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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 09, 1994

A Better Solution

There is a better and a more cost-effective solution to the preservation of the Constellation. That is to place the vessel in a permanent drydock in a location suitable for public display.

This is the method chosen for several English vessels, including the HMS Victory in Plymouth.

This permits visitors a view of the entire hull, keeps the vessel from the destructive effects of the water and prevents the constant rolling that can only harm the masts and rigging.

David L. Fisher

Baltimore

Goulet in 'Camelot

What credentials enable J. Wynn Rousuck to be a critic for The Sun?

I've seen more shows than she could hope to see in a lifetime, including many professional productions of "Camelot." And with the exception of the original, the current offering at the Lyric Opera House is the best.

While this production will indeed appeal to loyal Robert Goulet followers, it will also create a new generation of Goulet fans.

He still has a wonderful, strong voice and the charismatic charm that has thrilled audiences for three decades.

Mr. Goulet has appeared on Broadway in several shows, including "The Happy Time," for which he won the Antoinette Perry Award for best actor in a musical.

He had a TV series, has been in several movies and has appeared in award-winning "made-for-TV" versions of "Carousel," "Brigadoon" and "Kiss Me Kate."

He has survived in a highly competitive business for more than 30 years, which would indicate to me that he has an exceptional talent as actor.

In addition, Ms. Rousuck would do well to read a bit of history before making ludicrous comments like, "If Goulet wanted to emphasize Arthur's senior citizen status, perhaps he should have put some gray in his hair and beard."

King Arthur had not yet achieved "senior citizenship" during the time period portrayed in the musical. Ms. Rousuck is apparently confusing fiction (Richard Burton's King Arthur) with fact.

For anyone who enjoys good theater or, perhaps, wishes to introduce their off-spring to the fascinating medium, "there's simply not a more congenial spot" than the Lyric Opera House through June 12.

Nancy Dugan

Towson

More Selfishness

Your June 3 editorial, "The President and the Pope," pointed out that the central issue in the abortion debate is "not abortion, but rather population -- specifically, whether world population will be stabilized before it outstrips the resources necessary to sustain human commodities."

You then go on to say that "as it is, too many millions of people subsist in abject poverty."

In this context, you imply that abortion can be justified and is even beneficial to our present and future society. How deceptive a thought.

It seems doubtful that most women who have abortions today do so for the issues of global population control and dwindling environmental resources.

Rather, it is more likely that personal reasons, such as lifestyle, convenience and income are the real motivating factors.

After some reflection, however, this global and individual reasoning illustrates that the real cause of abortion is not virtuous or admirable at all but human selfishness.

How can a future society share in our resources when we cannot begin to share in life. Poverty exists in the world today because we do not share.

How can you imply that we will be better off tomorrow because of abortion? Abortion only leads to more selfishness, which in turn, leads to more poverty, regardless of our world population.

John D. Danko

Baltimore

Unsafe City

The recent needless slaying of Guilford attorney Marvin Cooper tragically highlights the quagmire of misplaced spending and priorities into which Baltimore City officials have fallen.

In The Sun's article of June 1, state Sen. Julian Lapides noted the glut of city homes for sale, while city Councilman Anthony Ambridge lamented the flight of middle class taxpayers.

Is our city government investing in measures to make Baltimore's neighborhoods safer? Is it working to make Baltimore a more attractive place to live? I argue no.

Money which could be in vested in adequate night-time police coverage in all of Baltimore's neighborhoods, or which could be used in education and job training for those at risk for criminal careers, is instead being used to subsidize the Cylburn Hills development.

Through direct investment and by selling the Cylburn Hills site at below-market value, the city irrevocably diminishes Cylburn and the city's attractiveness, misspends its resources and fails once again to make Baltimore a safe, desirable home for all of its citizens.

Michelle Pasternack

Baltimore

Arms Sales

I have long felt that the United States was morally wrong in selling arms to any nation, and I am grateful to Bruce Allen and Michael Closson and the Los Angeles Times for supplying me with the hard facts and figures in their article "The World's Armorer" (Opinion * Commentary, June 1).

If indeed we are selling only to "friendly nations," who may get caught in the "friendly fire?"

And if indeed 90 percent of all U.S. arms sales are to "non-elected governments and dictatorships" who may use the weapons against their own people instead of using their money for humanitarian supplies such as food and water, how morally reprehensible we are.

I hate guns -- everyone knows that -- and I am appalled and ashamed that my nation is profiting by selling these and other dangerous weapons to others.

Jane Swope

Baltimore

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