ScalpingI read with interest recent articles on the...


August 16, 1994


I read with interest recent articles on the crackdown on scalping at Camden Yards.

As a long time Rolling Stones fan, I decided I wanted great tickets to their concert Aug. 1 at RFK stadium. I spent the night on line before tickets went on sale.

I was about the 300th person on line at the first ticket outlet that was to open.

With a six-seat maximum for ticket purchase, I should easily have ended up with seats in the first 25 rows.

Instead, the best available were in the upper deck. There must have been conservatively 30,000 seats in front of me.

This is the kind of organized ticket scalping that should be cracked down on.

John Blom


Bad Choice

On July 31, you printed a letter to the editor entitled, "Like It or Not, Bentley's a Winner." Richard Gross (the letter writer) comments on a letter that I wrote questioning Barry Rascovar's motives for endorsing Rep. Helen Delich Bentley. Mr. Cross tries to play a numbers game to show that Mrs. Bentley's win is a fact.

He bases his conclusion on an early poll that has more to do with name recognition than positions on the issues.

Early polls are just that -- early polls. At their best, they are forecasts of which way the wind may blow. At this stage of the race, the wind is only a breeze and therefore not much of a barometer of events to come . . . .

He infers that only Mrs. Bentley can beat Parris Glendening. There is a quantum leap of logic in this statement that I do not understand.

I believe the Republican team most likely to beat Mr. Glendening is the one which is least like him and his running mate.

In 1990, Bill Shepard (with only modest GOP help) caused the now famous second term Schaefer temper tantrum. How did he do that? Simply by daring to run against Gov. William Donald Schaefer and getting a lot of votes in the process . . . .

There are three reasons I think Mrs. Bentley is a bad choice. . . .

First, Governor Schaefer says that he would vote for her if he was a Republican.

Wow! Would her administration be a continuation of his? Is he so frightened of Mr. Shepard or Ellen Sauerbrey that he feels obliged to endorse a candidate from a rival party?

Second, her selection of Sen. Howard Denis, R-Montgomery, proves her ability to yield to political expediencies without consideration of philosophical values.

The lieutenant governor should mesh philosophically with the governor. Only Bill Shepard has a running mate that compliments him philosophically and has depth of executive experience to "be the governor" if he becomes disabled or dies in office.

Finally, we find ourselves in the sad state of losing a senior seat in Congress so the incumbent can run for governor.

At best, she was a reluctant bride. She knew she had a secure seat in Congress. Her knowledge of national issues is strong. Her knowledge of state issues is weak . . .

J. M. Evans


Let Frazier Alone

The media recently reported a prime example of one of the major problems with what was once a first class Police Department: micro-management from City Hall and the news media.

Commissioner Thomas Frazier was hired to try to straighten out a city Police Department mired in racism, favoritism and incompetence.

As he attempts to move people around for the betterment of the department as a whole, he is battled by special interest groups and politicians.

Let the man do the job he was hired to do. If at the end of his term, what he has done isn't liked by the politicians, then they can, by law, replace him, but no one can work or make any difference, when he has to bow to City Hall.

Various groups of people, from his honor the mayor to the NAACP, need to learn that race, by itself, is not a qualification for any position. The sooner this is learned by all the sooner all can start getting along better.

After 21 years with the Baltimore City Police Department, I am well aware of what the total interference from City Hall, and especially the mayor's office, of this administration has done to undermine and destroy the department.

I am not particularly a fan of Commissioner Frazier, but he has to be allowed to do the job he was hired to do.

This is not simply a matter of whether or not Maj. Barry Powell should be moved from the Northwest District, but does the police commissioner have the authority to make transfers without going through the mayor's office and pleasing all of the special interest groups.

Conversely, it is not a prerogative of members of the command staff to host public meetings to bring pressure upon the police commissioner because they're not happy with an assignment, as Major Powell did . . .

The police department is a quasi-military organization, not a democracy. This is necessary to protect our greater democracy, which members of the department are sworn to protect.

John G. Cree Jr.


The writer is a retired city police sergeant.

Trapping Nutria

Michael Horst's Aug. 7 letter "Killing Nutria" was fraught with factual errors and misleading comments.

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