Mike Tyson has a right to fight
Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world, has been charged with raping a young lady. This is one of the most degrading and heinous crimes one can commit. If the allegation is true and if he is convicted, then let the sentence be as harsh as possible under Indiana law.
Nonetheless, in our society a person is innocent until proven guilty. And fighting is Mr. Tyson's livelihood. He should be allowed to fight for the heavyweight championship before the trial.
If we take away a man's right to make a living because of allegations or public opinion before he has his day in court, are we still a true democracy? The young lady involved has her rights; she will have her day in court. Allow Mr. Tyson his. Let's not prejudge the man. It seems that Iron Mike's most imminent fight is not with Evander Holyfield, but with having to vindicate himself before ever being brought to trial.
James E. Lorber
Bush and the Baltics
There was exuberance among those attending the "free-at-last" festivities at the Lithuanian Hall on Labor Day, and God knows there was good reason. For over 50 years, the Baltics were consigned to oppression by history's most diabolical tyrants, Hitler and Stalin, and they were forcibly annexed by the Soviet Union in 1940.
Shortly after Lithuania courageously declared its independence in March 1990, President Bush began to act ambiguously about the Soviet annexation of the Baltics. He urged Lithuania to work it out first with the Soviets. Many felt consternation about Mr. Bush's deference to Mr. Gorbachev.
President Bush will, of course, be remembered in history for re-establishing full diplomatic relations with the Baltics. But his luster will be dimmed by the fact that all the major nations of the world beat him to it.
America's fundamental conception of freedom should have been fearlessly confirmed and acted upon on behalf of the "captive nations." As it was, Americans felt diminished and embarrassed by the impression of our president peeping timidly from behind the curtain of history and whispering, "Now, Gorby?"
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion." That includes forcing the majority of Americans who oppose aid to Israel to finance the establishment of Judaism on stolen Palestinian land against international law!
Our Congress, however, doesn't care about the United States Constitution or true representative democracy in America. What it does care about is the campaign contributions its members receive from the all-powerful Israeli lobby.
Thomas and racism
If people like Wiley A. Hall keep writing columns like the recent "Giving aid to the enemy," then I need to respond. In calling Clarence Thomas an Uncle Tom simply because he does not agree with his philosophy, I think the racist here is none other than Hall. Hall makes black people more of a stereotype than Thomas ever could. He more or less tells us that if all black people do not agree to address the problems of blacks in the same way, they are racists. Or even worse, they are white "wanna be's."
By lumping Thomas with conservative columnists Shelby Steele and Thomas Sowell, he takes three black conservatives and labels them as virtual criminals for expressing their right to free speech.
If Hall really listened to and understood Steele or Thomas, he would have picked up on the fact that they support giving black people opportunities to improve their lives. Handing out welfare checks to three generations of the same family or putting unqualified black people in jobs just to fill a quota are not exactly character builders.
Education, job training and having successful blacks to look up to and emulate do not constitute racism. If all blacks were as narrow-minded as Hall, precious few would ever achieve the success they now enjoy.
If blacks cannot criticize their own race and organizations
without suffering the backlash of being labeled racists, they are just as enslaved as they were over 100 years ago.
Harbor City Park
To name the new stadium "Camden Yards" would be a disaster. The name means nothing to anyone but old-time Baltimoreans, and it bears a close relationship to "stockyards," which is just not appealing. Camden station has disappeared. Camden warehouse, apparently, was saved. What does it mean?
The ballpark should be named "Harbor City Park" or "Inner Harbor Park." The harbor relates to the present and to the future and, who knows, perhaps some out-of-town visitor might wish to visit the famous place.
Incidentally, having watched the Toronto stadium's ability to make use of the enormous convenience of a roof when rain and inclement weather are present, one must wonder why this new stadium could not have had the same.
Marguerite T. Leutner
Let's name the new stadium Robbie Stadium, in honor of Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson. A bust of each could be located on either side of the entrance. This would be of interest to visitors as well as the people of Baltimore who watched these great players so many years.