Angry about City Council's hotel decisionKAL is dead on...

LETTERS

December 25, 1997

Angry about City Council's hotel decision

KAL is dead on again! His Dec. 14 cartoon, showing the City Council (with the exception of John Cain, Helen Holton and Stephanie Rawlings -- the people's true watchdogs) as a bunch of dogs being led by the collar by the mayor, perfectly caught the Wyndham hotel situation.

Although maybe KAL should have shown them rolling over and playing dead, since that's what they've done. No, I don't think Lois Garey's wringing "concessions" out of the developer that were agreed to beforehand constitutes standing up to John Paterakis. By the way, Councilman Nicholas D'Adamo told me that The Sun is responsible for spreading the idea that this is to be a hotel for the convention center, when it's not. Did you know that it's all your fault?

I knew it couldn't be the fact that maybe the constituents just don't like the idea of a 430-foot-high hotel (in a 180-foot limit area) being built for eventual gambling (it's coming, no matter what you hear) on land already "improved" by the city's public works department (without the council's consent) as a favor to Paterakis.

Perish the thought that we are so intelligent as to dislike it for the monstrosity that it will be.

Dave Henderson

Baltimore

Golden Rule alleged in Wyndham deal

The Paterakis interests probably wanted a 41-story hotel with $30 million of the taxpayers money to begin with, so they asked for a 48-story with $50 million of the taxpayers money.

Then members of the City Council, which is supposed to protect the taxpayers, "negotiated" the numbers down. They claim a victory, while Mr. Paterakis laughs.

At least the entire Wyndham hotel farce is being conducted by the Order of the Golden Rule. That is, "He who hath the gold maketh the rules."

Henry Seim

Parkville

Higher speeds turn roads into race tracks

The new 65-mph speed limit on most state highways is a license to kill innocent people on crowded roads.

The analysis of Thomas Hicks, director of the state Office of Traffic and Safety, is that most people were already driving more than 55 mph before the speed limit was raised. He's right, except now these nuts are cruising at 70, 75 and 80 mph 90 percent of the time and police cannot control them.

It would be a waste of money to build a Middle River NASCAR track when we already have five tracks anyone can drive -- interstates 83, 97, 95 and 70 for all-out top speed and I-695 for the 70-mph aggressive kamikazes.

Bobby Thompson

Baltimore

Northern Ireland riots show Sinn Fein colors

The recent rioting over Orange Order parades in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, should be seen as proof enough that Sinn Fein-IRA is not interested in peace or tolerance.

Parades by both Protestant Orangemen and Catholic Hibernians have taken place in Northern Ireland for years. Until recently, there was no problem with this as both sides respected the rights of each other.

However, within the past two years, Sinn Fein-IRA has worked to set up so-called "residents groups" to violently block Protestants from their traditional routes. Many of the members of these groups are Sinn Fein-IRA activists.

Several leaders are former IRA terrorists. For example, the leader of the Bogside Residents Group (which started the rioting in Londonderry) is Donnacha Mac Neilis. Mr. Neilis was a member of the IRA and was once convicted of possessing arms with intent to endanger life. He served time in Long Kesh prison and was part of an IRA hunger strike.

Gerry Adams, the leader of Sinn Fein-IRA has even stated that his organization was involved in the forming of these groups. Adams said this at a speech to IRA activists in November, 1996. His remarks were secretly taped by the Irish broadcasting service, RTE.

All that the British people of Northern Ireland ask is that they be treated fairly and allowed to conduct their peaceful Orange parades as they have in the past. However, Sinn Fein-IRA is not interested in allowing them their right to cultural expression.

They have shown that they have nothing but contempt for the rights of their fellow citizens. If this is how Protestants are treated by Sinn Fein-IRA in the United Kingdom, then is it no wonder why so many of them fear a united Ireland?

Bill Cooke

Baltimore

Diplomats fooled by military power

Tariq Aziz, the deputy prime minister of Iraq, declared his country is not afraid of American might. His country will defend its sovereignty.

That only shows the ignorance and misinformation of diplomats.

It reminds me of September 1939, when Hitler threatened war on Poland because of Danzig.

The Polish ambassador to Berlin, Lipski, confided in the British ambassador in Berlin with the following line, "We are not afraid of Hitler. In three days our army will march into Berlin!"

Indeed it took only three days for the 18th century Polish army to disintegrate. One cannot fight tanks with horses.

In fact, the entire country disintegrated in three days. The government, all ministers and generals, were running to see who would get first to the Romanian border to ask for asylum.

H. Shapiro

Pikesville

Pub Date: 12/25/97

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