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LETTERS

June 11, 2000

Charging Ravens' Lewis with murder was a crime, too

Sun columnist John Eisenberg is a talented writer whom I admire very much. However, his take on the aftermath of the Ray Lewis trial leaves a lot to be desired.

Eisenberg states that Lewis has been "indelibly labeled as a bad guy," and that at this point, "it's hard to imagine Lewis' reputation making a comeback."

Lewis has done exactly what he needed to do to rehabilitate his good name. He could have easily allowed this case to go to the jury and no doubt would have been acquitted of all charges. However, by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor obstruction of justice charge, by testifying credibly in open court, and by agreeing to pay one-third of the cost of prosecuting the case, he has gone overboard in accepting responsibility for his actions.

Charging Lewis with double murder and aggravated assault was the real crime in this case. In Paul Howard's opening statement, he labeled Lewis as a liar and promised to show a blood trail leading to Lewis' hotel room. It's extremely ironic that the same Howard later used Lewis as his star witness against co-defendants Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting. How about an article on Atlanta's vindictive prosecution team!

If there is a third victim in this case, other than Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, I suggest it is Ray Lewis.

Morton D. Marcus, Baltimore

Pay Baltimore its due with road jersey change

I agree with Mr. Charles Shubow, who wrote in a letter last week that the Orioles should return the word "Baltimore" to their road uniforms.

It's about time the Orioles' organization (Mr. Angelos and family) realizes that it is the people of Baltimore and surrounding counties who are paying for this team.

On the road, the Orioles are not feared, but welcomed as one for the win column for the home team. Put Baltimore back on the uniform, show some conformity with the rest of the majors and I will still be a fan of the Baltimore Orioles.

William T. Barnes, Lutherville

O's forget about the fans with decisions on rain

In the June 7 edition of The Sun, it says that persistent rain on June 6 finally persuaded the New York Mets to call off the second game of their series with the Orioles, that the weather forecast was never good, and that Orioles players were not happy about the postponement and losing a day off to play the makeup.

On May 27, the Orioles had a game scheduled at Camden Yards against Oakland. The weather conditions were similar, and rain was falling at game time. A half-hour later, with rain still falling, the game started.

There were about 10,000 fans present, even though most of the seats (48,000) had been sold. Perhaps Mets management cared for the comfort of their fans. The Orioles' management certainly did not.

The Orioles just want to get the game in as scheduled - so as not to lose the gate. The Orioles players probably never gave the fans' comfort a thought. They were thinking about days off and their labor agreement. Perhaps that has taken their minds off winning.

Henry Jackson, Windsor Mill

Blame the politicians for Frostburg's loss

I am a John Steadman fan, but I feel he was off-base on his article concerning the Redskins pulling out of Frostburg. The ones that took us Maryland taxpayers to the cleaners were Governor Glendening, Speaker Casper Taylor and the other legislators who voted to invest $70 million in the Redskins (and about three or four times that amount in Art Modell). Having our state invest in sports franchises is a stupid approach to economic development.

If Taylor were so concerned about economic development, he should not have voted to squander $70 million on a football team. As a state, we made a poor investment that yielded a poor return, and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder validated that fact by his recent decisions.

John Covington, Millersville

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