Police welcomed to Howard Street
I must take exception with your recent editorial against moving the Baltimore City Police Department to a new home on Howard Street.
As a downtown retailer and property owner for many years and as the current president of the Market Center Association, representing more than 400 downtown merchants, I am dismayed that you would take a stand against an initiative that could have such a significant and positive impact on the area.
The benefits of bringing the police department to Howard Street are immeasurable. To the retailers and patrons of the area, the addition of the police department would be a ''shining light'' at the end of the tunnel.
For years we have been blighted by construction. Through no fault of our own, what used to be a very viable area has almost been shut down.
Now we have the opportunity to welcome increased activity on Howard Street with the addition of 3,000 more employees contributing life to the streets and, at the same time, their blue uniforms generating a sense of well-being.
This move would perfectly complement other new initiatives in the area, such as light rail, the new stadium, the City Crescent project, the VA Hospital and expansion of University Center -- all projects that are helping to revitalize downtown's west side.
We cannot wait to welcome the Baltimore city police to their new home.
Food for thought
Kevin Cowherd's column "A rose by any other name" (Feb. 28) completely misses the point.
No one except Mr. Cowherd takes the Denny's commercial seriously.
Actually, the two elderly Corlick sisters in the commercial are spunky. They are still able to get around on their own. They're optimistic, independent and active. And if they're a tad confused, well, haven't you ever been confused by menus that offer a house burger along with multiple fry, pickle and cole slaw combinations with names like "The Green Knight" and "The Brandywine Bulldog"? Except for the waitress, who else could possibly remember which combination had the cheese, the mustard and the dill pickle, and whether it was the tossed salad, the potato salad or cole slaw on the side?
Precious few TV commercials today feature old-timers the way they really are. Like most people, I have elderly relatives who I see relatively infrequently. They do tend to get mixed up and sometimes I am mistakenly called by my father's or my uncle's name. As I get older, I understand that such confusion is natural and probably inevitable.
I am neither with the company nor do I own stock in it.
Because its name is similar to mine, I've followed Denny's for about 15 years out of curiosity.
Lighten up, Mr. Cowherd!
Kids with guns
Imagine this comforting thought: Our two sons were not shot by a fellow student at Roland Park School the other day, but they might have been.
Struggling against the notion that this is urban life as usual (ie, something we can do nothing about), we think several lessons emerge.
First, all our children are at risk. Because they are so close geographically, we are sure the Gilman and Roland Park Country School parents are as concerned as we are about the shooting in our neighborhood.
But if any parents think they can somehow buy their way out of this violence, let us point out that since that shooting, students have been killed by fellow students in such disparate neighborhoods as Brooklyn, N.Y., and Archdale, N.C.
The reasons violence exists range from the unprecedented availability of guns to more subtle challenges to our social fabric. All our children are at risk in a society that quite easily absorbs the reality of eighth graders toting guns to neighborhood schools.
The second reality is that Roland Park School is an excellent school.
As participants in both private and public education at all levels, we know that Evelyn Beasley is a remarkable, committed principal and her faculty is as talented a group of teachers as any we have seen. Against great odds, they are giving our boys and and hundreds of other kids an excellent education.
Sadly, the people in the best position to help this team are doing the opposite. The school should be a model to build on, a way to lift up, school by school, the whole city system. At the very least, North Avenue ought to get out of their way.
As parents, we wish the shooting did not happen. But simple fear and a sigh of relief that the incident is thankfully someone else's problem is a luxury beyond the pocketbooks of everyone.
What if ...
Do you think that when the economy improves, our Governor Schaefer, who has an unquestionable thirst for our tax dollars, would ever recommend that taxes be reduced? I don't think he would because in the past he has been a huge spender of our tax money!