Balloon pollution at Oriole ParkAs part of the 1997...


April 07, 1997

Balloon pollution at Oriole Park

As part of the 1997 opening day festivities at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, approximately 3,000 balloons were released into the air.

As I sat there staring in amazement, I wondered if the Orioles organization gave any thought to what would happen to those balloons after they were released.

Those balloons will end up in the bay, streams and possibly being eaten by animals. As a high school senior, I am very concerned about the environment. I would have thought that a team that was concerned enough about their fans to postpone opening day would have shown a little more intelligence.

I wonder if it was worth polluting the environment and harming animals to make opening day look a little nicer?

Stephen Layton


Parental controls given but not used

In response to recent articles on Internet freedom, pornography should not be banned from cyberspace due to the fact that these children get away with accessing hard-core pornography sites.

Many services that link up to the Internet contain parental controls. You can set these controls to prevent children from even logging on to the Internet by recognizing a password.

Parents should be more responsible in knowing what their children are looking at, and if they have a problem with pornography, all they have to do is block it out.

John Ross Greco

West Friendship

The writer is a junior at Glenelg High School.

Murder suspects are not prosecute

On Aug. 16, 1995, my brother Keith was murdered while walking in Bolton Hill.

I was saddened and hurt by his death but not surprised. Murder in Baltimore City is not an unusual event.

What has surprised me is the lack of urgency on the part of the state's attorney's office in prosecuting this case.

Two suspects were arrested within a few minutes of the crime and one of the suspects was released on bail within a few weeks. It has been more than 19 months since my brother was murdered and the case has still not yet come to trial.

The lack of response on the part of the state's attorney's office and the court has been almost as upsetting to me as my brother's murder.

John Huppert


Shocked at dialing three extra digits

I want to sincerely thank letter writers (April 1) for bringing to our attention the great telephone company conspiracy of 1997, unfairly demanding that we dial 10 digits to make local phone calls.

Although I've not seen it advertised, I would bet that the phone company will be willing at no charge to teach people how to dial three extra digits. It's the least we should expect from this corporate giant for this burdensome intrusion and inconvenience.

J. B. Anderson

Long Green

Film-goers prefer make-believe

The Sun's March 26 editorial alleging that the Oscar-winning films did not portray the truth is silly. Why should movies have to be truthful in order to good? If a movie that is based on facts isn't given some Hollywood twist to add to the drama, people wouldn't enjoy it as much.

"The English Patient" won Oscars because people enjoyed it, not because it was a true turn of events. The idea that a movie has to follow the actual turn of events is stupid.

That's not what makes money.

Vicki Bennett


Turning cameras into traffic police

It is disturbing to see the media determine the legislative issues worthy of public attention.

While news broadcasts have focused on voluntary dynamometer testing, cigarette taxes and school budgets, insidious little companion bills have successfully wound their way through the legislature with little if any public awareness.

Senate Bill 670 and House Bill 391, which permit the use of cameras at red-light intersections for the purpose of ticketing vehicle owners for running lights, are now in their final stages of approval.

These bills would permit law enforcement authorities to ticket vehicle owners for traffic infractions committed by others.

Registered owners of vehicles would receive $100 tickets in the mail on the basis of photographed tag numbers.

Under these bills, anyone wrongfully ticketed may present to the court as a defense the name, address, and driver's license number of the person they believe was actually driving at the time of the infraction.

But these bills authorize the issuance of these tickets by mail up to two weeks later.

Can anyone be expected to remember which family member or friend may have been driving at any precise moment two weeks prior, particularly when the driver was not alerted that a citation would be issued?

Regardless of the fairness of ticketing the wrong person or people (when the car is jointly-titled) to be ticketed, is it really fair or appropriate to pit family members against one another?

Under these bills, the vehicle is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Husbands must testify against wives, parents against teen-aged children, and siblings, neighbors and friends must all testify against each other.

Can the District Court's docket really accommodate this additional litigation? Yes, I'm told, because revenue-focused legislators have this concept down to a science.

They estimate that 80 percent of ticketed vehicle owners will pay their tickets whether deserved or not.

JoAnn Melton-Richardson

Severna Park

Kudos to legislators for taking steps to curb red-light running. This is a terrible problem with major public health and safety implications that has long needed attention.

The bill recently passed by the General Assembly allowing cameras to monitor intersections offers the best of all worlds -- objective and thorough enforcement of existing laws via efficient use of precious public safety resources.

In addition to the success cameras have had in cutting the very dangerous practice of red-light running, their use frees police officers to spend time engaged in the important and serious business of fighting crime.

Heather Hass


Pub Date: 4/07/97

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