Unfair to RosedaleIn a Feb. 15 editorial, The Sun blasted...


March 25, 1994

Unfair to Rosedale

In a Feb. 15 editorial, The Sun blasted the communities along U.S. 40. The Sun wrote, "The prospects for cleaning up Pulaski don't look good, and not simply because there aren't enough resources to throw more police officers or revitalization programs at the problem. The surrounding community just doesn't seem to give a hoot about it."

Well, the members of the Rosedale Community Association, which is one of those communities, would like to hereby express their shock and anger at the poor journalism of The Sun.

The remark that was done in poor taste by an unknown Sun staff person is an unjustified expression against the many local church groups, school organizations, senior citizen groups, veterans groups, community associations, recreation groups and so on.

This community does give a hoot. We are making every effort to clean up the crime along U.S. 40 despite all the tough obstacles.

Maybe it's time The Sun gives a hoot and cleans up its act. It can start by signing names to its editorials.

Or maybe The Sun can help the communities with good investigative journalism and reporting . . .

Daryl Buhrman


The writer is the president of the Rosedale Community Association.

News of Gays

It's curious that The Sun (March 17) chose to give front-page coverage to the cancellation of South Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but completely missed developments in Maryland's General Assembly that have much more relevance to readers concerned about relationships between gay/lesbian people and the larger society.

The missed developments surround House Bill 127, which would amend Maryland's human relations code to include protections related to sexual orientation. The day before the story on the ill-fated Boston parade appeared, HB 127 was given a hearing attracting more than 75 witnesses in favor of the legislation.

This is half again as many who spoke in favor of an identical bill last year. This year, HB 127 has 27 sponsors, more than three times as many as last year's bill.

As compared to last year, when the bill suffered a swift death in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, this year the bill has a strong chance of endorsement by the House Judiciary Committee and passage in the House of Delegates.

But you'd never know it from reading The Sun. And it's not like The Sun hasn't known about HB 127.

On several occasions, members of local gay and lesbian community organizations have given interviews to Sun reporters HB 127, faxed announcements on press conferences and telephoned staff to make sure they knew of upcoming events. The result: not even a sentence in The Sun's State House Report.

Without counter-balancing local information, the story on the Boston parade could leave Sun readers thinking that all the gay and lesbian community wants is disrupting meaningful traditions. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We want to be included and we want to be treated with respect. That is what the conflict over the Boston parade is about. That is what the General Assembly is considering.

The Sun should be telling the total story. In contrast to past quality coverage on gay issues, The Sun really fell down on this one.

John Hannay


Part of Family

I suppose Ann G. Sjoerdsma's misinterpretation of the term "hon"should be forgiven -- she is, after all, a newcomer to Baltimore having lived here only 12 years.

The claim in her March 22 Opinion * Commentary article that the word is exclusionary and sexist is just plain wrong. In fact, "hon" ,, is truly an equal opportunity term of affection.

VTC As a lifelong resident of the city, I've been honned a thousand times and not once did it make me feel like a "little girl." That's probably because I'm male.

"Hon" is one of those elusive gender-neutral terms that we always seem to be searching for nowadays.

Ms. Sjoerdsma's claim is that the appellation is used solely by whites in south and east Baltimore and does not take into account Baltimore's African-American community. Here again she misses the point.

While whites are the general practitioners of "hon" talk, we are all the recipients of it. Whether it's Wyman Park Restaurant on 25th Street or Overlea Diner on Belair Road, "hon" is distributed evenly among all races.

This term of endearment doesn't discriminate or exclude, but instead says we're all part of the same family.

Michael Jankowski


U.S. Is Not Going Broke

Mignon A. B. Cameron's letter March 12 makes the common mistake of comparing the federal debt to family debt, expressing fear that "the United States is going broke."

The mistake is understandable, given how frequently we hear many of our nation's leaders make similar statements. The comparison is misleading for several reasons.

First, in sharp contrast to a family in debt, the U.S. owes the majority of its debt (approximately 88 percent) to itself.

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