Employee residency ruleRegarding the latest news from the...

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May 20, 1993

Employee residency rule

Regarding the latest news from the mayor's office on new employee residency requirements, it is a shame that Mayor Kurt Schmoke's shortsightedness precludes him from recognizing the real impact of this supposed tax-relief measure.

Isolating Baltimore City from the residents of adjacent Maryland subdivisions prevents possible employment of qualified individuals who choose to remain at a residence they regard as home.

The political ramifications of Mr. Schmoke's decision are without doubt far-reaching. The obvious immediate alienation of other state representatives can only be the tip of the iceberg he is creating.

Unfortunately, it could also be the beginning of his political demise. Where will he find support for the future of this city? Mr. Schmoke should reconsider this residency requirement, which he feels will eventually fill all city positions with city residents. How long does he think this will take?

As a city resident who works outside the city, I am embarrassed to discuss this issue because there is no apparent justification for it. There appears to be as much thought put into this decision as there was when Mr. Schmoke fired employees performing superior work and filled their positions with his supporters to pay back political favors immediately after his election.

If Mr. Schmoke did not arrive at the decision on a residency requirement on his own, and acted on the advice of his staff, he should consider re-staffing prior to July 1, 1993, when his choices will have certain geographic limitations.

Paul J. Bonaccorsi

Baltimore

Cigarette tax

New taxes on cigarettes will hurt my business and cause an already distressed large industry to lay off workers now while taxes dwindle even more.

Workers out of work will pay less taxes as cigarette sales drop at a time when we are trying to collect more tax money.

What a disaster for everyone, with more people on welfare and unemployment. Cigarettes are already bringing in huge tax returns. Let these taxes continue to come in, for now, instead of disrupting them for more tax money and getting less.

The cigarette industry is slowly disappearing through education. slow disappearance is best while our economy adjusts to the changes in jobs with new technologies leading the way.

A suddenly disappearing industry with the vanishing tax base it brings could adversely affect our economy.

!Thomas C. Rothenhoefer

Catonsville

Colonial Village

Writer C. Fraser Smith's column paints a grossly distorted and unfair picture of Colonial Village, one of Baltimore County's most beautiful neighborhoods ("Mayor Tests Suburbs in Colonial Village," April 28).

Colonial Village is a Pikesville neighborhood that consists of a mix of young professionals, families and long-time residents. Over the last 50 years, Colonial Village has remained a quiet and serene place to live despite tremendous growth and development around Baltimore County.

Residents can be found jogging, walking or pushing strollers by our neighborhood's well-manicured lawns from early in the morning to after sunset.

Colonial Village invited Mayor Kurt Schmoke to our annual meeting to speak about ways county and city residents and agencies can work together to improve our communities. Mayor Schmoke was open and frank, and covered diverse issues brought up during the meeting.

Although some "crime and grime" issues were brought up, the violations discussed had occurred in the community at large, in both the city and the county. Not one incident took place in the Colonial Village residential neighborhood.

In fact, Colonial Village residents joined forces last month with the neighboring Millbrook community to put a citizen patrol on the street to maintain the secure ambience of our community.

There were other positive things about Colonial Village discussed at the meeting that were omitted from the article, such as the fact that Colonial Village was chosen to be the first community in western Baltimore County to try the experimental "1-and-1" recycling program. It was so successful it has become a model for the rest of the county.

We also enjoy a long tradition of sponsoring holiday celebrations for the children in the neighborhood. Each year, the neighborhood organizes and celebrates in grand style the Fourth of July, Halloween and the Hanukkah-Christmas celebration.

One of the Colonial Village Association's main goals over the years has been preserving the richness and tranquillity that has made this area such a wonderful place to live and raise a family.

Colonial Village residents are proud of their neighborhood and deserve far better treatment than we received in the story.

ruce N. Harris

Baltimore

The writer is president of the Colonial Village NeighborhooImprovement Association.

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