The state of Israel is a living memorial to Holocaust...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 07, 2000

The state of Israel is a living memorial to Holocaust victims

I must respond to The Sun's article on controversial architect Peter Eisenman and his planned German Holocaust memorial in Berlin ("An achievement not yet built," May 2).

I think we have enough memorials to remind us of death. We need memorials to remind us of healing.

Spending millions for more structures, impressive landscapes, mammoth buildings or 300-foot monuments to erase the guilt of some people is not the answer.

One is redeemed from hate and evil by simply showing love, acceptance and respect.

The best memorial any German or Jew or anyone else can build, has already been built -- and that is the state of Israel. It's a living memorial, an achievement that was promised by the God of Israel.

And Berlin's leaders can best show their true compassion and understanding of the Holocaust issue by addressing the hate happening right now in Israel, where Jews are being kicked out of their homes and farms to appease another people.

Some so-called peacemakers are also allowing Hamas and Hezbollah terrorists to teach Arab children to murder Jews by training them to go on suicide missions.

Where are the Berlin voices, and the left-wing Jewish voices, about these events?

To say "never again," and mean it, means not ignoring the signs of renewed hatred.

When all those who took part in the murder of European Jewry and their offspring finally accept and recognize Israel and its people's right to exist as a nation, with Jerusalem as its eternal capital, that will be the best and only memorial to the atrocities of the past.

Barbara Ann Bloom

Owings Mills

Union's intransigence could undermine port

I was profoundly disappointed to read of the actions of Longshoremen's Local 333 and the comments from its members, which can only damage the port of Baltimore and give comfort and marketing help to other competing East Coast ports ("More work or more wait?" April 29).

Baltimore's advantage of being closer to the Midwest manufacturers has long since been erased by rate equalization.

And sea transportation has changed dramatically in the last several years. No longer are there scores of shipping lines.

Today, only a handful of lines exist. They are using much larger vessels, consolidating cargo and calling on fewer ports. Within the next 10 years, it is likely there will be less than half a dozen viable ports in the United States.

Baltimore is not likely to be one of them without innovative strategies and tactics. Labor has been an important part of the Maryland Port Administration's marketing strategy for a number of years and has played a vital role in attracting and keeping certain business.

But when shippers and steamship lines find us clinging to outdated work rules, they will have little confidence in our port's ability to deliver the reliably cost-efficient service they need to remain competitive.

We should all hope and pray that cooler more rational heads prevail in Local 333.

Christopher C. Hartman

Cockeysville

Debris left in streets compromises clean-up

It is a wonderful thing that the city's new administration includes cleanliness as a goal ("City's war on garbage picks up," May 2). Better upkeep of our streets and alleys will reduce crime and health problems. I hope citizens will do their part.

Unfortunately, I have to hope that the city agencies will do theirs as well.

A few weeks back, there was a small water valve leak in my block. The Department of Public Works was called and promptly took care of the leak. It was pretty standard fare, I suppose: dig up the sidewalk, replace the pipe, cover it over.

The problem is that they left behind a pile of dirt, rock rubble and pipe in the street.

How, in good conscience can a government ask its citizens to clean up the city when it can't clean up after itself?

Craig D. Carmen

Baltimore

Should we fine those who don't use condoms?

I was amused by the recent letter denouncing freedom of choice, but only as it relates to safety belts, bicycle helmets and guns ("Public `meddling' can save lives and save money," letters, May 1).

Its argument was that freedom of choice results in ugly accidents and expensive medical costs that drive up costs for everyone, because careless persons failed to take appropriate safety measures.

The author has a point. We can only hope, however, that she sees it the same way with respect to freedom of choice in the case of taxpayer-funded abortions.

We should have fines, perhaps, for those who fail to use prophylactics.

And let's not even speculate as to the equivalent of a trigger lock.

Woodrow F. Dick Jr.

Springfield, Va.

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