Fine PresidentI want to thank you for the very fine Sept...


October 14, 1992

Fine President

I want to thank you for the very fine Sept. 24 article regarding President Bush, "A believer, bloodied but unbowed.`

It was good to read something upbeat for the president as it seems so much is negative in all aspects of the media.

I assume your newspaper will endorse Governor Clinton, and that is why I did want to thank you for writing something good about our fine president. He deserves better treatment than he has been getting.

Frank L. Meade


Too Big and Noisy

As president of the Ednor Gardens-Lakeside Civic Association (which encompasses the east and north sides of Memorial Stadium) I must say no one knows more than we do the need to be flexible as far as special events at the stadium site. The revenues generated for these events only benefit us as a neighborhood, since the cost of maintaining the site is astronomical.

We have been more than gracious over the years dealing with trash, noise, crowds and traffic, but that comes with the territory of living near a stadium, which the majority of us knew when we moved here.

The flea market concept is a good one. Unfortunately, the market grew to such proportion that it is entirely too large for the stadium lot, creating an abundance of trash, parking and traffic problems at 5:30 a.m. It has even brought the sales of firearms to our neighborhood, which is totally unacceptable.

I can tell you that Councilman Bill Cunningham acted on behalf of the neighborhood, since complaints were many.

Living across from the stadium only allowed him to see things first hand, but the ultimate pressure came from the residents.

Hopefully with the new location at the vacant Eastern High School and some new guidelines, the flea market can be what it was intended to be: a successful operation for the vendor and additional revenue for the city.

Brian P. Hannon


Dangerous Shears

What a happy day it must have been for Tim Baker! The state's latest round of budget cuts allowed him to fetch, yet again, his prized University of Maryland System pruning shears. Surely Mr. Baker will not rest until the regents close or merge something -- anything -- at his behest.

In his latest gardening effort, Mr. Baker implores the regents to have the courage to "saw off limbs." Yet he is loath to suggest which limbs he might clip. Perhaps he can find the courage to describe exactly what he would prune.

Further, Mr. Baker continues the theme The Sun's editorialists have proclaimed for some 15 years, that Maryland's public universities are deeply flawed (and, of course, desperate for his rescue). As always, this thesis is not argued, but merely asserted.

Finally, Mr. Baker somehow finds illegitimate the role of each campus' "powerful constituency." Certainly students, faculty, friends and alumni should not alone dictate the course of the UM system. But their voices merit strong consideration, along with those of taxpayers, legislators, the governor and the regents (and even Tim Baker).

As others have ably noted, Mr. Baker continues to confuse vision and fantasy when discussing Maryland higher education. Until he clears his head, he should put away his shears, lest he hurt someone.

Patrick J. Casey


Bentley's Help

Frank Kelly (letter, Oct. 8) blatantly misrepresents Rep. Helen Bentley's positions on a number of issues. More to the point, he chooses to ignore Ms. Bentley's tireless efforts on behalf of her constituents.

The past spring, an automobile accident took the lives of several students on the "Its Academic" team at Edgewood High. As one of her many local activities, the congresswoman raised money to send surviving team members and alternates to a regional competition in Chicago.

She was active in efforts to heal the trauma experienced by students over the loss of their friends and coordinated donations for the school's alcohol-free prom.

No one could possibly work harder for her constituents than Ms. Bentley. On the other hand, the last time most of us in Harford County can recall hearing about her opponent, Michael Hickey, was when he ran for the Democratic nomination in 1990.

Too many members of Congress come around only at election time. Voters in the 2d Congressional District should hold on to the one congressperson they can count on, day-in day-out, in good times and bad.

Howard S. Klein

Bel Air

Abortion Opponents' Stand Questioned

As a pro-choice legislator who was deeply involved in the successful passage of Senate Bill 162 and in the unsuccessful fight to pass a pro-choice bill the year before, I write to refute the arguments of Jay Schwartz and Randall Wetzel that appeared recently in the Letters to the Editor.

As an attorney with a large lobbying practice in Annapolis, Mr. Schwartz should know that his claim that S.B. 162 was not a compromise because it was supported by the National Abortion Rights Action League is not true.

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