Sport team names lack sensitivityWhat's in a name? The...


October 15, 1997

Sport team names lack sensitivity

What's in a name? The Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians -- all are multi-million dollar franchises with multi-million dollar facilities, with millionaire athletes representing them on the sports battlefields.

As I watch the fans cheer, making axing motions with their arms, and dressing in Native American war paint, I think to myself that if this were a place of work, all 60,000 of these fans would be in a racial sensitivity class the next day.

I ask you this question: How would you feel if someone depicted your people as a mascot, or on a banner? Exploiting your people without showing any honor, dignity and respect?

Most would maintain that it's only a game. Yet our games mirror our society. Perhaps we're relaying the message to our youth that it's all right to degrade others who are different from ourselves.

R. House


It's celebration, not getting drunk

Robert Como's objection to The Sun's coverage of the Orioles' Champagne-dousing celebration of their division series victory (letter, Oct. 6) misses the point entirely.

The camera shot of an exultant Rafael Palmeiro, head dripping with foamy cheers, merely represents the bubble high that follows a well-earned win -- and the joy of release from pent-up tension. Champagne is the traditional means by which these TC celebrations are expressed, but it might as well be water or Pepsi-Cola. Champagne seldom connotes insobriety.

Despite John Buren's jovial comment that now the players have two days to sober up, it should be obvious that in order to prepare for a serious and strenuous ALCS an extended or alcoholic revelry would be inappropriate.

Boozing it up is not the issue here.

Glendon E. Rayson


Promise Keepers aren't seeking power

I read many articles and heard many comments from the media as the Promise Keepers prepared to meet at the Mall in Washington Oct. 4. I am happy that most reports have done a good job of presenting this rally's purpose accurately. What bothers me is how so many in the media continue to be confused about it and question if it is a good thing.

One article that prompted me to write was Ellen Goodman's column of Oct. 3, ''The way of the Promise Keepers.'' The main concern most have is that women are excluded from this movement and seem to be ignored.

I wish those who have these concerns would take more time to find out exactly what they are complaining about. These men are not going to Promise Keepers to learn how to have more power over their wives and all other women. They are going to learn to be more like Christ.

Christ did not demand, demean, or threaten. But he did dominate. He did so through love and understanding. He had thousands of followers who would do anything for him, even submit to his will, because he could offer so much. He built others up to their full potential through his leadership. This is God's plan for us and I applaud Promise Keepers for keeping that message alive.

Kathy Witto


Praise for Maryland over Pfiesteria

Dr. JoAnn Burkholder of North Carolina State University, in speaking to an overflow crowd on Delaware Coast Day, heaped praise on the state of Maryland for erring on the side of caution when closing portions of rivers of the Eastern Shore in which Pfiesteria piscicida had been found. She spoke highly of Gov. Parris N. Glendening and Maryland's congressional leadership for their efforts to obtain funding for study and preventing further threats to human health from this toxic dinoflagellate.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the Pfiesteria threat to our waters should read ''And the Waters Turned to Blood'' by Rodney Barker, which gives an accurate account of this bizarre organism's effect on humans and fish.

Ilia J. Fehrer

Snow Hill

What's wrong with riding in the back?

Let me get this straight. A mother places her 7-year-old son in the front seat of her car and allows him to ride without wearing a seat belt. Yet you blame the death on the air bag?

If she had given her son a loaded gun and he had shot himself in the head, would you have then blamed the death on the gun?

The ignorance of our society is baffling. Europe has required children under the age of 12 to ride in the rear seat for almost a decade. What is taking us so long to realize the dangers of children riding in the front seat?

Darin E. Lewis


Too many dogs loose in the city

I think there are too many loose dogs in Baltimore City. I have seen too many dogs attack other animals and even children. They even leave messes in good citizens' yards. We need better animal control in Baltimore City.

Anna Soyke


The writer is a sixth-grade home-school pupil.

Redone Holocaust Memorial pleasantly surprises survivor

As a Holocaust survivor, I was almost reluctant to attend the rededication of the Holocaust Memorial after reading Edward Gunts' Oct. 6 architecture critique.

I was surprised when I realized that the new memorial conveys great dignity, good taste and its meaning is easy for the public to understand.

Perhaps Mr. Gunts was surprised by its simplicity.

Well done, architect Jonathan Fishman and the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Harry Daniller


Pub Date: 10/15/97

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