Whatever happened to orderly children?Jeanne Davis' Oct...


October 30, 1997

Whatever happened to orderly children?

Jeanne Davis' Oct. 21 letter, ''Raising children is parents' job,'' interested me tremendously.

I work in Washington and frequently see school groups passing through Union Station and visiting the Capitol and the Supreme Court.

I have watched these kids in horror, not only because of the slovenly dress, but because of the total disregard of authority. I have seen school groups (along with the adult leaders) thrown out of the Supreme Court Building and have been told by the police that this is a regular occurrence at the U.S. Capitol as well.

Out of curiosity, I have asked where different groups came from -- and they come from all over America.

It concerns me that these young people are the next generation to run the country. That scares me. I wish someone would explain what has happened and what we can do about it.

Rosalind Ellis


Don't want concerts in Federal Hill

So, Fred B. Shoken (Opinion Commentary, Oct. 15) wants to put a sizable concert amphitheater on the east side of Federal Hill Park. Will he take care of noise, traffic, parking, trash and related problems?

Has he considered the continuing problems with physical instability of the hill itself? Where exactly are those 400 parking spaces he says will accommodate the crowds?

Concert venues already are available next to the Inner Harbor's Rash Field and at Pier 6. Federal Hill is not the place to go for more of the same.

There is a reason that the redesigned Federal Hill Park does not include the old concert space: The neighborhood doesn't really want any more huge crowd events.

Ball games, occasional charity races, neighborhood parades and the Fourth of July and New Year's Eve fireworks are more than enough. It's time to remember that Federal Hill is a residential neighborhood, not just an extension of the Inner Harbor.

Ruth E. Thaler-Carter


Knee-jerk carping as crime numbers drop

Your editorial of Oct. 11 (''Bickering crime fighters'') provided example after example of the tiresome and counterproductive bias Councilman Martin O'Malley and police union president Gary McLhinney have against Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier.

Their knee-jerk carping against the police administration's every move is obviously motivated by political agendas. It must disappoint them to see the city's crime numbers drop.

Alexander Chambers


Ickes was right: GOP, get over losing

I agree with Harold M. Ickes, the former White House deputy chief of staff, who says the Republicans are bitter at having lost the election. (The Sun, Oct. 9).

I would characterize these senators and congressmen, not only as bitter, but as mean-spirited, combative, nit-picking, witch-hunting and quarrelsome, desperate opponents. I do believe that they forget that we live in the United States of America, not the Disunited States of America.

First the Republicans demanded investigations regarding Vincent Foster's death. There have been three investigations, not one, all with the taxpayer footing the large lawyers' expenses. The conclusion was the same as the first investigation: Vincent Foster committed suicide because of severe depression.

Next it was Whitewater. That investigation is still going on, but so far nothing illegal has been found.

Next the Paula Jones suit. I can't understand why this woman can't wait for her money and clamor until after the president leaves office.

Campaign fund-raising abuse is just one of many more accusations the Republicans are pouncing on with such fervor.

Do they forget that our president was duly elected? Our economy is the best it has been in decades, inflation is very low, unemployment is low, our national debt is lowered, we are not participating in any shooting war, and let us not forget that it was our president that stopped the bloody wars in Bosnia and in Haiti, and is now trying desperately for peace in the Middle East. He has also made strides in civil rights.

Many voters, Democrats and Republicans, are pleading to let our president govern. We all have a right to disagree with many of his policies, but let's tone down the barrage of never-ending onslaughts.

Ruth Von Bramer

Randallstown The suggestion in Stephen Wigler's Oct. 16 music review that the BSO All Baltimore Concert was not a fitting tribute to Jim Rouse couldn't be more off base.

What Jim Rouse reveled in was the triumph of the spirit and performance that came from discipline, joy and hope. Jim Rouse would have loved the upbeat, optimistic tone, the terrific young talent on display, the diversity of the people creating and performing and the remarkable concluding rendition of Beethoven's ''Ode to Joy.''

The performance highlighted the musical building blocks that Maryland so greatly enjoys in the rich talent of the Morgan Choir and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ought to be commended for the extraordinary program.

F. Barton Harvey III


The writer is board chairman of the Enterprise Foundation.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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