Who would dare desecrate Old Glory?One of my proudest...

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July 07, 1995

Who would dare desecrate Old Glory?

One of my proudest moments of World War II was when I raised a flag that my father had sent to me in the center of a town we occupied in Germany after V-E Day.

The flag was beautiful and represented the nation we honored and countless Americans who fought and died since its founding.

It is not a political symbol to be displayed indiscriminately, but it does represent America to me. With all its faults, this is still the best country in the world.

We pledged allegiance to this symbol, and no one has the right to desecrate or destroy the flag, which I proudly display on every occasion.

The four Maryland legislators who, for whatever reason, recently chose to vote against the U.S. flag "desecration" bill are not worthy of respect or support from me or other veterans and their families.

Frank Bressler

Baltimore

Music, not talk

The latest example of "bait-and-switch" chicanery, until recently used only by discount outlets of dubious reputation, has reached new heights of exploitation in the decision of WJHU-FM to change its weekday day-time format from classical music to news and talk. The Sun reported that only two callers complained! Bet they were not even cash customers.

Granted, the majority of Marylanders does not listen to classical music all day, nor do they want to. I am a member of that majority.

But at the office or in the car, when I do not want something more satisfying than molasses on a G clef, there are (were) no two persons alive who could make that listening the very experience that most of us have had neither the scratch nor the leisure to enjoy -- a relaxed, richly-rewarding, come-as-you-are, laid-back course in music appreciation.

I refer, of course, to Bill Spencer and Lisa Simeone. They charmed us with wit and whimsy, the history, lives and background of composers, trivia both historical and hysterical and some of the best musical treasures that our culture and every other culture have passed on to us.

Small is the consolation to know that, though I am losing all this, I can now hear talk-shows.

As if I should actually pay to hear a style of blowfish who really thinks that "his mind is on loan from God" carry on in a manner that is about as informative as Daisy Mae discussing physics with Sam Newton, Isaac's brother!

Brian M. Rafferty

Pasadena

Traffic was awful

I just returned from sitting in a gridlock of traffic, stuck on I-83 North at the Oregon Ridge exit, to attend this year's "BSO All American Salute." Fireworks were scheduled to occur after the concert.

My family sat in an overheating car for more than an hour and a half to travel a total of about a quarter-mile before the Oregon Ridge exit sign to the exit itself.

There were at least another 2,000 cars attempting to move to the entrance, three lanes abreast. I am appalled that the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has the enormous chutzpah to sell more tickets than they could ever dream of accommodating.

The Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Department should

likewise be ashamed for its utter mishandling of the situation. They know the maximums that the park and its entrances can serve.

What, may I ask, if the BSO decided to sell 100,000 tickets to its next concert, and all 100,000 ticket-holders arrived at the Meyerhoff doors demanding, overheatedly, to get in?

I obviously did not even get close to the park's entrance road, so by 8 p.m. I exited homeward. I hope those people that did arrive by 4 p.m. for the 8 p.m. concert enjoyed themselves.

I know that the BSO and parks department certainly owe me the $38 I paid for tickets, as well as ticket costs of those 2,000 others who didn't get to see the concert. Don't look at me to support such an outdoor outrage in the future.

Samuel H. Esterson

Baltimore

Berger's record

A recent editorial listed what The Sun considers Baltimore County School Superintendent Stuart Berger's accomplishments in reforming the county schools ("Continuing the School Reforms," June 28).

However, the editorial writer neglected several of Dr. Berger's other "accomplishments." Was he or she out of town when reports appeared in your paper of falling test scores due to "lack of systematic, countywide staff development," a gifted and talented program in disarray and violent disruptions in several county schools?

The report of the Behan Committee [on school safety] indicates several contributing factors to violence in the schools, including site-based management, disciplinary policy and frequent turnover of teachers and principals that can be traced to the highest levels of the school administration.

In arriving at an overall assessment of Dr. Berger's efforts, I think we need to consider the bad along with the good.

Sylvia Egeth

Owings Mills

A question of safety

My only daughter, a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is a new pediatrics resident at Johns Hopkins.

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