Let the People SayEditor: Another point of view: The state...


October 01, 1991

Let the People Say

Editor: Another point of view: The state of Maryland did finance the new stadium, but through its citizens, by way of the lottery.

If you looked closely at the old lottery tickets, they said for the new stadium. I, therefore, feel the people of Maryland should name the new stadium, not the governor or Eli Jacobs.

My choice would be Oriole Memorial Stadium, Memorial Stadium II, Memorial Park Stadium, or Oriole Memorial Park. You could put (Baltimore) or (Maryland) in front of any of them and that also would sound great.

As for Camden Yards, it sounds like an old railroad station, or some coal mine. The people of Maryland have always supported the Baltimore Orioles.

Gov. William Donald Schaefer has always been tops in my book, but the new park is for Maryland. Let the people name it.

S. McClure.


Two Dates

Editor: David Conn's comprehensive article regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (The Sun, Sept. 22) contained the misleading statement that "the first deadline for the law, which carries initial penalties of up to $50,000, is in January for businesses that employ 25 or more people." While Jan. 26, 1992 is the effective date for the provision of the act prohibiting discrimination by public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels and retail stores against customers or guests with disabilities, the effective date of the provision of the act barring hiring or job-promotion discrimination by emSSSyers with 25 or more employees is July 26, 1992.

The National Council on Disability, the independent federal agency which prepared the Americans with Disabilities Act, is keenly interested in its implementation and considers it a continuing project and responsibility. If experience indicates that the act places unreasonable burdens, is unclear in some regard or fails in its essential mission of enabling persons with disabilities to live independent and producting lives, the council will ask the president and the Congress to amend the law to achieve the necessary improvements.

John Leopold.


The writer is a member of the National Council on Disability.

No 'Sting' Here

Editor: Your Sept. 26 article, "Plan for 'sting' for lending bias," apparently quotes a source at the Federal Reserve Board in characterizing the testing of real-estate sales, rental and lending practices as a "sting" operation.

I must take exception to that. For many years, Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. has been using testing as a mechanism for detecting illegal discrimination in housing transactions. We know that the technique bears no resemblance to "sting" operations and that it raises no legitimate ethical or moral questions.

Testing is in no way clandestine or undercover, as "sting" implies; nor is it deceptive, as one of the governors of the Federal Reserve Board suggested. No lure or false promises are held out to entrap those being tested. A tester says nothing to mislead or to induce a person to violate the law. In fact, a tester asserts nothing and promises nothing.

Testers are like anyone seeking housing, and they have the same right as any other person to inquire about the availability of housing which is publicly offered. Testers act on behalf of themselves and others who have a legitimate interest in ensuring that housing is available to all on a non-discriminatory basis.

The questions testers ask are those even the most casual inquirer has every right to ask: is an apartment available, when, at what cost, what security deposit or other extra costs are involved? If a landlord gives the same answers, without regard to whether the inquirer is black or white, there is no problem.

If those answers differ, there may or may not be a problem. Nothing in the questions themselves or in any actions taken by testers is designed to provoke false answers.

Housing discrimination has become so subtle and sophisticated that testing is one of few effective ways to detect it. Not to allow it would itself aid and abet immorality and illegality. It would aid those determined to maintain segregated housing and deprive blacks, other minorities and all classes protected by the fair-housing legislation of rights that law confers upon them. It would effectively cripple, if not destroy, the efforts of fair-housing organizations to end discriminatory housing practices.

Martin A. Dyer.


The writer is associate director of Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

Changes Needed

Editor: Emile A. Nakhleh (The Sun, Sept. 24) correctly suggests a change in leadership to end the plight of Palestinians and stresses economic improvements.

One wonders why their powerful rich brothers (like Saudi Arabia) don't come forward with the money to help. They'd need only to use their petty cash funds to bring industry to the area.

B. J. Small.


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