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November 12, 1997

Price of stadiums is rotten infrastructure

You don't have to be a civil engineer to understand what happened at the Park Avenue/Franklin Street sinkhole.

The subterranean city infrastructure is a hidden reflection of the decrepit housing stock above ground -- sewer, gas, water and other unseen and neglected utility conduits are returning to dust under our feet.

Old storm sewers are constructed of brick and tile that is nothing but baked dirt. Gas pipelines such as the ones that ruptured are iron. Iron rusts and flakes, leading to gas leaks that raise the price of natural gas and causes health and safety hazards.

We have spent more than a half-billion public dollars on three vital sports stadiums while these unattended arteries carrying the city's lifeblood clog and break.

The solution is clear. The city should take the teams by eminent domain and use the revenues to renew infrastructure such as roads, bridges and under-earth networks that are more vital to us than the Internet.

Bob Kambic


Not just farmers pollute the bay

I am responding to the Oct. 26 letter, "Let down By Gilchrest on Pfiesteria issue," in which the president of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, William C. Baker assails the record and position of U.S. Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest.

The fact is, Mr. Gilchrest is correct that mandatory controls on agriculture will have a monumental economic impact on the Eastern Shore communities and a detailed economic impact study needs to be conducted before we head down this dangerous path.

Let's look how the bay foundation let us down. They prostitute themselves as the leaders in bay policy development, and rake millions of dollars from "us" urbanites each year. Yet we receive very little guidance on "our" role in bay pollution.

Sure, we read of the efforts Mr. Baker has accomplished in assailing farmers, developers and lawmakers. We get "Save the Bay" bumper stickers to join in the effort. But I am amazed how little my neighbors know of the impact of lawn fertilizers on bay pollution.

It wasn't until the sediment pond in our development eutrophied that my neighbors realized there weren't any farmers to blame. They began to understand that we all are to blame for the ills of the bay and its tributaries.

Perhaps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation should spend more money on helping to educate the entire population on its role in pollution, instead of singling out one group of individuals to take the blame.

John P. Zawitoski


WBJC deserves credit, not blame, for music

I would like to comment on letter writer Carl I. Thistel's insightful comment (Nov. 1) on WBJC's programming policy with one word: Amen.

Mention must also be made at this time of the late Bill Feldman's outstanding service to his many listeners over the years on WBJC. Succinct but never blunt, informative but never overbearing and possessing excellent musical taste, he will be greatly missed by his listeners. Baltimore broadcasting has lost one of its champion professionals.

William E. Hewitt


Brewery building should be saved

Regarding your Sept. 14 editorial, "Preserving Baltimore's uniqueness," the company of which I was president, Allegheny Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., donated the American Brewery building to the city in the early 1970s. It has much history and much interest.

Two blocks away and near the corner of Patterson Park and North Avenue was another building that was originally the Bismarck Brewery. For many years in that building my family operated its soft drink flavor business, Suburban Club Carbonated Beverage Company Inc.

The sub-cellars that were used to cure the beer of the two breweries were connected.

Also, during the second World War, the sub-cellars of the Suburban Club facility were used as a bomb shelter.

Some of the machinery donated from the American Brewery is on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institute. I urge that the American Brewery be retained.

Morton M. Lapides Sr.


Peaceful protests of fur industry needed

The attitudes that were expressed by fur industry representatives and their customers are symptomatic of our profound sense of disconnectedness and alienation from nature, from others and from ourselves.

Animals are beings, individuals with their own needs and interests which ought to be respected. We humans have far more similarities to them than differences.

I would ask that furriers, breeders and purchasers consider the question of whether their services or purchases fulfill a genuine need, and, if so, might there be another way to satisfy those needs?

I would also ask that those who have protested this industry with tactics of fear and coercion, please consider another approach. Love them. Understand that to ask a person to give up his livelihood is to ask a lot. With patience and genuine concern, you could help him to see other possibilities and to find better reasons than guilt and shame to move in a new direction.

Donald W. Robertson


The writer is director of EarthSave Maryland.

Orioles don't need Davey Johnson

Despite all this brouhaha about Davey Johnson being the great messiah who took the Orioles to the championship series, I think the team made it that far in spite of Davey Johnson.

The sports writers are belittling the marvelous players. This year's team was so good that I feel any manager could have done the same job. So there.

Alice Anderson


City can't read without libraries

I would like to know how can Baltimore be the city that reads when the mayor is closing our libraries.

Glen E. Haines Jr.


Pub Date: 11/12/97

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