Nice WomenWe think television critic David Zurawik implied...


March 30, 1994

Nice Women

We think television critic David Zurawik implied his own good opinion of the League of Women Voters March 9 when he wrote that Charles Manson followers Patricia Krenwinkel, Leslie Van Houton and Lynette Fromme "look like officers in a local chapter of the League of Women Voters."

There are important differences, however. League of Women Voters members aren't members of cults, and they aren't violent.

They give interviews, but not from prison.

They try to change society peacefully, not with guns and knives.

Unlike the Manson women, league members strenuously resist brainwashing as they try to study all sides of an issue. When they decide on action, it's a result of group consensus, not because a charismatic madman sends them out to do his bidding.

Today, the Manson women look nice, but that's about all they have in common with league members.

Betty Newcomb

Kay Terry


The writers are presidents, respectively, of the League of Women Voters of the city and of Baltimore County.

Bad Joke

Reporter Robert Timberg's March 17 article had me flabbergasted. The article said: "If Mayor Schmoke wants a million, he'll have to sign for it, hon."

According to Sen. Barbara A. Hoffman, a Baltimore Democrat, "Withholding some of the city's money might be a good idea until the mayor develops a sense of humor."

Where has Senator Hoffman been this last winter, the Bahamas? This is no time to be withholding highway money from the city of Baltimore. This has been one of the worst winters Baltimore and surrounding areas have ever seen. Some of the roads are barely passable because of all the potholes.

Wouldn't you think Senator Hoffman and her colleagues have more pressing issues than withholding needed money from the city of Baltimore for something so trivial?

Why do people who run for elected offices always promise to do what is right by the people, but when they get elected they turn out to be such boobs?

I say to Senator Hoffman and her colleagues, get on with business and quit wasting the taxpayers' time and money.

Dennis P. Nevin

Bel Air

School Days

It's difficult -- no, impossible -- for me to understand State School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick's position on the magical 180 days for "education."

In Baltimore County, students and teachers are making up five snow days (one day in February, four in March), and there were two snow days built into the school calendar.

Mathematically, that leaves five for most Baltimore County schools. Gov. William Donald Schaefer closed state government for two days, asked shopping malls to close to conserve a scarce energy supply, and applied to the federal government for disaster aid for counties in southern Maryland. Yet we are being told that Governor Schaefer will veto a legislative bill allowing systems to waive the remaining days.

The ultimate is that Hereford High School is Mrs. Grasmick's "neighborhood" school. They've been closed at least 18 days (some due to larger amounts of snow in northern Baltimore County, some due to water main problems). No one has yet to hear any mention of the need for these students to make up the additional time missed . . .

George Sledge


No Mount Clare

We at Mount Clare enjoyed reading Chris Kaltenbach's March 12 feature about Baltimore and "Guarding Tess." However, we were sorry that Mount Clare Museum House, which shines through the movie, was not mentioned in the article.

Mount Clare is Maryland's first historic house and a registered National Historic Landmark. Indeed, Mount Clare dates to 1760, which makes it significantly older than Laboreore, the other venerable historic home which was highlighted in the article.

It is ironic that Shirley McLaine and Nicolas Cage were standing in front of Mount Clare in the photograph featured in the Saturday article.

We would love to have Baltimoreans visit Mount Clare and see for themselves the house that so impressed the stars of "Guarding Tess." Mount Clare is open for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Joan S. Feldman


The writer is director, Mount Clare.


Has anyone in Baltimore County heard of a broom? I find it hard to believe that residents are complaining about the slag lying by their curbs.

Sweep it up. I do.

Ilene Kayne


Our Royals

If anyone believes that the imperial Congress (our royal family) was going to relinquish any of its many perks, including exemption from the laws it passes for the rest of us (the commoners), I have a toll bridge I would like to sell them.

Congress is as likely to give up their exclusive rights as Israel is to give up the conquered territories, as likely as drug dealers are likely to turn in their guns for a ticket to a boxing match, or as likely as a holdup man is to surrender to his threatened victim's request.

Whoever believed this would happen has never heard of the modern day golden rule: "He who holds the gold makes the rules."

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