Elvis Stamp? Boo!Editor: Elvis on a postage stamp?Have we...


February 04, 1992

Elvis Stamp? Boo!

Editor: Elvis on a postage stamp?

Have we run out of heroes, statesmen and women? Have we no more Nobel laureates, symphonic conductors, explorers, scientists and physicians who have made life safer and better for mankind?

A person is to be 10 years deceased to be eligible to appear on a stamp. Shall future generations be inspired by Madonna? Michael Jackson or rock groups?

Only people who didn't glorify decadence and drugs should qualify for distinction by any government agency.

Sylvia B. Mandy.



Editor: If all black people are going to be classified as African-American, then I demand to be classified as Welsh-German-Swiss American. My husband would then be English-Dutch-American.

My children would be stuck with English-Dutch-Welsh-German-Swiss American. Wouldn't it make it easier and less divisive to just be Americans?

R. Whitlock.


The Real Error

Editor: The distressing photo in The Sun on Jan. 17 showing a schoolgirl who had been struck by a car on Falls Road near Poly and Western high schools had a caption attributing the girl's injuries to ''pedestrian error.''

The real cause was the failure of police and school officials to regulate pedestrian traffic at a crossing where dozens of children -- across the street every school day.

Until barriers are set up along the sidewalk and other measures taken to control street crossings, no child will be safe.

W. Rothstein.


Able Was He ere He Saw Elba

Editor: In his Jan. 15 and 18 columns, Theo Lippman Jr. discussed George Bush's ''stomach virus,'' and referred to a book which speculates that President Warren G. Harding may have been poisoned by his wife.

In fact, a famous world leader was killed by poisoning. He suspected he was being slowly poisoned and six days before his death, he wrote: ''After my death . . . open my body . . . examine my stomach particularly carefully.''

This was not done. His death was officially attributed to stomach cancer. However, 100 years later, analysis of a lock of his hair revealed a very high concentration of arsenic. A reading of his journals in the last years of his life indicates symptoms consistent with arsenic poisoning. Apparently, his British captors Elba wanted to make certain that Napoleon did not return again.

Leon Reinstein.


Tax Credit

Editor: Charles D. Connelly's letter of Jan. 4 is factually incorrect.

Depending upon your perspective, Gov. William Donald Schaefer deserves neither the credit nor the blame for the reduction of the state tax from 4.09 percent to 0.5 percent on every dollar wagered at the thoroughbred tracks in Maryland.

This honor belongs to former Gov. Harry Hughes.

It was he who instigated meetings between the tracks, horsemen and breeders in 1984 that led to a legislative proposal he signed into law in 1985.

Governor Schaefer was sworn in for the first time on Jan. 21, 1987.

Kenneth A. Schertle.


The writer is executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission.

While Rome Burns

Editor: The public schools are in shambles, the famous Pratt library services deteriorate, crime is rampant, murders mount, fire departments are reduced, workers are scheduled to be furloughed, taxes are going higher, one-half-million Marylanders live without the safety net of medical insurance, and government budgets are squeezing required services.

But, hark! One can rent a luxurious sky box at the new stadium for a mere $55,000 per year.

Why? To watch those $3, $4, and $5 million-per-season gladiators in action.

OC 3 Who will fiddle this time, since Nero is no longer available?

Jerry Phipps.


Kid Priorities

Editor: More and more children today are sacrificing their physical good shape for the mastery of video games. Kids seem to be more interested in beating the high score at some game than improving their time in the 50-yard dash.

Now hand-held electronic games have flooded the market allowing kids to take their obsession on car rides and family outings.

These personal games create an anti-social atmosphere, making hard to communicate when a child's eyes are glued to a one-half by three inch screen.

It seems that the only time kids get exercise is in a physical education class in school. It certainly doesn't help for them to plop down in front of a television set and play video games for hours on end.

More concentration needs to be spent teaching children the necessity of exercise.

David Escalante.

Glen Arm.

Gutted Cities

Editor: A friend recently returned from California had visited the newly opened Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Having an interest in urban affairs, my friend looked in the card catalog under cities for information on the Reagan administration's urban policies.

UI Under cities, my friend said, the listing read: cities -- see gutted.

Mark Plogman.


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