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December 27, 1997

Put smaller stadium on Memorial site

The last ball game at Memorial Stadium has been played, marking the final move of professional sports to downtown Baltimore. Camden Yards is the perfect hub for professional sports in this city because of its proximity to other tourist attractions and hotel rooms. My concern is for the future of local college and high school sports in Baltimore.

Even though Memorial Stadium has existed in its present form since 1954, there has been a stadium on that site for 75 years. I believe a new stadium, with a capacity of no more than 20,000, should be built on the Memorial Stadium site to serve as the hub of college and high school sports for Baltimore.

The site could host select Friday night and Saturday afternoon high school football, soccer, and lacrosse games as well as preserve the tradition of the annual City-Poly Thanksgiving Day football game.

With the city's central location along the Eastern Seaboard, the stadium would be the perfect size to host the NCAA soccer and lacrosse championships.

Parking is already adequate for a 20,000-seat stadium and the inconveniences the Waverly neighborhood experienced with the much larger crowds for Ravens games would be minimized.

The rich tradition of sports on 33rd Street should continue. I believe this is an idea to be seriously considered.

P. Hunter Spotts

Baltimore

Memorial Stadium ought to be kept

Now that the Ravens' have concluded another chapter in the life of Memorial Stadium, alternatives to the hasty demolition of this important part of the city's history should be considered.

I would like to suggest a limited-run showcase of a minor league baseball games as an annual tradition at the venerable facility on 33rd Street.

The Bowie Baysox were well-received in 1993 when Memorial Stadium served as their interim home. Supporting a full 70-game home schedule of a single minor league team might not be realistic in today's competitive entertainment environment. However, a more focused 5-10 game "Memorial Stadium Series" featuring various Maryland-based teams could be very attractive.

The economic viability of such a series could be enhanced by securing one or two major Baltimore area corporations as "title sponsors."

In addition, the costs of the basic upkeep of the stadium might be addressed by utilizing a mere fraction of the estimated $20 million in funds that would otherwise be required for demolition.

A series of minor league games would help preserve something else important. That would be the chance to enjoy professional sports in a familiar major league venue in the way we used to enjoy them: low admission prices, no significant advance planning required to obtain tickets and the absence of such contemporary necessities as personal seat license and "premium" seating.

Glenn Bucek

Washington

Priorities wrong in arts community

How very sad that this city can't maintain a small museum of the works of one of America's most important early painters, Charles Willson Peale.

And what does it say about the state of the arts in Baltimore when the head of the historical society considers a bathroom door associated with football more to be treasured than the valuable Peale collection?

arcia R. Weiss

Baltimore

Just the facts at Douglass H.S.

Reporter Liz Bowie's Dec. 3 article on Douglass High School did a good job except in one instance. She forgot the rule for reporting news given in Journalism I: Write just the facts.

When I read, "Students can be found at their desks, some apparently asleep," I was furious at the injustice done Principal Rose Backus-Davis, her faculty, the student body and those of us very interested in Douglass.

Please, as stated in Journalism I, write just facts in a news story.

#Gwendolyn Brooks Stewart

Baltimore

The writer is a retired teacher of English and journalism at Douglass High School.

Armed forces are not social workers

President Clinton is absolutely wrong to hold troops in Bosnia indefinitely.

We are not our brother's keepers. This includes the warring tribes in eastern Europe. It is not possible to settle this age-old dispute. Even if it were possible, it would not be our moral obligation to sacrifice billions of dollars and even American lives on such an altruistic venture.

The only proper function of government is to protect its own citizens from physical violence and fraud.

Let the Bosnian tribes kill each other until they are sick of it. Then, once they are ready to form a civilized society based upon respect for individual rights, we can offer our moral support (and military, if it serves our interest). This day will come much sooner if we leave them alone.

Under the Clinton administration, the welfare state is expanding to grotesque proportions. No longer content to redistribute wealth within the country, liberals now seek to turn the once-mighty military into a band of armed social workers.

Don't think the tyrants of the world in Iran, Iraq, North Korea and China have failed to notice. Sooner or later, we will pay a price for this president's reckless squandering of our national defense.

ichael J. Hurd

Washington

Pub Date: 12/27/97

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