George Will sounds like a threatened manGeorge Will's...


March 17, 1997

George Will sounds like a threatened man

George Will's supercilious column (Feb. 24) regarding the sculpture of suffragettes Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott in the Capitol Rotunda is so much patronizing pap.

He mockingly refers to the "representation of X chromosomes in the Rotunda" and disdainfully dismisses the ''grievances of groups that feel neglected.'' Half the population of the U.S. constitutes a ''group''?

The tone of the entire article is one of contemptuous derision.

What's his problem? Is his Y chromosome feeling threatened?

Rea Knisbacher


Not chicken feed at Camden Yards

I first purchased Oriole tickets for games at Camden Yards in 1992 for $8 and had a space in general parking for $5.

As a season-ticket holder of four seats I now pay $16 per seat (double the 1992 cost) and have no general parking available at Camden Yards.

I enjoy the light rail and the bus service to Camden Yards. But when I am taking a family of four it costs three times more than the general parking fee.

One would think that the Orioles really don't care about their fans. After all, where can a family of four dine on four hot dogs and four drinks for over $20?

R. David Fordham


It's never too late to do worthwhile deeds

How many of us senior citizens have lost all hope of any kind of fulfillment in this life or the next, and are just waiting around for the grim reaper to throw dirt in our face?

I know many of us are physically disabled and limited as to what we can do, but we still have intellect and free will. All of us can at least pray to make this a better world.

We can become involved in our society and government, write letters to the editor, run for elected offices, contribute something to those worse off than ourselves. We can go out in a blaze of glory, not like a smoldering wick. We can make this old world better when we leave it than when we entered it.

Cornelius U. Morgan


Lincoln Bedroom by the minute

I don't have a lot of money. Who do I call to find out how much, say, 15 to 20 minutes in the Lincoln Bedroom would cost me?

Raymond Geddes


Readers' views on harbor hotel plan

The East Baltimore hotel project proposed by John Paterakis and supported by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the Baltimore Development Corp. might be described as an opportunity to extend the vitality of Harborplace further east.

It could be called a creative use of an empowerment zone. It might be suggested as an answer to the need for more sleeping and meeting rooms in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

However, one thing it cannot be called is a convention-center hotel.

A convention-center hotel is a hotel created near, preferably adjacent to, a convention center. In addition to this site requirement, the hotel needs 1,000 to 1,200 guest rooms, ample facilities for private meetings and parking amenities. If Baltimore needs an example of a convention-center hotel, we need only visit one of our chief competitors for convention business, Philadelphia.

There are two sites that would make excellent locations for a Baltimore Convention Center hotel. The first is the city-controlled property on Pratt Street directly in front of Camden Yards.

The second is the former McCormick Co. site (now owned by Rouse Co.) at Light and Conway streets. From hotels on either of these sites visitors are only steps away from the Convention Center.

Carole Oliver



John Paterakis should be commended for investing in Baltimore. He is translating dreams into reality, a Baltimore tradition, by developing Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Rather than criticizing Mr. Paterakis for his so-called political connections we should acknowledge the factors that have made him successful -- his connections with people.

These connections span all groups, occupations and income levels. He is a down-to-earth person who never forgets Baltimore and his Baltimore roots.

Michael Galiazzo


Photo caught grace of bishop

The old adage -- a picture's worth a thousand words -- was never more appropriate than when Sun photographer Nanine Hartzenbusch, captured Bishop John Ricard accepting the poignant, parting hug from a loving child whose head was being tenderly cradled in the bishop's arms. All the bishop's compassion and grace (in every sense of the word) radiated from that photo. Many thanks to Ms. Hartzenbusch for her sensitive rendering of a sensitive man.

Agnes Merrick


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