More names for no-name stadium
I am very much surprised at the names I hear mentioned for Baltimore's new stadium. I have never seen such lack of imagination in suggested names.
What the new stadium needs is a name that is important or substantive and commands the respect it deserves. I can think of no more fitting or appropriate name than "The John Eager Howard Stadium."
An article written by former Evening Sun reporter Peter Kumpa i April 1990 mentions how John Eager Howard, the first governor of Baltimore, is one of the "genuine heroes of the Revolutionary War" and considered by many to be the father of Baltimore because he really cared for the city and gave generous grants of land for such undertakings as the University of Maryland, Mount Vernon Place, Westminster Church and other projects.
A very affable individual, Howard was friendly with many people, a person who enjoyed a fine reputation as well as popularity in his time. What better way is there to pay homage to this distinguished man who did so much for Baltimore?
The fact the old stadium on 33rd Street is a memorial to veterans should mandate that the new stadium also bear the name "Memorial Stadium." Something like the "Maryland Memorial Stadium" or the "Veterans Memorial Stadium" would be appropriate.
I feel strongly enough about this to suggest that the American Legion, the Disabled Veterans, the VFW, the Catholic War Veterans, the Korean and Vietnam veterans, American ex-POWs and the Desert Storm veterans all boycott the new stadium if one of the names suggested by The Evening Sun's sportswriters i picked.
The Orioles under Earl Weaver were American League champs three times, won the Eastern Division title twice and made it to the World Series four times.
Weaver was manager of the Orioles from 1968-1982. "Earl Weaver Stadium" would be a good way to honor all the thrills and excitement he brought to the fans of Baltimore and the game of baseball.
Blacks on Thomas
In an editorial on Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, you said that an overwhelming majority of the Congressional Black Caucus has vehemently opposed Thomas.
You failed to mention that in their testimony most of these members of Congress claimed to want the best person for the job even if that person happened to be white. Their objection to Thomas is that they don't want other employers to be allowed to make choices not based on the race of the applicant or nominee, and Thomas thinks it should be possible.
Lemuel A. Hall
Another bad law
Owners of a Ruger Mini-14, a Colt AR-15 or an M-1 carbine might soon be guilty of a felony for purchasing, selling, possessing or owning one of these guns due to a so-called "crime bill" soon to be voted on in the U.S. House that could ban over 30 million legally owned firearms nationwide.
As a former security firearms instructor, I'm appalled at how ignorant we, as a nation, appear to be when it comes to firearms legislation. I am adamantly opposed to such idiotic bills as this one because they do not stop crime. What they do accomplish is to take away one more freedom we now have, create a lucrative black market for illegal firearms (does anyone remember Prohibition?), create an enforcement nightmare for the already overloaded police forces and make criminals of law-abiding citizens.
What we need is stiff jail sentences for criminals and better, quicker background checks for potential gun purchasers.
I am not a "gun nut." I do not advocate "gun ownership for everyone." I do advocate freedom for law-abiding, mentally sound citizens to decide if they wish to own firearms.
The words and actions of the Arab states are not promising for Middle East peace. One need only match Arab positions against President Bush's speech to the United Nations on Sept. 23.
The president said that "to equate Zionism with racism is to reject Israel itself." Yet Arab diplomats responded coolly to our president's call for repeal of the 1975 U.N. resolution equating Zionism with racism.
By refusing to endorse the call for repeal of the resolution, the Arab states are challenging Israel's right to exist and therefore cannot claim to seek peace.
War is hell
Regarding Mary Bready's letter (Forum, Sept. 25), perhaps she is unfamiliar with Macauley's pronouncement that "the essence of war is violence." Or as Sherman put it, "War is cruelty; you cannot refine it."
A letter published Monday was written by Jay Mack and John Wilson of Finksburg. We erroneously printed the wrong first name for Ms. Mack.