Riding the rails like hobos is dangerousRegarding your...

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May 28, 1993

Riding the rails like hobos is dangerous

Regarding your story "Yuppie hobos ride rails, share bond with the past" (May 13), those yuppie hobos have death wishes.

Illegality aside -- yes, it is illegal -- people who bum rides on freight trains are putting life and limb in severe jeopardy.

Your article glorifies an activity that demands the same level of common sense one would exercise by leaping aboard a tractor-trailer truck tooling down the Jones Falls Expressway.

The Consolidated Rail Corporation has visited schools around the country, and every day we tell students that they should stay away from trains.

One of the key tools in those visits is the video "Trespass." This documentary realistically portrays railroad operations, railroad hazards and the tragic consequences of trespassing. It includes an interview with a 16-year-old boy who lost both legs when he trespassed on railroad property.

I suggest that the reporter take the time to cover a story that is far more compelling than one about the life-threatening hobbies of some yuppies. I am thinking of a story on the tragedies that occur all too often when children decide to cut across the railroad tracks or hop a ride on a train.

Robert T. Sullivan

Baltimore 6The writer is director of public affairs for Conrail.

Better paper

At 10:45 a.m. today, while reading the MORNING Sun, the EVENING Sun was delivered to our front door. Isn't this ridiculous?

We like The Sun in the morning and certain columnists, comments, and comics in The Evening Sun, but when the evening paper is delivered before noon how can we possibly be getting the latest news?

Why can't you consolidate the two papers, putting all of the columnists, editorials, comics, etc. in one daily paper -- like an expansion of the Saturday paper? You could print several editions, and subscribers could choose a morning or evening delivery with a slightly higher price for this expanded edition.

This could even lead to a better quality newspaper by giving your staff more time to improve their spelling, sentence structure, punctuation, appropriate headlines, etc.

We really don't want to give up either one of the newspapers, but it seems stupid to continue this rip-off.

Francis C. Miller

Baltimore

Splitting hairs

Who cares about Hillary Clinton's new hairdo? Actually, I think she looked better before.

Don't you have anything better to print?

Susanne Warble

Baldwin

Support police

Our police must be given a fair chance if we expect them to take chances for us. After all, their lives are on the line.

Only the thin blue line separates us from chaos in many situations. Please, everyone, help our men and women in blue to do the best job they can so that they can survive a very hard and unrewarding job.

Allen Kraus

Baltimore

Strolling around the Inner Harbor

Our family observation from walking the Inner Harbor on a daily basis in the summer is that the mixture of races is incredible, with people coming from all over the world. We haven't observed these people being unduly loud, jostling others, moving rapidly in large overwhelming groups or walking into the streets and taunting drivers.

The statement that the teenagers in the Inner Harbor on Easter Sunday were "just being kids" overlooks the fact that teenagers of any race can be intimidating, if they are insensitive to the feelings of people around them. The city's teens could learn to temper their ebullience with the observation that people enjoying the harbor are attracted to its tranquil and leisurely character.

If the African-American community wants to improve its public image in the sense that it resents always having to fight the notion that a black man is a crime waiting to happen (and it shouldn't be that way), then the school system of Baltimore City should undertake an education program to make African-American youths aware that they are ambassadors for their race. What follows is a case in point.

We have friends from the suburbs who brought visitors from out of town to the city for an evening of dinner, etc. While stopped at an intersection downtown, our friends noted that the young male African-American occupants of the car in front of them were getting out of their car and walking back to our friends' car.

The young black males then made smirking and mocking faces at the visitors and left. These youths thought it was very humorous that the white people (by the looks on their faces) were apparently concerned that a hijacking was imminent.

A partial answer to the fear expressed in the Inner Harbor last Easter Sunday is greater exposure to one another, with minds open to new experience. White people have many misconceptions about blacks and vice versa. However, the black youths cited in the example need to be educated to realize that they are shooting themselves and their African-American brethren in the feet.

@4 I don't think this thought has occurred to them.

Ellen G. Scarborough

Baltimore

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