Should The Block be abolished?
A bill before the City Council would bar adult entertainment businesses in all areas except those zoned for heavy manufacturing. The bill essentially would do away with The Block, the adult entertainment district on East Baltimore Street long identified with the city. The area is considered a prime development site. The bill is backed by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, who says The Block is a "relic of the past."
The Evening Sun would like to know what you think. Should The Block on East Baltimore Street be legislated out of existence? Should there be an area of the city for adult entertainment?
To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County). After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to punch in a four-digit code on your touch-tone phone. Punch 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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Teachers and new tests
The state's new tests for schoolchildren are not likely to produce an improved snapshot of the schools, according to 71 )) percent of callers to SUNDIAL (251 of 352 callers). Disagreeing are 101 (28 percent).
An even larger majority of 84 percent (299 of 355 callers) registered the opinion that nude dancing is an inappropriate subject for a question directed at fifth-graders. Fifty-six callers (15 percent) said it is appropriate.
"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as a scientific public opinion poll would be.