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September 28, 1997

Nothing wrong with Redmond's towing business

This is in response to your editorial concerning Thomas Redmond, who is on the Anne Arundel County Council. Your editorial implies that Mr. Redmond got his towing license because he was on the council, and has, somehow, been unfairly enriched.

I have lived in Anne Arundel County my whole life. Redmond's towing service has been here for many years and is not a new company. Nor has the towing license been issued since Mr. Redmond became part of the County Council.

Towing cars is part of his business as a parts recycler. I don't see why he should give up his business interest to be on the council. Many other people have businesses where their political contacts would seem to conflict with their business interests.

I am reminded of a former state senator, whose family had a catering business -- and still does. The catering business grew a great deal while the man was a senator. This doesn't mean undue influence was used to obtain contracts. It could simply be that people knew he had the business, or his family did, and asked him to cater the event. Or, they could have asked if he knew anyone, and he can't be faulted if he recommended his family-owned business.

I think The Sun has done Mr. Redmond a disservice by suggesting something wrong is going onjust because he owns a business and is also a councilman.

Jack R. Tishue Jr.


Zurawik on both sides of Emmy nominations

I am writing to address a comment in David Zurawik's column in The Sun on Sept. 14 ("TV's night of shameless promotion").

Mr. Zurawik offered his predictions on the Emmy winners broadcast that night. I am not writing to debate these. Everyone has a right to his opinion. Too, I cannot argue the merits of all the nominees because I did not watch all of them.

I am writing to address one specific comment. Mr. Zurawik said he felt Ellen DeGeneres should win for bringing her character "out" on her TV show.

I have no problem with that. I do have difficulty with the comment that "If DeGeneres doesn't win, I never make another Emmy pick for the rest of my life, especially if Helen Hunt wins for having a make-believe baby." I felt he was saying Ms. Hunt did not deserve her nomination.

Four months ago, Mr. Zurawik praised Ms. Hunt for her work on her show, "Mad About You."

In his preview of that show's season finale, he stated, "If there is one season finale worth going out of your way in a week that's wall-to-wall with them, it's "The Birth" on tonight's "Mad About You" ("The birth is truly a bundle of joy," May 20). He went on to say that, despite his initial cynicism, "I walked away a believer, believing that Paul Reiser and Co. just might make this baby thing work."

I am confused. How can Mr. Zurawik say what a great actress Ms. Hunt is, and that he enjoyed "The Birth," then come back four months later and basically say she didn't deserve her Emmy nomination? To me, this sounds, if not hypocritical, then something very close.

I personally did not see Ms. DeGeneres' coming-out episode, so I cannot comment on it. I do agree, though, that it took great courage to "out" her character in the face of the controversy surrounding the decision, and I do not begrudge her the award she won.

What I do take issue with is Mr. Zurawik's rather abrupt about-face. Did he really believe "The Puppy Episode" (the title of the coming-out episode) was good, or was he jumping on the media bandwagon because of the enormous amount of press it received, both before and after it aired?

Perhaps Mr. Zurawik should remember that the Emmys are, I believe, based on an entire season's work, rather than one episode. I did not find the few "Ellen" episodes I have seen in the past to be funny. On the other hand, Ms. Hunt is consistently so.

This is the true measure of an Emmy winner -- performance ability, not how much media attention is generated. It is the reason John Ligthgow won; it is the reason Kristen Johnston won. Based on this criteria, Ms. Hunt was the clear winner Sunday night.

Jeffrey T. Knickman

Glen Burnie

Where are children dying of hunger?

On Aug. 20, The Sun printed on its Opinion*Commentary page a piece by Jo Campbell entitled, "Hungry people next door," in which she declared that a child in America dies every 55 minutes from hunger.

Finding this news alarming and not on The Sun's front page, I ran the numbers and discovered that this translates to nearly 10,000 child deaths per year in America. That is an average of nearly 200 per state.

I immediately called the Maryland Department of Social Services to receive verification of these figures. Anne Arundel County could not substantiate this information either.

I then called the author of the article, who told me she received the information from Dan Glickman, secretary of agriculture.

I called Mr. Glickman's office and was greeted by Jose (no last name), a secretary in Mr. Glickman's office. Jose told me that Mr. Glickman would not have that information and referred me to an agency that might.

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