Trahed parkAs a resident of Baltimore, it is apparent to...

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September 25, 1992

Trahed park

As a resident of Baltimore, it is apparent to me that there is a distinct lack of good outdoor parks.

In the areas of Federal Hill, Otterbein, University Center and Camden Yards, Rash Field is one of the few "green" areas within walking distance. Residents come there to jog, bike, skate, stroll and walk their dogs.

Tourists also enjoy this area. It should be a beautiful place to visit, with great views of the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill and the marina.

So what is the problem? The garbage trucks. It seems there is always a garbage truck parked on the west end of Rash Field inside the park.

I've seen them there at midday, early evening and on the weekend. The smell is pretty bad, especially on a hot, humid Baltimore day.

If the city is going to spend time and money beautifying Rash Field, it seems the first priority should be getting rid of the garbage trucks.

I'd appreciate it if you could look into this problem so that this outdoor area can continue to be called Rash Field -- not Trash Field.

Friedman

Baltimore

Biased media is doing in President Bush

What we are witnessing this year is not so much a political campaign between George Bush and Bill Clinton as it is the liberal media's blatant rescue effort of a badly-flawed Democratic candidate and their day-by-day systematic disparagement of the president.

It is so transparent that it is almost embarrassing to watch. The liberals appear to be so desperate to win one for their side in this presidential election that they have jettisoned all journalistic ethics and are going after it with teeth bared.

After the Democratic Party unenthusiastically gave Clinton its imprimatur and pronounced him "the chosen candidate," the liberal media pitched in to see what they could make out of the sow's ear they were left with.

After a considerable amount of image renovation and character repair, out emerged Sir Willie, a shining knight-errant, who can do no wrong and standing ready to do battle against all the evils that befall humanity.

At the same time, "open season" was declared on "poor old George," whom the media tried to paint as one who just can't seem to get anything right. . . .

So the liberal media's strategy is to dump negatives on the president. Economic upturns or other events favorable to the Republicans can always be made less so by the use of skillful, skeptical spins like, "But it remains to be seen how long this can last, and there are many pessimistic voices."

When, on the other hand, anything less than glowing turns up about Sir Willie the Slick it can be buried in the back pages where it'll never be noticed. The effect of this strategy is evident in the polls.

If the stakes weren't so important, it would be hilarious to watch the transparent, heavy-handed tactics of the media in trying to salvage this election for Sir Willie the Slick.

As it is, many Americans are anxious to aim the constitutional spotlight on the media's brazenly assumed right to distort the news for political purposes and to use the profoundly influential force of its news pages and news programs (in addition to its traditional editorial space) to actively campaign for one or another candidate.

The public has a far more pressing right to a free and unbiased source of facts and news.

H.J. Rizzo

Baltimore

Military theater

At a recent Bush re-election rally in California, former President Reagan chided Bill Clinton for his draft dodging. Mr. Reagan said, according to the newspaper, "I understand he prefers to steer clear of drafts."

Mr. Reagan must think the voters' grasp of history is as scanty as his. As I recall, Mr. Reagan spent World War II making movies in Hollywood. The closest he came to a theater of war was a movie studio.

Mark Plogman

Baltimore

Gun rights

The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science reported on Sept. 17 that cars kill 250,000 to 500,000 people in the world each day.

That's more than at the Battle of Antietam (about 13,000). In fact, that's twice the number of soldiers who fought on the bloodiest day of the war between the states.

Historically, cars have killed more Americans than firearms (wars included). But in your paper, shootings are front page news, while automobile deaths are buried in section B or skipped altogether.

Dr. David Nichols wants handgun controls to stop the number of shootings, while a Harvard University study shows that malpractice kills more people in America than firearms.

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. wants passage of a national waiting period on handgun purchases, while Maryland's waiting period has had little or no effect on crime here, since very few criminals buy firearms from gun stores.

If those who wish to restrict or abolish the Second Amendment to the Constitution continue to move at right angles to reality, I will be forced to conclude that they are more interested in denying me my rights than they are with savings lives.

Karl Hayhurst

Aberdeen

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