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August 23, 1993

Maryland flag must be flown right side up

I was very proud of our Maryland teen-agers who attended the youth rally with the pope recently in Denver. I'm proud of their very good conduct and how proudly they flew the Maryland flag during the huge gathering at the pontiff's outdoor celebration of Mass.

However, I was disappointed because the Maryland flag was flown upside down, as shown on TV news broadcasts.

I am amazed at how often I've seen the Maryland flag flown upside down. Perhaps we should require the flag manufacturers to mark "this side up" on the cloth strip that holds the grommets.

As a reminder to those Marylanders who know but sometimes forget, the cross square should be below, with the long gold stripe above, when flown from a staff. And to be really proper, the staff must be topped with a cross.

Edward W. Lipka

Baltimore

Excommunication

In Frank Somerville's Aug. 14 article on the issues discussed at the Catholic World Youth Conference, a certain Frances Kissling (identified as the head of Catholics for a Free Choice) is quoted as saying that ". . . having an abortion puts you outside the church . . .," a phrase which strongly implies that a woman who undergoes such a procedure is automatically excommunicated.

A person in such a high position as Ms. Kissling holds sorely needs to get her facts straight. The church views abortion as the human taking of another life, that being reason enough to consider it a mortally serious sin.

Further, Catholic teaching holds that abortion, like any serious offense against God, removes the offender not from membership, but from the life of grace that is found and shared within the church.

However, abortion in itself would never be a cause for automatic excommunication; on the contrary, Catholics fervently pray that anyone who has made such a tragic error would realize that her church would be the very best place for her to find the understanding and courage to confront her mistake, thereby returning to full sacramental community.

A statement such as Ms. Kissling's suggests that the church would in effect shun a Catholic woman at that time in her life when she most needed the compassion and support of her faith community -- and such a suggestion could not be further from the truth.

Anne Huppmann Kidwell

Baltimore

Flawed column

The column by Myriam Marquez of the Orlando Sentinel that appeared on the Other Voices page Aug. 17 reveals several serious flaws both in arithmetic and logic.

She states that 1.4 million people will pay an average of $1,375 more in taxes and 15 to 20 million people will receive a tax break of about $3,554 each. Somehow these numbers do not add up. She should do more work on her arithmetic.

Her logic is similarly flawed. I happen to believe that when the dairies raise their prices, the retailer will also raise his prices.

I also believe that when rents are raised, the department stores will raise their prices. When the auto workers get a raise, the cost of automobiles will also go up. When a doctor's cost of insurance goes up, so will the cost of his medical care. When the bank must pay more for funds, it will raise the interest rate on loans.

I do not believe that rich people, who are in a position to control prices, will compel their wives to go to work, sell their second cars, forgo vacations or otherwise reduce their standard of living.

They will of course raise their prices, thereby extracting any additional cost of government from the general public.

William Grimes-Wyatt

Baltimore

Bet on 'Gamblers'

If the almighty Lotto is the answer to our financial woes, then we ought to give honor where honor is due.

If the powers that be are willing to gamble to raise the money to purchase a stadium, and people are willing to gamble and purchase season tickets before a team is even secured, then let's call a spade a spade. We should call the team the Baltimore Gamblers.

After all, if they can say we are the City That Reads, then we are for sure the City That Gambles. The marketing ideas would be endless. The cheerleaders could be called the Lottoettes, with the giant ping-pong ball the mascot. Extra income could come from legal bookies at ticket counters placing bets on the games . . .

Let's not disguise what's really going on with the name of some innocent animal like the Rhino, Raven or even Mustang. After all, what have they contributed to our efforts to get a team?

It's the people with the financial insight and wherewithal -- you got it, the Gamblers -- who are going to make it happen. So give them the attention they deserve.

Ken Tomlinson

Randallstown

Rigged tests

So a "Star Wars" test was rigged not to fail?

For expectant dignitaries, legendary World War II Marine Corps Sergeant Lou Dymond would rapidly set up and sight in a mortar, then fire a training round seemingly into a barrel.

On cue, a concealed cohort would detonate the stick of dynamite hidden inside the barrel. Then Lou would do the same with another barrel even farther away.

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