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February 17, 1992

Worries about life quality in Rodgers Forge

In response to the issue of Sheppard Pratt's locating an alternative living unit (ALU) in a Rodgers Forge home, the record needs to be set straight. Patrick Ercolano's article and the follow-up editorial in The Evening Sun stated that Sheppard Prat called the meeting in Rodgers Forge. This information, the cornerstone of the editorial in favor of the proposal, is wrong! The Board of Governors of Rodgers Forge called the meeting, which hospital representatives agreed to attend.

The hospital never approached the community with its plans. Its intentions were uncovered by a member of the community. Only then was Sheppard Pratt willing to talk about the ALU. The way Sheppard Pratt's plans were uncovered seems to have put its relationship with the community on bad terms before residents even move in. Is this the sign of good neighbors? Part of the community isn't so sure.

The editorial states that the proposed residents will work. This was never stated by the hospital. These people will be volunteering, attending school or working, but only 20 hours a week. This leaves an awful lot of idle time.

As for the hysteria concerning tumbling property values, two experts agree the concern is legitimate. Their reports show properties located near and adjacent to these types of homes consistently are detrimental to their values. No one can set the nearby property owners' minds at ease when independent parties give these types of opinions.

Finally, the editorial's description of the area along York Road as "in no way a pristine suburb" was taken with much offense by the people who live there. The homes and the people who live there are among the finest you'll find anywhere in Baltimore.

Carl H. Francioli

Rodgers Forge

Moral failings

I agree with Marie Nixon's Feb. 5 letter in which she names the many sins of our people. Here's hoping that our people learn to shape up and face their responsibilities.

Evelyn Knester


Nader in '92?

We need a qualified candidate for president, and we have one now. Ralph Nader is really running! Wow!

Scott Lawrence


New directions

It is time for change, time for the legislature to get back to basics.

First, state lawmakers should mandate that all unclaimed lottery winnings, plus an additional 15 percent of lottery income, be dedicated to a state debt-reduction program, with the funds bypassing the governor and public works, and going directly to the comptroller.

Second, they should permit all citizens to place earned income into individual health accounts tax free, to be available for individual or family medical emergencies.

Finally, they should limit family tax deductions to two minor children, and permit up to two deduction allowances for elderly family members in the same household, and set higher deduction allowances for families or individuals over 70.

James M. Holway

Ellicott City

Reform the system

My compliments to Robin Miller (Other Voices, Feb. 5) on the wonderful idea of the privatization of government and politicians. Although this was a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, it couldn't be less beneficial to the working public than the present system. However, members of the General Assembly aren't likely to kill the goose that lays their golden eggs.

Blanche K. Coda


Father vs. daddy

Your editorial, "Fathers and families" (Jan. 10), though well intentioned, didn't deal with the real problem. There is no problem with fatherlessness in our society. Every child has a father, even though we may not know who the father is. The problem isn't fatherlessness but daddylessness.

Almost any man can father a child, but real daddies are a endangered species. A daddy spends quality time with his child. He provides for the child's basic needs. He leads in the child's upbringing and instills values. There are countless homes where fathers are present and still there is no daddy.

Fathers are a dime a dozen, but a daddy is more precious than gold.

James R. Cook


Books & sweets

When I was very young, one of my pleasures of life was to go to Branch 14 library, get as many books as I could carry, go up to the bedroom I shared with two older sisters, get out my little bag of penny candy and read and cheer to my heart's delight.

Now I am old, but still I have not lost my love of reading or eating sweets. The written word is so important in my life now and candy is just as dandy.

Rae Miller Heneson


Real leadership

In response to Blanche Coda's comment that we must elect a Congress that will work with the president (Forum, Feb. 6), I wish to offer an alternative. It would be more logical to elect a president who is a leader rather than just an administrator. Then perhaps our disoriented Congress would follow.

Charles Johnston


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