A statement made in haste, not hostilityIt was reported...

the Forum

September 26, 1991

A statement made in haste, not hostility

It was reported that, at a Sept. 8 public meeting, I said Coppin State College and Morgan State University "belong to the black community and not the General Assembly." At first, I did not believe I made such a statement. However, several people assured me that I had. I certainly did not mean to make such an inaccurate and uninformed statement.

The error occurred because of my haste to finish my presentation, which had run over the allotted time limit.

Each speaker had three minutes to address the audience. After the three minutes had passed, a bell was rung. I ran over my time, and as the bell was repeatedly rung, I rushed through the last four lines of the remarks I had written in longhand on my program.

Had I read these lines as they were writeen, I would have said: "Coppin State and Morgan State belong not only to the people of the state of Maryland and the General Assembly and the Board of Regents, but most especially to the black community."

Unfortunately, in haste, I skipped over half of the words in this sentence, thereby committing the embarrassing error cited above.

Calvin W. Burnett

The writer is president of Coppin State College.

Yeltsin's folly

In an eroding Soviet Union, Boris Yeltsin apparently views himself as a messiah, and apparently many citizens of that area of the world agree.

But some world leaders and leaders of Soviet republics see a man running amok, closing down all newspapers and confiscating printing presses, taking control of all government communication facilities and issuing self-serving decrees, bestowing on himself the mantle of dictator. Yeltsin's colleagues have not hesitated to label him a demagogue.

Yeltsin may have played a role in the recent release of Mikhail Gorbachev. But Gorbachev played the major, momentous role in the release of the peoples of Eastern Europe and the release of those of his own nation. Eventually Yeltsin will be compelled to confront reality as has Poland's Lech Walesa. And when he can no longer use Gorbachev as a convenient scapegoat, the citizens of the Soviet Union and the world will become aware that he is indeed a mess-iah. Leon Peace Ried

Baltimore

Aid to Israel

With the homeless problem in America, it would be inappropriate for us to maintain and provide housing for the well-fed and well-clothed refugees streaming into Israel from the Soviet Union. Our large cities are at or near bankruptcy; we are reducing health benefits and abandoning myriad programs for the poor, but we are willing to send $10 billion to Israel.

Is the Israeli lobby so powerful that it can reach into our pockets at will?

August A. Conomos

Towson

Primary concerns

Two things bothered me about the city's 1991 primary election. First was The Evening Sun's endorsement o Republican Sam Culotta. The Republican Party favored Bruce Price. Mr. Price was endorsed by the Independent Republican Coalition, the largest Republican organization in the city. It is sad that a large number of voters use your endorsement as a basis for their decision on election day.

Your endorsement of Sam Culotta just ensured that Kurt Schmoke will be re-elected. Sam Culotta has proven to be a weak candidate in the past five mayoral elections. I feel that your paper endorsed a weak Republican candidate to ensure there would be no threat to Kurt Schmoke in the general election. Why else would such a decision be made? Bruce Price was obviously a stronger candidate.

The second thing that distressed me about the election was the poor voter participation. Only 35 percent of the city's voters turned out for the primary. That means that almost two out of three voters did not vote. It is probably these people who complain the most about our current elected officials. In order to change things, we must all vote.

David Getz

Baltimore

Kaplan's legacy

Carl Schoettler's appreciation of Dr. Louis L. Kaplan (Sept. 17) deserves praise for capturing the wit, wisdom and sparkling originality of this remarkable man. Dr. Kaplan has been the father of creative Jewish learning in Baltimore for over 60 years. He has also been a pre-eminent figure in Maryland public higher education.

Baltimore Hebrew University proudly dedicated its 70th anniversary celebration to this extraordinary educator.

Dr. Leivy Smolar

The writer is president of Baltimore Hebrew University. 8

Crime continues

Twelve years ago I owned an empty storefront and apartment property in the inner city. When the copper water pipes were stolen, I was told at the time that this kind of theft was not uncommon in the city. Scrap copper was valuable.

Imagine my shock to read all summer in the "Police Blotter" and in the Baltimore Messenger of thefts of copper rain spouts and downspouts from homes in Roland Park and Guilford - and most recently, Mt. Washington has been struck, too. (On Sept. 10, St. John's Church had its downspouts stolen.) Scrap copper is still valuable.

What is our world in Baltimore city coming to?

Frieda F. Eisenberg

Baltimore

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