Swans for CarpMark Guidera's article "Pa. plan to allow...


March 19, 1993

Swans for Carp

Mark Guidera's article "Pa. plan to allow carp would harm bay, Md. fears" (March 8) raised serious questions about the plan's possible impact on the Chesapeake Bay.

The story came in the wake of another article abut the mute swans who are eating the grasses in the bay so quickly that fish and other wildlife are being put at risk.

Let's make a match of the two threats and offer Pennsylvania all the mute swans they care to take in exchange for refraining from introducing carp in state ponds.

The swans will clean their ponds of grasses and add to the aesthetic beauty of their environment. Meanwhile, Maryland won't have to worry about the bay being invaded by migrating carp.

Bernice S. Seiden


Aid to Israel

Amid your story on the Israeli shooting of a dinghy in Lebanon, March 7, was the information that Israel will soon receive the first of the $10 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. These guarantees are in addition to the well over $1 billion in U.S. aid under the most recent foreign aid bill.

There were major arguments with respect to these loan guarantees last year, with most of the opposition revolving around the issue of settlements in the occupied territories. However, the underlying concept of guaranteeing the loans was never questioned, since the purpose was held to be the humanitarian one of resettling Russian Jews.

I wonder why no one ever asked if this assistance to Israel, to resettle Jewish immigrants, violates the secular nature of the United States and its Constitution.

Israel accepts Jewish immigrants from all over the world, irrespective of their status as economic or political refugees, though similar automatic refuge is not available to equivalent non-Jewish individuals, whether they be from Russia, Ethiopia or Haiti.

This behavior, though perfectly reasonable from the Israeli perspective, is discriminatory by U.S. standards.

The fact that many individuals in the U.S. support programs like Operation Exodus is to be applauded.

However, is it ethical and legal for the secular United States to use federal resources and taxpayer dollars to directly support these policies, which may justifiably be considered religious discrimination?

A. V. Aiyengar



After reading Michael Olesker's column regarding the proposed definitive collection of "Bawlmerese" to be writted by Ernest Smith, I had to respond.

I, too, grew up in Baltimore. I was a 10th Ward Irishman. My first Oriole game was a double-header against the Newark Bears at old Oriole Park on Greenmount Avenue. The pitchers for the Orioles were Rollie Van Slate and BoBo Palica.

I have heard and used "Harrid" for Howard Street; "payment" for pavement; "poleece" for police and "far engine" for fire engine.

In all of my years in Baltimore, I have never heard of some of the sayings that Mr. Smith is proposing. Is he making some of these things up to sell some books?

It was a good thing Mr. Olesker had the foresight to include an interpretation of Mr. Smith's version of the Baltimore Colt fight song. I would not have recognized it.

Frank Gleason


Gender Bias

Mark Hyman's March 6 article on the purchasers of Eli Jacobs' house contained an example of The Sun's unfortunate gender bias. Mr. Hyman reported that the estate "was purchased by Timothy Weglicki, a managing director at Baltimore-based Alex. Brown Inc., and his wife, Denise."

In fact, she is a principal at the same firm and possesses an identify of her own. Does a woman still derive her importance only from her status as some man's wife?

Migsie Richlin


Drama in Maryland

According to recent articles and an editorial endorsement in The Washington Post, the state of Maryland plans to construct an $83 million performing arts complex at the University of

Maryland College Park.

I am writing as a professional theater educator to plead against the apparent sacrifice of rigorous and diverse performance programs, including the highly reputed Theater Department of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, in favor of such a facility.

Facilities like the one planned for College Park discourage inclusiveness, diversity and experiment. They promote a cultural environment that is counterproductive to contemporary trends in theatrical performance as well as educational curricula.

The planned facility will not serve the interests, needs onumbers of Maryland's diverse communities as effectively as do the related programs that are currently targeted for extinction.

I hope that appropriate state officials will question the wisdom of constructing a showplace complex in a locale where duplicative facilities already exist, during a time when so-called "duplicative" educational programs are being discontinued, and for a discipline that is better nourished by educated artists, diverse audiences and decentralization than by architectural monoliths.

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