Global warming theories are questionableI read with alarm...


January 11, 1998

Global warming theories are questionable

I read with alarm the Dec. 27 letter, "Dangerous leader on global warming," which said Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott is poor leader because he opposes the higher taxes required to offset global warming. Perhaps that writer doesn't have all the facts.

Mr. Lott is absolutely correct in rejecting an ill-founded plan that would harm the U.S. economy. Mr. Lott simply wants firm evidence of global warming before committing U.S. citizens to a very harmful (and perhaps irreversible) tax hike. To date, there is no scientific consensus on the theory of man-made global warming. I prefer following Mr. Lott, rather than some knee-jerk reactionary.

I'm tired of people putting America down. We are the richest country on Earth because we are a free and enterprising people. Increasing taxes would diminish that. Don't tax me for some ill-founded theory.

Fred Sebly


Baltimore County's history is disposable

The article on the outrageous demolition of the Sudbrook Park cabin is all too familiar, bringing to mind the fates of the Timonium Mansions (now a car lot), the Owings House and, shortly, the Burton House in Lutherville. (The Burton House, built in 1859, and older than most of the structures in "historic" Lutherville, is scheduled to be sacrificed shortly to yet another York Road strip mall.)

It is truly disgusting that developers can so easily acquire and casually destroy the origin of a community, and that no one appreciates what is being lost. This shortsightedness of the community, the law and developers still astounds me. How can one individual or corporation be entitled to obliterate the heritage of an area?

What is the point of an Landmarks Commission or Historic Trust that can only document, but not save, these places? Why are there no preservation laws ''with teeth," and why no public pressure defending our historic structures?

In Europe, ancient buildings are venerated by the populace as well as the law, and live on into the present. Here the only thought is of growth -- usually measured in dollars. But future generations, with the appreciation that comes from great distance, will damn the blindness of both those who perform and allow this destruction, whatever reasons may be offered for said actions or inaction.

Douglas Vasey


Orioles supporter fed up with team

After their failure to score runs in the American League championship series and after the rift between Peter Angelos and Davey Johnson, and now, after a second consecutive increase in ticket prices, I find Orioles baseball more irritating than enjoyable.

I've decided that my entertainment dollars will be better spent at the zoo, the Baltimore Museum of Art and local theater.

Bob Maddox


Rawlings praised for helping the needy

Action for the Homeless and the Maryland Food Committee were pleased to see The Sun's recognition of Del. Howard "Pete" Rawlings' efforts to help children living in poverty by giving them a better education (Dec. 28). This year we also saw Delegate Rawlings help families living in poverty by taking a brave stance against efforts to require that all welfare participants be drug tested. While we believe our elected officials need to do more for our most vulnerable neighbors, we want to recognize these positive efforts.

obert V. Hess


The writer is executive director of Action for the Homeless and president of the Maryland Food Committee.

Skip the review, see the movie

I have never been so incensed over a movie review in my life.

Michael Pakenham (Perspective section, Jan. 4) has every right to his opinion regarding a book or a movie. He does not, however, have the right to give away every plot element within that book or movie.

I saw ''Titanic" previously and disagree with every criticism in his review. I found the movie spectacular, compelling, haunting and not one minute too long.

But if I had read Mr. Pakenham's review first, I would have felt cheated that he gave away every element of the story from beginning to end.

If this is his normal critique, I feel a notice should be posted before each review stating: "Warning: Further reading of this review will ruin the movie/book for you."

Ronni Swartz

Owings Mills

The books-page review of the movie, "Titanic," by Michael Pakenham was much too long.

Pamela F. Rinehart

Bel Air

Pub Date: 1/10/98

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