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SATURDAY'S MAILBOX

October 03, 1998

Like sports, arts deserves our support

Why are sports facilities that cost astronomical amounts rarely questioned while arts projects requiring some public funding are undoable because of high costs? ("Visit reinforces worries on renovating of theater," Sept. 28).

My anger and frustration against these legislators are undescribable. Does anyone other than sports fans have a claim on public funds? While rejecting the Hippodrome project seems possible, plans continue to study replacement of the Baltimore Arena. How can one project possibly be rejected out of hand and the other continued?

Another patently stupid observation is that the area is too derelict for people to attend the theater. Has State Del. Martha S. Klima been in this neighborhood on a game day for the Orioles or Ravens?

The garage, which could easily be attached to the arts center, is a major parking facility for attendees at these events. The neighborhood presents no problem for sports fans.

Our legislators should know that people other than sports fans pay taxes and are entitled to some consideration to pursue their interests with government support.

Gary C. Harn

Baltimore

One-year moratorium to save blue crabs

There is one way to guarantee that we will again have the abundant blue crab harvest that the Chesapeake used to give us: No crabbing for one year, starting January 1999, including summer months.

People caught crabbing would be fined far more than the value of the catch. Have the state pay people whose regular income is through crabbing, just like the farmers who have been paid in the past not to grow certain produce.

These crabbers would have to take another type of occupation to supplement their income for one year.

But what great crabs we Marylanders would enjoy in year 2000.

Doris Slater

Timonium

Compassion is needed to heal Clinton, nation

Bill Clinton's sins are clearly those of weakness, not of malice.

I hope the Congress will be spiritually minded and seek a "win-win" scenario for the president and for the good of the country. I hope it will offer Mr. Clinton an atmosphere in which the truth can be told, an atmosphere of sincere compassion instead of harsh partisanship.

Accusation and the threat of condemnation put pressure on the accused so that they cannot do their soul work or come to know the real truth about themselves.

My hope is that Mr. Clinton will be able to look at what is apparently his his mortal flaw -- sexual addiction -- and come to the truth about himself, thereby moving out of the state of denial he seems to be in. Why? Because that same mortal flaw afflicts not a few of us.

The primary agenda for the Congress in regard to Mr. Clinton should be the healing of the whole country, a noble task that should transcend partisan lines.

Congress and the president have the opportunity to aspire to genuine greatness here so that we can cease wallowing in incivility and repair the harm done to the presidency.

If Mr. Clinton cannot receive mercy and forgiveness, is there mercy and forgiveness for any of us? Will this be a world of incivility on the rampage or a compassionate, loving and forgiving world? It's our choice.

The Rev. Bob Traupman

Towson

Clinton's defenders, Young's constituents

I was dumbfounded when the voters in former state Sen. Larry Young's district vehemently resisted his expulsion from the Maryland legislature for alleged illegal acts.

I owed their perceived stupidity to something lacking in the moral fiber of his constituents.

But now, President Clinton's supporters are acting in a similar fashion. They don't care that he had sex in the Oval Office area of the White House with a young government employee.

They don't care if he lied under oath to avoid prosecution in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit or under oath before the grand jury or when he wagged his finger at the American people and said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

What they really care about is their politics. They are Democrats; they voted for this man; and they want him to continue in office, no matter what.

Evidently, politics transcends morality, whether it is local or national politics.

Murray Spear

Baltimore

Election can bring checks and balances

As a conservative Democrat for more than 50 years, I am amazed that columnists and readers have failed to note the unusual opportunity for the voters in the state election.

With the overwhelming Democratic majority in Maryland and the makeup of both houses of the legislature, there is no conceivable manner in which that could change in the near future.

Thus, any liberalization of gun laws, anti-abortion legislation and other ideas espoused by the far right would have absolutely no chance of consideration or passage by an overwhelming Democratic House of Delegates or state Senate, regardless of who is governor.

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