Delighted listenerReferring to Kenneth A. Willaman's Jan...

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January 19, 1994

Delighted listener

Referring to Kenneth A. Willaman's Jan. 12 article, "Limbaugh: WBAL's unfortunate business decision," I wonder what perspicuity he has to his position on WBAL's business decision.

Obviously Mr. Willaman is not a Limbaugh fan or a listener and is using WBAL to advance his opposition. I believe he could care less about WBAL's future.

WBAL's executives are no doubt aware of what the Limbaugh national radio program will provide. I for one am delighted with the decision and applaud it.

I am a conservative and a Republican, which makes me a minority politically here in Maryland, thus isolated from occurrence and issues concerning conservatism nationally. I find that the Limbaugh program provides this information.

As I understand it, this radio program has about 20 million listeners throughout the nation.

It is interesting to hear comments about liberalism and conservatism from Limbaugh's callers. Mr. Willaman's comment labeling Limbaugh a "loud mouth" is unfortunate and not becoming to a member of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

James F. Macri

Essex

Irreverent caption

The caption "Kelley Dies" on the front page of The Evening Sun Jan. 6 offended me and, I am certain, many of your readers. It showed a flagrant lack of respect to refer to the mother of the president in such an offhand way.

Is it possible that many of the troubles that plague our cities at this time can be traced back to a lack of respect for parents, teachers and the aged?

Would it be unrealistic to assume that respecting each other could lead to a respect for rules, which in turn could lead us to a cure for many of the ills that seem to overwhelm our society today?

Greta Schlossberg

Baltimore

Schaefer legacy

With the end of the Schaefer era mercifully approaching, it's apparent that the governor has left the same imprint on the entire state that he left on Baltimore City. Namely, taxes and government spending up -- jobs and the quality of life down.

Hopefully, the electorate has seen enough of such career politicians who embrace the "tax and spend, government knows best" philosophy that has precipitated the ongoing decay of Maryland.

Chis A. Scitti

Baltimore

Thanks for the blood

I am writing to extend my deepest heartfelt thanks to the residents of Baltimore and surrounding counties who so graciously rallied behind a community call for help during the recent holiday season.

All those who gave blood or volunteered at blood drives clearly exemplified the true meaning of community spirit. Because of the tremendous public response, patients at over 80 area hospitals were able to rest a little easier, knowing their blood needs were not in jeopardy.

Unfortunately, just when we thought the worst was over, record low temperatures and snow and icy roads began to hamper our collections. Many donors were unable to keep their appointments, and several high school blood drives were canceled because entire school districts were closed.

Our chronic and critical low supply of blood due to an extremely small local donor base (only 4 percent of eligible donors actually give blood) results in unnecessary anxiety on the part of blood bank officials and health care providers.

The need for blood is ever-present. In fact, every 48 seconds, someone in our region is in need of blood. It is our sincere hope that this anxiety can be diminished in the New Year with more Baltimoreans vowing to donate blood at least twice this year.

With many thanks to our donors and to The Sun for sounding the alarm in your Dec. 11 editorial "Essential Gift."

David L. Simms

Baltimore

The writer is chief executive officer, American Red Cross Blood Services, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region.

Learning to live together

Hardly a day passes without an article, letter or editorial that accents the divisions among us based on race, gender, age, ethnicity or some other difference.

The promised "kinder and gentler" society has never come. In fact, we are more at war with each other today than at any time in our history.

Debate frequently turns violent and physical, with the advocates of each viewpoint screaming so loudly at the other that the voices of reason and understanding cannot be heard.

At the core of this dangerous discord and confrontation are the pandering politicians, seeking or trying to retain public office, and the media, constantly emphasizing division and extremes by use of convenient labels.

The candidates speak with forked tongues, trying to please, placate or at least not offend any persuasion for fear of losing votes in their never-ending attempt to have it both ways.

To overcome this disease of our own divisiveness we must lower our voices, learn to listen to views opposed to our own and rediscover the principles of conciliation and compromise.

We must recognize that we are Americans first and that our freedoms are based on responsibilities as well as rights.

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