Petty PointEditor: The recent squabble over the name of...


September 14, 1991

Petty Point

Editor: The recent squabble over the name of the new stadium that is to house the Orioles starting in 1992 has grown tiresome. To take owner Eli Jacobs' side, the stadium will be the Orioles' home. That in his mind is enough to merit the name ''Oriole Park.''

However, the Maryland Stadium Authority, which answers to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, is the landlord of the park, and the governor prefers ''Camden Yards.''

The state of Maryland, not the Baltimore Orioles, financed the building of the new ballpark, and therefore should have the final say. Instead of being pleased that his team will spend the next years in a nationally praised new stadium, Eli Jacobs can only find time to complain and argue over a petty point.

For the benefit of the city and the loyal fans, we must hope such a squabble does not take away from one of the true baseball parks in America; one that hosts a game played outdoors on natural surface.

Sagar Meghani.


Fringe Bedroom

Editor: I read recently of the possible curtailing of funds for the light rail extension from Timonium to Hunt Valley.

This commuter from southern York County, Pa., has been eagerly awaiting the activation of the system with its initial northern terminus at Timonium. One hopefully felt that it would not be too long a wait before the final Hunt Valley station were opened for the full usage for which the line was originally designed.

It would not take too much homework to ascertain that there has been a burgeoning of new homeowners in the northern areas of Baltimore County, reaching across into Pennsylvania to such Baltimore ''suburban'' communities as Shrewsbury, New Freedom, Glen Rock and Stewartstown.

One only need travel on Interstate 83 to discover how greatly the volume of traffic has increased in less than three years. The development of acreage into housing units cannot fail to be noticed. No real slowdown occurred, even during the economic crunch of the last year and a half.

It is time for the joint committee of senators and delegates from Maryland to look ahead to the time when southern York County will be a fringe bedroom community to Baltimore. After all, Hunt ++ Valley is a mere 20 minutes from the state line. There are more commuters up here than one may realize -- potential customers for light rail.

It is time to look forward, to think positively and aggressively and to invest in the future. I support Secretary O. James Lighthizer and wish him every success in his endeavors to keep the Hunt Valley extension alive. Let the plan go through and think Big Time for a change.

Roland Bull.

Stewartstown, Pa.

On Target

Editor: The admonitions of our vice president directed to the legal profession were and are well-advised. As a lawyer, having practiced in the public and private sectors over the past 33 years, it may seem strange for me to be in agreement with his comments. However, he was right on target, and his criticisms of the legal profession by someone in authority is long overdue.

If we are to survive as a nation, we must seek ways to heal and mend instead of invent new avenues of litigation. One such way would be to inject again into transactions between people the integrity of standing by our word. With the renewal of integrity we could perhaps see a return to the simple handshake as promise enough to fulfill our obligations in a business matter. We need the restoration of ethics in our dealings with one another, for our constantly changing morality has shown that it has failed.

`Richard G. Bartholomee.


Wrong Priorities

Editor: Thank you, Dan Rodricks, for your Sept. 2 column expressing a concern that many Americans see clearly: the poor are being left out and edged out by our governments and the ''points of light'' can only travel so far.

Why are our governments so indifferent to domestic problems? Doesn't charity begin at home? Are people in foreign countries more important than our own citizens?

It seems that the leaders of the Democratic Party have a real platform under their noses which for some reason they aren't espousing.

Why can we find money to build a new (unnamed) stadium while unemployment and soup kitchen lines grow?

As a concerned citizen, I write to my elected representatives about hunger and homelessness. I urge others to do the same because the government must reach out if the ''points of light'' are not to and die.

`Elizabeth R. Schreiber.


Lame Democracy

Editor: It is great to see the daily changes taken place in the Soviet Union as well as in Europe.

People hungry for freedom are an intense force. Virgin democracy is breathtaking. Many of us today in the United States have not tasted such democracy. We may well sit back and fool ourselves by thinking that we have the best.

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