Guiding LightEditor: It was nice to see some recognition...


December 02, 1991

Guiding Light

Editor: It was nice to see some recognition in your Nov. 18 Gallimaufry for Nolan Rogers, the extraordinary tour guide at the new stadium.

Nolan has been gracious enough to allow me to tag along (and bring friends and family as well) on over half a dozen of the hundreds of tours he has given.

I've never been bored. His wit, enthusiasm and knowledge of the history of the Camden Yards area were as evident at the end of the last tour as they were at the beginning of the first.

I hope the Maryland Stadium Authority knows what a gem it has in this man.

Jamie Hunt.


Safe Sex

Editor: Thanks to Cal Thomas for an accurate picture of our society and the sexual revolution it has spawned. The pervasive influence of the media is obvious.

As Mr. Thomas says, sex is portrayed as a recreational sport. The talk shows, soap operas, ''family'' sit-coms, all send out the same message: that promiscuous sex is perfectly natural, and ++ commitment to traditional values is futile.

Take a good look at the schools. Educators should be concerned about declining test scores, not condoms. In their talks about ''safe sex,'' do teachers and nurses point out such facts as these?

Promiscuity invites disease in spite of condom use. Sexual activity begun too young can cause cancer of the cervix. Fornication is poor preparation for marriage. Women, far from being liberated, are exploited in casual sexual encounters.

We have abandoned our youth to the situation ethics of the day. Do we wonder why their emotional and mental health have suffered?

A wise person once said: ''The moral instincts of humanity are fragile. If they are not constantly renewed by vigorous use, they wear away until they crumble completely.''

If Magic Johnson et al want to talk about safe sex, let them make a strong case for chastity.

Julia Grimes.


Never Forget

Editor: Regarding the 50th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it is idiotic for Americans to act resentful toward Asians, since most of them fought on our side.

My wife is from the Philippines, a nation that fought heroically alongside Americans against their Japanese conquerors, and the Japanese-American unit in World War II was among the most heavily decorated.

On the other hand, we should never forget what happened. Those who suffered or lost buddies or loved ones can forgive, but never forget. Nor should the rest of us forget how close we came to losing the war in the first year because we were so unprepared.

How naive we were to think that we would never have to fight a foreign war again. The situation today, with disintegrating and unstable nations with nuclear weapons, and nations that hate and plot against America, is more dangerous than in 1941.

While we must get all the value we can for our defense dollars, we must also provide our military forces with the weapons and technology they need to respond to complex and unexpected threats to our nation and its precious freedoms.

Allan C. Stover.


Credit Is Costly

Editor: In your Nov. 20 Business section, Roger Simon writes that the banks are making an illegitimate killing on credit cards.

First, making a killing is good for society. Anything that increases the net worth of the banking system will help stabilize the lives of all citizens. Second, what he says is probably not true. Incredible competition in the credit-card business has driven profit margins down to a normal risk-adjusted return.

The public should know that the costs of servicing these very small loans eat up most of the apparent spread between the bank's cost of money and the higher rate charged to consumers.

Joel N. Morse.


The writer is associate professor of financial economics at the University of Baltimore.

Resident Actors

Editor: Larry Malkus' Nov. 19 letter repeats the shibboleth about people who have had to ''move to New York because they could only get hired at Center Stage if they were considered New York actors.''

This just isn't true.

At Center Stage our casts are made up, in substantial measure, of professional actors who hail from all over the country but who reside in New York and Los Angeles because -- no surprise here -- the casting agents are there, the auditions are there and the lucrative film, television and commercial work is centered there.

Some excellent actors choose to remain out of that vortex -- and we are just as eager to hire them. A ''Milwaukee actress'' will pay Nora in our upcoming production of lbsen's ''A Doll House'' not because of where she lives -- in fact an expensive plane ticket for us would argue against hiring her -- but because we think she's the best person in the country for the role. And a ''Baltimore actor'' played the lead in last season's ''The Mystery of Irma Vep'' for the same reason.

One of Mr. Malkus' larger points is interesting: if Baltimore had a few more professional theaters, there would be more work available for actors choosing to reside here, which would be a great thing for the community of artists.

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