'Hold fast to the spirit of 1776'"We hold these truths to...

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June 26, 1995

'Hold fast to the spirit of 1776'

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights."

These magnificent words taken from the Declaration of Independence are a tangible reminder of the importance of July 4, which we will be celebrating soon. The Fourth of July should not simply be a day of fun and drinking.

It should remind us of the debt we all owe to the patriots of 1776. The pursuit of independence, which was ultimately won by bloodshed, must never be forgotten.

This nation conceived in revolution went on to become a great humanitarian country.

In honor of the patriots of 1776, let us work to eradicate hate from our great land. Let us work to become the best in whatever endeavor we choose. Let us accept all Americans as equals -- as true brothers and sisters.

Finally, let us honor the memory of 1776 by instilling in our young people a love of country and nation. Let us all work to see that our future generations keep alive the spark of liberty and freedom.

ohn A. Micklos



There is something seriously wrong in today's society when athletes are given a $7 million salary for two years, while registered nurses in hospitals are replaced by nursing assistants to cut cost of health care.

Where are our values?

Both of these announcements were made June 10.

Dorothy K. Meekins

Ellicott City

Burn gas

The Clean Air Cab Co. in Washington operates a fleet of taxis powered by natural gas. These vehicles are more cost-efficient than standard cars.

Natural gas is a clean-burning fuel and costs about 65 cents a gallon.

If more corporations would use natural gas for their fleets of autos and trucks, our dependence on foreign oil could be reduced.

It would be a blessing for the economy and the environment if most of us would rely on natural gas to operate our cars.

The U.S. has huge quantities of natural gas. To date, this feasible fuel is our best alternate source of energy.

The Clean Air Cab Co. plans to have 10 taxis cruising through Baltimore by 1996.

Joseph Lerner


Not a review

A book review is supposed to be a reasonably fair assessment of a book, helping people to decide if they want to buy it.

An opinion column is supposed to be a biased selection of statements, espousing a particular political view.

I'm sure your editors know this. So why did you run as a book review "'The Pill' robbed sex of meaning" (June 4) when it was clearly an opinion column?

Maggie Gallagher completely failed to answer, or even address, the key issue of a review: "Is this book worth reading?"

Instead she ranted about the evils of the pill, comparing it to abortion and blaming it for child poverty.

And to top it all off, she has a new book of her own due out this fall. Hmmm, aren't people supposed to pay your newspaper for advertising space, and not vice versa?

Really, I wouldn't have minded the essay, if only it were in the right section of the paper.

As a review it was useless, like letting Steven Hunter give a science fiction movie the thumbs down. You know that he's going to hate it, so why bother?

Come to think of it, why do I bother when the City Paper gives so much more value for my money?

Francis Uy


Not sensitive

On one level, I was heartened to read that Baltimore has such a sensitive mayor in Kurt L. Schmoke (news article, June 15). His aides said the mayor had earlier avoided raising concern publicly over the elimination of the Disability Assistance Loan Program because he did not want to embarrass Gov. Parris N. Glendening during his inaugural legislative session.

On a deeper level, however, I am appalled that Mr. Schmoke's sensitivity was toward one man, the governor, who has permanent shelter, food, clean clothes, a job and seems to be in good physical health.

That is contrary to the 16,400 DALP recipients who live in Baltimore City (22,000 statewide), who have very few, if any, of the necessities of life that the governor enjoys.

It was not Mr. Schmoke who chose us; it was we who chose him. He should please consider more closely where and to whom he should be loyal.

Consider more closely whom he is saving from embarrassment. Will it not be an even greater embarrassment to him, to all of us, when our city slogan, "The City that Reads," becomes, more accurately, "The City that Panhandles"?

That is how it will be, on every street corner come July 1 when persons on DALP will not have a penny in their pockets. All because Mr. Schmoke didn't want to embarrass the new governor.

Catherine R. Gugerty


The writer is director of the Urban Immersion Program at Loyola College and a staff member of the Beans & Bread meal program and the Homeless Outreach program.

Setting sun blue

I hate to see that Evening Sun go down.

Television promotes illiteracy that moviemakers exploit with graphic displays of violence and sex.

There now are almost 80 million American adults who cannot read a recipe, the directions on a medicine bottle or even this letter.

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