Juggling work, home should not be viewed as only a woman...

Letters to the Editor

June 09, 1998

Juggling work, home should not be viewed as only a woman 0) thing

Susan Reimer's column ("The Juggling Act," June 3) serves to perpetuate our society's image of the working mother.

While I greatly admire the women depicted in the piece, Ms. Reimer does them and all women a disservice by refusing to question the status quo: that it is still a woman's responsibility to be the primary caregiver of her and her husband's children.

Where are the men in these pictures? Ms. Reimer sometimes mentions the husbands, but only states their names and occupations, occasionally offering, "Her husband is extremely helpful, but . . ."

None of the women interviewed were single mothers, widows or divorcees. Therefore, the problem was not that these women did not have a partner but rather that the partner did not assume the same amount of responsibility that she did.

While this article angered me as a woman, it would have saddened me if I were one of those men who is his kids' primary caregiver, does the day care pickup, or is an aspiring father who would one day like to stay home and raise children.

Ms. Reimer has completely left men out of her article and serves to invalidate the growing number of men who, like women, are jugglers, too.

Amy Sette


People mover is a fine line from Canton to O's games

Dan Rodricks expressed his doubts about the sensibility and motives behind the mayor's push to build a people mover from the harbor to Canton ("Is people mover headed to Big John's," June 1). While the proposed Wyndham hotel is clearly one of the main motives for the idea, I find Mr. Rodricks' opinions about the people mover to be a bit presumptuous. He states that it doesn't belong "anywhere near Fells Point and Canton."

I live in Canton, and am thrilled about the idea of not having to drive my car to get downtown or to a Ravens or Orioles game. I can't wait to have a modern form of public transportation to get around town and to have it within walking distance of my home.

My only advice to the city would be to realize that the people mover would need to run past 2 a.m. so I and other Baltimoreans don't need to drive to our favorite watering holes.

Lonnie Fisher


Howard Co. nabs violators but loses out on extra cash

I enjoyed reading in your story about Howard County drivers receiving citations for driving through a red light as shown by a photograph ("In this court, camera never lies," May 30). It took me back to 1961 in Germany.

At that time I lived and worked in Germany and frequently had to travel from Frankfurt to Duisburg. I had the choice of comfortable train service or the more venturesome trip by autobahn, where speed was limited only in a few locations.

One day I received a postcard notifying me to appear at the Frankfurt police station regarding a driving citation. When I presented the card at the designated office I was shown a photograph. It was a photo taken through the windshield of a car.

What made it unusual was that across the top of the picture were a date, a clock, a speedometer and a notation of the designated speed limit. In the center was a picture of the rear of my car. The evidence indicated that it was traveling well above the indicated speed limit.

I paid the fine and got a receipt. As I turned to leave it was called to my attention that there was also a fee to cover the cost of making the picture, and that they would keep the picture in my file. It may be possible that Howard County is missing some income if they do not charge for the picture of the crime. After all, photographs are more expensive now.

William G. Bowles Sr.


Kinsolving has no place on radio -- or in newspaper

I was very disappointed to find an article on Les Kinsolving on the cover of the Maryland section ("Catching eyes, ears for radio notoriety," May 31). There is no purpose in recognizing a man who is known only for provoking hatred and shock.

A talk show that serves only to shock is not journalism or good talk radio, as your article suggests.

Talk radio can use shock as a means to provoke an audience to a better understanding of an issue but should not lose sight of the facts and should for no reason create facts to support a hypothesis, as Mr. Kinsolving has done on countless occasions.

There is no purpose in giving recognition to a man who hides his own ignorance under a smoke screen of loud, obnoxious behavior. I would have hoped that The Sun would have better judgment than to feed the ego of this man who is damaging to so many.

David Nesbitt


Love of their country drives military pilots

I read with great interest your article on military pilots ("Pilots, Air Force feeling a crunch," June 1). As a retired aircraft maintenance supervisor, I worked hand in hand with crews doing temporary duties, alert tours, exercises and day-to-day training.

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