Truth, not con game, is Young's best defenseThe shell game...


January 08, 1998

Truth, not con game, is Young's best defense

The shell game and three-card Molly are con games well-known to African Americans older than the Generation Xers. The efforts of state Sen. Larry Young as reported (Dec. 30, "Supporters of Young hold 'Rally for Truth,' " and Dec. 31, "Young's supporters picket newspaper,") are glaring examples of attempts to have that which might not be truth create the perception of truth.

On occasions when I have been dubiously privileged to hear Senator Young speak to community groups, he has never been hesitant to evoke emotional responses by quoting Bible scriptures in his best evangelical style.

So, it is not surprising that he would seek divine guidance for deliverance from what he sees as fabrications and distortions of the truth.

What is surprising is that Senator Young seeks to shoot the messenger, The Sun, for relaying a message that it contends is truth.

Diverting public attention from the issue (his alleged malfeasance and misfeasance in office and possibly criminal behavior) is like asking the public to decide the shell under which the tiny pea rests or to identify the red card from the two black ones. Informed people have long ago stopped believing in such trickery even though they cannot, beyond a reasonable doubt, explain how the con artist manages to deceive them.

As a legislator who, presumably, believes in the laws of Maryland that he and others have established, Mr. Young's relying upon the judicial system to exonerate him would seem to be the most beneficial procedure to follow. Having a team of lawyers, the inimitable defense attorney par excellence George L. Russell reportedly among them, the truth should win.

If the allegations of The Sun prove erroneous, then Senator Young would not only be a giant in stature but a psychological one as well. It is impossible for con men to ever achieve such personal and public ascension.

Senator Young should get off his knees, put the shell game and three-card Molly tricks in the outhouse pit where they belong, stand tall as he has his day in court and, whatever the verdict, walk out as a man who called the shots and was not unwilling to pay the piper.

Isaiah C. Fletcher Sr.


Hurt most were kindergarten students

I have followed with interest articles about Sharon Weber, the teacher who quit her job in Baltimore County rather than lose her license for refusing to work in a city school. My heart goes out to the kindergartners who lost their teacher.

It appears to me that there are no winners in regard to this very unfortunate set of circumstances. It is a sad state of affairs, indeed, when children become involved in events that experienced adults even find difficult to manage.

Still, it seems odd that I have not seen articles or letters to the editor that express compassion for the kindergartners of Dallas F. Nicholas Elementary School in the city. Their assigned teacher left when they needed her most.

James I. Scofield


Sick vandalism mars remembrance

I work at One Market Center. Recently, somebody placed two bouquets of flowers around the building, one to remember the bus driver who died on Eutaw Street while driving an MTA Bus, and another to honor the man who was killed in Lexington Mall.

Both bouquets were destroyed by vandals who get their kicks doing this sick thing.

I noticed another bouquet at the site of the bus driver's death. How long will it remain until another sicko destroys it, too?

Philip A. Thayer


Horton describes daylight on the bay

Tom Horton's column Jan. 2 describing the winter light warmth was so poetic.

E9 I have not read anything as beautiful in many a year.

Ethel Sommers


We appreciate The Sun's attention to creative strategies to assure strong region-wide funding of cultural institutions, as reflected in your editorial of Jan. 5. We hope, however, that you will share one significant correction with your readers.

Baltimore County has contributed $190,000 to the Baltimore Museum of Art this fiscal year, not the $110,000 you reported.

The BMA remains immensely grateful to the Baltimore County Council (and the county Commission on Arts and Sciences) for this support.

Anthony W. Deering


The writer is chairman of the BMA board of trustees.

Pub Date: 1/08/98

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