Unfair FarewellEditor: I am not a native Baltimorean so...


September 05, 1991

Unfair Farewell

Editor: I am not a native Baltimorean so the closing of Connolly's restaurant really means nothing to me. I have been there several times and the food was mediocre at best. But this letter is not about Connolly's food, it is about their integrity.

Why didn't they inform their employees that they were closing? The picture of the young man standing forlornly outside of the restaurant was sad indeed.

Naomi Connolly states that she closed quietly because she didn't want to make a fuss. That's all well and good for the press, but be fair to your employees. Why didn't someone inform William Owens that he didn't need to report to work after the restaurant closed? That was a very sad picture of Mr. Owens peeking through the window with a huge "closed" sign looking back.

The article stated that Sen. Barbara Mikulski rushed to the restaurant to get a last fish sandwich. Well, who is rushing to aid Mr. Owens? I hope that they gave the poor man severance pay.

Since two pictures of Mr. Owens appeared, I assume they were '' meant to provoke some type of emotions. Well, my emotion is anger. I am truly upset over this story.

Fran Gonzales.


Steinberg's Plight

Editor: "Schaefer drops Steinberg from drug commission," stated The Sun headline on Aug. 28.

I would like, in retrospect, to state that regardless of the status of Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg, the people have admiration and respect for him. First and foremost, Mr. Steinberg has done an excellent job in his post as chairman of the drug commission for Maryland. He has received praise for his endeavors on the commission, not only from politicos but also from experts in the area of drug control.

Further, as most elected officials and wise Marylanders know, many of the positive and beneficial programs coming from Annapolis were a result of the work of Mickey Steinberg. Specifically, Mickey Steinberg, a former legislator with 20 years experience, was responsible for gaining authorization for a baseball stadium in Camden Yards and the light-rail line in Baltimore. Marylanders should not forget that the reorganization of Maryland's higher-education system owes much to him.

It is a sad day when a man of Mr. Steinberg's talents and efforts is put out to pasture -- for doing a good job. My advice to Mr. Steinberg is to resign his post and seek to use his talents where they will be appreciated.

Imagine, the message the resignation of Lt. Gov. Steinberg would send to key people in Annapolis. His resignation would signal to the citizens of Maryland that things have not been and are not "right" in Annapolis. He would become a hero overnight.

John A. Micklos.


Hurricane Watch

Editor: Robert Kirk (letter, Aug. 24) noted that an Associated Press article in The Sun used an incorrect term, north by northwest, to describe the movement of Hurricane Bob.

Mr. Kirk then speculated that if the Weather Service was the source of that term, "we now know where the Weather Bureau gets its scientific hurricane forecasts." After checking the releases from the National Hurricane Center and the Baltimore weather office, I could find no evidence of that term being used by either office.

I do have some knowledge of where the Weather Service gets its scientific hurricane forecasts. The Weather Service gets it by having the most skilled hurricane hunters and hurricane forecasters utilizing satellites and radar at the Hurricane center in Miami. This group provides excellent guidance to their local offices, which add their input to warn and advise local communities.

The loss of life in comparison to damage during Hurricane Bob and more emphatically Hurricane Hugo in 1989 was amazingly low. These two storms speak volumes about the effectiveness of the Weather Service's scientific hurricane forecasts.

Fred Duvin.


What Recession?

Editor: With apologies to those relative few who were truly hurt, I ask, "what recession?"

There was wide disagreement as to when the recession really started, and now there are conflicting reports as to whether it is already over or even beginning to end. I don't know how to read or understand the "leading economic indicators," but when I look at the "neighborhood indicators," I simply can't see a genuine problem that has touched the masses.

We have turned out in record numbers (2 million-plus) to watch a lousy baseball team, not to mention buying up the stadium dirt at nine bucks a jar. Disney World is having a banner year. Ocean City is as traffic-jammed as ever. The video stores are always out of the latest tapes. The golf courses are packed. And well-run restaurants, whether fast-food or fine-dining, are still crowded.

We seem to be as bad at running recessions as the Soviets are at running coups.

Dave Reich.


Pearl Harbor

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