RECREATIONEditor: Thanks for "A Walk on...

PRESERVATION VS.

January 24, 1993

PRESERVATION VS. RECREATION

Editor: Thanks for "A Walk on the Wild Side" into Black Marsh in the Sun Magazine of Nov. 1. Mr. Reid summarized the "troubles" very succinctly and Mr. Harp's photos were exquisite.

Mr. Boone's comments go to the heart of the controversy. When the state purchased the land from Bethlehem Steel in 1987, the )) Nature Conservancy and the Natural Heritage Program of the Department of Natural Resources were active players in the purchase deal. The deal was a compromise of preservation and recreational development.

Unfortunately, the public did not have an active voice in shaping the development from the beginning, and has pretty much been ignored throughout the process. Because of citizen pressure, some of the original development schemes have been scaled back, i.e., the restaurant and large amphitheater. . . .

However laudable these adjustments may be, to the 1,000 members of the Citizen's Coalition to Preserve Black Marsh and the 11,000 petition signers, they obfuscate the real issue of whether the focus should be on another conventional waterfront park that attracts those seeking active recreation . . . or on a natural park . . . that emphasizes the educational potential of the rich biological diversity contained in these special coastal ecosystems.

Ajax Eastman

Baltimore

THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

Editor: There are two items in the Nov. 15 Sun Magazine that bother me. One is the Editor's Note, "The Season to Party On." Nowhere in your poem do you mention the word Christmas, although Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are mentioned. The second concern I have is with the [Gift Guide] article "Turning the Tables." No explanation of what Christmas is was given under the heading "Christmas." Since a somewhat detailed explanation Hanukkah was provided, wouldn't it have been appropriate to simply mention that Christmas commemorates the birth of Christ? Christmas is more than "twinkling lights."

Marcie Barclay

Baltimore

WHOSE ROLE MODEL?

Editor: I am appalled that the female model on the cover of the Nov. 15 Sun Magazine would have emaciated shoulders similar to a starving Somalian. In an age when anorexia nervosa is plaguing our female population, that would you support the pseudo-fashionable statement of this eating disorder by approving T.H.E. Artist Agency's [selection of] this female model is detrimental to women in our culture.

Please adjust your sensitivity and awareness to women's issues and know that women are suffering from a disorder that is not be glamorized.

Lynne Molner

Phoenix

MISSING SANDOR

Editor: What happened to the excellent photographer Patrick Sandor? I truly miss his pictures in the Sun Magazine.

Marcio V. Pinheiro, M.D.

Eldersburg

Editor's Note: Patrick Sandor is now a general assignment photographer for The Sun, but his work still appears in Sun Magazine.

GIVE TO CHARITIES

Editor: In his article "A Gift for Me?" [Nov. 29], Kevin Cowherd exemplifies the problem with many contemporary "celebrations" of Christmas. Instead of determining how he can give in a meaningful way, he complains about what he receives.

Why not ask potential gift givers to donate to a charity in your name? Many organizations will come to your door to pick up donations of usable clothing and household items, e.g., AMVETS, Value Village, Purple Heart. All you have to do is call.

Soup kitchens and food banks would be delighted to receive unwanted or underappreciated gifts of food.

So let's be creative when it comes to celebrating holidays. Who knows? You might end up having fun in the process.

Virginia M. Shea Glen Burnie

WINE-GLASS SNOBBERY

Editor: While it is commendable that restaurant critic Elizabeth Large credits Harryman House's "well-selected wine list" [Nov. 29], she feels it necessary to point out that their white wine was served in red wine glasses.

Horrors!

I have on occasion requested a proper wine glass in a restaurant when the alternative was a water goblet, but I cannot imagine anyone objecting to a wine glass which was not quite the proper shape for the color of the wine.

* How nit-picky can you get?

Jack Johnston

Westminster

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