Eyes and EarsI would like to thank the public safety...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 07, 1994

Eyes and Ears

I would like to thank the public safety guides and the clean sweep ambassadors who walk the streets of Baltimore City to provide a safer and more friendly environment for the people of Baltimore and the tourists who visit our city.

Their positive presence on the 106 blocks in the core of downtown Baltimore adds a greater sense of security and helps make downtown a pleasant place to work and visit.

The public safety guides are approachable and very friendly. They are the "eyes and ears" looking out for the safety of all who walk the street of Baltimore.

I congratulate the Downtown Partnership for their good work. They are helping to change the image of downtown Baltimore in a positive way.

Patricia Gilner

Baltimore

Money Talks

The wealthy and well-known who purchased $5,000 tickets to assure the re-election of Maryland Sen. Paul Sarbanes would do well to keep in mind what one of Mr. Sarbanes' forebears, the brilliant Anthenian statesman Pericles (490-429 BC), said about democracy:

"We Athenians enjoy a form of government different from that of our neighbors; and because we rule the state not for the few but for the many, we call it democracy.

"The citizens, on an equal footing in private life, are selected for the higher positions in the state according to merits, not party and still less according to property."

Obviously, Pericles' Greek democracy expired long time ago. It was replaced by a more modern form of government where those expected to "rule" the state rule for the benefit not of the many but for the "few" who paid to get in. The "many" can mend for themselves.

Senator Sarbanes' $1 million "fund-raiser," and others like it, point out the truthfulness of yet another maxim: "While dogs bark, money talks." The senator's promise that if re-elected, "I will work hard for everyone," is a loud bark aimed at the "many." For the selected "few," he will work much harder. This is democracy.

Frank Novak

Baltimore

O.J.'s Team

I was so relieved to read of the formidable team of celebrity defense lawyers assembled by O.J. Simpson.

We can now rest assured that, whether his domestic exploits are limited to simple wife-beating or extend all the way to actual murder, The Juice has the best possible shot at avoiding the embarrassing and even possibly career-wrecking prospect of severe penalty, or, unthinkably, incarceration.

Richard Spencer

Towson

Sharp Instrument

In view of the recent double murders in California, I think the governor should call an immediate special session of the legislature to pass a knife control law.

Malcolm S. Barlow

Parkville

Brock's Good Work

As a teacher, I value those parents who take an active interest in their children's education and help them develop into good students as well as good citizens. Even more, I value those leaders of our society who give of their time to provide hope and opportunity to those who haven't had all of the best breaks in life. In Montgomery County, tough cancer patients have a sugar daddy in Larry Chloupek of Potomac.

Hundreds of youths in tough neighborhoods in Baltimore, Anacostia and Largo have benefited from the mature guiding hand of Bill Brock, who has seen through his National Academy Foundation that 98 percent of those troubled youths that he has taken under his wing have graduated from high school.

While we hear one millionairess who is challenging former

Senator Brock slinging the epithet carpetbagger at every opportunity, and an incumbent apparently preparing to, I'd be surprised and even shocked to find any evidence that they've given more than a small fraction of the free time in their lives to the truly needy in Maryland that this dedicated Annapolitan has in the last six years.

While I don't agree with Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley or Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke often, they were merely recognizing Bill Brock's hard work and selfless devotion to these kids and our state.

J. Lee Annis Jr.

Rockville

Prejudice and Fear on the Metro

Edward Lee's commentary (Opinion * Commentary, June 24) regarding the three Asian women and the man taunting them was poignant.

I've tried to defend the people on that train by thinking maybe they were better off leaving the drunk alone. People who are under the influence can do stupid things. Something terrible might have happened.

But I think the core of this matter is that we who were not there should not judge the ones who were there. How would we have reacted? Sure it's easy to say, "If I was there I would have done something." But really, when put to the test, do we do "something"?

Let's hope that when we are put to the test we all will do the right thing.

Shabbsi Nacht

Baltimore

I am writing in response to the commentary by Edward Lee entitled "Not One Spoke Up" which appeared June 24.

When riding the Washington Metro (subway), I also have witnessed several incidents and have not spoken up.

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