Morgan State projects will benefit baseball, culture in 0...

Letters to the Editor

September 28, 1998

Morgan State projects will benefit baseball, culture in 0) Baltimore

In the story "Morgan, Little League fight over fields" (Sept. 12), some organizers of the Northwood Little League expressed fear that they might be put out of business by the university's plans for expansion.

It is important to emphasize that Morgan State University has no such intention of causing that to happen. On the contrary, the university's proposal to build three new and better baseball diamonds on the same parcel of land and a softball field offers a win-win opportunity for the entire Northeast Baltimore community.

The proposal is part of the university's plan to build a new $38 million fine arts center on Argonne Drive that would serve as an important cultural resource for the city, particularly for the northeast quadrant. We envision a beautifully landscaped facility, enhanced lighting and off-street parking.

To accommodate parking for the new fine arts center, we have proposed shifting the location of the existing ball fields a few hundred yards to the west, assisting in the construction of new bleachers and lighting, if necessary, and possibly even contributing to the construction of a new field house.

In the end, the children of Northwood would have a new, state-of-the-art facility on which to play, and the entire community will have access to uplifting cultural activities.

Cynthia Graves

Baltimore

The writer is a planner at Morgan State University.

Keeping Clinton president would dishonor the nation

After hours of watching presidential testimony replay, I can only conclude that should the president remain in office, we will have chosen a path that dishonors this nation's founders and sets an unbelievably low standard of behavior for those who follow him in office. It would undermine the values we teach our children and grandchildren.

Edward J. Naumann Jr.

Towson

Starr report wastes money and wreaks havoc on us

President Clinton has admitted stupid and tawdry sexual offenses for which he has begged forgiveness of the American people. We can never forget that.

But in the years ahead, it will be remembered that Kenneth Starr has humiliated our president, and out of personal vindictiveness brought grievous injury upon our country.

True, Mr. Starr has had many frustrations in more than four years and more than $40 million dollars wasted trying to nail the Clintons for Whitewater, Travelgate and other charges. Now he has gotten abundant revenge.

But even a first-year law student should have the good judgment never to commit 453 pages with scarce mention of economic or governmental issues and more than 500 mentions of "sex."

But the president is not the one attacked. This vindictiveness not only has weakened our president in crucial domestic and foreign affairs, it also has destabilized our government and our economy and helped bring our stock market down.

Millions of people have seen the loss of a total of billions of dollars in savings. But what lies ahead?

For weeks, maybe months ahead, Mr. Starr has the power to continue to wreak havoc on the president and the country. It is time to recognize the will of the great majority of the American people.

Don Tobey

Washington

Story on minimum-wage was bigger news than ruble

The Sun reports inside the Business section that a $1 increase in the hourly minimum wage was defeated in the Republican-led U.S. Senate ("Higher minimum wage rejected," Sept. 23).

Yet the front page contains another business story, "Ruble's crisis generates feast for the eyes only."

Are The Sun's priorities skewed? According to Catholic Charities, about 156,200 Baltimore City residents live in poverty, 27.9 percent of city blacks live in poverty, 35.1 percent of all female-headed families in the city live in poverty and 54.4 percent of all female-headed households with children under five in the city live in poverty.

Isn't the rejection of a $1 hourly raise for poor city residents bigger news than a currency crisis in a country 5,000 miles away?

Joe Surkiewicz

Baltimore

Polling places, school bells are not a good combination

Your editorial "School's out for the wrong reason" (Sept. 14) was poorly thought out. The logistics of handling 500 to 2,000 students per school as well as electioneers, voters and judges is mind-boggling.

You must take into consideration that breakfast and lunch must be served, many unfamiliar people would be walking through the building during the school day, arrival and dismissal would be more difficult and parking would be a nightmare.

If you want students to see democracy in action, let them go to the polling place with their parents. That would be a much more effective way to teach democracy than having students share the school building with voters.

And please don't blame the school systems and General Assembly for students missing the first day or any day of school. That's their parents' responsibility.

Catherine B. Knight

Perry Hall

Remember Skinner's role in Star-Spangled banner

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