September Song made sweet musicJust as Hillary Clinton...

LETTERS

November 24, 1996

September Song made sweet music

Just as Hillary Clinton feels that "It takes a village," we with September Song believe that "It takes a community." For 22 years, September Song, a local community theater group, has strived to select, prepare and perform quality musical theater for the purpose of raising funds to benefit the developmentally disabled in Carroll County.

This year's production of "Mame" enabled us to donate $10,000, split between our two local charities, CHANGE, Inc. and the Therapeutic Recreation Council of Carroll County. That would have not been possible without a crowd of about 2,100 people at our four shows during the last two weekends of September. Thank you, Carroll, for your support.

That would have not been possible without the financial support of many others in our community. Lutheran Brotherhood, which matches the proceeds of our Sunday afternoon matinee; our many, many advertisers, "Angel Page" donators and patron "line" buyers; our sponsor, the Carroll County Times, who publishes our program at no cost; local newspapers, television stations and radio stations who donate advertising time and space in addition to publishing our stories and publicity shots; First Financial Federal Credit Union of Maryland, which donates our tickets; The Boston Inn and 3M, which allow us to use their marquees to publicize our show, and Coffey Music, which handles our ticket distribution. Thank you all for your generous support.

And finally, September Song would not happen without the cast, crew and orchestra. These folks donate their time and talent three to four nights a week, from June through the end of September, to make music and create magic on the stage of Westminster High.

Thank you actors, chorus members, dancers, stage crew

members, house managers, ushers, lighting crews, sound crews, directors, producers, choreographers, orchestra directors, accompanists, orchestra members, and a wide variety committee members who often, year after year, come back again and again to do musicals in the spirit of giving of themselves in order to help those less fortunate. Thank you all for making September Song a wonderful Carroll County tradition.

In this year's musical production, the main character, Mame Dennis, taught us all something about surviving hard times, helping one another, taking one day at a time and the importance of family and friends.

Thank you, Carroll County, for helping the September Song family realize our dream of helping others come true. We look forward to presenting "42nd Street" on the stage at Westminster High next fall in the hope of raising even more funds to donate to our local charities. See you in September.

Catherine C. Berry

Westminster

This letter was signed by three other members of September Song.

'Gotcha' news: Let's have more

Your columnists Jack Germond and Jules Witcover (Opinion*Commentary, Nov. 15) believe that "gotcha" journalism has caused an "adversarial relationship" between politicians and the press.

An alternative point of view: It is the U.S. media's lack of "gotcha" journalism that has caused this situation.

The clear distinction between "tabloid" and "heavyweight" newspapers in the United Kingdom allows journalists of the latter group much greater access to the corridors of power -- allowing their readers, in turn, a far greater insight into the minds of their elected officials.

The tabloid Sun newspaper, which printed its infamous "Gotcha" headline in 1982 when a British submarine sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano, has helped sink the careers of many a Brit politico embroiled in sexual or financial scandal.

Journalists at The Times, meanwhile, a sister publication in the Rupert Murdoch stable, enjoy healthy access to politicians who respect the gravitas of their newspaper.

Too many American journalists wring their hands over printing potential scandals and end up writing introspective articles long after the fact -- hardly the best way to keep their readers informed.

If a story is true and if it is of interest to readers, then editors should print it. The Bob Dole "affair" story obviously fits both categories or we would not have heard of it (after the election).

In the United Kingdom, there is no written constitution and no guarantee of a free press, only tradition.

If the American media had such a tradition, you might find that politicians would no longer distrust legitimate political reporters, but would save their suspicions for the real attack dogs.

The British public has a clear choice between the salacious Sun and the somber Times. A large number choose to read both.

Keir Knight

Mount Airy

Use 'bully pulpit' to decry racism

I am sick of hearing politicians run on platforms that emphasize virtuousness and integrity during the election, but fail miserably to exhibit these characteristics while in office. I could fill the newspaper with examples of this hypocrisy, but I choose ++ to highlight just one.

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