The Sun, not WOLB, offers 'poisonous talk'Curious.In the...

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January 31, 1998

The Sun, not WOLB, offers 'poisonous talk'

Curious.

In the same Jan. 18 edition in which columnist Michael Olesker rails against "airwaves filled with poisonous talk, all offered in the defense of Larry Young" there also appears a Sun report about a Hampden resident who, in reference to Mr. Young, jokingly says, "Shoot him."

The day I listened to station WOLB (the airwaves to which Mr. Olesker refers), the only "poison" I heard was a stellar effort by talk show host Lisa Mitchell to mobilize ordinary citizens in the exercise of their democratic rights.

She proposed they call their state representatives to urge a week's delay of the Senate vote until all the issues could be heard.

Contrast the reasoned and, yes, impassioned (much to her credit) approach of Ms. Mitchell to the inflammatory "shoot him" rhetoric published by The Sun.

Mr. Olesker is right about one thing: The poison that divides our communities is indeed in the air. But it's not originating at WOLB.

Margaret Baldridge

Baltimore

I continually read, during coverage of the Larry Young case, of constituents, a radio station and a church rallying around him and almost making a martyr of him. And I heard the term "racism."

I don't recall hearing this word when former Gov. Marvin Mandel, former Baltimore City Council President Walter S. Orlinsky, former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew or even President Richard M. Nixon were in the headlines.

Mr. Young's supporters obviously feel that as long as he serves them, it's not important how he conducts his life. Isn't this a great message to send our children?

Supporters of Mr. Young's criticize state Sen. Delores G. Kelley for her abstention on the vote to expel Mr. Young. They pay no attention to her reasons.

This lady demonstrated her intelligence and courage to act in accordance with her convictions and for that she is castigated. She should be the real martyr.

M. Fritz

Ocean City

At 67, I have a decade to prepare for space

As a fellow former Marine and 34-year employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, I applaud Sen. John Glenn's return to space this year aboard a shuttle at age 77.

Although I lack his experience and name recognition, at age 67 I have 10 more years to prepare myself for my (first) space shuttle launch.

Pie in the sky, no doubt, but you can't stop a fellow from dreaming.

Howard K. Ottenstein

Baltimore

House of Welsh provided crack in wall of segregation

In Jacques Kelly's lively, Jan. 23 reminiscence ("House of Welsh, place where 'happy memories' were made, is closing"), former Gov. William Donald Schaefer recalls the harsh fact that the late Baltimore City Council member Henry Parks said he was excluded because of his race from Welsh's bar.

But we may also recall that this historic restaurant was one of only a few in the area, perhaps the only one in downtown Baltimore, that would accept a racially mixed group in its private dining room.

In all likelihood, this was the room that Mr. Schaefer referred to, where "in the 1950s city budgets were trimmed and fattened."

It was during this era that our fledgling Baltimore chapter of the American Marketing Association was seeking a dining room for its monthly meetings, attended by perhaps 15 or 20 members, including one from the Afro-American newspaper and a faculty member from then-Morgan College.

Welsh's willing accommodation was for us a vital crack in the wall of segregation, which is gratefully remembered, together with the aroma of those sizzling steaks.

Sidney Hollander Jr.

Baltimore

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