Success and failureYour editorial on privatization (July...

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July 31, 1992

Success and failure

Your editorial on privatization (July 13) brought out an important point to students and parents in Baltimore City: In the private sector, some companies succeed and some fail.

The management of nine Baltimore public schools (out of 178) has been given to a single private company. If this company fails to make improvements, the experiment will be declared a failure.

What the city should obviously do is to allow several companies to manage similar groups of schools. Those that succeed will be given more schools, those that fail will lose their contracts.

We can rely on the free market to solve our education problems, but only if it is allowed to operate. When the government fails, it never goes out of business.

Douglas E. McNeil

Baltimore

U.S is losing manufacturing to cheap labor

Manufacturing built this country by creating steady jobs for millions of people. This made possible health insurance, pensions and a very high standard of living. It also provided an enormous tax base for our local and federal governments.

We are the world's largest market, yet this is the cause of our present economic catastrophe. The world is aggressively selling us. They can sell cheaper because their labor earns only a fraction of our labor rates and receives little or no benefits. Many of their workers live in deplorable conditions.

We can not compete against such low production costs and overhead. We are losing factory after factory.

We should be embarrassed. The world looks for a sign from us but our government has yet to come forward with a tangible program for our resurrection.

&Martin Lindsay Cardwell Sr.

Baltimore

Ban bullets

Guns do not kill, bullets do!

If all gun manufacturing stopped, there would still be guns for hundreds of years to come. Ammunition is a consumable product. If this country would ban the sale of ammunition, gun powder and reloading supplies, the killing would have to subside within a short period of time.

Banning guns is stupid. Ban ammunition.

Frank Sofsky

Fallston

No black-Jewish chasm

I read Henry Louis Gates' scholarly exegesis of current black-Jewish relations in the United States (Other Voices, July 22) with keen interest and puzzlement.

Dr. Gates is a perspicacious, thoughtful and meticulous scholar in some areas relating to black life and history but he is patently wrong in describing a growing or expanded anti-Semitism among black academicians or black citizens.

To be sure, there have been strained relations in recent times between blacks and Jews around such issues as affirmative action and allegations of quotas and reverse discrimination.

The coalescence of major Jewish organizations, in concert with the NAACP, Urban League, SCLC, PUSH, among other progressive and fair-minded individuals and groups, black and white, proved to be of inestimable value in securing the passage of the 1991 Civil Rights Act.

Blacks and Jews, historically, have been involved in or allies in the struggle to advance human and civil rights throughout our nation. The involvement of Jews in the 1960s, in particular, was expansive, inspirational and efficacious.

It was, in fact, during this period that young black activists began to demand key leadership roles in the struggle to end a denial of fundamental freedoms and socio-economic justice in the American body politic.

Their insistence on leadership roles was not a result of animosity or antipathy toward Jews but rather a coming of age of youthful, well-educated black stalwarts in the ongoing struggle for human and civil rights. Anti-Semitism was not a part of this process.

The clear reality is that there is no widening chasm or bifurcation between black intellectuals and Jews. In his heart of hearts, Dr. Gates must know that an estrangement between blacks and Jews would be unmitigated folly.

amuel L. Banks

Baltimore

Trashed anthem

I hope God spares me from ever again hearing our national anthem trashed as it was by Aretha Franklin at the Democratic National Convention.

The American flag and "The Star Spangled Banner" are national treasures and should be treated as such. "The Star Spangled Banner" is perfect as it was written and needs neither changes nor embellishments by Aretha Franklin or anyone else.

As a matter of fact, she didn't sing -- she screamed, and the high notes of the song were obviously too high for her. Her "rendition" was a disgrace.

Vivian P. Pezold

Bel Air

Let St. Mary's cemetery injustice rest? Never

In response to your editorial of July 22, entitled "Dispute at St. Mary's Cemetery," let's set the record straight.

Under Article 27 of the Maryland Criminal Code, Section 265, the removal of human remains can be authorized by the state's attorney in only two instances: (1) to ascertain the cause of death or (2) for the "purpose of reburial."

Has the builder at St. Mary's Cemetery received this authorization? And if so, how was that permission justified under the law when the builder's purpose is the installation of sewer lines for his new houses?

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