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November 13, 1997

Inner Harbor East is no place for huge hotel

The Sun's arguments against the Wyndham Inner Harbor East hotel make perfect sense.

Michael Beatty of H&S Properties misleads when he talks of how many jobs and dollars the Wyndham will bring to Baltimore (letter, Nov. 1). That benefit is also true of the Westin proposal at the News American site and the Grand Hyatt proposal near Camden Yards.

The mayor and Baltimore Development Corporation have forced the decision-making into a poor process that does not allow the decision-makers, now the City Council, to look at the entire picture.

While the mayor makes much of honoring the BDC process, he and BDC ignored a process that developed a master plan for Inner Harbor East and put it into law in 1990. They were so sure of that plan that several years later they put in streets, water and sewer lines and other infrastructure to fit it.

When Mr. Beatty was questioned about changing the infrastructure, his comment was that the streets were put in to market the site. Tax dollars paid for that marketing effort and now they will pay for the portion to be torn up and rebuilt.

If only decision-makers would look at the big picture, we could have a convention center hotel next to or within two blocks of the Convention Center, and a smaller hotel at Inner Harbor East that would not destroy the master plan and would fit within the existing road structure.

Carolyn Boitnott


Coddling evil is indefensible

An Oct. 23 Sun article caught my attention: "Mandela pays Kadafi a visit in Libya, rejects U.S. advice."

The South African president justifies his visit by saying that Muammar el Kadafi and the Libyan people supported him in his struggle against apartheid.

Now let me get this straight: If Hitler were living today and we knew he was responsible for the slaughter of 6 million Jewish and some non-Jewish innocent men, women and children, but was kind to animals and to most Aryan people, would that make it right for the leader of our country to visit him so as to give Hitler diplomatic recognition worthy of national credibility?

Any leader known to be promoting the slaughter of defenseless people through terrorism or any other means does not deserve to be included with civilized leaders and treated like a statesman.

In retrospect, we have witnessed the unfortunate results of this kind of liaison. Now Yassir Arafat is embracing Hamas as Nelson Mandela is embracing Kadafi.

Something is not kosher here. When will we ever learn from our mistakes?

Barbara Ann Bloom

Owings Mills

Student needs teacher, not just computer

In response to The Sun's Oct. 20 editorial, ''Global learning from Shady Grove,'' which discussed Maryland's proposal to create a learning center that offers college courses on the computer, an argument can be made that the computer is not a good way of preparing today's youth for the real world.

College is the stepping-stone toward independence and success. If the only college experience that an individual has is from the computer, that person is not influenced by a variety of people and opportunities.

Difficult experiences from their education help professionals in the real world solve everyday problems and fulfill their job requirements.

Technology is important today and should influence education, but it should not be superior to traditional educational techniques.

Communicating with teachers via the computer or finding information on the Web for courses is useful and an efficient way to use technology, but a student also needs to have a teacher who can help him or her face to face.

The amount of money that such a business deal could generate is unquestionably a good reason to consider taking courses from the computer.

In the end, though, a student who has been exposed to different experiences can give more to his or her community than

someone who only knows how to work a computer.

Jennifer V. Koehler


Update Merriweather to bring back crowds

I take issue with Bud Becker's argument (letter, Nov. 3) that Merriweather Post Pavilion's waning circumstance is solely the result of Baltimore's general disinterest and lack of support. As a frequent concert-goer over the past decade, I've noticed that as Merriweather Post's facility deteriorates, so do the attitudes and general dispositions of its employees, from ticket takers to event managers.

I, for one, am willing to drive the extra miles for a good show where the positive energy and enjoyable concert experience is not disrupted by an unfriendly employee with a bouncer-like mentality.

To truly compete with the Nissan Pavilion, Merriweather Post should consider renovating from the inside out.

Mary L. Williams


Angelos will be hero of 1998 World Series

It's very interesting the way The Sun, its columnists and many Orioles fans have been condemning owner Peter Angelos for the resignation of manager Davey Johnson.

Do all of the critics know all of the facts? Does anyone know why and when the friction between the two men began? Probably not.

Let's not be so fast to blame the boss. This time next year, after the Orioles have won the 1998 World Series, Mr. Angelos will be the hero of the year to his fans and former critics.

Barry R. Cohen


Pub Date: 11/13/97

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