When Ravens and cyclists collideI participated last week...

LETTERS

August 18, 1996

When Ravens and cyclists collide

I participated last week in the Cycling Around Maryland

activity as a volunteer. On July 25, we camped on the campus of the Western Maryland College in Westminster, where the Baltimore Ravens were practicing.

As a volunteer, I was taking care of a lady who had a bad arm and a broken pelvis because of an accident during the tour. Due to her situation, I tried to find a place to put her tent close to the main facilities of the activity. I put her tent beside a sign indicating the direction where Ravens' souvenirs were on sale. In less than an hour, a young man came "raving" that this was Ravens' area and we should move the tent.

I tried to explain to him the situation but he was insistent that we move the tent. Needless to say, the tent did not interfere with the Ravens' activities. I moved the tent to another suggested site, but again they told us that we had to move because they were expecting 1,500 visitors to attend the afternoon practice and they would drink beer and might become rowdy. Is that the way the public relations people of the Ravens will handle the people of Maryland? Where is the compassion? A final question to the Maryland officials boasting about the Ravens: Is the purpose of moving a football team to Baltimore to promote the beer sales on our school campuses and our cities in general?

Emmanuel G. Tzanakis

Severna Park

The Sun neglected 'keyboard Olympics'

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank radio station WBJC, Baltimore, for its superior coverage of the 1996 International William Kapell Piano Competition and Festival, July 18-27, at the University of Maryland, College Park, with competition finals at Baltimore's Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

WBJC announcers Kathy Fain, Bill Feldman, Reed Hessler, Dyana Neal and Jonathan Palevsky kept their listeners informed of dates and times of all competition rounds shared recordings of the semi-finalists' exciting performances and awarded tickets for most events to lucky callers.

During this same time period, I scrutinized all issues of The Sun hoping to find some notice of the participants in this widely acclaimed piano competition. Although your music critic, Stephen Wigler, provided apt coverage of masters' recitals and did, in the end, come through with a comprehensive review of the competition finals, there was nothing in The Sun during this time to acknowledge the presence in our neighborhood of the 32 young keyboard artists who came here from around the world, most at considerable hardships, to enrich our cultural environment. The University of Maryland Summer Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, our neighbor and proud sponsor of the biennial Kapell competition, needs and deserves a tremendous amount of support from the community. Only an informed public can provide this support. I venture to say that profiles of these young artists along with news features announcing the results of preliminary and semi-final rounds would have gone a long way toward motivating readers to turn to their VCRs, put the Games on hold and head for the "keyboard Olympics" taking place next door.

Positive media coverage is critical to survival of the arts in America. I hope that in 1998, The Sun will take the honorable approach and give due attention to the young keyboard competition taking part in this international competition.

Cultural arts enthusiasts have for some time now feared the demise of classical music. However, the dedication of the young virtuosos who came from all over the world have convinced me that classical music is still very much alive and respected.

Judy Klingman

Annapolis

Politicians lack common sense

Re: Voices of America, Aug. 5, "Laboring Under a Pall of Fears that Won't Rest," by Joe Nawrozki.

This article was one of the few I've seen in the media which showed me I wasn't alone in the way I was thinking and the way our lives are being changed. Every person interviewed had a job that required common sense: not just dealing with people, but human mechanics. (Don't stick your hand in the rock grinder or sit on the hot grill). These people would never put the cart before the horse.

The disaffection with politicians in general comes because there is no common sense, at least of the kind these people have. The powers that be behind the welfare reform bill have put the cart before the horse by dumping people from welfare without solid avenues of employment available. How is it we can be cold-hearted with people, but can't be cold-hearted enough to dump or postpone some of the technology to put people back to work?

Dave Rohde

Severna Park

Orioles make everyone happy but the fans

A few years after the Baltimore Orioles returned to the major leagues, the ownership was wise enough to engage Paul Richards for the dual roles of manager and general manager.

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