Food ServiceThe July 19 article in The Sun sharing very...


August 05, 1993

Food Service

The July 19 article in The Sun sharing very ''distasteful'' information concerning a very hard-working group of individuals (food service workers) comes at a time when we all need to be pulling together for the best interests of our Baltimore City school children.

The word ''lazy'' has no place in a description of these dedicated people. My school was broken into and vandalized (as has many others) during the Easter/spring break. I went to clean up in order to have the cafeteria ready for operation when the students returned.

For several years we have been understaffed but are still working to serve nutritious and balanced meals every day. Workers are shuffled from school to school (often spanning the length of the city) at their own expense.

Many of our duties are not directly related to food service workers, such as rodent and roach control, sewage back-ups and repairing inoperable freezers and refrigerators which allow mold to grow. Procurement and facilities staff are to handle these problems.

I feel the criticisms cited were a ''cop out'' and poor reasoning to sell the cafeterias to private concerns. These accusations are being used to make management look good and the food service workers look bad. School Superintendent Walter Amprey and deputy superintendent for management services Patsy Baker Blackshear do not hold the food service in very high esteem: therefore we are made to be ''bad guys."

Every year during the month of June, the author of this article participates in an awards ceremony, celebrating our year of hard work and accomplishments. To read such an article where we, those who were honored, are called ''lazy'' reduces the entire event to a senseless mockery.

I am sure everyone at 200 East North Avenue is carrying out his or her assignment to perfection.

Alma Coger


Gay Debates

A July 16 editorial in The Sun asserts that Pentagon officials who have opposed lifting the ban against gays in the military are not acting out of bigotry.

Rather, the editorial says, they have a sincere -- but unfounded -- concern that open homosexuals would hamper the military's effectiveness by creating discord among the troops.

These same officials, however, are well aware that other countries which have lifted rules barring gays from their armies have not had problems. They also know that the Pentagon's own studies conclude there is no reason to exclude gays from military service.

There is no question that some heterosexuals in the armed forces do not want to serve alongside acknowledged homosexuals. But there are also some whites who do not want to serve with blacks, some Christians who do not want to serve with Jews, some men who do not want to serve with women.

The military's directive to people with these and other prejudices is clear: Check your feelings at the door and get along, or get out. But it is not willing to say the same to service people who dislike gays, even though the evidence shows that doing so would not harm the military's effectiveness.

While the battle to lift the military ban against gays has been lost for now, those who waged the fight should feel some encouragement about the future of gay rights in general.

As bigotry against gays slowly moves into the closet, gays can slowly move out of it. Maybe in another 20 years, the fact that our country spent so much time and effort debating the military ban against homosexuals will seem as absurd as the debates over racial equality seem to us now.

Ronald Hube


Catholic Coverage

The questionable taste of the cartoon Archbishop William H. Keeler so eloquently wrote about (letter, July 18) obviously required a response on his part. There were however, some other element of that cartoon which deserve consideration.

The totality of the cartoon -- including the female clergy person -- suggests other painful issues for the Catholic Church, including a celibate priesthood and female priests. The projection of the cartoon goes beyond the characterization of Catholic priests as child-molesters.

One other point. The letter further stated that The Sun would probably not attack any other group in the same way. When the archbishop first came to Baltimore the media saturation -- including The Sun -- was unparalleled; I know of no other local religious leader accorded such extensive coverage. The Catholic Church enjoys not only widespread coverage of its accomplishments but unfortunately its failings as well. I trust that the recent -- if perceived belated by some -- energy toward resolving this issue of sexual abuse by clergy through its Conference of Bishops will create a climate whereby cheap-shots by cartoonists will be less inviting.

Thomas J. Myers


Crabs and Politics

After years of reading your newspaper, I suppose I should be accustomed to the fact that we see the world quite differently.

But your July 22 article on the Governor Tawes Crab Feast was beyond the pale. I can't believe your reporters covered the same event I attended.

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