And the paper questions voter apathy?At last! One can now...

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April 20, 1992

And the paper questions voter apathy?

At last! One can now read The Evening Sun without having to search for the hard news buried somewhere amid the stadium hype. The extravaganza in the press with large, colored photos and fulsome text is the late 20th Century equivalent of Marie Antoinette's remark about the unrest among the poor and hungry of Paris: "Let them eat cake!" To the city's underclass today we say: "Let them enjoy the stadium!"

Articles on items like a half-million demonstrators for pro-choice, the budget in the legislature and the Perdue workers were downplayed in comparison. And then the editorial pages presume to deplore the lack of public interest in the elections and failure to vote. What irony!

M. R. Brown


Don't cut there

It seems that the quality of health care within Maryland is a bargaining chip with our Annapolis legislature.

A bill has recently been passed by the legislature (S.B. 405) which will allow podiatrists to operate on the ankle. The ankle? Yes, the ankle.

While orthopedic surgeons train for a minimum of nine years in programs which are accredited by the American Medical Association, podiatrists undergo very inconsistent training both in their undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They are certainly not qualified to operate outside the foot.

Back-room politicking has gotten this bill passed. If it is signed by the governor, it will become law. Without a doubt this will compromise the quality of health care our citizens.

It is a shame to see that our legislature cannot obectively look at merits of a bill, and can actually end up passing a bill allowing podiatrists to operate on a part of the body such as the ankle.

Mossa Kazim, M.D.

Upper Marlboro

The writer is an orthopedic surgeon.

No-win situation

I am becoming puzzled and frustrated by the media treatment of the three top contenders in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

Bill Clinton is questioned and criticized for his character flaws. But then Paul Tsongas is ridiculed for his "holier than thou" posture, as he puts forth his own rectitude in comparison with the public image of the typical, corrupt politician. Then there's Jerry Brown, who gets jabs for his present repudiation of his past imperfections as governor of California.

It seems like a no-win situation: You lose if you're not a sinner, you lose if you are a sinner and you lose if you used to be a sinner, but now have repented. Somehow I suspect that God Him/Herself couldn't run in this election and come out unscathed.

Elizabeth A. Fixsen


Discounts, maestro

I certainly appreciate David Zinman's desire to attract younger audiences to the BSO concerts.

However, I do feel that all of his rationalization is for naught. The answer to the problem of older audiences lies, I believe, in the little box at the end of the article: "Tickets -- $16 to $43."

I have five children in the age group Mr. Zinman is trying to attract. All enjoy classical music; none could afford very many tickets at these prices, especially when you consider two tickets and a baby sitter.

One of my college-age sons has attended two opera performances with me and loved them, but he did not have to foot the bill for his $60 ticket. Another son attended several chamber music performances with me and was enthralled; here again, the ticket was a gift. Classical music is appreciated by the young. It was not until my children were grown that I -- one of Mr. Zinman's gray heads -- could afford to enjoy live performances.

The symphony can and should attempt to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, but never disparage the ticket-buying gray heads.

The under-40 group will be gray heads someday and maybe then they will be able to afford live concerts.

Carol Chesney Meyers


Wisdom of youth

I am writing to commend those Baltimore County students who recently sat down in protest to show their frustration and anger with a system which has begun to fail to meet their needs.

The students' protests sprang from their own fear that theirs is a deteriorating system, whose emphasis has veered from one that exalts them and those who teach them, to one that bows to political experiences and panders to special interests.

I only hope that if this is what it will take to change and move this system forward that their parents, grandparents and teachers will have the courage to follow their lead.

Judi Callanan Devlin


The writer is a speech and language pathologist in the Baltimore County public schools and is the parent of a Baltimore City public school student.

Lack of backbone

I read with disdain your article on April 10, in which state legislators asked that the Orioles not announce their presence at the new stadium.

The explanation as to why is clear: The legislators of Maryland are spineless yellow bellies, too scared to face the "music" they have created for the citizens of Maryland, too scared to admit to their fiscal irresponsibility.

Why aren't they proud enough to stand up for their work?

Perhaps they are ashamed of their work product. Frankly, no one in his or her right mind could be proud of the job the General Assembly has done with regards to the state's budget. It seems that our delegates fear only for their own re-election and political survival.

I have become thoroughly appalled at the politicking, the partisan attitude and the sheer irresponsibility of our elected officials in Annapolis.

Government today has become too large and relentless in dictating to the needs of every facet of our lives. Special interest groups from every arena of society plague the State House for attention and, what's more, our hard earned money.

Irresponsible spending must stop! Unfortunately, it didn't stop during this recent legislative session.

It seems by insisting on not being recognized, state legislators have admitted to us their own failings. But that's all right, because they cannot hide in November from the ballot box.

C. Bruce Anderson


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