Violent images do too much damageI am angry that a bomb...


August 08, 1996

Violent images do too much damage

I am angry that a bomb went off in Olympic Park.

I am angry that a violent movie was advertised on television between Olympic events.

I am outraged that we are too oblivious to the impact TV and movie violence has on people in our society.

We need to feed ourselves and our children images that affirm life, provide wholesome choices in times of stress and cultivate an awareness for caring for others and our planet.

Linda Schatz

Millers Island

GOP opponent hits Ben Cardin

The silly season in political campaigns is starting early this year. Elise Armacost's July 28 Opinion Commentary column made a vain attempt to portray Rep. Ben Cardin as a moderate or "pragmatist."

As his Republican opponent, I contend he is a card-carrying liberal. Frankly, her task was akin to attempting to portray Frank Perdue as a "friend of the chicken."

According to the article, Cardin's "moderate pragmatist credentials" are deserved because he advocates a capital gains tax cut. Remember, even a broken clock provides the correct time twice a day. In reality, Ben Cardin reacts to a tax cut the way Dracula reacts to a stake through the heart.

In eight years in Congress, Cardin has voted for $1.8 trillion in additional taxes. He is bipartisan when it comes to confiscating the taxpayers' hard-earned dollars by supporting both the Clinton and Bush tax hikes. The national Tax-Payers Union has bestowed upon Cardin a "failing grade" ever since he has been in Congress.

Ms. Armacost, even though she has never met me or tried to ascertain my policies by telephone, attempts to label me as an ideologue. I support reduced taxes, a balanced budget, term limits, no congressional pay raises and fighting crime and drugs. If this program characterizes ideologues, then I will wear the label with pride.

Frankly, the only thing I have in common with Ben is that he likes to spend my money and I like to spend my money. There is a clear choice between Ben Cardin and Pat McDonough.

Pat McDonough


Charen exposes Clinton veto

Let me thank Mona Charen for her most informative article (July 31, Opinion Commentary).

She pointed out all the conflicting arguments of President Clinton and the pro-choice advocates for the reasoning of his veto of the partial-birth abortion.

I have every right to express my sincere disgust at President Clinton's action on this issue because I am one who agrees that women should have a right to choose. There does come a time when that right is jeopardized because of her neglect to come to terms with reality and take care of the situation before it would be necessary for the barbaric act.

Rhonda Stewart

Glen Burnie

Glendening's inconsistencies

In his Aug. 4 column, Barry Rascovar hits the nail right on the head when he alludes that because of Parris Glendening's hypocrisy, Maryland voters, especially those like myself who helped elect him, are going to think twice about giving the governor a second term.

I first began question the governor's sincerity when he endorsed Kurt Schmoke for mayor.

In his inaugural speech, Glendening spoke of a "Maryland family" -- people working together for a common good. From my own personal experiences with the mayor and his Advisory Committee on Arts and Culture, I know that Schmoke and his cronies have little care for regional unity. I sent a detailed letter to the governor, pointing out these inconsistencies and arguing my position for a genuine, non-partisan, regional approach in support of area artists.

I'm still waiting for a reply.

George F. Spicka


City must be made attractive to middle class

In a July 21 article ("City ends plan to mix poor, middle class"), Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III was quoted as saying, ''The history of Baltimore doesn't show a predilection to mixing race or income groups in housing.'' This may be true of recent history, but prior to the 20th century housing in Baltimore was not segregated by race or income level.

The housing pattern in early Baltimore neighborhoods featured larger houses for the wealthy on main streets with adjacent smaller alley-housing for the poor. The larger houses were overwhelmingly occupied by whites and the smaller alley-housing by blacks and recent immigrants. Rich and poor, black and white (even slave and freeman prior to the Civil War) lived within close geographic proximity, although socially and in virtually every other way, these population groups were ''miles apart.`

A segregated housing pattern began emerging in the late 19th century. Outlying rowhouse neighborhoods, such as Peabody Heights (Charles Village) were built without alley-housing, and therefore no place for the poor. In the early 20th century, suburban developments included real estate deed restrictions that excluded particular ethnic and racial groups.

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