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LETTERS

February 05, 1996

Stadiums mean more to us than schools

Let me see if I have this straight. The state of Maryland needs to spend money on two football stadiums for two football teams to help ensure its economic future. I suppose investment in the children and schools of Maryland, including those in Baltimore, is not as important to the state's future as two football stadiums or mismanagement and inadequate funding in education would have been addressed long ago.

I'm so glad I moved from Texas back to Maryland, where people have their priorities in order.

Jeanne M. Mulligan

Reisterstown

Power has clouded coalition's judgment

When those you have elected address issues on the basis of color and you are not of that color, you are not being represented. When City Council members meet behind closed doors to discuss problems they feel relevant to only one segment of this city's population, the other segments of that population are being denied access to solutions to problems experienced by all.

This coalition within the City Council is making a mockery of all that was accomplished by the Civil Rights Act and the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. They do his memory an injustice when they decide that they will now become the ''racists' he long fought. They have decided to represent by the color of your skin.

This city has in its past had many blemishes regarding civil rights violations. Over these many years, we have progressed to where we have chosen a path that we can all be proud of. This coalition has let power cloud its members' good judgment.

Lois Munchel

Baltimore

Blame Clinton for budget stalemate

During the 1992 presidential campaign, the rallying chorus for the Democratic Party was, ''It's the economy, stupid.'' Bill Clinton used the line to convince the American people that the economy was bad, therefore George Bush was bad and therefore Mr. Clinton should be elected president. It worked.

With the retreat by the Republican Party from its balanced-budget goal because of President Clinton's intransigence on the matter, Mr. Clinton has handed the Republicans their campaign theme for 1996: ''It's the deficit, stupid.''

If we are to believe the polls, an overwhelming majority of the American people want a balanced budget. Since that was part of their contract with America, it is obvious that the Republicans wanted a balanced budget. Further, since there was a stalemate over the budget, it is also obvious that the president and the Democratic Party do not want a balanced budget.

William McConkey Kerr

Baltimore

Reader criticizes high-speed chases

During the blizzard of 96, I was among the hundreds of stranded people at BWI Airport. While there I met and talked with Adrienne Walker-Pittman. Although most of the patrons at BWI were a hit hostile, Ms. Pittman remained professional, courteous and informative.

I am saddened and hurt to learn of the senseless tragedy that has befallen her. I do not ordinarily bash the police. They already get enough of that from the media. I actually concur with their decisions almost all of the time but they are on their own with this one.

Why engage in a car chase? The Baltimore County police department does not permit nor train for high-speed car pursuits. And the reason for this is because of exactly what happened to Ms. Pittman, who lost her leg.

Miriam Kirkner

Cockeysville

Electric car windows pose safety risk

Regarding the close call of the woman whose car became stuck in rising flood waters, I would like to point out the folly of car manufacturers who, in making cars ever more technologically ''advanced,'' are really putting occupants at risk. Electrically powered windows, sun roofs and door locks do not operate in a case of power failure. Air bags can disfigure and maim, etc.

Not long ago a man died in the Cockeysville underpass when his car got stuck in high water because his doors and windows were electrically operated. Standby mechanical devices should be mandatory in all cars with electrically powered doors, sun roofs and windows.

Frederik G. Van Der Wens

Cockeysville

HMOs experimenting with patient care

In his Jan. 23 article, "Congratulations, Mom! Here's the door," Dr. Robert N. Sheff, president of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maryland HMOs, was absolutely correct in declaring that we have to protect our "limited resources."

However, he needs to be reminded that our most precious resource is our children. It has been the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics to ensure the best and most appropriate health and illness care for our children, while ever mindful of the limited financial resources available. In this context, Dr. Sheff has made important factual as well as philosophical misstatements.

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