Commission needed to inspect Maryland racingThe recent...

LETTERS

July 24, 1996

Commission needed to inspect Maryland racing

The recent revelations concerning Maryland racing present a golden opportunity for a commission to be appointed to look into the current state of racing.

As an owner and breeder of thoroughbreds, it has long been apparent to me that decisive steps have to be taken to reform the ownership and management of Maryland's racetracks and to reconstitute the Maryland Racing Commission.

S. Bonsal White

Monkton

Jury refusenik shirks citizen's duty

I wonder how John Olszewski (letter, "If called, I won't serve," July 9) would feel if he was on trial and no one wanted to participate in the jurisprudence system (for whatever reason) to hear his case. I think his tune would change drastically.

While the system may not be up to par, it sure beats no trial at all and it is our duty as American citizens to serve on a jury.

It sounds to me like Mr. Olszewski just couldn't be bothered. How sad.

Michele Smith

Towson

Why publish well-known lies?

I feel compelled to answer Blaine Taylor's plea (The Sun, July 6) to have David Irving's revisionist ''the holocaust never happened'' book published.

Publishing Mr. Irving's work validates him and lends legitimacy to his off-the-wall claims.

Why publish lies? Why read them?

Elaine Ross

Baltimore

British repeat old mistakes

I am neither Irish nor Catholic, nor an admirer of the IRA.

Still, I believe the British police force's recent performance in Northern Ireland is exactly like Bull Connor's police of the 1960s escorting the KKK through an African American neighborhood to celebrate a notorious lynching.

Downing Street repeats its forerunner's mistakes of the early part of this century, snatching bloodshed from the jaws of peace.

Philip L. Marcus

Ellicott City

Society is helping arabbers' horses

It's obvious that Sylvia Block (July 12, "A-rab life not good for the horses") knows nothing of the accomplishments of the Arabber Preservation Society.

In just two years, the Arabber Preservation Society has raised funds and provided volunteers to fix and maintain arabber stables in Baltimore. The society has hired farriers and paid veterinarian bills.

The Arabber Preservation Society knows one thing: Without healthy horses, there will be no arabbing. All of the arabbers I have met, which are most of them, have a deep love for their animals. To date, all stables meet and exceed the Baltimore City Building Code, and all animals are in great health.

Ms. Block uses a single tragedy to condemn all arabbers. Arabbing does not abuse horses. Most arabber horses were ''rescued from the glue factory'' and now live decent lives in the city. To be a true friend to the horses of Baltimore arabbers, please make a donation to the Arabber Preservation Society.

Eric Holcomb

Baltimore

Subsidizing suburbs not market economics

The view of suburbanization expressed by Malcolm Kane (letter, July 10), while popular among those who have adopted that lifestyle, is historically inaccurate.

While we cannot deny that suburban living has its appealing features nor the fact that people generally ought to be able to pursue their own goals in terms of the type of settlement pattern that best fits their needs, we must take exception to the notion that suburban development solely represents ''free market forces'' in any way.

Historically, two major government decisions and subsequent expenditure of billions of tax dollars provided the conditions that favored low-density development over traditional villages and cities: the Defense Highway System, better known today as Interstate highways, and the availability of subsidized mortgages for new housing after World War II.

These large-scale government interventions in the so-called free market system provided huge incentives for disinvestment in older communities, leading private financial sources into such practices as ''red-lining."

In addition, local governments continue to subsidize development through a wide variety of tax policies and development incentives.

If, as the writer suggests, a truly fair and equitable market for land development existed, we would see that, indeed, existing communities that represent the investments of generations would do quite well compared to the land-wasting, publicly-subsidized, energy-inefficient and automobile-dependant suburbs.

Until such an equitable time exists, those who are receiving such conspicuous subsidies and benefits to the detriment of other, more community- and civic-minded taxpayers, should keep a lower profile and not begrudge the modest efforts of those political leaders, newspaper editors and ''planning gurus'' to level the playing field in behalf of future generations.

Jeffrey L. Soule

Washington

The writer is policy director for the American Planning Association.

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Malcolm B. Kane has proposed a practical approach to urban sprawl. Rather than "expensive government programs,'' he writes, we should imply trust to ''free market forces.''

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