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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 03, 1993

Judicial Control

Judge Thomas A. Bollinger's sympathy for defendant Lawrence Allen Gillette (The Sun, April 23) presupposes that men by nature are unable to control their sexual behavior and therefore it is the woman's responsibility to deter a man's sexually aggressive actions.

Because Gillette's victim was unconscious and, therefore, unable to assume this responsibility, according to the judge she "facilitated" the rape.

If men are so incapable of controlling their behavior, then how can we entrust them to important leadership positions such as judgeships?

Miriam Hack

Baltimore

Radio Wars

How unfortunate it is that, in planning the recent radio crime summit, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services characterized crime in Maryland as largely an "African-American problem."

That serves to reinforce stereotypes and separate the races. Crime impacts all races and workable solutions must come from every segment of our community.

In 1992, WBAL Radio served as the flagship for Maryland's first radio crime summit. Every radio station in the state was invited to participate. At that time, WXYV/WCAO chose not to join in the broadcast.

On April 25, when WXVY/WCAO served as the flagship, other Baltimore radio stations, including WBAL, were not permitted to take part.

They were prohibited from participating under conditions negotiated by public safety spokesman Leonard Sipes. How sad that Mr. Sipes excluded large segments of the community from public debate and discussion of crime.

In an April 26 article in The Sun, Mr. Sipes explained that the summit was placed on "a radio station that directly reaches out to African-American community."

The implication is that African-Americans are attracted primarily to music stations and not to news/talk stations. Nothing could be further from the truth.

African-Americans comprise a large and loyal segment of WBAL's audience. Mr. Sipes' comments are insulting to them and to every broadcaster who attempts to serve this community by providing a forum for informed discussion of the issues of our day.

Mark Miller

Baltimore

The writer is news director of WBAL Radio.

Capital Losses

For some time there has been much blarney about the capital gains tax, particularly by the Democrats to the effect that a cut in the tax rate would primarily benefit the rich.

What is overlooked is the fact that such a cut would provide substantial new employment and economic growth and benefit all Americans, rich or poor.

Further, new statistics from the Internal Revenue Service confirm that since the capital gains tax was raised in 1986 investors have simply avoided the taxes by holding on to their assets.

The result has been that 21 percent less revenue was received in 1991 than in 1985, when the capital gains tax rate was 20 percent.

Studies soon to be released will show that from 1986-1991 our government lost taxes totaling $60 billion as a result of the increased capital gains tax.

Caleb R. Kelly Jr.

Claiborne

Urban Solution

The April 16 TRB column, "Urban Policy: Abolish Suburbs," offers a sensible and cost-effective solution to the underclass culture of violence, rage, crime, delinquency, teen-age pregnancy, poverty, alcohol and drug abuse in our nation's inner cities -- "eliminating the critical mass for an underclass to develop" by making suburb and city one and allowing the dispersement of low-cost housing into the suburbs.

How many more destructive rampages in the ghettos must we face before we learn that a policy of containment doesn't work?

Children cannot become constructive, law-abiding citizens when all around them are models of violence, crime and anti-social behavior.

As well-fed, rosy-cheeked, goal-oriented residents of the suburbs, we can no longer afford the luxury of keeping the "nasty and brutish" in their place because their children won't wait for us to do the right thing. James Rouse understood this when he designed Columbia to provide for a diverse mix of people.

Lawrence B. Coshnear

Baltimore

William S. James

Your lengthy obituary of William S. James on April 18 made no mention of his contributions to libraries of the state.

It was before my 20 years as administrator of the Harford County libraries that he was instrumental (along with Julia S. D. Cameron) in passing legislation which resulted in the Maryland library law, providing for state and local participation in supporting county libraries.

I well remember pinning a rose on him and saluting him as "first citizen of Harford County" at the opening ceremonies of our then-new Aberdeen branch library in 1975.

He was appointed to the first board of library trustees for a period of seven years by Gov. Herbert O'Conor and could always be depended upon to support library interests and needs.

Roenna Fahrney

Abingdon

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