Construct new arena at Port CovingtonI suggest Baltimore's...

Letters

December 28, 1997

Construct new arena at Port Covington

I suggest Baltimore's future arena be built at Port Covington. There are abandoned piers and undeveloped property near The Sun printing plant that would suitable for the facility as well as substantial parking.

The site is a stone's throw from I-95, using either the Key Highway or Hanover Street exits. Light rail passes right by and construction of a spur seems realistic. It's close enough to the Inner Harbor to support creation of a "people mover" that could serve all the primary venues by looping from Camden Yards to Harbor Place, along Key Highway and back.

And, finally, you could partially finance the whole thing by selling the bricks and seats of Memorial Stadium, rather than just knocking it down as planned and getting nothing for it. What true Baltimore sports fan wouldn't leap at the chance to own such a pice of history?

Maybe then, with an accessible new arena complete with sufficient on-site parking and mass transit, we can secure and keep basketball and hockey teams.

Gary Helton

Bel Air

Music of black church is surviving challenges

After reading the interview with Moses Hogan on Dec. 12, I felt that further comments should be made concerning the status of worship music in the African-American community. Mr. Hogan observed that, in the main, our church music is limited to praise songs and contemporary gospel music. That is true.

There are, however, many black congregations where, on Sundays, you will hear good hymn-singing, stirring anthems and beautiful arrangements from our rich heritage of spirituals. It has not always been easy to maintain this standard and it has become increasingly difficult.

Music programs in our schools have been decimated, seminaries no longer require that students study hymnology, with the result that some ministers know only a few standard hymns and don't '' spend time to learn other than catch-tunes, robbing the congregation of that tradition.

The other tradition -- our tradition of Afro-American song -- has been pushed aside. Some of the latest trends have caught congregations napping. I wish to sound an alarm. If you are not happy that the music programs have deteriorated in your church, speak up. Don't mumble-grumble. If you have the talent to lead, go in and offer your services.

Things can be better, and the children in our community will not be the last to know a standard hymn, a well-known spiritual or a traditional gospel song, for that matter.

On the other hand, if the situation is OK with you, sit back and relax. The show will go on.

J. Spencer Hammond

Baltimore

Old Ukrainian icons venerate Holy Mary

I wish to thank The Sun for the two excellent Dec. 21 Perspective articles about the Holy Mary, Mother of Christ. I read tTC them with great interest.

The Blessed Mary is also being deeply venerated by the Ukrainian people who belong to the Byzantine Rite, the next largest after the Roman Rite. Their devotion to her is already 1,000 years old.

Perhaps most profoundly, this devotion to Mary is being manifested in the countless icons in her honor in Ukraine. There are 218 towns and villages in Ukraine blessed with the miraculous icons of our Mother of God. Many of them date back to the 11th and 12th centuries. People from far and near have been pilgrimaging to these places to venerate those icons.

Here in American, icons of Mary, Mother of God, are often presented to children at baptism and to couples at their weddings. They play a profound role in upholding moral values and Christian beliefs of our people.

Wolodymyr C. Sushko

Baltimore There is just one option left to the citizens of Baltimore as regards to the sell-out on the Wyndham Hotel by the mayor and City Council: Throw the rascals out in the next election.

Ray Hamby

Baltimore

Schools need better literacy sleuths

The Dec. 22 news article, "The quiet literacy crisis," sparked my interest.

As the director of Norbel School, an elementary and middle school for learning disabled children, I have for some time recognized that our female enrollment increases significantly at about the age of nine.

This trend clearly does not occur because girls wake up one day to suddenly find themselves learning disabled.

As was noted in the article, the emotional damage that a young lady suffers in those early years, working to hide the fact that she can't read, will often lead to self-destructive behavior as she becomes older.

It is our job as educators to be better detectives by recognizing the subtle signs of quietness and distractibility as red flags, and to begin asking the right questions.

Margaret R. Gold

Baltimore

Pub Date: 12/28/97

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