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July 17, 1996

Too many Yankees fans at Camden Yards

My latest visit to Oriole Park at Camden Yards was marred by an experience best described by parable. Picture a family Thanksgiving dinner. Mom, Dad, brother, sister, Aunt Betsy and Uncle Harvey, a couple of toddlers from the next generation and beloved Grandma, going strong at 89. It is a happy occasion, reeking with the nostalgic essence of traditional family values that makes Republicans weep.

But there is another presence. Cousin George from out of town has chosen this occasion to pay a visit. There has always been tension with George's side of the family, but we are civil hosts and do our best to make George feel welcome in our home.

The respectful restraint wears thin as George tucks into his third Manhattan and starts regaling us with tales of his business prowess and tasteless anecdotes of romantic conquests. We maintain our composure. Things worsen.

George delights in pointing out our foibles and shortcomings. He crushes out a cigar on the linen tablecloth that has been in the family for generations. After helping himself to a second serving of mashed potatoes and turkey (while Grandma patiently awaits her first), he announces his pleasure with a loud belch and then passes out.

Surrounded by Yankees fans last Saturday was like Thanksgiving dinner from hell: Everywhere I looked, there was George. One would expect that in your own ball park your colleagues in the stands would share your pain while the home team struggles. Instead, the taunting and increasing derisive behavior on all sides made it all the more difficult to endure what happened on the field.

If it were up to me, the next time the Yankees are in town, I would do what the family should do with George. Put him at the kiddies' table, give him nothing but applesauce and milk, and hope that he learns some manners.

John P. Machen


'Snob' Orioles fans let Yankees rule

Despite what sports columnist John Eisenberg believes, ''real'' Oriole fans were just as outraged as Orioles vice chairman Joe Foss -- maybe even more.

This ''snob set'' of season ticket holders not only sell their tickets, (for profit, business promotion, or out of town family ties -- in this case, to New York fans) they are the same set who attend Os games only to be seen, not heard.

As one of the outnumbered Oriole fans who attended three of the forsaken four game series with the Yankees, I do have one suggestion to the Orioles front office. Allow ticket holders to sell back their tickets to the ticket office within 48 hours of the game date.

This would allow fans in a schedule bind to be compensated and allow the Orioles to release the tickets back into the local fan base. Three cheers for Joe Foss for finally pinning ''some'' of the blame, where it has belonged since the beginning at Camden Yards.

Vic Vachon


Fallacious logic in population story

Michael Nauton's July 2 commentary is a wonderful example of fallacious logic being used to support a view that is contrary to fact. Basically, Mr. Nauton argues that continued population growth is the necessary impetus behind exploration, discovery and eventual colonizing of other planets. "If we ever reach a point of sustained zero population growth," he says, "we will have destined our species to doom."

There is plenty of evidence that the human urge to explore new horizons (geographic, scientific or technological) exists apart from population pressures. We need only note that the great bulk of discoveries are made in developed countries, which now have low birth; not in the countries that have rates of population growth.

Further, the great explorations of the 15th to 18th centuries occurred when human population was less tan one billion people. To argue that we need the impetus of population growing from the current 5.8 to 10 billion, as seems likely in the next few decade, to promote additional exploration and discovery is absurd.

Mr. Nauton gives all the presumed (questionable) benefits of population growth without addressing any of the profound consequences, such as depletion of water and biological

resources (e.g. fish, forests, soil), which are becoming increasingly alarming.

World population is currently growing at a rate of about 90 million persons per year. It would take some 600 Boeing 747s each making one trip per day every day of the year to transport this number of people from one point to to another. Thus, imagining that population pressures on earth can ever be substantially reduced by migration to other planets (which have yet to found) hardly even qualifies for good fiction.

Bernard J. Nebel


Columnist reminds me of someone

I am not a registered Republican and I did not contribute to Bob Ehrlich's congressional campaign, but I did vote for him and think that he represents me fairly well. Consequently, I reject and resent the characterization of him by Harold Jackson (July 13, "Ehrlich reminds me of someone").

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