Cooke, Angelos must recognize two marketsThe most highly...

THE FORUM

July 31, 1995

Cooke, Angelos must recognize two markets

The most highly regarded type of deal in the business world is one in which both parties work out a "win-win" situation.

When it comes to the National Football League in Baltimore and Washington, Jack Kent Cooke is not interested in a "win-win" situation; he is fighting a war in which it's winner-take-all. Now I ask you, is that the noblest way of doing business?

Regarding major league baseball, it would seem that perhaps Peter Angelos is not interested in a "win-win" situation either.

Mr. Angelos and the Baltimore Orioles organization have rather brutishly refused to keep the word "Baltimore" on the team's road jerseys and logo. Mr. Angelos has refused to comment on whether he would oppose the placing of a major league baseball team in Northern Virginia.

Mr. Angelos now has a baseball "monster," while doggedly pursuing an NFL franchise, but he needs to come face to face with the cold, clear reality that if we are two markets when it comes to football then so are we two markets regarding baseball.

Mr. Angelos should call a press conference and go on public record stating that he has no opposition to baseball for the District of Columbia (i.e. Northern Virginia). In the same conference, he should announce the return of "Baltimore" to the logo and road jerseys.

I submit that the best solution for Mr. Cooke would be to build his football stadium on the Virginia side of the Potomac (as he has contemplated), perhaps somewhere along Interstate 66 between Fairfax and Manassas.

This site would tie in well with what I believe is a very hot Redskins area and would fit well with transportation, being very accessible to I-66, U.S. 29 and the D.C. Metro system.

Perhaps the people interested in bringing major league baseball to Northern Virginia could build their new baseball stadium there, and D.C. would have a baseball/football complex that would rival Camden Yards.

The meshing of a D.C. National League franchise with Baltimore's American League Orioles would be very complementary.

And for football, Baltimore and D.C. in the same division would be the NFL's best.

Richard F. Bahr Jr.

Severn

Bad example

With the city election upon us in full force, we will once again be inundated with the usual campaign paraphernalia.

On my commute through the city on a recent morning, I was disturbed and offended by the number of bumper stickers and large signs plastered to light poles, vacant buildings and bus shelters.

The biggest offenders were the campaigns of Mayor Kurt Schmoke and City Council president candidate Vera Hall. Particularly disappointing is that, while running for city-wide office, they are promising to improve our environment, while contributing to its trashier appearance.

Taping signs to plastic bus shelters with electrical tape and stapling signs to boarded-up windows (all of which, experience has shown, will remain long after the last memory of the election has faded) is nothing but defacement of public and private property. The mayor, Mrs. Hall and all others offering themselves as public servants need to take control of their campaigns and overzealous supporters and start to lead by example, not promises.

Edward R. Jeunette Jr.

Baltimore

Take the next bus

The July 26 letter from Dave Reich about affirmative action is typical of the response of the so-called "angry white male" . . . in that it reduces affirmative action to a simplistic analogy that totally misses the point.

If we were to compare affirmative action to a law affecting Rosa Parks, it would not in any way "dictate that whites must now sit in the back of the bus." Such a law would, in fact, dictate that a black person such as Ms. Parks would have as much right as a white person to sit in any seat on the bus, front or back.

The fact that holding a seat open for a person such as Ms. Parks would deny a "deserving white person" a seat on the bus is irrelevant and insulting. Does Mr. Reich feel that handicapped parking spaces should be removed from parking lots because they take up more space and deprive the non-handicapped of their "deserved" spaces?

Besides, the "deserving white person" on Ms. Parks' bus merely faces the same situation as if all the seats on the bus were already full. He is always free to take the next bus.

William M. Smith

Baltimore

Schmoke and the middle class

Will the real Kurt Schmoke stand up? Is he the man Baltimore elected mayor eight years ago, or is he the man running for re-election in 1995?

Clearly they cannot be the same man.

In 1987, Kurt Schmoke was Baltimore's "rising sun," our hope for the future. He was full of promise, new ideas, new directions.

After eight years, the city is worse. Crime, a poor school system, suburban migration and the lack of a strong business community are the problems of 1995.

What does our "rising sun" do about these problems. Who knows unless you are Ron Shapiro, Larry Gibson or Dan Henson?

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