Not GuiltyEditor: An error appeared in Doug Birch's June...


July 16, 1991

Not Guilty

Editor: An error appeared in Doug Birch's June 28 article, "Baltimore upbringing fueled Marshall's outrage against racism." In referring to Parren J. Mitchell, Mr. Birch stated that he was the University of Maryland School of Social Work's first black graduate and that Justice Marshall helped strike down our school's "white-only" admission policy. The University of Maryland School of Social Work has never had an exclusionary policy and former Representative Mitchell never attended our school.

Howard Altstein. Baltimore.

The writer is professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Babe's Home Turf

Editor: Only one name should be considered for the new ballpark, Babe Ruth Stadium. Young Ruth's family lived on this very site at the George Herman Ruth Tavern from 1906 to 1912.

I am the Raymond Martin who discovered George Herman Ruth Sr.'s tavern at 406 West Conway Street was at the site of the new major league ballpark.

Raymond Martin. Hanover, Pa.

Glory Reporting

Editor: On June 7, my daughter sent a letter to you which you published. Her letter was critical of your glory journalism.

She cited your wide coverage of well-deserved victory parades for the American troops who have returned from the Persian Gulf. She also cited your neglect in mentioning the fact that 29 members of the Marine Reserve Fourth Combat Engineer Batallion, located here in Baltimore, were still on active duty and had not returned. These men had left for active duty on November 15, 1990.

On July 3, 28 Marines assigned to the Marine Reserve Fourth Combat Engineer Battalion, located here in Baltimore City, returned from active duty with Operation Desert Storm (one had to return early for a family emergency).

These men were also part of the Marine unit sent to Bangladesh to render humanitarian aid during its disastrous typhoon. They served proudly for seven months and 18 days. Now these Marines are on furlough and will be released from their active duty status at the end of this July.

Their family and friends gave them a hero's welcome.

How soon you and your staff forget the citizens of Baltimore in your reporting. If it's glorifying and sells newspapers, it makes the news. You don't seem interested in any thing else.

William C. Hilseberg Jr. Baltimore.

Role Model?

Editor: A current TV commercial promoting tourism in Western Maryland features our governor, resplendent in fishing attire and brandishing a rod on the bank of an idyllic Garrett County stream, recalling that ''The first time I came out here, I didn't want to leave.'' An off-camera voice then advises the leader that there is a call for him. The governor replies: ''Just tell 'em I'm in conference.''

I hope I'm not the only citizen, parent, teacher who is not amused at the sight of our highest elected official deliberately lying and encouraging an aide to do the same.

We must all do what we can to advance prosperity throughout Maryland, but we can't forget that our well-being is as much a product of our moral sensitivity as of the health of our economy or the beauty of our landscapes.

Kenneth D. Hines. Reisterstown.

Needless Strike

Editor: Perhaps someone can explain the current strike at the General Motors plant.

If the union leadership has a legitimate complaint over the health and safety provisions at the work places inside the auto plant, why not communicate with the federal health and safety representatives?

Why take the entire work force out on strike in such serious economic times? I cannot see where anyone in Maryland, except for foreign salespeople, benefits from this labor action.

We have Rep. Helen D. Bentley to act in shipyard disputes. Is there not someone who can act in this situation?

Jim Holway. Ellicott City.

Interest's Effects

Editor: The American standard of living declined in 1990 as reported by the Council on Competitiveness which tracks the performance of the U.S. and six other industrialized nations.

This report should not be news to most of us who realize that today's high cost of living lowers our living standard. It is, indeed, difficult to keep up with the cost of food, clothing, housing and health care, which are necessities, along with many other needs.

Thousands upon thousands of elderly citizens skimped and saved to pave the way for their retirement years. They thought they would live on the interest from their savings and Social Security checks, but lower interest rates on savings have diminished their income to the point that it may not meet their needs.

The Federal Reserve Board lowered interest rates in order to stimulate the economy and cure the recession. To this date the lower rates have been to no avail. Strange as it may seem, during the years of high interest rates, living conditions and times were better.

Joseph Carmel. Baltimore.

Schaefer Time

Editor: A few comments on your July 10 editorial, ''Keeping Schaefer Time.''

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