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October 19, 1997

Age seldom destroys books worth reading

I read with interest your story about the demise of the Peabody Book Store. However, one statement troubled me -- that the books accumulated through the years were still in the building and were carted away with the rest of the rubble.

To book lovers like myself this is a tragedy. Why weren't people notified and afforded an opportunity to remove the books?

There was some indication that the books smelled musty or something, but that doesn't mean they were ruined or no good.

Some years ago I entered an old house that had stood empty for 30 years. Inside I found a piano that seemed to be in good condition and a book case full of books from the early part of the century. I found the owners of the building and got permission to remove the books. A couple of months later someone torched the building. I still have those books today.

Jack R. Tishue Jr.


Probe everyone, not just Clinton, Gore

Apparently we are going to have a microscopic examination of every contact and phone call made by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore in trying to raise money for the Democratic Party as well as for their own re-election. If they broke the law they should suffer the consequences.

Money in large amounts is becoming too important in national elections. The Republicans raised half again as much as the Democrats in the recent election. The voters are entitled to a full accounting of where both parties got their money, whether it was labelled ''hard'' or ''soft.''

Every member in both houses of Congress should have his/her office records, including telephone calls, closely checked for campaign activity. Any hint of laws broken should be given the same publicity as the activities of the president and vice president. Maybe this would help to get real campaign finance reform enacted.

William H. Kelz


Visionary Art Museum seen as a city asset

As president of the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund, which is proud to have provided more than $2 million in funding to the American Visionary Art Museum, I read with dismay the Oct. 4 E. W. Nottrodt letter to the editor.

I am dumbfounded that the writer perceives AVAM's accomplishment in transforming a derelict and once highly polluted corner of our harbor into a major attraction as a contributing factor in the City Life Museums' demise.

When the Baltimore Development Corp. awarded negotiating rights to the warehouse property contiguous to AVAM, it did so with the unanimous support of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association and in consideration of the large investment that AVAM has made to the area. The wonder is why haven't more equitable public dollars gone to support AVAM's operation, when it has attracted such strong and diverse private funding in and out of Baltimore.

Robert I. Hiller


John Denver's death shows passage of time

I consider myself very lucky to have been present at the Sept. 20 John Denver concert at the Arena.

Except for looking just a little bit more mature, his voice and overall appearance were the same as in the 1960s and 1970s. I shall cherish each and every song that I was so very privileged to hear.

As my generation grows older, we are now experiencing the passing of the celebrities of our time.

It seems only yesterday that my parents would comment about the death of Jackie Gleason, Al Jolson, Jack Benny, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman or one of the Dorsey brothers.

Gary L. Marsiglia


Condominium right for Northern Ireland

William Pfaff's Oct. 9 column, "Joint sovereignty best solution for Northern Ireland," is the first constructive commentary I have seen in the American press on possible solutions to the conflict.

Apart from the derogatory remarks about Americans and the IRA favored by certain journalists, Mr. Pfaff offers an imaginative approach to the question of nationhood.

It is not entirely new, however. The concept was embraced in the 1984 New Ireland Report dismissed contemptuously by former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Prime Minister Tony Blair has not yet exhibited the crippling ignorance of the Iron Lady who rejected the three options (joint sovereignty, a federation or independence) at a press conference.

Joe Roche


The writer is a board member and former president of the ancient Order of Hibernians in America.

Better ways to get around Baltimore

How to travel from my home in Bolton Hill during a recent gorgeous day in busy downtown Baltimore to the Fells Point Fun Festival? Why, of course, subway to the Shot Tower. Then, I completed the trip with an interesting walk through Baltimore's developing waterfront.

And then how to go to Camden Yards for a view of our winning Baltimore Orioles? Why, the water taxi, of course, and another short walk.

And how at last. And -- you guessed it -- by the light rail. Try it.

Thomas Ward


Pub Date: 10/19/97

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