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August 19, 1996

Interracial mates don't promote white supremacy

Columnist Gregory Kane must have been bored watching the Republican National Convention all by himself last Tuesday night. It seems the only thing he could think of to fit in the 15 inches of space he was allotted was his warped views on interracial marriage (Aug. 14, "No harmony in unions of black, white").

I am a white male and my fiancee is black. In fact, I am a member of Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically African-American fraternity. The Baltimore alumni chapter, of which I am a member, is very active in serving the urban communities of the city.

Mr. Kane, who most certainly is running out of important things to say in his column, says that interracial marriage is a form of white supremacy and that it doesn't promote brotherhood. What a crock.

I can assure you that since my fiancee and I have been dating, not one white supremacist has approached me and patted me on the back for promoting his race.

Mr. Kane needs to understand that laws governing interracial marriages have changed because people finally realized the laws were absurd. Mr. Kane needs to worry about some of Baltimore's more pressing issues, which include the city's drug problem, crime rate and need for safe educational facilities.

He should also remember one other thing. When people treat you poorly and are unkind for no reason, it's not a reflection of you, it's a reflection of them.

Jason T. Bonardi

Baltimore

'Greens' have it right about coal

In an Aug. 6 letter ("Debating the need for the green movement'), Martin Sanders questions the veracity of the entire environmental movement, claiming it falsely portrays the burning of coal as an environmental hazard. Mr. Sanders states that devices known as "electrostatic precipitators" have reduced the pollution from coal to the point where it is no longer of concern. His argument is, at best, misleading.

While it is true that these devices remove ash from the atmosphere, they do nothing to eliminate another byproduct of coal burning -- carbon dioxide. This substance is the major greenhouse gas responsible for global warming and the primary reason why coal is the target of environmentalists.

According to Vital Signs 1996, Worldwatch Institute, "coal contains 80 percent more carbon per unit of energy than natural gas and 30 percent more than oil. It produces 36 percent of the world's annual emissions of carbon dioxide.''

In fact, opposition to coal is so well founded that there are those within the environmental movement itself who believe that even nuclear energy, with all its well known hazards, is preferable to coal burning.

Secondly, outside of wealthy Western nations, where coal is generally used only for power generation and iron smelting, these devices are not widely employed. The nations whose economies are coal-based tend to be poorer nations that cannot afford these or any other anti-pollution devices.

Finally, these devices would probably not even exist, let alone be used, had not environmentalists promoted laws mandating anti-pollution technology. Industry doesn't spend money on non-profit items unless required to by law.

Let us not forget that prior to the existence of environmental laws our air, water and forests were being poisoned, and that coal burning was a major reason why. It was a "villain" (Mr. Sanders' word) because the death of lakes in the Adirondacks and trees in the Appalachians, due to acid rain, was well documented.

While no movement has a monopoly on truth, the "greens" have certainly not misrepresented the case against coal.

James D. Emberger

Baltimore

MTA doing OK for Ravens fans

As a resident of Ednor Gardens for more than 20 years, I have plenty of experience with stadium traffic under my fan belt. I take exception to your Aug. 11 headline, ''MTA buses left Ravens fans waiting,'' and to comments made by the seven whiners who e-mailed their complaints to you.

Hey, get real here folks. Sixty-three-thousand people make their way to the stadium in the three hours preceding the game and then they all want to leave at the same time. If you don't like crowds and waiting in lines, don't go to a sold-out football game.

Let's give credit where credit is due. And the same with blame.

With respect to waits of up to an hour for some of the 18,000 fans who took MTA buses, you reported that a traffic control officer refused to let about 130 buses proceed directly to the stadium after the game, instead sending them on a roundabout route that left them sitting in traffic jams.

If 15 percent of the crowd was delayed by this tie-up for an average of only half an hour each, then nearly 5,000 man-hours went into this little traffic jam. Did this officer and the officer's supervisors get their whistles taken away for a week or two for screwing up?

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