Bacteria story proves nothing''Hocus-Pocus,'' says the...

LETTERS

November 18, 1995

Bacteria story proves nothing

''Hocus-Pocus,'' says the scientist, ''watch it appear.'' Another article to show us how some scientists think evolution began. Does The Sun's staff really believe that its readers are this gullible as to believe anything by reproducing the article, ''Bacteria found in wells could live on Mars''(Oct. 22)?

Let's get this straight. Something found on Earth means it might be on Mars and this ''also demonstrates what life might have looked like on Earth more than 2.8 billion years ago before plants started pumping oxygen into the atmosphere.'' Where did we get the oxygen found in the water? What is H2O, remember? Neat trick!

The article quotes again, ''. . . discoverers will have to do more work to prove conclusively that these bugs need only rock and water to survive -- getting no outside help in the form of oxygen or other nutrients trickling down from the surface.'' This sounds real scientific. What about the Earth's atmosphere in comparison with Mars? Wouldn't our atmosphere be considered a contaminate to Mars' atmosphere? Nothing up my sleeve. Even people who believe in creation at least have many archaeological findings to back up their beliefs, but what is being shown here is only an illusion.

If you think that the Columbia River bacteria shows life on Mars and that our planet is 2.8 billion years old, I've got a better trick. Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat!

Warren Young

Baltimore

Open up suburbs to Baltimore's poor

As a private citizen in Ruxton I am embarrassed by the negative reaction of Dutch Ruppersberger and others to the settlement of a desegregation lawsuit giving opportunity for 1,342 poor Baltimore City families to move to the counties if they so choose.

We are indebted to the American Civil Liberties Union for reminding us of our responsibility in perpetuating harmful economic, racial and school segregation in the metropolitan area.

It is significant that 86 percent of all poor blacks in the metropolitan area live in Baltimore City, almost three-fourths of them in poor neighborhoods. While 28 percent of African Americans in the city are poor, those in the suburbs are predominantly middle class.

The situation of poor whites in the region is strikingly different. Sixty percent reside in the suburbs and only one in four lives in a poor neighborhood. Conversely three out of four who are black and poor live in poor neighborhoods in Baltimore City.

Baltimore City's socially explosive situation and financial crisis involves all of us. The future of the region is tied to the city whose poor, jobless, and black population we isolate.

Not only is the warehousing of poor African Americans in Baltimore City morally wrong it also doesn't make good business sense. In our service-oriented economy many of us who live in the surrounding counties work in Baltimore City. We go into the city only to jobs and for cultural and sports events.

On the other hand, many jobs that would be attractive to #F persons living in the city are in the counties and transportation is a problem. Dovetailing a fair share opportunity for choice of housing movement of the poor, especially African Americans, with Baltimore's Empowerment Zone program which will make the city more attractive to middle class families to stay or move into the city, seems eminently reasonable.

Basic to the opportunity for choice of housing is avoidance of concentrations of poverty or minorities. No one claims that the program will answer all of Baltimore's problems but it holds promises of improving academic performance of the young, location of jobs for parents and positive involvement in community life. Participants will have extensive counseling as will the neighbors in areas where they move.

In Chicago's metropolitan area Gautreaux Assisted Housing Program, under a desegregation settlement similar to that proposed in Baltimore, achievements have been dramatic. David Rusk in "Baltimore Unbound" cites several examples of cooperative regional housing programs that are relieving the kind of problem that the Baltimore region faces.

Isn't it possible for the counties seriously and in good faith to work together with the federal government and Baltimore City to create a regional solution which will provide housing opportunities where they don't exist now?

Chester Wickwire

Ruxton

Gambling commission acted irresponsibly

The state's task force on casino gambling has delivered its verdict, a resounding ''No!'' to casino gambling in Maryland, and, in so doing, has shown all the integrity and independence that political patronage can deliver.

If the governor, as appointing authority, is avowedly dead set against casino gambling in our state, how can we expect the matter to be given full and fair consideration from his commission? Anywhere else, this would be viewed a conflict of interest.

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