Thank you for printing the text of Boris Yeltsin's address to Congress. It is a great document, and Mr. Yeltsin's sincerity and good will are evident in every paragraph.
Coming from the president of a nation whose leaders have for decades spewed forth nothing but hatred and vilification toward the United States, it is indeed a refreshing change.
Mr. Yeltsin has thrown down the challenge for this country to respond by helping the Russian people in the overwhelming task they face in restructuring their economy.
God grant that the members of Congress will cease their partisan bickering and pass the Freedom Support Act without delay.
Herbert G. Bailey Jr.
Crying Out Loud
In regard to the recent Ross Perot flap:
How can George Bush get away with saying there's something not "particularly American" about investigating the personal affairs of a head of state?
For crying out loud, Bush headed the CIA!
Alan M. MacRobert
In response to the June 22 letter by Jacqueline C. Butler, concerning the allegedly incompetent principal of Carver Vocational Technical High School, a Baltimore City public school, I would like to shed additional light on the issue.
To her credit, Ms. Butler did make a point concerning certain principals who have forgotten what it is like to be teachers and thrive on the power their rank affords them. However, as a member of the Carver Vocational Technical High School faculty, my experiences with the administration in question do not fit this description.
I was continually impressed with the principal's dedication to students, teachers and tasks, as seen in his willingness to make time for each.
He articulated high expectations to students and wholeheartedly expected their implementation. He was sensitive to teachers' contractual parameters and was willing to go the extra mile to pick up the slack.
Finally, he had the strength to make difficult decisions, fully aware that the comfort zone lay with keeping the status quo.
Baltimore City public schools need more leadership of this caliber.
It's your right to choose.
But it's not your right to choose for me.
Elizabeth R. Kaplan
The Sun reported recently on a conference held in Annapolis dealing with the incredible amount of deaths across the state of Maryland from cancer.
The grim fact is that Maryland is number one in cancer deaths. Among others, Gov. William Donald Schaefer spoke regarding the importance of the state's anti-smoking campaign, and Marilyn Quayle told about the loss of her mother to breast cancer and the importance of early detection.
Yet we would have been served better had Mrs. Quayle convinced her husband, the vice president, about the importance of cancer prevention.
It would be humorous if it wasn't so tragic that just days prior to this conference it was announced that Vice President Quayle had been successful in weakening clean air laws and raising the tonnage of airborne pollution that industry is allowed to pump into the atmosphere.
The reason behind the increase? So our industries can be more competitive with the rest of the world by keeping the cost of doing business down. Pollution prevention costs too much.
When will the haze clear enough so that we can see that it is by far cheaper to prevent pollution than it is to clean up pollution? Not just in dollars and cents but in the quality of life denied.
If we can't be competitive with the rest of the world without killing ourselves, then we should get into some new lines of business.
Upset Fans Lambaste Stadium
After reading Michael Olesker's column, I am thrilled that someone from the press finally sat in Section 70 of Oriole Park.
I learned two things from sitting in Section 70. The first is that Brady Anderson is always ready, always alert and facing the ball. The second is that if the stadium remains in its present configuration, every play should be displayed on the outfield screen because there is no other way to see it.
One member of our party, tired of leaning forward and looking to the right, read a book through the second half. The people behind us entertained themselves by trying to guess the players' personal traits as listed in the souvenir program. It was almost like the Preakness infield, where you really can't tell there is a horse race happening.
May I suggest that Mr. Olesker continue his expose of Camden Yards by sitting in the outfield bleacher section by the scoreboard. From there, you can't see the mound, the plate, right field or the big screen replays.
Margaret L. Steiner
This has gone far enough! Michael Olesker's column really struck a nerve. I thought it might have been just me, but it's not. The citizens and, particularly, the baseball fans of Baltimore, have been sold a lie.