Will dream become a nightmare?Your article on March 15...

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March 27, 1995

Will dream become a nightmare?

Your article on March 15, written by Richard O'Mara, broughto the forefront the impact of continuing program cuts led by the Republican Party.

Mayor Kurt Schmoke's "worry" over Republicans' efforts to eliminate the federal summer jobs program is justified, and is shared by many of us.

There is concern about the validity of political practices aimed toward deficit reduction and tax breaks at the expense of disadvantaged young people.

The Republican Party's support for further cuts in welfare and financial assistance programs for the elderly, the handicapped and disabled is also worrisome.

Now, disadvantaged youths are being denied educational and employment training opportunities that are supported by willing


Many of us disagree with the idea that private businesses will have enough jobs to replace those already promised to thousands of young people.

With few or no financial resources available, the future for young people in this country will be bleak. And, like it or not, we will pay a heavy price for allowing our government to turn its back on this country's most valuable resource.

Clearly, the poor and disadvantaged young people will begin to feel let down, betrayed and left with their backs against a wall.

It will not be surprising to see an increase in urban crime and unrest. This is the environment created in order to justify building more prisons as a means of reducing crime or adding more police to patrol the streets.

Let us hope that, for the young, the American Dream does not become a nightmare.

Vincent C. Pilgrim


Grind that ax

Kudos to you. When the A.S. Abell Company sold out. I had doubts about it. But you and your staff have reassured me.

You articles, investigations and digging show me that the paper is trying to be impartial, judicial -- and is trying to get the population aware of what is going on, what needs correcting, investigated and pursued.

In other words to make us -- your readers -- enlightened, responsive citizens. And if you have an ax to grind -- grind it!

J. W. Roehmer



Fellow traveler

Fear not, my fellow motorist! You are not alone. There are others who share your safe driving habits.

I am writing to congratulate the driver who let safety be his guide on U.S. 40 eastbound in Catonsville as he made a left turn onto Nuwood Drive.

I make the same turn every day. I know what it is like to wonder whether a car is coming in the opposite direction when westbound buses turning left are blocking my view.

And I know what it is like to have impatient motorists behind me showing their disgust at my decision to wait for traffic to pass before moving into the intersection.

Yes, I learned about "claiming the intersection" in driver's education classes. But no one is going to force me to stick my neck, and my car, out into an intersection when it is impossible to see on-coming traffic.

So, my fellow defensive driver, let our impatient peers wave and shrug. Let them honk their horns. Let them drive up on our right sides and ahead of us into the intersection.

You have my support and encouragement. I, too, will let safety be my guide.

Paul J. Norfolk


Striking concept

I should like to make two proposals with respect to major league baseball:

1) The city/state owners of sports stadiums join forces and become a united entry in the baseball owner/player strike to force a settlement.

2) The owners of the teams think seriously of forming a major baseball league for women.

Cities and states have invested millions of dollars in their stadiums at the behest (blackmail?) of the owners and are losing considerable revenue due to the strike.

Further, they are the only force that can effectively represent the fans and those workers who depend upon the games for all or part of their livelihood.

Thus, the cities and states deserve a place at the negotiation table, where they should jointly refuse to permit any games to be played with substitute players. I'm sure this would end the strike in no time.

As for the second proposal, it is time that women had a major baseball league. Such a league could be formed by the current baseball team owners and played in the same ballparks in which the men play.

When the men are on the road, the women would play at home and vice versa. There would be no conflict in stadium use, and the stadiums would be used for twice as many days during the baseball season, providing more work and greater revenues.

Edward W. Leyhe


One-way labyrinth

I am writing in regard to the one-way block of Labyrinth Road between Fallstaff Road and Bonnie Road. This is the only block of Labyrinth Road that is one-way.

A person traveling south on Labyrinth Road from Smith Avenue to Fallstaff Road or Cross Country is suddenly prevented from entering this intersection and must turn right on Bonnie Road, left on Olympia Avenue, left on Wallis Avenue, then left on Fallstaff Road to continue on Labyrinth Road.

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