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LETTERS

November 17, 1995

Sports get too much of our attention

Sports coverage appears to overshadow all matters of significant importance reported by the media. All the elaboration on this subject is causing the American people to appear superficial when there is such a preponderance of catastrophic events and other important matters in this world. Where are our priorities? Certainly not where they should be.

Gloria Weyrich

Timonium

Fells Point is at a crossroads

In the media there is a perception that Fells Point is little more than an extended watering hole for celebratory-minded college students and young professionals. Your Nov. 3 editorial, which calls for solutions toward making Fells Point more habitable for residents, makes a valid point. Certainly Fells Point has a profusion of bars and on Friday and Saturday nights between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., it may well be a ''cornucopia of co-ed camaraderie.''

But to focus entirely on this one aspect of our neighborhood is to miss the whole story. Sure, there are businesses that cater to young people. More and more, however, we're seeing some exciting changes here that indicate that Fells Point is a community in the midst of a major transition.

Among the new businesses that have opened recently are art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and retail stores. Brown's Wharf, the waterfront office complex, is attracting first-class office tenants. Taverns are adding full-service kitchens. ''Homicide,'' an outstanding network television series, bases its production here. And the Admiral Fell Inn has invested millions of dollars in constructing new rooms, restaurants and banquet facilities.

Today Fells Point is at a crossroads, one that I find exciting and challenging. Can we improve on the quality of life here? Absolutely. But we're already seeing the results of a fruitful labor -- to create and develop a community that at once preserves our history and celebrates our present and future.

Jim Widman

Baltimore

4 The writer is a partner in the Admiral Fell Inn.

Free verse is poetry only some of the time

The headline you put on Stephanie Manuzak's Oct. 11 letter, ''Free verse is true poetry,'' should have been changed to ''Free verse can be true poetry.''

In too many cases, the author simply throws words together that may sound pleasant, but the meaning, the true content, is impossible to find.

Too often, the author relies on gimmicks to attract attention. The usual is the elimination of capitals and punctuation.

The purpose of punctuation is to assist the reader in following the author's intended meaning. In free verse, the author can accomplish this by spacing or by line arrangement, but he must be careful in doing so.

But the unforgivable misuse of free verse is when no one but the author can extract any thoughts from the composition.

If the interested reader cannot recognize any beautiful or lyrical thoughts from the writing, then it is but a random assemblage of words.

It is no more poetry than is much of the art and sculpture that today pose as memorable creations.

For me, I agree with the thought expressed by Robert Frost. ''I'd rather play tennis with the net down that write free verse.''

Edward W. Clautice

York, Pa.

Shame on those who didn't vote

It is apparent to everyone living in Baltimore City that the city is faced with numerous problems -- drugs, crime, homelessness, poor education, high taxes -- to name but a few. Yet despite all the complaining and finger-pointing, only 23 percent of the voters went to the polls.

This is absolutely appalling. Shame on those who could not take the time to vote, as well as those who are not even registered voters. If you choose not to exercise your privilege to vote, then you have no right to complain about the problems in Baltimore.

Jessica Petaccia

Baltimore

Government should perform like BSO

For the second time this season, I was totally exhilarated by a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concert. Its performance of Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 (last heard live in Baltimore in 1945) was world-class.

But our orchestra should not only be treasured for the superb music it makes. It also demonstrates that a group of people, working together, thoughtfully combining their individual talents, with dedication to excellence and a common purpose, can accomplish amazing results that satisfy at the deepest levels.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if government, schools, businesses, etc., would learn to follow the principles that a fine symphony orchestra employs?

nn Hege Hughes

Baltimore

Readers blame Democrats and Republicans

This is not a school-yard fight.

One of the important duties of a democratically elected president is to veto a budget that he or she estimates will hurt the very people he or she was elected to protect. Part of the beauty of our system is that Congress can override this veto (negating the need to shut down the government).

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