For several years, I have listened to and read about the criticism of Gov. William Donald Schaefer concerning the new Orioles ballpark.
Now that we have this magnificent structure it is time to recognize the tremendous achievement associated with the ballpark. It is beautiful and unique among such structures. It has received praise from nearly every quarter for its flair, style and design. The ballpark is an appropriate and impressive way for this city and state to honor the team that means so much to all of us.
We should also take a moment and reflect upon the vision of our governor in promoting this project.
The ballpark will bring hundreds of new jobs to the Baltimore region this summer -- at a time when the job market is depressed. It will breathe vitality into downtown businesses, restaurants and watering holes. It has been estimated that some 40,000 people will attend each game and for each there is an economic consequence to Baltimore.
Among the skills we seek and rarely find in a politician are vision and leadership. That vision of the state as a whole and the integrity and strength of character which allows one to understand how the pieces fit together are very important to the success of any government unit.
The ballpark is a product of such vision and leadership because the governor looked beyond the current costs to see the long-term economic benefit to the region. So, too, with the light rail.
We are extremely fortunate to have a governor with such vision and leadership skills during these difficult times. As the praise for Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the light rail are heard, we should remember to thank William Donald Schaefer.
William I. Weston
Jazz Lives, but Not in The Sun
Mitchell Landsberg's March 22 article on jazz musician-composer-leader-innovator Dizzy Gillespie was excellent. I cynically wonder, however, if such an article would have appeared had Mr. Gillespie not been approaching his 75th birthday.
Other than such infrequent "milestone" articles and retrospectives on major figures in jazz who have recently died (such as Miles Davis and Stan Getz), where is The Sun's coverage of jazz music?
Jazz continues to be a vibrant art form, fueled in large part by many younger musicians who have learned from such masters as Dizzy Gillespie. Many come from Baltimore.
Jazz musicians of national prominence perform here fairly often. We have a large pool of local talent playing in the jazz idiom. All this seems lost on The Sun.
One often hears noted jazz musicians lament that they find greater knowledge and acceptance of their music abroad than in the country where it was born and developed. Rarely does one see young people at jazz performances in the Baltimore area.
The media -- record companies, television, newspapers -- are largely responsible for this state of affairs. The Sun could help improve this situation with greatly increased coverage of this wonderful music, jazz.
Spare the Animals
Those who condone vivisection defend it as a necessary requirement for scientific inquiry and resolution of human disease.
I agree with those doctors, scientists and others who challenge that premise as being unintelligent, immoral, unscientific and fiscally unsound.
The causes of human disease, primarily self-induced, are
cumulative, of varying impact and non-transferable to the experimental animal. What vivisectors actually do, according to those who know, is try to elicit in the animal model similar symptoms to those of the human and not the actual disorder. Then they seek to superficially suppress these symptoms, primarily through surgical and drug therapy.
However, because the animals are remarkably dissimilar to humans, both biochemically and emotionally, their reactions or responses are clearly different. The outcome is that the data collected from these erroneous experiments is consistently misleading and always potentially harmful if applied to humans.
If our society rejected the option of using animals for research, we should quickly embrace a more suitable means of curing and preventing man's aliments -- emphasizing clinical research and developing lifestyles that prevent cancer, heart disease, birth defects, etc. Human disease comes about as a result of human failure -- failure to comply with the natural laws of hygiene and diet.
As for the non-medical animal research, which comprises about 94 percent of all animal research, this is utterly immoral and I think that people should boycott all cosmetics, household supplies and other products sold by firms which have or otherwise utilize animal research laboratories. Animals need not be outrageously brutalized; it is evil and we can get along quite well without it, thank you.
I. H. Desser
A Modest Proposal
I know how we can solve the speeding problem in Maryland: we need to ban high-powered, sleek-looking, racy automobiles from Maryland highways!