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SATURDAY MAILBOX: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 04, 1993

Good News

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of some editorial practices of The Baltimore Sun of which I heartily approve.

I have, on occasion, considered switching to other newspapers, particularly since I work in Washington and am interested in the district's local news.

The content of The Sun, however, as well as the flawless delivery service I have received, has caused me to remain loyal to The Sun.

I particularly enjoy The Sun's willingness to publish encouraging articles of positive people and events. Examples which immediately come to mind include:

The local youth who is producing tee-shirts with a positive message.

Reports on Habitat for Humanity activities.

The "trucker church" in Jessup.

The health center that serves disadvantaged people.

Although this list does not come close to exhausting recent examples, the mere fact that many articles so easily come to mind reflects favorably on your newspaper. The existence of an abundance of bad news in the world and in this geographic area does not exclude the presence or newsworthiness of good news.

The exclusive reporting of blood, gore and scandal is not required to sell newspapers, and your awareness of that fact is appreciated. Keep up the good work.

Annette Anderson

Columbia

Slur on Bikers

That sure was a funny Mother Goose And Grimm cartoon (Aug. 23). What a great idea, to make us motorcyclists the butt of joke about "animals you can't domesticate."

After all, everybody knows that all "bikers" are hairy, bearded, tattooed, illiterate, sub-human, knuckle-dragging dirtballs anyway. And anyone who thinks differently just hasn't read The Sun enough.

Gee, I wonder: What would The Sun's editors have done if cartoonist Mike Peters had decided that some other group of people should be described as "animals"?

Suppose he had targeted folks distinguished not by their mode of transportation, but by their race or ethnicity or religion or national origin? Somehow, I doubt such an attempt at "humor" would have been printed in The Sun.

Giffen B. Nichol

Bel Air

Media taste

I cannot recall anything more nauseating than the news coverage given Michael Jackson.

Philip Myers

St. Margarets

Waitressing

What does your sportswriter John Eisenberg have against waitresses? I am referring to his column of Aug. 17. He was speculating on possible names for a football team, if indeed we are fortunate enough to get one.

There has been some talk about naming the team the Hons. In which case he said that the team mascot would be a 65-year-old waitress with a hairnet.

Personally I found his remark to be rude, insulting and totally unnecessary.

I have no idea where he eats, but I happen to have been employed in one of East Baltimore's nicest restaurants for 13 years. I can assure you that the ladies I work with, including myself, are intelligent, articulate and polite. We address our patrons as "sir" and "ma'am," are not 65 and do not wear hairnets.

We are hard working, sincere and try to please our customers. Not one of us to my knowledge has ever addressed any one as "Hon."

Perhaps if we do get this franchise, it could be named the Barbarians, and Mr. Eisenberg could be the team mascot.

Elaine E. Hupfer

Baltimore 2

The letter was signed by 12 other waitresses.

City Murals

It was keen interest that I read the article "Art Alfresco" by John Dorsey, Aug. 23.

After reading the piece to the end, however, I was disappointed that no mention was made of the beautiful collage of neighborhood scenes at the corner of Bentalou Street and Frederick Avenue in Southwest Baltimore. The section is called Carrollton Ridge. The artist was James Volshell and an assistant Kim Christopher.

The remarkable quality of these murals is that they have not been vandalized. I wish this particular painting had been included.

Evelyn Kuester

Baltimore

What Olesker Said About Chavis

"Some of us are not black," Michael Olesker's column declared Aug. 22. But some of us are tired of white people who sit in such comfortable judgment upon black people and black organizations.

As for whites wishing to talk about Ben Chavis and about blacks but being afraid to, as Olesker claims, one needs only to tune in to talk radio stations to hear white men doing just that with no difficulty at all.

I am tired of white people on the radio, in the papers, in offices, in schools, in laundromats and markets, who sound off about "black criminals," "black racists," "black welfare mothers," "blacks tearing up their own neighborhoods," "those" people who are threatening our suburbs, etc.

I hear this all the time. I patiently confront these bigots and try to point out that their complaints ultimately serve to exempt them from having to examine themselves and from owning up to racism as a white institution.

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