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June 27, 1998

Wyndham Hotel will draw large crowds to waterfront

When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that "every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm," he could have been describing last week's groundbreaking for the new Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel.

This event, which drew more than 300 people, celebrated the collective enthusiasm and vision of this city and its leaders which, in just two short years, will produce one of the finest convention and business hotels in the country.

We at Patriot American Hospitality Inc. and Wyndham International share the excitement that was so palpable at last week's ceremony and commend the city and its leaders as well as our partners, H & S Properties, Stormont Trice, H. J. Russell, Armada Hoffler, Cooper Carry and Beatty Harvay Fillat for their dedication to creating greater opportunity for Baltimore, its families and its businesses.

This opportunity will take the shape of a 750-room, four-star waterfront hotel that will create nearly 2,000 jobs, increase convention business, bring more visitors to area businesses and promote the continued restoration of the Fells Point and Little Italy neighborhoods.

And with our new European reservations systems, we at Wyndham are excited to put Baltimore on the global map as a leading business and leisure destination.

The site's proximity to the Baltimore Convention Center, the allure of a waterfront location and a spectacularly designed hotel will create magnetic appeal for business and leisure travelers alike.

We are confident that our hotel will draw millions of visitors around the waterfront, creating an active hub around which the city will grow economically.

We understand the magnitude of the expectations for the Inner Harbor East development and will take great pride in meeting and surpassing them.

James D. Carreker

Dallas

The writer is chairman and chief executive officer of Wyndham International Inc.

Mixing guns with religion shows absurdity of the NRA

If there are two things for which the National Rifle Association deserves credit, they have to be tenacity and daring.

Since its inception, the NRA has maintained its right to delete part of the Second Amendment to accommodate its self-interests merely on NRA authority. Now, more than 120 years later and in spite of U.S. Supreme Court decisions to the contrary, it remains undaunted in its stance.

And in response to the public outcry from children shooting children in schools across the nation with increasing regularity, the NRA asserts that not only the U.S. Constitution, but God himself, supports its position.

To set the stage for this gigantic transition, it elects Charlton Heston as national president, as a way of saying, in the words of Executive Vice President Wayne La-Pierre, "Hey, Moses is on our side. ("Charlton Heston is elected NRA leader," June 9).

Then, rookie gun dealer Rob Shiflett shares that divine inspiration drove him to open his gun shop next door to a Catholic elementary in Parkville ("Where religion, guns mix," June 20). In defense of the name "Christian Soldier," he applied his own interpretation of a familiar Bible story, claiming that had Jesus had a pistol when he thrust the money-changers out of the temple, "he probably would have shot a few rounds in the air."

Like Mr. Shiflett, I grew up in Parkville. I graduated from St. Ursula Elementary School next door to his shop. I do not remember being taught anything there or anywhere else that would lead me to believe that Jesus would possess a pistol, let alone shoot off a few rounds. I was taught that Jesus preached nonviolence, to the extent that he went willingly to his death for the good of mankind.

I hope your readers have dismissed Mr. Shiflett's absurdities as simply the crazed ramblings of another NRA extremist. I certainly do not envy Mr. Heston's job of attempting to paint the NRA as regular, all-American folk. He has his work cut out for him.

Ginni Wolf

Glen Burnie

The writer is education coordinator for Marylanders Against Handgun Abuse.

Message on religion was answer to prayer

I would like to say a huge amen to Jack L. Levin's "The prayers our schoolchildren should say," (June 18, Opinion Commentary).

I would hope The Sun seeks a rejoinder because it would be interesting to see how anyone can refute or spin what he has written.

I would add only one thing to what needs to be pointed out to the "evangelicals on the Christian right" of which Mr. Levin speaks. That is, simply: The cross of the crucifixion was not painted with red and white stripes and white stars on a field of blue. That cross was just plain wood and very universal in its message of hope.

I would like to thank The Sun for Mr. Levin's comment. It has needed saying for a very, very long time.

Randall Miller

Ocean View, Del.

Providing parking for 'people mover'?

I read about what I consider the wildest adventure Baltimore ever considered: a "people mover" through historic parts of Baltimore.

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