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April 01, 1993

Waverly crime walkers feel pride, not fear

The Waverly community feels horror, outrage and sadness over the brutal murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka. That this can happen shows how commonplace random violence has become in our neighborhoods.

What one should not do at this point is stay indoors, turn one's home into a fortress and resign oneself to living in isolation.

In fact, the opposite should occur. We should take pride in the fact that Waverly residents see themselves as living in a community that is actively working together to fight many of the problems facing all of Baltimore.

Since November 1992, we have organized a crime walkers' group that walks throughout Waverly -- out of a sense of pride, not fear.

We walk, observe and report any suspicious activity via portable cellular phones. We do not intervene. We are partners with the police, not substitutes for them.

Police reports say that personal crime has recently decreased in our community. The murder of Sister MaryAnn was an aberration. We can take credit for empowering ourselves. With a sense of real ownership of our streets and homes we can work with our neighbors to increase the desirability of living here.

All in the Waverly community are encouraged to join the crime walkers and feel a sense of empowerment, ownership and fellowship.

We believe that the rejuvenation of our city depends not just on the politics of City Hall but on the workings of the community.

Myles B. Hoenig

Baltimore

Rudderless ship

Barry Rascovar's column, "The Ship of State, Rudderless" (March 21), was right on target. It should be recommended reading for every resident of Maryland.

With the elected officials of Prince George's and Montgomery counties dominating both houses of the General Assembly through chairmanships, vice chairmanships and membership on the powerhouse committees, what more can we expect?

Here is a solution:

Donate Prince George's and Montgomery counties to the District of Columbia. Maryland's citizens would get their government and its resources back and might even receive the equitable attention from both that they have the right to expect.

The District of Columbia would get a close-knit team of politicians and an array of well-oiled political machinery ready to roll.

It's a "win-win" situation. The Maryland State House might even recover some of its constitutional power as a bonus to Maryland's citizens for their generosity.

John T. Norris

Ellicott City

Kim's bomb

The news media have recently reported on North Korea's announcement that it intends to withdraw from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. As an American citizen of Korean descent, I consider it extremely important to express my deep concern over this matter.

In this time of heighted tensions around the globe, the possibility of nuclear weapons in North Korea presents an unaffordable danger to the stability of Asia.

North Korea's rejection of International Atomic Energy Agency inspections, which were undertaken to dispel suspicions about North Korea's nuclear program, has instead intensified those suspicions. In the eyes of many Koreans, the seemingly final act of withdrawal from the NPT serves only to incriminate Kim Il-Sung.

For many decades, South Koreans have been anxious about the possibility of conflict with the north. This has produced a fear not just in Korea but also in Korean-American communities.

Recent developments in Korea have caused this fear to increase. We worry about our families who remain in Korea and the possibility of renewed conflict between North and South Korea.

The threat posed by North Korea's possession of nuclear weapons does not stop at the edge of the Korean peninsula but presents a grave threat to the entire world.

Harry K. Oh

Rockville

Hillary for VP?

In reference to Dan Berger's recent italicism: "Bill could appoint himself to the Supreme Court. President Gore would pick Hillary Rodham Clinton for Veep."

Never happen! Hillary would not tolerate the demotion.

Jimmy Moore

Towson

Disability plan

Once again the budget ax threatens to fall squarely on the heads of Baltimore County residents. In an effort to trim $800,000 from the budget, the county government has proposed a new policy concerning compensation of county employees injured on the job.

Those who support this cost-cutting measure fail to realize that such a policy affects not only county employees but each resident of the jurisdiction.

Currently county employees injured on the job, such as firefighters, police officers and emergency medical personnel, receive their full salary while recovering from their injuries. The new compensation policy would pay such employees only two-thirds of their salary while they remain unable to work.

While such a plan may save the county nearly $1 million a year, the effect on services rendered by county employees who are responsible for public safety would be devastating.

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