Guilford's ValueSome people are really missing the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

August 30, 1994

Guilford's Value

Some people are really missing the point.

Does no one understand that Guilford is a valuable commodity? Does no one understand what would happen if all Guilford residents move to the county because they no longer feel safe and protected ("overprotected," as someone said recently)?

Has no one heard of the "trickle-down effect?"

Wake up, Baltimore.

Anne Heaton

Baltimore

Improve Roads

Reference is made to the letter "Telecommuting, Light Rail and Clean Air" by David W. Keelan, published on Aug. 6.

This item, intended to serve as a solution to requirements of the Clean Air Act of 1990, is short-sighted and is not the solution regarding light rail.

The state of Maryland presently supports two transit systems through the Mass Transit Administration (MTA) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). In addition, it obviously has a roadway system to maintain.

An analysis of usage versus cost in mass transit and roadways describes how costly light rail systems are as compared to roadways. Only 4 percent of the daily trips in our state are made on MTA and WMATA, leaving 96 percent for our roadways. However, 54 percent of the Maryland Department of Transportation's gross expenditures are devoted to the transit systems.

This inequity will only worsen with the expansion of these two transit systems. Our communities have already developed and grown up around the automobile, converse to what was stated in the Keelan letter.

One way to work toward compliance with the Clean Air Act is to reduce those long delays prevalent on our roadways. This can be accomplished by improvements to our existing roadway systems.

If we can reduce the travel time to and from our work sites, the results are obvious -- less emissions -- cleaner air.

The traveling public needs a break. We cannot afford to expand these two extremely expensive mass transit systems and abandon our roadways. The traveling public, our "stockholders," deserve roadways that are well maintained and designed to handle traffic flows. This can and must be done. We cannot wait any longer.

Robert E. Sewell

The writer is executive director of the Maryland Asphalt

Association.

Wrong Pew

Undaunted, unbowed, unbossed and unemployed. How did Benjamin Chavis arrive at this point?

Fiscal management or mismanagement, of course, was a major factor. But consider, also, that Dr. Chavis may have been in the right pew but in the wrong church.

The NAACP historically has been a conservative litigator and, only occasionally, an activist change agent. In embracing new and controversial programs and personalities, Dr. Chavis defied the staid image implied in the policies of the NAACP.

Dr. Chavis needs to find his niche in other arenas of social change, not forgetting fiscal restraints in the process.

McNair Taylor

Baltimore

Mutual Harmony

Why must The Baltimore Sun stir up racial animosity by reiterating in interviews, editorials, even a column written by an editor, the idea that many people (white, by implication) expected the Loch murders to have been committed by a black man?

No one of my acquaintance voices this opinion.

I believe that by its policy of harping upon racism and of assuming that every example of black-white disagreement is owing to white prejudice, The Baltimore Sun is contributing to animosity between the races, rather than the mutual harmony which is greatly to be desired.

Mary W. Griepenkerl

Baltimore

Fair Play for Cuba

Editorials in The Sun Aug. 20 and Aug. 24 on the current situation in Cuba sounded to me like just another jeer from a bully's cheering section.

The U.S. has acted the role of the bully in Oscar-winning fashion, with the media providing the canned applause.

From Day 1 of Cuba's independence from U.S. control, the U.S. has had a casino-sized chip on its shoulder when looking down on little Cuba. Maybe it was because Cuba wouldn't play capitalist games or its prideful grin on the first day of school when showing off its new clothes -- albeit olive drab. Whatever the reason, the U.S. responded by placing an economic embargo on Cuba, effectively stealing its lunch money and forcing the penniless country to either go hungry or borrow from questionable characters from the other side of town.

Assertions that the sanctions are not the cause of Cuba's troubles are over-simplified. The United Nations has, in fact, voted overwhelmingly (88 to 4 in November, 1993) to condemn the embargo.

One wonders how our fragile economy would fare if the rest of the world would not trade with us for fear of retribution by other economic powers.

The answer to the Cuban situation is to lift the embargo and let the Cuban people develop into the socially conscious, democratic people they yearn to be.

The Cold War is over. Cuba offers us no threat, its people no ill. Castro is no Deng Xiaoping. He is an old man who wants to retire to a seashore home in a country free from U.S. economic control.

Nobody likes a bully. What are we afraid of, that the little squirt will become popular? The captain of the baseball team?

incent R. Hill

Towson

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