Ethics probes highlight need for term limitsAre all our...


March 08, 1998

Ethics probes highlight need for term limits

Are all our politicians unethical? Are they enriching themselves or their friends at the expense of taxpayers?

First we have Larry Young, then Gerald J. Curran. And now House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. is being investigated by the legislatur's ethics committee.

Who's next?

This is a good example of why we need term limits for all political offices, from president down to the county councils.

It won't stop all unethical politicians from stealing from us, but it will help limit their ability.

How many more politicians have to be investigated before we, the people, wake up and do something about it?

T. Richard Krell


Childish tiff over prayer has a childish solution

I have the solution to the controversy over the prayers delivered to the House of Delegates in Annapolis. Actually, I got the idea from listening to a 5-year-old's bedtime prayer. She prayed, "God is great. God is good. Help Him to take care of me. Amen."

Why don't we just type up this inoffensive prayer and let the invited clergy read it to the delegates? That way they can pretend we are all the same and that they are tolerant of all views.

I figure if they want to act like 5-year-olds, I should suggest a childish solution.

Steve Long


Henny Youngman was comic treasure

Youngman We have all read with interest the articles about the passing of the "king of the one-liners," Henny Youngman.

Having had the good fortune to be one of Henny's friends over the past two decades, I find myself recalling a time when Henny participated with me on a series of television commercials based on the theme "Jack Luskin is so cheap "

One of the commercials went like this: "Jack Luskin is so cheap, he only buys at sales. He was at a department store and bought an escalator because it was marked 'down.' "

America has lost a comic treasure.

Jack Luskin


Is this how police should be used?

As the mother of young children, I am constantly amazed by the number of businesses that turn down my requests to use their restrooms.

We all know they have restrooms for their employees, so why not let the people who keep them in business use them?

A friend recently had a run-in with the police over this issue: While driving on Interstate 95 from Baltimore to his Gaithersburg home, his van blew its engine. He was able to exit at Pulaski Highway into the parking lot of a Royal Farms convenience store.

He was stranded and needed to use the bathroom. He entered the store, explained his situation to the clerk and asked to use the restroom. He was told no.

In a somewhat difficult situation, he chose to use the restroom anyway.

Afterward, he left the store to await the tow truck.

Within minutes, not one, not two, but three Baltimore police cars arrived. The clerk had called in the "use of the toilet" to the police.

My friend was given a citation, and must go to court.

I wanted to let the people of Baltimore know that their tax dollars are being well-spent.

I guess we should all choose the alternative (behind the store) as our first choice. But that's illegal, too, so don't get caught.

D. Adams


Reframing the BMA debate

It is presumptuous of me to continue the "frames" controversy involving the Baltimore Museum of Art, especially when it flies in the face of the established expertise of Sun art critic John Dorsey, but we are dealing here with opinion ("Frames of reference," March 3).

In truth, the frame of a picture, print or photograph is a utilitarian device; it facilitates hanging and protects its inhabitant. It also should not distract the viewer.

Isn't it more desirable to have an inconspicuous stopping line to remind the eye of the real reason for viewing the work in question -- that it is time to resume just that rather than to be distracted by an intricate and gaudy frame?

Van Gogh was right when he reportedly "insisted on a frame of the utmost simplicity."

It may be that the highly ornamented frames that generally house the Dutch Masters and similar works are a reflection of the times. They reflect general trends of the period, as seen in dress and architecture.

Even though Dorsey enjoys the exalted position of art critic for The Sun, it is somewhat presumptuous of him to challenge the positions of former BMA Director Arnold Lehman and former Deputy Director Brenda Richardson, who honorably served the BMA for many years and enjoy a considerable amount of respect in the art world.

Grover C. Condon


To frame or not to frame, that is the question.

If one has an ugly work of art, it can be enhanced with a beautiful frame.

The most important element of a painting is its frame, not the painting.

God forbid an artist exhibits his or her works without frames. Does the Mona Lisa need one?

Perhaps future judgments of artistic merit will be based on the elegance of the frames, and the new "ism" will be "frame-ism."

In so-called modern art, just think of the improvement made to a "minimalist" painting by leaving out the frame.

J. Michael Alpert


Pub Date: 3/08/98

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