No apology for Pratt cartoonI am writing in response to...


April 15, 1996

No apology for Pratt cartoon

I am writing in response to the April 5 letter, "Cartoon perpetuated a racial stereotype," signed by Howard P. Rawlings and eight other members of the Maryland House of Delegates, which chastised The Sun.

As a business owner and real estate investor in Baltimore for more than 20 years, I was appalled at Comptroller Joan M. Pratt's hiring of Julius Henson to be the city's real estate officer. Based on my 20 years in both commercial and residential real estate, I could have given Ms. Pratt a list of individuals more qualified than Mr. Henson. Obviously, she was more interested in promoting her friends than she was interested in who is qualified.

I feel the members of the House of Delegates should be more concerned with keeping their own backyards clean and not worrying about The Sun's right of free press. Joan Pratt is the only one who owes an apology to the city of Baltimore.

Harry Goodman


I like cartoonist Mike Lane's political satires, and they are usually right on the mark. So after reading the April 5 letter from Howard P. Rawlings, "Cartoon perpetuated a racial stereotype," a search was made of the recycling bin to locate Mr. Lane's March 29 cartoon.

How in the world did Mr. Rawlings and the eight other delegates who signed his letter get the idea that the cartoon included a racial stereotype?

What I saw were male and female hormones being overactive in the wrong place, as they probably were when the real estate officer appointment was made. Sorry, I could not tell what the shadows have to do with race either. Is this all our delegates have to worry about?

Sara Stumpf


Ravens name is perfect for city

Although I don't care for football, I love the name Ravens for long-suffering Baltimore's new NFL team. It has to do with great literature, it's historically appropriate to Baltimore and it's just plain cool.

Even though Edgar Allan Poe gets a bum wrap for ''just dying here,'' his genealogy is deeply rooted in this city's history. His grandfather was a Revolutionary War officer from a prominent Baltimore family.

Sadly enough, after his leading a lifestyle of uncontrollable drinking and gambling, I can't help but think of his time in Baltimore as Poe's version of ''Leaving Las Vegas.'' It seems like the only claim we have on him is that he came here to drink himself to death.

+ Christine Merrill Baltimore

Unfit monument to poet who died here

I guess Ravens is as good a football team name as any, but I shudder in dread anticipation of what I expect will be a deluge of the puns, parodies and awful adaptations and misrepresentations that will be laid on Poe's poem.

Half-literate sports enthusiasts will beat the poor man's imagery to death. Already, they've begun with remarkably clumsy repetitions of ''nevermore.''

Poe's literary reputation was never very solid in this country until the French Symbolist poets took up with his poetry and poetic theories.

Now look what's been done to him. Bad enough that there's a mystery award in his name.

Alas for poor Edgar Allan. All he did was die here.

/# F. de Sales Meyers Reisterstown

Community service as teaching

Kristen Schmidt's letter April 5 regarding the community service requirement for students ended with the question, ''what does having 75 hours of service have to do with graduating?''

Well, her own letter states that the state school board instituted the requirement to teach students responsibility and to help others.

She goes on to define ''graduating'' as ''reaching some kind of academic achievement . . . and to have learned something.''

The hope is, they would learn what they are taught.

Tim Lott Perry Hall

Pub Date: 4/15/96

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