City golf courses are undervalued assetsAs president of...


January 03, 1996

City golf courses are undervalued assets

As president of the Belair-Edison Community Association, I am concerned about Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's intention to cancel the city's contract with the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp., the non-profit organization that oversees our golf courses. One might wonder why a community president cares about the city golf courses.

The golf courses are assets to the community. The community of Belair-Edison has long promoted homeownership and actively markets the community to homebuyers. The Clifton Park Golf Course is an invaluable amenity for recreation and aesthetics. Recent improvements such as a new clubhouse and cart barn have attracted golfers from throughout the Baltimore region. A round of golf at Clifton Park is a great way to experience suburban-like living in the city.

The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. actively involves the community in the improvement process and responds to residents' concerns. Furthermore, area children are invited to experience this challenging game by participating in the youth golf league at Clifton Park.

The mayor has vowed to support efforts to increase homeownership, yet it seems as if he has not connected the importance of such amenities to attracting new middle-class homebuyers. While I agree that increased recreation funding is desperately needed, let us not throw away the baby with the bathwater.

I urge the mayor to renegotiate the city's contract with the Baltimore Municipal City Golf Corp.

Debbie Straka


Anti-abortionist seen as a bully

Thank you for the warning about Donald Treshman, the anti-abortion militant, in the Dec. 9 paper.

Here is yet another male who has appointed himself defender of the unborn, but offers no rational solutions to women who do not want to bring an unwanted pregnancy to term.

Has he established any facilities where these women might live until their babies are born so that the babies might be put up for adoption? Has he offered any financial help so these women might have adequate prenatal care?

As far as I can tell, his idea of a useful approach is to harass women who, as is their right, had a medical procedure and made their peace with themselves and their God.

If Mr. Treshman is going to call women from these alleged records he has found, I'd like to offer him another suggestion. Don't stop with those women. Call Susan Smith, Joel Steinberg, and Tonya Lucas (she's right here in Baltimore).

If those names don't ring a bell with Mr. Treshman, let me clue him in. These are people who murdered their children in a hideous fashion. Children who were well aware (unlike a fetus) of what the most trusted adults in their lives were doing to them. Children who apologized, begged, even told these adults "I love you" to try to get them to stop hurting them.

When Mr. Treshman finds himself pregnant, he will have my undivided attention to his cause. Until then, why doesn't he let God judge?

Laurie Zimmerman


More immigrants, more problems?

Ben Wattenberg, in an opinion piece titled, "The Demographic Deficit," suggested that increased immigration will solve the problem of Social Security revenues dropping as a result of fewer American workers. Therefore, he suggested, legislation to reduce immigration is silly. This country will be better off if the population rises to 342 million by the year 2020, with immigration at the rate of 1.37 million per year.

I can picture Mr. Wattenberg sitting at his desk with his calculator, arriving at those neat figures. They look sensible if you leave out all considerations except the numbers. But, oh, those other considerations.

People pollute, and people consume resources. Americans are the world's greatest consumers, and immigrants soon develop into typical American users of natural resources.

Mr. Wattenberg's solution would lead to more rapid environmental degradation, greater dependence upon imports of oil and other resources, pressure on water supplies, forests, open spaces and crowding. Who wants to live in a paved-over, built-up country with wall-to-wall people? All advocates of increased immigration and population are incapable of imagining the consequences of what they advocate. They are not visionaries, and that includes Ben Wattenberg.

Carleton W. Brown


When does the century really end?

I enjoy KAL's cartoons and have saved a number of them. The Dec. 26 edition was no exception. However, in the last frame, I don't know whether he is testing our attentiveness or if he really believes that the 20th century ends on Dec. 31, 1999. If the latter is true, he is not alone. I have seen and heard other expressions of this misconception, including one that appeared recently on The Sun's editorial page. . .

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