Words and DeedsDo deeds lie, or only words, which may lie...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 06, 1993

Words and Deeds

Do deeds lie, or only words, which may lie or be truthful?

Stanislav Rembski

Baltimore

Trust Voters

Recent complaints from politicians in Annapolis that media and press pressures were unfair indicate a very low level of confidence in their constituency. Don't they trust the voter to be able to come to his or her own conclusions, or do they believe that information should be tailored to their specifications?

The argument that the Scholarship Board was not doing a good job is also suspect. The solution, then, is to take action that will assure us all of proper scholarship distribution, the money they have as well.

It is good for all of us, politicians included, to face our responsibilities rather than blame someone else for decisions we must make.

Alfred Buls

Baltimore

Nuts

I'm envisioning a prominent political figure with no sense of how to properly use a handgun and even less common sense in safely handling a handgun pointing it at someone and "accidentally" killing that person. Seem impossible? Not when it's Gov. William Donald Schaefer. I read the account of Governor Schaefer's news conference in which he pointed a handgun at an Associated Press reporter. I couldn't believe it.

There are three points that need to be emphasized:

Don't handle a gun unless you have a thorough understanding of how the gun operates. Always check and double-check to make certain that a cartridge is not chambered. Do this personally. Don't take someone's word for it. And most importantly, treat the gun with respect. It is a dangerous tool that in the wrong hands can be deadly.

Governor Schaefer missed on all three points. He obviously has no experience with or respect for guns. Can we really believe he has an understanding of the problems caused by the abuse of guns when he is an abuser himself?

No one I know whom I hunt with and target shoot with would have risked someone's life simply to make a point about guns. The problem isn't with the guns. It's with the nuts who misuse them.

William A. Thies Jr.

Columbia

Eyesore Sign

Is it just me, or are the "All-Star Coke" signs on the Camden Street Station really an eyesore?

I realize the folks at Coca-Cola are entitled to their key presence on the back of the scoreboard as one enters Oriole Park proper, but commercializing a historic landmark like the Camden Street Station is another matter.

Coke gets my 1993 vote for demonstrating the tops in corporate civic bad taste.

Owen Crabb

Catonsville

Blizzards

The media have all been heralding our recent snow storm as a blizzard. Visibility, it has been stated, was one-tenth of a mile. Amusing, indeed. It is evident they have never seen a blizzard.

vTC As a Midwesterner I have seen many blizzards. In a real blizzard, a hard snow storm combines with a wind of gale force to an extent it would be almost impossible to see your own hand at arm's length in front of your face. It is common for such storms to last three days.

My mother's folks moved to eastern South Dakota in 1890. One year in the early 1890s, it started to snow and the wind whipped up for a three-day blizzard. The snow and wind subsided for one day and was followed by a second three-day blizzard.

Having experienced blizzards, it was not uncommon that a clothesline would be placed between the house and the barn. Without a clothesline for a guide, even though it was known where the barn was, it could not be seen during the blizzard and occasionally a person would get lost in the storm between the house and the barn.

R. Tyrell Denniston

Baltimore

What Should Black Priorities Be?

As we observe the crucial situation which exists in the African-American community today, a question of where priorities should be comes to mind.

I say priorities because many in our leadership would have us believe that the question of whether an African-American becomes governor of Maryland, or whether the District of Columbia becomes a state, is really important to the life of the average African-American. Well, it isn't.

Now that may be a disappointment to some African-Americans who may aspire to social and economic prominence by virtue of being in political office or working in government, but let's do something unconventional here, let's tell the truth.

None of these items I have mentioned will help any of the hundreds of murder victims in the African-American community in Washington and Baltimore. With such grim regularity, there is wholesale slaughter of young life.

Playing the power games in Annapolis will not help the situation of the public schools in Baltimore, where on any given day thousands of black children simply decide not to go school.

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