DesecrationIt is horrifying to hear of the unearthing and...

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December 01, 1992


It is horrifying to hear of the unearthing and opening of the caskets of three of our beloved Maryland forefathers buried on sacred ground at St. Mary's City. I wonder how could the state of Maryland have allowed such a desecration.

It is a wonder the Roman Catholic Church did not protest, since the graves were on land where the first Catholic Church once stood. How could any Christian church allow the desecration of the remains of Christian people in the name of scientific investigation?

As an expatriate Marylander, I see this as a sad day when the honored dead are no longer allowed to rest in peace.

Sallie Gantt McGuff

San Antonio, Tex.

Loss of block mourned in city center

I was saddened to read the Baltimore Glimpses in which Mike Bowler and Gilbert Sandler celebrated the demolition connected with the Charles Center project ("Our best office address," Other Voices, Nov. 24).

For some Baltimoreans, this whole enterprise was something to be lamented, not extolled. The fundamental error, of course, was the destruction of the first block of West Lexington Street, with the varied shop-fronts which made that part of the street interesting.

Particularly unfortunate was the poorly designed replacement for the east end of this block. Witness the recent construction of an elaborate and costly staircase there in a belated attempt to correct the flawed design.

Prior to the demolition in 1961, the easy passage of pedestrians through the block was accomplished along the natural slope of the street, without the necessity of negotiating a stairway.

When recalling the construction of the Charles Center project, let's not overlook its mistakes.

Joan M. Pristas


Double standard

I don't get it. One does not ask a married man if he has a mistress. By the same token, why ask a person's sexual preference? Is this not a double standard?

Case in point: An Army nurse, a colonel with 27 years of service, was being interviewed for promotion to brigadier general. She was asked specifically, "Are you lesbian?" Her direct and honest answer was, "Yes."

Not only was she not promoted, she was discharged -- out, period.

Cecelia L. Bass


Fly the American flag

Recently, I was in Montana putting the finishing touches on my ranch just outside of Bozeman. Having newly installed fencing and gates, the ranch was stunning, with a lovely log home and barn. But, although a beautiful picture, something was amiss. A flag.

An American flag. I needed to fly the American flag. Yes, they still fly flags in this country of Montana.

Finding the local supplier, I was surprised to discover that he really specialized in farm machinery and that the flag business was merely an aside.

So, I was a little daunted at entering a store that sells expensive pieces of farm equipment and requesting a mere flag. I almost didn't enter.

Upon further contemplation, I meekly walked in and whispered that I was only planning to buy a flag nothing important.

Quickly, a tall and robust man emerged from the back office. He was in his mid-70s with a weathered face and a full head of stark white hair. I became nervous but mentioned my interest in flying an American flag on my ranch. His eyes lit up and twinkled in delight. "Step into my office, son!

"As far as I'm concerned, you can't fly that American flag enough. There are too many young people in this country that wouldn't recognize a flag if they saw one.

"I am the owner of this company, and people like you looking to buy a flag are much more important to me than those coming in here to buy machinery. I don't care if the machinery does cost $70,000 and your flag costs $62.

"Our country was founded on this flag, and that flag stands for every moral principle that we lack today. We need to see the flag flying every day to remind ourselves of who we are."

He found me a small flag, but being fresh out of flag poles, he offered me his.

"Here you go, son, take mine! You can't get that flag flying quickly enough and I know how anxious you are to get it waving.

"No sir, there's nothing like our flag blowing in the wind. We need more folks like you flying the flag."

I was struck by this man's absolute belief in the American flag and in everything that it represents.

Perhaps by flying our flags more often, we will remind ourselves of the principles of good and righteousness that are so lacking in the cities of today.

Perhaps we need something so basic as the flag to remind us of the country that we once were.

Sami Paul


Baltimore is the region's poor stepchild

At a time when the city of Baltimore is being attacked on all sides for its efforts to keep taxpaying property owners from moving to the so-called "crime-free" suburbs, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke is asking for an increase to the "temporary piggy back tax."

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