Bad reason for reduced fire protectionI cannot believe...

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November 14, 1991

Bad reason for reduced fire protection

I cannot believe that Mayor Schmoke spoke with a straight face when he quoted population loss as his main reason for reducing city fire protection. Notwithstanding that the continuing reductions in Baltimore's population are the direct result of city political and financial policies, the mayor's convoluted argument should be challenged for the farce that it is.

With the unquestioned loss of city residents over the past 20 or so years, many substandard structures have less or no supervision, thus increasing, not decreasing, the possibility of loss by fire. In addition, we now have more high-density buildings, which require more equipment and manpower to fight any conflagrations.

Finally, there has been no reduction in the number of streets that must be traversed by fire trucks. In fact, over the same period of 20 years, bordering acres of the city near the county line have been further developed.

If the mayor's post-election purpose was to shock the remaining city residents, he has eminently succeeded. But if he expects those same city residents to swallow his hare-brained explanation for cutting back on fire protection, his stupidity passeth all understanding.

Jack Bond


The deer problem

Dorothy Tegeder (Forum, Nov. 7) offered a simplistic "humane solution" to the problem of damage caused by deer. Her suggestion only points out the lack of knowledge about deer.

Deer cannot digest hay. Feeding hay to deer has been tried during severe snows in the mountains, and while the deer ate the hay, they died of starvation or blocked digestive tracts. Many well-meaning people found that they were actually being more cruel to the deer by feeding them hay than by leaving them alone.

Physically moving deer is another cruel action. When the Fund For Animals tried moving deer out of the Florida swamps, over 75 percent died from fright-induced "heart attacks" or from injuries when being handled. Deer are wild animals and cannot be manipulated by feeding or handling, as can domesticated animals.

The problems of deer "overpopulation" are complex, but in truth hunting is still the best method of keeping a healthy herd within bounds and available for all to enjoy. Reasonable restraints must be used at all times in any case.

C.D. Baker Jr.


Term limits

I believe that The Evening Sun should push for a limitation o the terms of officials elected to state and county offices.

The thrust of the proposal should be to limit all service to two consecutive terms in any given time period. Anyone interested in seeking additional public service should be required to take a break. This requirement is certainly in the public interest. After all is said and done, the citizens are the customers.

James M. Holway

Ellicott City

On Hall's views

Wiley Hall's columns are guaranteed to either make me very angry or give me a good laugh, usually both.

He's always talking about what an awful, violent society we live in. I'm glad I don't live where he does. There hasn't been any violent crime in my neighborhood. No one I know has committed any crime (unless a speeding ticket qualifies). I don't want to hear the poverty cry either. So you're poor and you steal some food or clothing. That's understandable. Why the murders? They have nothing to do with economics.

As for Hall's views on politics, why is everything that's wrong with the economy due to George Bush and Ronald Reagan? Does Wiley know that Congress is controlled by Democrats? Does he remember Jimmy Carter's presidency? A 21 percent prime interest rate? Thirteen percent inflation? Now those were the good old days.

Just look at Maryland, a state controlled by the Democrats. High taxes and wasteful, inefficiently run social programs are the reason the economy is being suffocated.

I wouldn't want Wiley Hall to change, though. He's still my favorite writer.

Stephen Seminazzi


Bell's blunder

Councilman Lawrence Bell's pro-criminal resolution that criminals be allowed to help decide the laws of Maryland by voting is ridiculous and offensive. Is it important to him that more people sharing his political views vote?

This action would send a message that we don't mind what felons have done. It is bad enough that in trying to combat apathy, we encourage people to vote in spite of their ignorance of issues. When people get opinions from colorful flyers and flamboyant media articles, they show that they are fools, not good citizens. Giving the voting privilege to individuals who have demonstrated that they are against the law is too far to go for a few more voters without consciences.

D.P. Elliott


The real Reagan

This is in response to the column by Georgie Anne Geyer in The Evening Sun Nov. 7 about the opening of Ronald Reagan's presidential library and her attempt to enlighten us as to who this "mysterious man" is.

But we prefer to believe the "real Ronald Reagan" is the one revealed in his presidency from 1980 to 1988.

Arteamus Pulley


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