Speeding HurtsI vigorously disagree with William I...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 12, 1994

Speeding Hurts

I vigorously disagree with William I. Weston's statement (letter, Jan. 2) that enforcing speed limits -- especially on Sunday mornings -- wastes police energy.

Although speeding probably won't cause an accident when everything is normal, speeding often contributes to a tragic accident when one encounters the unexpected.

The fatal accident of midshipmen ramming a fallen tree on their late night return to the Naval Academy comes to mind. They expected the road to be clear, and things would have been fine if the tree hadn't fallen . . .

While these potential hazards can be handled safely at low speeds, speeding makes them very dangerous.

When I read The Sun, I am saddened by the large number of Marylanders killed and crippled in traffic accidents. Police reports generally list alcohol, failure to yield right of way and speeding as being the three major causes.

Many of these accidents are attributable to the combination of speed and meeting the unexpected at low traffic times.

With traffic being light, Sunday mornings are an excellent time for bicycling, jogging, volksmarches, etc.

Consequently, motorists should be extra cautious Sunday morning and not allow the light traffic to let them think it's OK to speed . . .

Jeffrey H. Marks

Baltimore

Another Museum

We appreciate your Dec. 30 editorial, "Another Building Block for Tourism'," which mentioned the Babe Ruth Museum's plans for moving its expansion to Camden Station.

We want to clarify that we are planning to expand, not move, the Babe Ruth Museum. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum will remain at 216 Emory Street in Ridgely's Delight.

The birthplace is a national landmark and historic shrine. Upon our expansion, into Camden Station or even another site, the museum on Emory Street will be converted to house Babe Ruth exhibits and memorabilia exclusively.

All other exhibits on the Orioles, Maryland baseball, etc., will be transferred and expanded upon in the new site. So we aren't shifting from Ridgely's Delight at all, but branching out.

Later this year, fans will see the next phase in the development of the "Baseball Walk of Fame," which extends from Emory Street down Portland Street to Greene Street.

New flags will be atop the long brick wall of the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co, sub-station, and affixed to it will be plaques outlining a time line of Baltimore's baseball history.

The next few months will be very important to our expansion campaign, and we appreciate the endorsement of The Sun in helping bring our project to fruition.

Michele Herwig

Baltimore

The writer represents the Babe Ruth Museum.

Victims' Rights

The Sun's Dec. 26 denigrating of a victims' rights amendment to our state constitution (and a gratuitous shot at Del. Gerry Brewster) is just another oblique attack in the editor's campaign against the death penalty.

I can appreciate The Sun's position that many victims' rights statutes currently are on the books.

However, many statutes had been enacted regarding equal rights regardless of race, creed, national origin and sex when such rights were elevated to constitutional protection.

I also understand your problem with the proposed victims' rights amendment lacking enforcement procedures. However, we have instituted extraordinary remedies to insure the protection of an accused's rights, such as the exclusion of otherwise admissible and sufficient evidence if it was gathered by the police in violation of a defendant's rights. Surely, we can develop a method to enforce victim rights without completely dismantling our criminal justice system.

What I can understand, but do not appreciate, is the editor's bashing of "interest groups" who seek the passage of a victims' rights amendment. To me, these groups are the victims, their families, their friends or their survivors.

These are our brothers and sisters who played by our society's rules, whose paths crossed the paths of the rule breakers and who are now suffering the painful consequences.

And the most vocal of these "interest groups" are the next of kin of the murder victims. It's clear to me that The Sun is dead set against giving such "interest groups" a more visible and audible forum.

Not that the death penalty is an easy issue. Most of us struggle with the morality of the punishment for deadly crimes, and with the need to rehabilitate those people less fortunate than us.

The debate will go on, so please, dear editor, keep your arguments unveiled and in the open. And stop bashing good folks like Gerry Brewster and our already victimized sisters and brothers.

Thomas G. Bodie

Cockeysville

Caution, Deer Crossing

I have read with great interest commentary regarding the reduction in the current deer population.

I did not have strong feelings one way or the other, and in fact enjoy watching the deer meander through my woodland property, trimming the low branches of trees. I even went so far as to throw food scraps to the fox, deer and other critters wandering on my acreage.

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