Schmoke EffectAs soon as Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke assumes...


June 05, 1995

Schmoke Effect

As soon as Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke assumes full control over the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, the organization will have taken the first step toward becoming as ineffective as the city's other business development group, the Baltimore Development Corporation.

In no time at all, BACVA will change from one of the most successful convention bureaus in the country to a bureaucracy that serves the mayor's political interests and those of the mayor's law firm, Shapiro and Olander, and no one else.

Baltimore can't afford that.

Robin E. McKissic


Kashmir Crisis

Your May 17 editorial, "Fires Burning in Kashmir," made a key point that "atrocities like the destruction of Charar-i-Sharief will continue until the Indian government finds the wisdom and courage to negotiate a political solution."

Although I agree with a negotiated settlement, I do not agree with your notion that in the 1950s or '60s, "a large dose of autonomy short of independence almost certainly would have put the dispute to rest."

Autonomy from India was never the issue. The people of Kashmir do not want to participate in any election held under the Indian constitution.

Elections will only be relevant if they are part of a process which would eventually lead to the Kashmiris' goal of self-determination.

In 1948 and again in 1949, the United Nations passed two resolutions in which the Kashmiri people were promised the right to determine their future through a free and impartial plebiscite. India, Pakistan and the U.S. were signatories to these resolutions.

To date, India, which considers itself the world's largest democracy, has failed to make good on the U.N. resolutions.

Kashmir is not an integral part of India. It is the policy of the U.S. and the United Nations that the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory.

As such, India and Pakistan should engage in tripartite negotiations to resolve the Kashmir issue after taking into account the wishes of the people of Kashmir.

The Kashmiri people live with over 500,000 Indian military and paramilitary troops in their back yard.

Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Asia Watch have documented the human rights abuses suffered by the people at the hands of the Indian army. These abuses are widespread and systematic.

Kashmiris are peace-loving people who would like nothing more then to see all parties to the conflict brought together to participate in peaceful negotiations for the final settlement of the issue.

hulam Nabi Fai


The writer is executive director of the Kashmiri-American Council.

Minor Leagues

I loved Richard Reeves' article the other day about his attendance at a Class A California League game between the Lake Elsinore Storm and the High Desert Mavericks, an Orioles farm team.

His reference to the possibility of winning a Jeep if a ball was hit through a round hole in the center field fence, and to the sign he remembered in Ebbets Field -- ''Hit Sign, Win Suit'' -- stirred memories of the left field sign in old Oriole Park of ''Fineman The Tailor.'' A home run over that sign was rewarded with a Fineman suit. For those who are disenchanted with Orioles and the major leagues, the modest but lasting joys of minor league baseball can still be experienced.

William H. Engleman


State Aid

I just read that our governor wants to give a Prince George's County business a $1.5 million grant because it has fallen on hard times, due to the loss of federal work. Why doesn't the federal government bail it out?

I find it incredible that a company in dire straits can contribute $3,500 to a political campaign, i.e., Gov. Parris Glendening's.

In the same day's Sun was an article about a Western Maryland factory that employs 650 people having to close because of President Clinton's 100 percent tariff on Japanese luxury cars.

Maybe to help this company, Governor Glendening can order leather seats for state-owned vehicles.

R. A. Bacigalupa


Maryland and Its Students

The Sun seems to over-emphasize some areas of education while ignoring others completely.

Articles May 23 and 24 dealt with the Benjamin Banneker scholarships. On May 26, Carl Rowan wrote on the same subject. It would seem that The Sun wanted to place its slant on the history of education in Maryland.

David Folkenflik states that the ''Board of Regents called for the admission of students to the University of Maryland without regards to race.'' Then he writes, ''For the next 15 years, only a trickle of blacks came to the flagship campus at College Park.''

Mr. Rowan skips over this period, explaining that ''For a variety of reasons, few blacks got into Maryland.''

Why did this occur? They imply it was the school's fault for not providing incentives.

But how many blacks were entering predominantly black schools in Maryland during that time?

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