Being thankful in an unthankful worldSurrounded by the...


November 23, 1995

Being thankful in an unthankful world

Surrounded by the glitz and glitter in the world in which we live, we have precious little time to be thankful for anything, even at Thanksgiving.

Focusing on our blessings is not politically correct, because the world is calling us away from true values and is asking us to conform, not to be thankful now or at any time of the year.

Looking at the problems that the world, our country and community are facing can give us neither joy nor satisfaction. To be thankful in an unthankful world is difficult at best.

If you are finding it difficult to be thankful for your many blessings, look around at the millions in need and rejoice that you are not among them.

Even though your blessings may be few, most of the world looks at us with envy and would settle for one hundredth of the blessings that we enjoy and sometimes take for granted.

Do you still think that your blessings are few? Talk to the hungry, blind, homeless or disabled, who will assure you that you are blessed beyond measure every day of the year.

Will Hubbard


Argument is not with the science

The Oct. 16 column by Daniel S. Greenberg, ''The congressional ozone follies,'' by extracting selective pieces from the hearings about the science behind some Environmental Protection Agency regulations, suggests they are part of an attack upon science.

Mr. Greenberg confuses science with the scientific establishment that has built up around government largess and the too frequent tendency of scientists within that establishment to wink at the unjustified leaps from scientific information to public policy.

In mentioning the hole in the ozone, Mr. Greenberg neglects to mention that they found one of those as far back as 1956; that the science of asbestos was grossly misused in forming public policy; that the harmful effects of Love Canal, a major impetus for Superfund, was shot down by no less than the federal Centers for Disease Control.

Mr. Greenberg is right to be concerned about the misuse of science by politicians, but he is a little late. Members of the new Congress, whether Republican or Democrat, arrive without the entanglements of politicians who used willing scientists as yet another reason to do something, to be pro-active, to save America.

If Mr. Greenberg were more candid, he might acknowledge that an increasing number of scientists have come forward to challenge the environmental orthodoxy and that what is being seen in Washington is an attempt to save scientists and universities from their own corruption and to stop regulators from using flimsy evidence to promulgate rules.

Herm Schmidt


Bring on the Baltimore Lords

Of the 30 NFL football teams, 14 are named after humans, 13 after animals (birds or fish), two are action verbs (Jets, Chargers) and one is called the Browns.

When the Browns come to Baltimore, we should be gracious and classy by letting Cleveland keep the name Browns; after all, we know what it was like to lose a great name like the Colts. The team should be renamed.

Most of the NFL teams named after humans are descriptive of powerful, rugged, adventurous humans, but the names make a statement about the region of the country they come from.

Our team should be named the Baltimore Lords after colonial Lord Baltimore, our founder. The name Lords is a regal name connoting power and class, and is in keeping with our colonial history.

If not Lords, how about the Baltimore Barons?

Tony Ingrao


In search of leaders like David Zinman

Two things struck me while reading Ann Hege Hughes' letter about the marvelous Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and her "Wouldn't it be wonderful if government, schools and businesses would learn to follow the principles that our symphony orchestra employs?"

First, would it not be really great if we all had the obvious "commmon purpose" the BSO has: beautiful music performed the very best it can be performed. Secondly, would it not be great if government, schools and businesses had a leader such as the great maestro, David Zinman?

He is a leader. He has what it takes to put it all together and have it sing out as it has never been sung before.

What we are missing most in this city, state and country is leadership -- someone who can work, guide, direct, conduct, cajole and massage.

Randall Miller


Interest deductions not same as welfare

In a Nov. 15 column, ''Let's invite them in," Robert C. Embry Jr. perpetuated a common myth when he said, "The property-tax and mortgage-interest deductions from income taxes for homeowners constitute an annual subsidy to the middle class and wealthy greatly in excess of all low-income housing subsidies."

This mind-set in effect asserts that all earned income belongs to the government and that the government decides how to allocate that income.

The aforementioned deductions simply represent money that belongs to the people who earned it and allows them to keep more of it.

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