Maybe a groundhog could better predict the area's...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

February 01, 2000

Maybe a groundhog could better predict the area's weather

The crack meteorologists in this town have finally outdone themselves.

Having correctly predicted the 4-inch snowfall for Jan. 20, the confidence level of our weather nabobs was apparently at an all-time high.

They immediately forecast a 2-to-4 inch snowfall for Sunday Jan. 23 (a total miss) and warned of imminent disaster for Wednesday (another blunder).

What they conveniently forgot to advise their adoring public about was the arrival of an intervening blizzard on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

It's high time that one of our local television stations recruits a truly reliable weather professional.

My nomination: Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog who predicts how long winter will last.

Morton D. Marcus

Baltimore

The great bard William Shakespeare wrote: "The first thing we do. Kill all the lawyers." But that was long before we had weathermen.

The problem with these forecasters is their delivery: They are so definite and absolute, when they can be so absolutely incorrect.

My real problem is that I listen to them.

Joseph L. Larson

Towson

It was a snowstorm, not a national disaster

We had a major snowstorm last Tuesday. It was not a national disaster.

Why, therefore, did local television stations preempt all programming to show reporters outside stopping motorists for inane chatter, show snow removal crews doing their normal job and show assorted vehicles stuck in the snow?

It's bad enough to be pummeled by the weather -- it is unconscionable to be pummeled by the media, non-stop.

Periodic updates on the storm would have been sufficient.

Barbara Hettleman

Baltimore

Can anyone explain why the local TV channels felt it necessary to preempt national programming all day Tuesday, so they could drone on endlessly about the snow?

Talk about repetition -- it was boring.

Robert Marshner

Towson

Mayor, city handled the snowstorm admirably

I was surprised and impressed to receive a call from the mayor's office Wednesday afternoon.

A very nice woman asked if I had food, had my prescriptions filled or needed transportation.

I was amazed that someone took the time to check on our welfare. We have never received a call like this before.

Keep up the good work, Mr. Mayor.

Jean R. White

Baltimore

The day after the big snowstorm I was surprised and grateful to receive a phone call from Mayor Martin O'Malley's office to see if I was or needed anything.

I'm a senior citizen and I think it's great that we have a mayor with a heart.

Essie Cole

Baltimore

Having just moved to Baltimore from Chicago, I think Mayor Martin O'Malley handled the snow like snow-veteran Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley -- with precision and efficiency.

Thanks for a good job well done.

Rosellen Bloomberg

Baltimore

Scott exhibit brings BMA, and arts community together

Joyce J. Scott's exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA), "Kickin' It With the Old Masters," showcases one of Baltimore's pre-eminent talents and brings the local community of artists and art lovers back to the museum ("Threads and beads at the BMA," Jan. 24).

The BMA's decision to show this gifted artist's work, and thus reconnect with its core public after so many years, was both sensible and inspired.

It was the right thing to do, at the right time -- and it was done brilliantly.

The opening night of the Scott show found Baltimore's arts supporters in attendance. They were there both to celebrate Ms. Joyce's brilliant and thought-provoking work and to rejoice in being welcomed back to the local institution that had first sparked many of our interest in contemporary art.

Ms. Scott's small sculptures invite the viewer to think about gender, race, the role of the artist and the melding of African and Western art traditions.

The BMA has done the citizens of Baltimore a great service by exhibiting her work . I hope this will be the first of many shows it will mount that feature the work of local artists.

The Baltimore arts community is eager to support the BMA, and it appears that the BMA is at last eager to support the artists of Baltimore.

Congratulations to both Ms. Scott and the BMA.

Manuel Theodore

Baltimore

Archeologists study artifacts of humans, not of dinosaurs

It is obvious the person responsible for the caption on the photo on page 2E in the Jan. 22 Sun that accompanied the article "Dinosaurs for Dollar$" does not know the difference between paleontology and archeology.

Alan Detrich is clearly identified as a paleontologist in the article, but mislabeled as an archeologist in the caption.

Archeology is the scientific study and interpretation of the physical remains of past cultures. Archeologists do not study dinosaurs, because dinosaurs died out long before humans appeared..

Archeologists study buried evidence (artifacts, building foundations, wells, campfires, storage pits) left by people who lived in the historic and prehistoric past.

In my opinion, this article did a disservice to the scientific endeavors of both disciplines

Louise E. Akerson

Columbia

The writer is president of the Archeological Society of Maryland Inc.

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