No AnswersAs a longtime volunteer at the Top of the World...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 18, 1993

No Answers

As a longtime volunteer at the Top of the World observatory floor, I am particularly interested in Baltimore and Maryland tourism.

However, I am greatly disappointed and concerned about the poor rating earned by the Office of Tourism Development. Two years ago the New York Times conducted a national tourism department survey. The Maryland office was one of a few that did not even answer the inquiry for more than six weeks.

At that time I wrote to the office and received a lame-excuse reply and a hope for improvement. Now, two years later the Times has completed a follow-up survey (The Sun, April 11) and again Maryland is one (of ten) out of 63 tourist offices that did not respond at all in six weeks. In other words -- no improvement after two years.

How can we overcome such apathy? Is this typical of our state operations? Isn't there any supervisory management to oversee and correct such short-sightedness?

Perhaps the Office of Tourism needs some of us dedicated volunteers.

Robert K. Odenheimer

Baltimore

Catonsville Nine

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the incident involving the Catonsville Nine.

Who remembers that unique group? Phil and Dan Berrigan, Tom Lewis and the six others broke into that draft board in Catonsville, removed the "files of conscription," then proceeded ceremoniously and symbolically through a ritual of burning those hated papers.

They used napalm, that chemical known for its cruel uses in war, to make the fire. Their trial was well publicized then. Many hoped the Vietnam war could from there be brought to trial.

Years later, our nation still keeps getting involved in wars. Recalling the lessons of Catonsville, some of us will again resist our wars and military blockades with such symbolic acts. From ** that I hope more people will question the empires' wars and the murderous oppression of the status quo.

Frank Kasper

Baltimore

For 1,000 Years

Douglas R. McLean (letter, May 6) believes that this country can return to greatness by finding its "roots" as a Christian nation led by public officials who profess the Christian faith.

Presumably various pesky atheists, Jews, Hindus, Bahais, Muslims, Buddhists and agnostics (and Papists too?) would be barred from public office under the McLean regime.

But beyond this, should these ethnic and religious deviants, unsuited for public office, be allowed to contaminate the liberal professions of law, medicine and above all education?

Should they be allowed positions in the ever more influential public media of movies, television and newspapers? The McLean position indicates that some final solution must be found to rid America of these corrupting influences.

And what might our "roots" tell Mr. McLean about dealing with the ever more troublesome African-Americans? Perhaps transport them back to the plantations, or an ocean shipment back to their roots?

It appears that Mr. McLean has been learning many valuable lessons from contemporary politics in Bosnia. His formula would

make America great for 1,000 years.

Philip Carl Salzman

Baltimore

Not His Dream

The next time Judge Thomas J. Bollinger chooses to abuse his position and perpetrate a miscarriage of justice, leave me and the majority of the male population out of it.

5) He should keep his dreams to himself.

Richard Hammond

Baltimore

Gay Issues

Though the contrary is clearly stated elsewhere, Ann LoLordo's opening sentences in her story on the recent March on Washington (April 26) clearly imply that the marchers were all (or mostly) gay or lesbian, which is untrue.

Many people only read the first sentence or two.

Many need no encouragement to overestimate gay numbers or to minimize the support of "straight" sympathizers.

Unfortunately, President Clinton chose to treat the march as a "protest," instead of the legitimate request for overdue rights that it is. It surely would be interesting, for example, if our society treated persons dying of cancer due to choosing to smoke, as we do, like those who have AIDS as a result of ("immoral") choices.

Regardless of his need to "moderate," Mr. Clinton's decision not to be at home, when such a significant percentage of those who elected him called to request his attention to a clear campaign promise, is unfortunate. The words were right but the "busy" signals low priority.

As a searcher and interpreter of scripture, I have a question for straight critics who use the Bible to bolster their frail cause: Why is it that "Christians" (note the name, please) put such emphasis on passages from Old Testament law on the one side, and Pauline preferences on the other, while ignoring the fact that Christ mentions not such a weighty issue?

The one by whom we name ourselves above all stresses (1) love of all people, (2) nonjudgment and, particularly, (3) never labeling ourselves more righteous than others.

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