Our task: to act, not to judgeI must take issue with Bob...

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September 17, 1991

Our task: to act, not to judge

I must take issue with Bob Moos' attitude in "Separating hustlers from homeless" (Sept. 10). Unfortunately, I find many who share his sentiment. Does the street panhandler mandate that we function as judge and jury?

The issue is not whether we judge the person responsible enough to manage our donation in the way we see fit, but that we have a donation to give at all, while the panhandler "has not."

God (or Allah or the Divine) will judge whether, ultimately, a person performs well in life. We are not capable of that snap judgment there on the street for a brief moment. It reminds me of the carnival fortune teller guessing weights and ages for a small fee. Do any of us have the omniscience to judge a human being's entire life and worthiness in such an impetuous manner?

I think not. Ours is not to judge, but to act. If we can share, then we must. There may be times when we cannot. Then we can hope that others will share with us, without judgment. Our love and compassion for humankind must be unconditional; the consequences are racism, bigotry, wars and other sins of which none of us are proud.

Jane Backert


Camden yards

Your newspaper is heavily pushing naming the new downtown stadium "Camden Yards." The appellation frequently appears in news stories about the locale as well as the stadium-to-be.

As far as I know, the area has never been called by that name. Of course, Camden Station has been there for more than a century, but there were no major "yards." If you insist on using such a name as a geographical reference, it should be "Camden yards," with a lower-case "y." I don't believe the paper is entitled to create generic place names to name a public stadium.

For your paper to continue usurping the power to name the new stadium without coming out editorially with reasons for the designation seems an unwarranted use of press powers.



Aid and comfort

I am the parent of a client at Rosewood Center. Recently I was awakened by a call from the emergency room at Baltimore County General Hospital. The doctor on duty informed me that my son was there, seemed to be in much pain and that they were doing tests.

The next day a scan showed there was a major problem, and the surgeon asked me to give permission by phone for an operation immediately and to come in and sign the forms after the fact. I was called later by the surgeon, who stated that Bobby's bowel had burst and that he had removed a section, made repairs and removed his appendix.

Since my son, who was damaged by measles when he was about 1 year old, has poor logic and no speech, he was monitored by staff from Rosewood, whom he knew, in addition to the hospital nurses. The outcome, thanks to the wonderful doctors, nurses and Rosewood staff, is that he is now back at his cottage.

Joseph S. Curtin


Criticism's all wet

Mike Bowler (Up and Down with Baltimore, Sept. 10) writes of a sign in a Maine restaurant: "Try our clams not like those skinny ones from Maryland."

Many years ago a group of us had ordered the famous Maine lobsters in a well-known lobster house near Naples, Maine. When they arrived they were so small that one member of our group inquired of the waitress, "Are these really Maine lobsters?" When she assured him they were, he answered, "Tell me, how do you keep them so small?"

Margaret G. Orman


A will, but no way

Sheila Waters (Forum, Sept. 9) believes the answer to our country's social ills are "will" and "money."

It seems our government is short on both commodities. We no longer have the money. The "little boys" in the U.S. Congress have been busy for the past few decades financing their pet projects. Not only has the $50 billion Waters wrote of gone down the drain; so has $300 trillion more. But they still continuing to whine, "Let George do it." That isn't the reason we elected George. We must stop looking to the president or government to spoon-feed us.

I've always been told, "Where there's a will, there's a way." But this is to be applied on a persnal level, not a government level.

There was no federal government for our nation's first settlers to make demands on; yet they not only survived, they built a mighty nation. So please let's not tear it down with our incessant demands for handouts in the form of one socialistic program after another.

lanche K. Coda


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