Controversy at Loyola over sex coursePlease allow me to...

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March 08, 1995

Controversy at Loyola over sex course

Please allow me to respond to Daniel Perrine's analysis of the current controversy at Loyola College (Other Voices, Feb. 24).

While lamenting "the condemnation of others" as antithetical to nTC Christianity and the American university, Professor Perrine at the same time stridently condemns those with whom he disagrees.

Using words like "religious fanaticism," "intolerant Puritanism" and the "Roman Catholic far right," he finally disposes of them with the pronouncement that "they do not belong here."

More unsettling than the heat, passion and authoritarian tone of this assessment is the substance of his argument.

He holds up as an example a [college] course [on human sexuality] that seeks to "examine the subject free of value judgments" -- without stopping to consider whether the "confused and obsessive preoccupation in our culture with sex," which he rightly decries, is not the result of a pervasive societal aversion to making value judgments.

As an institution that holds itself out as Catholic, Loyola has an obligation to advance the Catholic position in matters of morality above all others.

Mr. Perrine should be consoled that an opposing viewpoint will be forcefully advocated by every expression of the secular culture in which these students find themselves immersed.

As a graduate of Loyola, I am saddened to see the "dogma" of academic freedom, with its asymptotic search for "truth," supplanting the truths of the moral teaching and tradition of the church.

It appears that only the latter are to be subjected to "continual reexamination," while the former is to be held dogmatically and used to justify every enormity committed under its aegis.

Those who dare to question it are told to go elsewhere and subjected to personal vilification by persons who should otherwise be an example to them.

Livio R. Broccolino

Towson

Speed limits

Why all the fuss over the 55 mile an hour speed limit? Aren't there two sides to every coin? After recently being pulled over for driving with the crowd, I have gleaned a few lessons that would make Mario Andretti proud.

What a testament to an individual's driving skills to be whisked off the interstate going 65 mph onto the shoulder of the road or the middle median without endangering your life or that of your precious passengers. Not to mention the kind gentle-person behind you who is thanking God above that it is you and not him having to take this copious driving test.

Then after seeing the major distance between you and the ticketing police officer, he or she with bull horn in tow, yells to back up down the highway so he can present you with a wonderful chance to donate to the state appropriations fund.

Rarely does a person get the chance to do such a dangerously illegal feat and have the eyes and ears of the finest applauding his driving skills.

During the quiet period of reflection while you await your sentence, your child in the back seat with innocence asks: "Dad, why did you get pulled over when that man just passed you?"

You have the distinct pleasure to teach your child that life is not always fair, and by God, never ever drive in the outer lanes.

With one last swift flash of the badge, you are handed some colorful papers and words of advice. "Good luck getting back into that onslaught of traffic."

I thought for a second I heard Clint Eastwood saying, "Go ahead, make my day."

And last, but not least, what a gracious monetary gift a person can make to financially endow the state to test another driver another day. Do you think I could deduct this contribution on my state taxes?

D. J. Bass

Aberdeen

Coldspring center

Considering the financial crises and concerns of Baltimore City and Maryland and public school systems, legislation (H.B.361 and S.B.214) sponsored by Del. Sandy Rosenberg and Sen. Barbara Hoffman is distressing.

These bills would provide $1 million to Waldorf School of Baltimore to help with buildings this private school wants to place on the last two building parcels in Coldspring New Town, buildings for an elementary school, a middle school, a gymnasium and eventually a high school.

At last count, 16 unit owners of this condominium community of more than 200 seem to support this project. Obviously, many of our busy residents are unaware of this plan.

Also, Woodlands at Coldspring has several houses now being built as part of an anticipated 120 new houses for this community.

While it may be an enhancement to have a private school at the edge of Coldspring New Town, I am concerned deeply about encroachment and the density that could develop from upward of 500 school children, staff and visitors.

Also, it is my fervent wish that Coldspring no longer be required to continue sharing the community center building with Waldorf School, when and if it relocates to new buildings.

This large community center building, owned by Baltimore City, must remain for Coldspring New Town's free and unimpeded access.

Harriet Griffin

Baltimore

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