Support for ArtThe plan to make the 400 block of North...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 23, 1994

Support for Art

The plan to make the 400 block of North Howard Street into an artist colony -- Baltimore's "Soho" -- certainly sounds great and looks good on paper.

But I wonder if anyone has really checked into the art market in Baltimore. Years ago, an artist colony was planned for East Baltimore Street near Johns Hopkins Hospital. One never hears anything more about this.

While the idea is a good one, in order for it to work, people in Baltimore must financially support the artists with meaningful purchases.

In out-of-town galleries in major cities, purchase prices of the smaller paintings start around $2,000. Larger work goes upward of the mid-$20,000 range.

One kind of local patron will go to New York to purchase something expensive, while another will be quaintly thinking in terms of a couple hundred dollars. This city has a nationally known reputation in this regard.

While the idea for an artist colony, work spaces, galleries, etc., sounds good for Howard Street, it can only work if the local people in Baltimore spend a lot more money in local patronage than they have for the past five years.

Melvin O. Miller Jr

Baltimore

Bridge Safety

In her Nov. 7 Opinion * Commentary article "Bridging Trouble," writer Anne Egerton raises "troubling philosophical questions" regarding the "ugly intrusion" being built by an independent school in her neighborhood.

In the 23 years I have lived in Baltimore, I have seen Lake Avenue turn from a pleasant residential street into a major east-west thoroughfare, traveled at speeds far in excess of the posted 25 miles per hour.

Where is the responsibility of the adult citizens who speed, pass when no passing is allowed, fail to even slow down for pedestrians in the crosswalks and respond with angry shouts and obscene gestures to those who attempt to obey the law?

Certainly children should be taught how to cross streets safety, but the most responsible of them may be affected by the irresponsibility of an adult.

I see the construction of this bridge not as bowing to a perception of the public will, defaulting on personal responsibility, or giving up my freedom of choice . . . If this bridge saves the life of only one child, is that not the bottom line?

Joyce S. Barnett

Baltimore

Nix TV Ads

William Pfaff's Nov. 7 column, "Americans Don't Have to Put Up with This," is timely and crucial.

The elimination of paid political advertising on television and radio is the short direct answer to everything that is wrong with Americans elections.

Not only would we see the end of plain lies and pit bull attacks on personal character on television, where they do the most damage, but we would also eliminate the major reason why candidates for public office have to raise so much money. No other idea goes so far to eliminate the money cancer at the viscera of American politics.

There is one thing that Mr. Pfaff has overlooked.

There is no way that the legal hired guns and the federal courts will ever let stand a simple statute that bans political advertising from TV and radio. The Supreme Court sees even modest attempts to control campaign spending as hideous in infringements on the freedom of speech of the rich.

The only way to protect such a ban from the lawyers is to enshrine it in the Constitution of the United States.

Hal Riedl

Baltimore

Include All

As an American who has been living overseas for nine years and teaching at international schools, I was alarmed by the article, "Board tackles religious holiday issue" (Nov. 11).

International schools are attended by children from all over the world, and the schools use this opportunity to help children to understand and to appreciate different cultures and religions.

At the elementary level, where I taught, the Muslim holiday Festival of Lights, Christmas, Hanukkah and Chinese New Year are all celebrated. Parents are encouraged to come in and share holiday foods with the class, and children are proud to show off their special holiday clothes.

Rather than feeling left out, all of the children help each other to celebrate. Children then grow up to appreciate differences and to be tolerant and understanding.

If all religious holidays are banned from school, children will regard the unfamiliar as strange and different. Rather than excluding all religious holidays, to foster understand and tolerance, let's try including all.

Leslie Jordan

Lutherville

Inconsistent

I am writing regarding your coverage of the Susan Smith murder confession (Nov. 5).

I find it interesting that The Sun would devote front page coverage to a story about a woman who allegedly killed her children because they got in the way of her romantic desires.

Each year, hundreds of mothers choose to kill their children for reasons not unlike Susan Smith's with the blessing of the State of Maryland and the U.S. Supreme Court. Why do not those stories make the front page, or any page?

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