Why milk neighbors for cash cow?
I have been opposed to the new ballpark since its origin. I have never been impressed with the unbelievable statement that it would not cost city residents.
The latest offense is that those who live in proximity to the ballpark must pay a parking permit fee. If this much-touted stadium is to bring millions of dollars in revenue to the city and state, why not let this revenue pay for the cost of these permits? Why must the city residents pay? Why do people choose to live elsewhere? No commission need be paid to answer simple questions . . . questions created by simple politicians.
Marjorie C. Golden
We as taxpayers have accepted that in order to continue to appreciate life as we love it and have the services in place that we need, we have to pay taxes. But these days how are we supposed to feel good about being taxed on practically everything when we continually hear of so much waste, fraud and mis-management of our tax dollars?
The rates of our tax breaks are hardly comparable to the raises and other amenities afforded our lawmakers. It would be really encouraging to see them make substantial cuts in services and even vote "no" on a pay raise or "yes" to a decreased salary, especially considering the economic times we are going through.
I fully appreciate that certain benefits and privileges are realized in certain positions, but when times are hard we all have to pitch in to ease the burden and bring the economy back to a state in which we all can be comfortable. I am totally supportive also of man's responsibility to man the world over, but I also believe that we have to cut back and re-allocate funds designated for foreign aid. Our country has reached an economic low and we must put America and Americans first!
L. A. Leazer
The role of medics
"Baltimore has the best fire department in the county, and I am looking forward to making it better." These are the words of incoming Chief Herman Williams Jr. of the Baltimore City Fire Department.
I would like to challenge Chief Williams to look at the vital role that the Emergency Medical Services plays in the life and death of Baltimore City.
Granted, fire prevention seminars are necessary, but how many lives continue to be affected by a 1970s approach to pre-hospital medical care? When is Baltimore City going to implement a program that will upgrade the training and skills of its medics? Why do most of the surrounding counties continue to lead the way in endorsing and implementing current and new approaches to the treatment of medical and trauma emergencies that occur on a daily basis? Less than 160 medics respond to over 100,000 911 calls each year in Baltimore, treating everything from cuts and sprains to cardiac and trauma arrests.
Can the city honestly say that it is doing its best to provide outstanding service to its citizens when seconds and minutes count and lives are in the balance?
Brian H. Newbigging
The writer is a Baltimore City paramedic.
Black, just beautiful
I am Black, with a capital B, thank you, and think it is absolutely ridiculous and a slap in the face to all Black Marylanders that Del. Howard P. Rawlings, D-Baltimore, and the General Assembly agree "unanimously" that it is okay to refer to people of African descent as AfricanAmerican. It is now official, so let it be written, so let it be done! It is even more ludicrous that a bill was introduced and enacted.
I am not African American and I despise the use of the term. Why should Black Marylanders (in pen, on paper) be forced to carry an ethnic moniker that was created to assist non-Blacks in feeling comfortable about how they should address people of color?
I am Black, with a capital B, thank you. I am not colored, Negro or by a long shot, African American. Are white people who descended from South Africa being labeled African Americans? I bet not. I enjoy being Black. Black is a strong thing to be. I like the way it sounds, I like the way it looks on paper and I like what (I have learned) it stands for. Some will argue that Black is not a race, it's a color. Well, is white any different?
Members of the House and the Senate, I believe, have larger problems to worry about. Why waste the taxpayers' dollars working to place comfortable labels on Blacks? Racial references in future laws and regulations set Black people back hundreds of years. It is even embarrassing that a Black man sponsored this bill.
If Mr. Rawlings feels better being called African American by his non-Black acquaintances, let him carry that label. Just don't attach it to those of us who enjoy being Black, thank you, with a capital B. Instead of sitting around Annapolis with nothing to do, perhaps Mr. Rawlings should be out shopping for a spine.
Teachers working for free
In response to "Teachers in Turmoil," (editorial, March 26): We're tired!