For LapidesYour endorsements for this coming election...


September 06, 1995

For Lapides

Your endorsements for this coming election reflect our need for a change in leadership for the mayoral race.

For council president, I can't agree or disagree, all the candidates have something to add to the position. When you got to comptroller, you lost me. I don't think the editors of this newspaper bother to read their own staff's articles. Recently there was an article describing the strengths and weaknesses of the candidates for city comptroller, Julian Lapides and Joan Pratt.

In this article it stated the only problem it had with Mr. Lapides was that he fought the new stadium project.

In discussing the background of Ms. Pratt, it was a different story. It referred to the City Paper's recent article in which her input in the many boards to which she was appointed by Mayor Kurt Schmoke, as well as her attendance record, left a lot to be desired. How independent would she be if Mayor Schmoke is elected for a third term?

Your reporter referred to a portion of the City Paper article, but the rest was just as important to relate; many, many faults were found with Ms. Pratt's business sense.

She owned property that had numerous housing violations. She was in arrears in property taxes and some of these properties were scheduled for auction. Her partner bought out her share to save her future embarrassment in the midst of her campaign. The article also alluded to other issues that made her ability to act independently and effectively questionable.

All this information was available in the media, and has not been retracted. So I presume all or most is true. As they say, I only know what I read in the paper.

Endorsing Ms. Pratt over Julian Lapides, who came through sounding much more qualified, based on his commitment to service by his attendance record while in the legislature, and her lack of same on very important committees and boards, shows a lack of forethought on The Sun's part.

You recall Mr. Lapides' distinguished career as a watchdog and civic presence, how he was single-handedly responsible for much of the General Assembly's ethics legislation. The only negatives were his strong convictions and opposition to Oriole Park. Yet you endorse Mary Pat Clarke and dismiss those same negatives in her.

In a position such as comptroller, after suffering the embarrassment of Jacqueline McLean, having a novice is not the answer.

We need the qualifications of Mr. Lapides, in spite of his strong convictions. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Lois Munchel


A Win

Each election year provides us with an opportunity to analyze, critique and evaluate the record of those individuals who seek or want to retain a seat in public office. The current contest for Baltimore's municipal offices is no exception.

The Sun actively participates in this review process and offers its recommendation for city offices.

A person, whom I think highly of, and who currently represents the Second District -- Paula Johnson Branch -- did not receive your paper's endorsement. The primary reason given by The Sun concerned her attendance record, completely ignoring her positive and considerable contributions during the past four years.

One particular piece of legislation stands out as a testimony of her hard work and commitment to our citizens -- City Council Ordinance 98. The amnesty for fines and penalties has been a win -- both for the city and some of our recalcitrant citizens.

Nathaniel McFadden


The writer, a state senator, represents the 45th Legislative District.

Movies Are Worse

The shocking, sickening statements of Mark Fuhrman expose a prevalent, accepted, admired and even glorified attitude of many individual and groups of Americans. One does not have to look very far to find the evidence.

Best-selling author Pat Conroy portrayed graphically a Fuhrman type-Marine Capt. Bull Meecham in his 1976 novel, "The Great Santini." Bull Meecham, who ruled absolutely his family and his men with verbal and physical abuse, was hated yet admired for the very vile traits that demeaned and harmed. Marine life, as well as life in other armed forces, too often breeds Fuhrman/Bull Meecham types.

Families get the brunt of this ''I am God'' attitude. Imitation, by example, is fostered in children whose fear and vulnerability either defeats them or turns them into clones, thereby repeating the cycle.

America's children for the past 20 years have watched and read more about violence and hatred than any previous generation. That violence and hatred is spewed daily in film and on the streets of America. Most of the modern world reaps its share of these efforts.

Honor and rewards are given for this depravity. The movie ''Pulp Fiction'' is an example. Filmmakers get rich making more and more violent films, extolling hatred, which children and adults digest.

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