Two-part rights series gave history lesson on local...

Letters to the Editor

August 31, 1998

Two-part rights series gave history lesson on local struggle

I want to express my appreciation for the excellent two-part article on "Justice at Gwynn Oak" (Aug. 23-24). Not being a Baltimore native, it gave me insight into what citizens in this community went through in the 1960s.

Looking carefully at the list of those who were arrested, I was pleased to see my predecessor's name and also the name of a current member of our Quaker Meeting, Ann Miller. I called Ann to congratulate and thank her for her involvement.

As soon as a second copy of the articles arrives, I shall send it on to Norman Morrison's widow, now living in North Carolina, as Mr. Morrison was also one of those arrested. There was evidently a third member of the congregation involved, but her name was not listed as she was not arrested.

Thank you again for your well-crafted writing and your insights into this local struggle for justice.

Ronald E. Mattson


The writer is executive secretary of the Baltimore Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Stony Run.

Making Memorial Stadium attractive to new residents

Several of your recent letters have suggested turning the razed Memorial Stadium into a park-and-ride lot for Ravens games. That might be a desirable idea for those who attend the 10 games per year, but it does not sit well with those of us who live in the Memorial Stadium neighborhood.

Those 10 days of convenience for football fans would leave us with 355 days of asphalt desert. No, what we need is something that will inspire people to come to our neighborhood to live, not just to park.

A grass-covered, tree-lined park with play equipment for young children and recreational and athletic facilities for adults would be such a use.

Herman M. Heyn


Blount tarnished record with residency charade

Judge Michael E. Loney ruled correctly by ordering Sen. Clarence W. Blount off the September primary ballot.

Mr. Blount lost it when he listened to his advisors and decided to run. He led Del. Frank D. Boston Jr. to believe he would not run again. He should have retired in the same dignified and conscientious manner in which he previously represented his district.

Mr. Blount, in my opinion, had no intention on supporting or conceding his seat to Mr. Boston. Mr. Boston showed guts in bucking the old boy's network.

How sad for the senator to be dragged into court to defend himself. He was really a senator without a true constituency. He continued this charade for nearly 10 years. He should be penalized through his retirement benefits.

He will be collecting a full pension from the state while he served in a district where he did not live.

Why would Mr. Blount misrepresent himself as being one of us? Baltimore has too many other important issues.

The voters of the 41st District should demand an explanation and an apology from Senator Blount.

He was callous and exploitive of the black community. His armor of valor has been pierced.

Carolyn Brown


Missed opportunity to urge worldwide family planning

Why is it so difficult for many people to mention overpopulation and methods for slowing population growth? In a recent Parade magazine, former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon wrote about the coming water shortages as population growth overwhelms supplies. He accepted as inevitable that by the year 2050 the world's population will be nearly double the present 5.9 billion.

Mr. Simon wrote about the consequences of overwhelming the world's resources, but in his suggestions on what to do, he did not include efforts to slow down the growth of populations.

For many years, the United States was the leader in support for family planning initiatives in the world's poorest countries. A radical change in congressional leadership beginning in 1994 resulted in savage cuts in our vital international family program.

The consequences of congressional cuts to the United Nations Fund for Population Activities and to International Planned Parenthood are two: many more abortions and out-of-control population growth.

It is most regrettable that Mr. Simon missed an opportunity to speak out for support of efforts to reduce the rate of population growth while he had a huge audience that reads Parade.

Carleton W. Brown


Double standard in policies toward Sudan, Myanmar

Clarence Lusane, assistant professor at American University in Washington, writes about terrible facts in Sudan ("Starving Sudanese need our help now," Aug. 13).

Mr. Lusane wrote in his column: "The Sudanese government has played a murderous role. In its desperate effort to stay in power, the regime of Gen. Omar Hassan al Bashir has overseen the starvation, rape, brutality, killing and enslavement of its citizens while the southern part of the country continues to suffer the worst of that policies."

"Where is the United States in all these horrors?" asks Mr. Lusane.

Well, despite plenty of rhetoric, we can not expect anything from the Islamic countries.

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