rights Act of 1991 will challenge the Bush administration's posture on substantive civil rights, a posture that many so far view as a disappointment. For the past two years, the Bush administration has been attempting to make a political issue out of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.

For this reason, the cynical and vicious nature of President Bush's attacks on this bill should be called into question. The solid issues of civil rights should not continue to be polarized by an administration seeking a political platform.

After months of give and take, the bill passed the House and has since moved on to the Senate for passage. Political analysts have indicated that President Bush will veto the bill. If the president does veto the Civil Rights Act of 1991, he will be ignoring the fact that we continue to have a national problem on the matter of race and skin color.

The residual effects of national bigotry have created a class of people insensitive to the basic rights of minorities and women who make up a sizable portion of our nation's work force. Additionally, the debate on civil rights also calls into question the role and motives of the Supreme Court heading into the future. During the height of the civil rights movement the Supreme Court offered its support to minorities and women. Now it has become America's most conservative institution.

The Civil Rights Act of 1991 does not break new ground. It simply restores basic privileges that were single-handedly rewritten by the Supreme Court. Restoring these basic privileges would be a civil right, not a civil wrong.

Kweisi Mfume.


The writer is a member of the House of Representatives from Maryland's 7th District.


Lida Lee Tall Travesty

Editor: What a sham!

After months of backbreaking work, the parents of Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center achieve the almost-impossible: a new mission for the school, a broad base of legislative, education, and community support, and a bill that provides the funding for another year. Lida Lee Tall lives!

Only it doesn't. The governor waits until the last day he can to veto the bill -- and slams shut the door on educational innovation and a passionate, voluntary involvement in public education by parents, teachers, education specialists, and such groups as the Greater Baltimore Committee.

It's enough to make you cynical, only I'm too angry.

The governor and his people have treated the children of Lida Lee Tall Learning Resources Center with a consistent lack of respect and concern that is chilling.

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