Church opposes vandalism, not artReports in The Sun March...

LETTERS

March 13, 1997

Church opposes vandalism, not art

Reports in The Sun March 7 and 9 about the ''Fingers of Fear'' sculptures exhibited on the median strip of Mount Royal Ave. implied that it was Corpus Christi Church that objected to the exhibit. Such was not the case.

While one or two parishioners may have voiced their objection to the appropriateness of the sculptures, no official complaint was issued by Corpus Christi parish.

Nor should Corpus Christi Church be associated with the destruction of the sculptures. We are totally against the violent acts of vandalism that occurred.

Corpus Christi parish has a long and cordial relationship with the Maryland Institute College of Art.

We trust that this relationship will continue.

Sister Jane Coyle

Baltimore

The writer is pastoral director of Corpus Christi Church.

Prayers are known to cure ill people

Mark A. Banash's Feb. 23 letter decried the use of prayer as an adjunct to medical treatment and revealed exceptional bias against the practice of prayer.

Mr. Banash spoke of "possible legal violations" involving support of this religious practice, but he does not reference a single law or statute to support his concerns.

He said that "the coupling of prayer with medical treatment is at best dangerous and ignorant and at worst irresponsible and reprehensible." Strong words, these. Yet there is no apparent logical connection. If prayer is ineffectual -- as Mr. Banash apparently believes -- no harm is visited upon the patient. How then is prayer combined with medical treatment deemed dangerous, ignorant, irresponsible or reprehensible? I've lived too long and seen far too many prayers answered to share Mr. Banash's hostility to prayer.

I close by saying: You're in my prayers, sir. May God bless you.

David P. Gilmore

Glen Burnie

George F. Will fan club does not meet here

My solution to the problem of George F. Will's opaque columns is to ignore them.

Instead of reading them, I turn to the listing for ''pompous'' in my Thesaurus, apply each adjective there to Mr. Will and laugh. A couple of the earthier entries seem especially apt.

Than I skip the column, saving a little reading time, and go on to enjoy the other op-ed pieces.

After treating two or three Will columns this way, I find I don't need the Thesaurus every time. Just the printed name, George F. Will, recalls to mind the more hilarious adjectives, and my day proceeds with pleasure rather than irritation.

Ed Petzoldt

New Park, Pa.

Casino gambling threatens racing

Anyone seeking insight on the health of Maryland's thoroughbred racing industry should visit Laurel Park and experience the jammed lines of patrons trying to wager on 150 races offered from noon into evening, including the whole racing card of California. In addition to Laurel's live product, there are six off-track betting outlets, all open six days a week, with more to come. Monday is simulcast only; the product is solely electrical.

Just four years ago, before whole-card simulcasting and hundreds of self-service teller machines, nine or ten live races were offered over a span of five hours, five days a week.

The assertions that Delaware's, or any other race track's, rising purses spell doom for Maryland's thoroughbred racing industry are unfounded and bogus.

The real threat to Maryland, and the horse racing industry as a whole, is the further spread and potential takeover of the casino gaming industry. For almost half the year Delaware offers slot machines and simulcasting, with no live racing. There the tail is wagging the dog.

Horse racing has long been a part of Maryland's heritage, and deserves at least the same breaks as football and other professional sports. The horse racing industry is unique for its relationship to agriculture, which is being destroyed by suburban sprawl. The governor is on the right track in his opposition to slot machines. His efforts to conserve farmland through "smart growth" will help the horse racing industry and the quality of life in Maryland.

Michael Nelms

Columbia

FDA becoming cigarette cops

Did I fall asleep and miss something? The FDA now makes and enforces laws. Cigarette police. Come on. What's next, beer cops? Oops, we did that once, and it didn't work. George Orwell would be proud.

Davis Walker

Baltimore

Nobody reforming corporate welfare

I want to thank Ray Santisteban and The Sun for his column (May 4, "Aid to dependent corporations") showing the other side of welfare, that given to corporations. Food stamps and education funding for the needy are cut back, but expensive corporate meals and entertainment are tax-deductible.

If working parents view going out for a fast-food hamburger as a treat and must make do with an occasional video rental as family entertainment, where is the fairness in that?

Of course, as long as corporations make hefty contributions to political campaigns, they will always be assured that no sacrifices will be demanded of them. This is one more compelling reason for campaign finance reform.

Janet J. Parker

Greenbelt

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