Our leadersIf we respected and revered our presidents and...

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March 06, 1992

Our leaders

If we respected and revered our presidents and our legislators as much as we should, we wouldn't complain so much that they direct that our national forests be leveled by multi-national corporations, for private profit, at taxpayers' expense and at the cost of millions of acres of wildlife habitat; that they impose 90-day moratoriums on environmental and other new regulations as part of an effort to "stimulate" the economy, even though a strong economy and environmental protection are certainly not mutually exclusive; that they permit nature's treasures, such as the Chesapeake Bay, to become so polluted that it means a continued decline in commercial fishing and major damage to recreational and tourist industries; that they turn away would-be immigrants who are brave enough to risk their lives for freedom; that they cave in to handgun and assault rifle nuts and allow a situation to prevail in which 11 children and adolescents die every day simply because the weapons are accessible; that they pack our courts with ideologues, and that they borrow us into becoming a debtor nation.

We all know that our presidents and legislators receive low wages and few perquisites; that they enjoy very little power and work so terribly hard; and that their pensions are so paltry. Therefore, we must not resent their positioning themselves so that they are guaranteed seats on corporate boards of directors in their old age so as to supplement their paltry retirement benefits.

I. H. Desser


The enemy within

In an article this past week, "Study Finds TV is Reinforcing Stereotypes," (The Evening Sun, Feb. 25), you cited that the average child sees 8,000 murders and more than 100,000 other acts of violence by seventh grade.

An entire generation has grown up thinking violence, sex and foul language are normal. Guns are as common as tableware. All forms of media glamorize the aforementioned undesirable, sleazy sides of society. And this is the next generation to run our country? Rome's fall was from within too.

J.E. Constantine


Leon Day is alive

Leon Day is not deceased. He is alive and living very well near Edmondson Village right here in Baltimore despite what Sun reporter Jim Henneman reported in a column detailing Earl Weaver's Hall-of-Fame-like attributes.

Not to denigrate Mr. Weaver's superb accomplishments, but Mr. Day is also still very much deserving to be elected to the Hall of Fame. He, too, missed being elected last year by just two votes.

The only drawback keeping Baltimorean Leon Day from enjoying the Blessing of Cooperstown while he is still in his physical body is his lack of name recognition. Although his .300 lifetime average -- not to mention his Negro League single-game record of 18 strike-outs -- beats a lot of current honorees, most baseball fans have never even heard of this great pitcher. That is because he excelled in the days of baseball segregation when only the ball was white in the Negro Baseball Leagues (the only place black men were allowed to play professional baseball).

Your Sun writer has not done his homework. Neither does he read the Evening Sun's Sports section. John Steadman wrote a Feb. 3 column describing what took place a few days earlier when Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke kicked off Black History Month by celebrating ''Leon Day's Day in Baltimore.''

Mr. Day was also the subject of national attention Feb. 19 when he was invited to meet President Bush together with four other members of the Negro League Ballplayers Association, most of whom are over 70 years of age. They were invited to attend the White House's Black History Month Ceremony where President Bush said he was most excited about meeting these players whom he called ''his idols.''

In addition, Gov. William Donald Schaefer's office is working on a ''Leon Day Day'' in connection with the opening of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

So Baltimore baseball fans have a lot to be proud of with this year's list of nominees to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Unfortunately the election process has become closely tied to political behavior. Anyone who has read the bio and stats of Leon Day knows he is unquestionably Hall of Fame material.

Zohara and Robert Hieronimus

Owings Mills

Why don't all know CPR, first aid?

About the article on Feb. 27, "Officer breathes new life into choking baby": Yes, the baby most likely would have died or been brain-damaged if a person trained in CPR had not been able to reach him within minutes. Thank heavens Howard County Officer John McKissick just happened to be nearby. Why, in this day and age, hasn't everyone, from teen-ager up, taken first aid and CPR training? Why isn't it given in school? A Red Cross course could have taught the baby-sitter how to properly cut a hot dog to prevent infant choking and how to administer CPR if a child does swallow a small object.

Mothers, fathers, baby-sitters, grandparents, etc., are you listening? For class information in Baltimore call 764-7000. In Howard County, call 730-0020.

Elizabeth L. Jones


4( Mrs. Jones is a Red Cross volunteer.

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