Baltimore can't afford Channel One
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With the resignation of Thurgood Marshall from the U.S. Supreme Court, George Bush had a rare opportunity to demonstrate whether his pious declarations of concern for justice and equality for African-Americans were in earnest or mere political rhetoric.
Bush exposed his true colors as an obedient servant of Ronald Reagan for eight years when he and his boss attempted to scuttle the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and other legislation enacted during the Johnson administration.
Bush fools no minority citizen when he preaches justice and equality while his pen is at the ready to veto the Civil Rights Act of 1991.
African-Americans do not need the cruel parading of an insensitive Clarence Thomas as spokesman, apologist and propagandist for the Bush administration policies that threaten to turn back the clock on his black brethren.
African-Americans do need an altruistic human being who will fight not only for their right to be heard but whose soul (irrespective of color) has not been sold to their enemies.
Leon Peace Ried
Several weeks ago a thoughtful movie about Nazi Germany, titled "The Nightmare Years," was telecast on Channel 20 in Washington, and afterward on Channel 54 in Baltimore.
Since the dialogue included profane and obscene remarks, however, it was puritanically rendered, with objectionable words inaudible for those viewers with a near phobic delicacy. Still, what had been deemed unmentionable was able to be inferred. Once, even the word orgasm, in the phrase "orgasm of words," was silenced during a kind of psychological anecdote in which Hitler's sexuality was juxtaposed with his harangues.
It seems likely that few under the age of 18 were viewers. Moreover, with respect to the presence of children, a parent or guardian simply could have been warned during each segment by the uninterrupted appearance of a symbol on the screen concerning the language. As for the action itself, it was moderate compared to the scenes on TV during prime time.
That this particular movie was censored is an irony because it underscored the very line of the story: a comfortable perception of reality through censorship.
It's election snafu time.
We now hear that the city that tells its residents, "You must pay a container tax if you buy containers in the city," doesn't think it means everyone. The mayor's campaign committee wouldn't spring for the tax when it had to buy liquid refreshments for a bash recently. It opted to go to the tax-free county. Larry Gibson, Mayor Schmoke's campaign boss, says the city store first contacted couldn't fill the 500-case order.
Now, Mr. Gibson, I'm sure if you shopped around, someone could have filled the bill. Shame on you. The approximately $250 tax saved wouldn't have help the city that much, but the citizens are told every little bit helps, so why not send the above amount to the Department of Finance anyway? After all, the mayor has a pretty good campaign fund to fall back on.
We also are being wooed by our mayor with a video that tells us what great things he has accomplished in the past four years. We aren't filing for bankruptcy like some other cities, for example. But who does he choose to extol his accomplishments? None other than former Mayor Tommy D'Alesandro. The only problem is, Tommy got out of the city when he could and lives in the beverage tax-free county. Now if you want praise, couldn't you find a politician who still lives in the city to pat you on the back?
I am beginning to think that our so-called elected officials, or lawmakers, are under the impression that the average citizen is not too intelligent. They make laws that are absolutely stupid, and we're not supposed to realize it.
Take the law stating that restaurants must have a non-smoking area. You enter, you tell the waitress you prefer non-smoking and you are seated directly across the aisle from the smokers.
Now my question is this: Did the cigarette industry find a way, or somehow program the cigarette smoke not to drift into the non-smoking area? Let's face it, the aisle doesn't have an invisible wall to keep the smoke in its designated area.
Edmund W. Huppman