DucksI got a charge out of William Thompson's...

M. R.

January 14, 1994

M. R. Ducks

I got a charge out of William Thompson's article, "Hunt bags 182 ducks, but 1 is costly," Jan. 4. My question is, how did Vernon Ricker, the federal agent, determine that one mallard was wild?

I have hunted ducks for 40 years. And I will bet Ricker all the wild illegal geese, canvasback and redhead ducks, plus rockfish, that of one dozen mallards, with the same bands or no bands, he could not pick the wild ones.

These wardens should be fired. They went after prominent people on a private preserve, where they shoot pen-raised mallards and pheasants, raised at a high cost.

If Wayne Pacelle and Vernon Ricker want to see cold-blooded slaughter, let them protest the killing of millions of chickens, lambs, turkeys, hogs, ducks, rabbits and cows. I am sure they eat some of them.

Also, the judge who fined Mr. Boggs and Mr. Hughes should be disbarred.

J. C. Pelts


Gays and Non-Gays

The Sun is to be commended for Holly Selby's careful and sensitive reports on HIV infection among younger gay men (Jan. 3) and financial problems being experienced by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore (Dec. 31). The two are not unrelated.

It is all too easy to take political and social progress achieved during the past decade for granted.

Each one of us must continue to invest in the maintenance and growth of community-based agencies and programs which lead to a higher quality of life. We cannot allow ourselves to be lulled into satisfaction because we've accomplished some important goals.

The local organized gay and lesbian community must take primary responsibility for each of the situations Ms. Selby described.

Yet both are issues which need the involvement and support of non-gay people and institutions as well. To that extent, the partnership which has developed between the center and the Baltimore Urban League is a positive model.

The outcomes of both of these matters will affect all of us, no matter how we describe our sexuality, for years to come.

As we've learned from the tragic HIV epidemic, problems will not just go away through neglect. We need to get to work together and create effective solutions. Assuming that someone else will solve the problems will only make matters worse.

John Hannay


The writer is former executive director, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore.

Ireland for the Irish

William Hughes, Washington representative of the Irish American Unity Conference, writes in his letter of Jan. 7 that "London has attempted every solution to the Irish question save one: permitting the Irish people to rule themselves free of any outside interference."

Why, then, is he involving himself in an organization of Americans living in the United States called Irish American Unity Conference?

He also writes that Nationalists (Catholics) are trapped in Northern Ireland. No one is trapped in Northern Ireland. There is no law that says these people can't live where they want to live.

He writes that the Irish people have the right of self determination.

Yes they do, and the people I know in Northern Ireland -- Catholic and Protestant -- want to live just where they do and wish that Americans would stay out of their affairs.

He writes, also, that Protestants constitute less than 18 percent of the population of the island of Ireland. This 18 percent voted to stay a part of Britain.

Their forefathers were sent from Scotland originally to farm the land and bring prosperity to a struggling and starving people. These hard-working people worked through the ages to bring food and industry to Northern Ireland and are known as Scotch-Irish British people.

I would say to Irish-Americans, if they aren't willing to live in Ireland, North or South, experience the laws, the living conditions and the struggle, then stay out of the conflict.

Give time and abilities to getting this country in order, solving our many problems of race, religion, health care and economy.

Elizabeth Bacon

Hunt Valley

WBAL's Rush Decision Is an Affront to All

Baltimore's flagship station, WBAL, has commenced hosting the Rush Limbaugh radio talk show, which is a phenomenon seen by many as pandering to racial, ethnic and class bigotry that has been breeding insidiously in multi-ethnic communities throughout America.

Jeff Beauchamp, vice president and station manager of WBAL, stated that the decision to bring Limbaugh to WBAL was a "business decision," not a political one. Limbaugh is aired by over 560 stations across the nation with approximately 20 million listeners.

Kenneth S. Stern, in his Talkers (Special Supplement) article, "Hate On Talk Radio," quotes Limbaugh as calling himself a "wacko," though Stern argues that "wacko" is neither a conservative nor liberal characteristic . . .

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