BMA PracticesI am writing in response to Richard O'Mara's...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 17, 1993

BMA Practices

I am writing in response to Richard O'Mara's reporting of Oct. 3 on Ralph McGuire's inability to gain access to his early paintings and drawings from the J. Blankfard Martenent Collection, thus enabling him to obtain documentation to complete his application for a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.

If the circumstances in the article are accurate, then it appears that there is good reason for Mr. McGuire to feel frustration if not outrage.

One cannot help but wonder from all of this if the Baltimore Museum of Art's curatorial and registration practices in regards to this collection might indicate a too-casual attitude toward bequests that are not of world class in stature.

Perhaps the time has arrived to challenge the inadequate system that allowed lesser valued collections to be accepted and then stored away in such a way that the works are virtually unobtainable. This all seems so unfair.

Maybe it's time for the BMA to clean out its closets before opening new doors to more wings.

Elizabeth Kemp Roszel

Baltimore

Rotary Gains

Having read the article on dwindling Rotary Clubs in Maryland (Oct. 25), I must write to let you know that is not the trend here on the Eastern Shore. We have worked hard in our Rotary District over the past few years on extension committees to insure that we increase, not decrease, our numbers, as seems to be the case in central Maryland.

In fact, our entire Rotary District (7630), which includes Delaware and the Eastern Shore, has increased total membership by about 200 over the past several years. Most of this increase came from new clubs begun by the hard work of dedicated Rotarians. Salisbury is a good example.

The Salisbury Club went to work in 1987 to add a "Lunch Time" club to its old but active club (chartered in 1920). So the Wicomico Club was born with some 30 members; it now has 83 members. In fact, this past year members went to work and started the Salisbury Sunrise Club that meets for breakfast every week. It has grown slowly to 36 members.

But the great part of all this is that we now have more than 280 Rotarians in Salisbury, where we had about 140 a few years ago in the one club.

Better yet, through the two oldest clubs, more than $50,000 will be given to our community to support scholarships, youth sports, scouting and a wide variety of help to area non-profit organizations. Also, the new club will most likely add about $10,000 in community gifts this year, which is its first year as Rotarians.

All in all, I'd say Rotary is very healthy on the Eastern Shore and growing by leaps and bounds . . .

Arthur H. Goetz

Salisbury

Nurse in the Room

There is a very simple solution to the problem that we see in the news so often of an unwanted doctor-patient relationship.

It is time to return to the nurse in the room during examinations of patients. Such a procedure would protect both parties.

V. C. Martin

Towson

Best Yet

Congratulations and kudos to Michael Himowitz for his remarkable computer article of Nov. 1 "Delaying DOS Upgrade? The wait may be over." I spent close to 1 1/2 hours studying it.

It was, without reservation, the best computer article I've read to this date. It shows the breadth and depth of his knowledge about computers. . .

An interesting sidelight that I could deduce from the article was Microsoft's ability to keep IBM's DOS 6.1 off the market. This answered my curiosity about why I was not seeing DOS 6.1 installed -- in any computer advertisements -- but only DOS 6.0.

H. S. Lesser

Severna Park

Class and Income, not Race, Divide Nation

In his Nov. 5 letter to the editor, Samuel L. Banks decried the horrors of American racism, particularly white racism, and then went on to further illuminate his point by citing the Rodney King case and the subsequent Damian Williams-Henry Watson cases.

I do not concur with Mr. Banks that such examples are viable.

Putting race aside for the moment, Rodney King, a convicted petty criminal, was stopped by the police for driving while intoxicated (DWI). He resisted arrest, which prompted, quite inexcusably, his assault at the hands of four armed police.

Later, Mr. King went to trial, only to see his four assailants get off scot free. Two of his assailants did receive short-term prison sentences for their crimes at a later trial, however.

Damian Williams and Henry Watson were arrested for assaulting an innocent truck driver. Yes, as Mr. Banks mentioned, they were required but unable to post expensive bails not required of the aforementioned police officers.

But the two young men did receive fair trials and, given the charges and evidence placed against them, got off fairly lightly.

The above trials are not so much about white-on-black racism as they are about the poor versus those who wield power and authority.

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