Flight of heron vindicates tree planting effort
On a recent Sunday during a cold rain, I was working with a group of volunteers planting seedlings near Lake Montebello. As the rain increased in intensity and a chill wind began to whip around, I was feeling low, tired and cold.
I looked at the sky hoping for a break in the clouds. Instead, I saw a huge bird with a wingspan greater than an eagle soaring upward from the Herring Run Park area. We all looked up and were thrilled to see a blue heron in flight.
Matty Taylor from the city's park system told us that there was a family of blue herons that has set up home in the area and that there were foxes as well. Suddenly the rain seemed warmer and the wind no longer mattered as we bent to our task, knowing why we were planting trees even on a cold, rainy day.
If all of us would only take the time to plant a tree or pick up a piece of trash, we could restore nature to a much healthier balance. We made a difference for years for the worse; now we can make a difference for the better. Herons and foxes in Baltimore city? That's tremendous!
The writer directs tree-planting efforts in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
How to stop crime
The Brady bill is a big laugh to law-abiding citizens of Maryland and for the rest of the country.
Maryland has had a seven-day waiting period for over 20 years, and it doesn't work. Show me where violent crime has gone down in Maryland. Maryland's violent crimes have doubled in the last 10 years, and in other inner cities of our country as well. Look at Washington, D.C. Its murder rate surpassed 500 last year, and you're not allowed to buy a gun in that city.
Liberals, Democrats and newspaper writers should realize that you're not going to stop violent crime until you have the death penalty. Show these criminals that when they commit a violent crime, using a knife or baseball bat or any kind of weapon, they take someone's life.They should be sentenced to death and not sit on death row and appeal their sentence for 10 to 15 years at the taxpayers' expense.
Criminals should realize that if they take a life, they forfeit their life.
Terry James Browning
Your May 20 article, "Bleak job quest," pointing out how "the door to the employment office has been slammed shut ` and bolted" for people just getting out of school gives a new, unfortunate meaning to the word "graduate": "Grad, you wait!"
See article below.
Brutal and vicious
I was appalled and saddened to learn of the brutal and vicious beating of Expedito "Pedro" Lugo by three youths near Patterson Park. The attack on Mr. Lugo was execrable, dastardly and thoroughly repugnant.
It is a very tragic manifestation of our time, as evident in the case of Mr. Lugo and related incidents of violence in our society, that a growing number of citizens, youths and adults have seemingly become inured to pain and death and fundamental respect for the sanctity of life and the rule of law. The three youths responsible for the senseless beating of Mr. Lugo deserve to be prosecuted to the maximum extent of the law.
Samuel L. Banks
City tax burden
The Baltimore City Council's Taxpayer Night is Monday, June 10, at 7 p.m. at the War Memorial Building across from City Hall. Once again the Baltimore City Homeowners Coalition for Fair Property Taxes will lobby the members of the City Council to make municipal government efficient and return to the taxpayers some of their hard-earned money.
On May 5, your newspaper published a special report entitled "Baltimore and Beyond," the result of a two-month study of the future of Baltimore. The report corroborates what the Homeowners Coalition has been saying for the past two years: "Baltimore's property tax rate of $5.95 per $100 of assessed value, at least double that of any Maryland county, is a huge burden on its businesses and remaining middle class."
Before the rest of the state will accept the Linowes Commission's tax reform package to raise an estimated $800 million in new money for distribution to Baltimore and other needy counties, Baltimore must demonstrate that it has the political will-power and the ability to "watch its waste-line."
It will be interesting, in an election year, to hear what the members of the City Council have to say on Taxpayers Night.
Shame on The Evening Sun!
In this era of political correctness, your editorial, "Quayle, under glass" (May 13) referred to the vice president's "twangy Indiana accent."
Does your obvious bias include the hot-potato-in-the-mouth Georgia drawl of Jimmy Carter, or the nasal Texas vernacular of Lyndon Johnson?
Speaking of the pot calling the kettle black, have the editors ever listened to "downee ocean" Balmorese?
Once again, new, young trees have been planted by the city on North Charles Street at Franklin Street. This has been done several times, but because they were uncared for, they died due to the heat of summer and no watering or feeding. They need this care to overcome the shock of transplanting.
What a waste of the city's funds!