Terrapin Club honors loyalty, aids athletes
While Alan Armstrong may contend that something is not quite right with the Comcast Center seating policy ("Full-court press on Terps tickets," April 27), he needs to know the policy was recommended by a committee consisting of Terrapin Club members from all giving levels, M Club members, Maryland alumni, faculty, staff and fans.
The goals of the committee were:
To maintain positive, trusting relationships with donors, faculty, staff and students by honoring loyalty to the program while recognizing those who make sizable donations.
To raise the athletic department's share of the funds needed to build the new arena.
To fund the department's annual scholarship bill fully through gifts to the Terrapin Club.
Since late 1999, the Terrapin Club has been communicating to its members the seating policy that was established by the University New Arena Seating Committee. No Terrapin Club member should be surprised.
The writer is president of the Terrapin Club.
Ticket flap pushes killings off front page
Seventeen young students die in a violent school shooting in Germany ("18 killed in school shooting in Germany, April 27), and on this side of the world the cost of Terps season tickets are scheduled to increase ("Full-court press on Terps tickets," April 27).
This being the sleepy little burg of Baltimore, the Terps' story gets front-page coverage in The Sun and the massacre of innocent teen-agers is relegated to Page 8.
That's one of the things I love about our corner of the East Coast: Given the choice between local sports and what's going on in the cold, cruel world, small-town mentality always prevails.
Richard B. Crystal
Mayor shouldn't back the city solicitor
Mayor Martin O'Malley has quite a knack for picking department heads.
First there was city Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano, whose drunken episode wreaked havoc in the gay community.
Now we have Thurman W. Zollicoffer Jr., the city solicitor, who not only attempted to thwart a legitimate arrest, but claimed that blacks receive "Gestapo"-like treatment from white city police officers ("O'Malley stands behind solicitor in row with police," May 2).
Mind you, this is from the city solicitor, the official sworn to defend the police department.
Mr. O'Malley can do all the spin-doctoring in the world, but if he has any future political aspirations, he had better part company with Mr. Zollicoffer as quickly as possible.
Morton D. Marcus
Bring on newcomers from Washington
I agree with The Sun's editorial regarding Washington-area marketing ("D.C. here we come," April 29).
Ashburton, Forest Park, Gwynn Oak and the Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville are all great neighborhoods that offer wonderful homes whose cost is a fraction of their value. That's why we have been advertising in the Washington area since March.
Perhaps LiveBaltimore can include these neighborhoods in future ads, or help coordinate our individual efforts.
In any case, bring on the D.C. folks; we should be able to assimilate them into the culture and language of Baltimore, and in no time they won't even remember the Redskins.
The writer is executive director of Neighborhoods of Greater Lauraville.
A wake-up call for investors
Better late than never, The Sun's headline "SEC begins analyst probe"(April 26) is welcome news for individual investors.
While it is common knowledge that financial markets are generally rife with potential conflicts of interest, many investors surrendered vigilance during the boom years of the market. At the time it was easy to forget the risks.
Recent disclosures of auditor and consultant complicity and allegations that securities analysts may be more stock cheerleaders than critical investigators reinforce the wake-up call the market has been providing since October 2000.
Mark E. Klotzbach
Time to withhold U.S. aid to Israel
The April 22 Sun blazes: "Israel ends first phase of war on terror." But the day's articles in The Sun and elsewhere make it clear a different headline fits better: "Israel pauses in its spree of state terrorism."
Palestinians young and old were still being pulled from the rubble of a Jenin refugee camp reeking of death on April 22.
Indeed, reports from Ramallah and elsewhere are still accumulating of Israeli troops stealing or destroying property. And Palestinian medical teams who were trying to get desperately needed humanitarian aid to civilian victims of the onslaught are still recovering from their beatings from Israeli security forces around Nablus.
It is time to cut the Sharon government off from our billions in taxpayers' hard-earned money.
There are plenty of people in our community who could put this money to far better use than an Israeli army rampaging through Palestinian refugee camps ever could.
Funding Mideast foes makes little sense