NFL nonsenseHere are a few random thoughts after the last...

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January 30, 1995

NFL nonsense

Here are a few random thoughts after the last round of National Football League nonsense:

When watching high-ranking government and business people attempt to obtain an NFL franchise, does anybody except me think of "Peanuts" characters Charlie Brown and Lucy in the annual "kick the football" classic?

Do we really want to obligate ourselves to guarantee skybox sales, etc., like those granted by St. Louis to a team with the worst record in organized sports?

Will we be satisfied with entertainment quality exemplified by the mismatched play and uneven officiating shown in the first couple of rounds of NFL playoffs?

Despite the comments of some sportscasters, we've got a professional football team in Baltimore.

Unless you're thrilled by the drama of fair catches and kneel downs in the end zone, our team plays an open, exciting brand of football without the arrogance, greed and conceit exhibited by most of the NFL.

Let's pack Memorial Stadium next season to watch the Canadian Football League while keeping the bond issue open.

This will allow all of our "friends" in the NFL to continue to use Baltimore as a threat in order to negotiate better deals elsewhere and insure that Peter Angelos gets lots of frequent flier miles -- and maybe someday builds a new stadium for Mr. Spiros and the CFL at Camden Yards.

C. S. Connor Jr.

Ellicott City

Think hockey

Baltimore deserves a National Football League franchise. But the NFL (Cooke, Irsay, Tagliabue, Glazer, Bidwell, etc.) doesn't deserve us.

Baltimore can do better than the NFL, at least from an economic standpoint. With Abe Pollin moving the Bullets and Capitals from Landover to Washington in 1997, it will be virtually impossible for most Baltimore-area fans to attend basketball and hockey games on a regular basis.

Baltimore and Maryland should consider the possibility of building an arena to house NBA and NHL franchises at Camden Yards. The two franchises together would have the potential of bringing 1.5 million fans to the city annually, as opposed to the 700,000 fans an NFL franchise would bring.

Additionally, the two franchises would roughly double the opportunities for business people to entertain clients, and they would accelerate the transformation of Baltimore into a ''24-hour city.''

Anirban Basu


What drunks need

I would like to thank Robert Matthews for his articles about the new DWI Detention Facility in Baltimore County (Jan. 15).

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has always been a big supporter of this facility because it gives driving-while-intoxicated offenders the two things we believe they need: punishment and treatment.

However, we are concerned that this facility is not being fully utilized by the judges. Contrary to what was stated in the article, the judges can require offenders to go there, whether the offender wants to spend the money or not.

If the offenders are put in jail, taxpayers foot the hefty bill. We also pay in both pain and money for the deaths and injuries that drunk drivers cause every day in this country.

Why, then, are the judges so concerned about the ability of offenders to pay? Drunk drivers should be held accountable for their actions and they should pay their own bills.

MADD is currently participating in the treatment program at this facility by having victims tell their personal stories to the offenders once a month.

We hope the judges will continue to send offenders to this facility so that we can reach more of them and get more of the drunk drivers off the roads. This would make our roads safer for everyone.

Donna Becker


The writer is state chairperson of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Silent victims

The violence against abortion clinic personnel is widely and rightly deplored.

It has become a national issue, and it is reassuring when citizens recognize an evil for what it is and protest against it. Violent killings are unarguably evil.

But, there is an irony to the abortion issue that is particularly poignant at this time:

Abortion clinics are themselves designed to be places of violent killings.

And not just occasional killings that receive wide publicity and notoriety, but places where quiet, methodical, routine, daily killings of totally unprotesting, submissive victims go on -- 1.6 million every year.

The annual March for Life held in Washington is a reminder that the destruction of the unborn has been going on for 22 years, during which over 28 million silent, violent killings have occurred.

Helen J. Rizzo


Adoption law

In defending House Speaker Newt Gingrich's orphanage proposal, Mona Charen (Other Voices, Jan. 18) claims,"Republicans and the voters who elect them are . . . convinced that the welfare state the liberals created and preside over is one of the things that itself creates more suffering than necessary."

In truth, liberals neither created nor preside over the welfare state. The federal law that social workers must implement, the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act, became law in 1980.

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