After reading Scott Shane's two-part series on drugs and drug-related violence in Northwest Baltimore (Sept. 12 and 13), I felt compelled to inform your readers of how residents of the Park Heights community and participants in the Park Heights Renaissance Project have come together to address our social, physical and economic needs.
Although the numbers used in the articles may show increasing drug-related deaths, these statistics do not accurately reflect the energy and work community residents have expended to address drug-related problems.
For example, the Park Heights Renaissance Project is working with city agencies to establish a community organization to coordinate activities and services that will enhance the quality of life in our community.
The business development/job creation programs, a drug-free treatment center, a youth recreation initiative and a citizens' judicial monitoring program will address the core causes that lead to our youth getting involved in the deadly drug business.
We believe initiatives that focus primarily on our young people and community empowerment are essential if we are ever going to stem the tide of destruction related to the drug business.
We challenge the public and private sectors to join us in our renewed efforts to revitalize our community and stop the tragic "epidemic of murders."
The writer is a co-convenor of job creation programs at the Park Heights Renaissance Project.
I am writing in response to the panhandling bill brought about to prevent panhandlers or beggars from becoming too aggressive.
Under the bill, police officers would be able to arrest any beggar whether or not they receive a complaint about that person.
As I walk to baseball games at Camden Yards, I am confronted by beggars who become quite aggressive. Whether or not I want to give money is my decision.
I am sure there are other aggressive behaviors that I am not aware of, but is it really necessary to go around and arrest those who are just trying to gain a buck?
Without a complaint, how is the arrested person supposed to receive a fair trial? False arrests will frequently occur due to the varied ways of panhandling. One can be quite aggressive and still not be creating any disorder.
Anyway, why would you want to waste time and money arresting beggars that could be used in the protection of the many lives which are endangered every day?
It will be rather interesting to me the ways this is handled.
Both Sides of Choosing to Die
Bravo to reporter Michael Ollove and his editors for the service they provided for Janis Greenhood (Oct. 1). They helped her die, and die in peace, as she wished. The article -- "A cancer patient gets her final wish" -- did a good job of presenting various arguments on both sides of the choose-to-die issue.
I think Mrs. Greenhood's asking for The Sun's ear was God's way of disseminating this information to a large number of readers. By including the pro and con expert opinions and those of the patient herself, the article succeeded in remaining pretty neutral about the issue. Thus, readers had to draw their own conclusions. I found it difficult to do, for most all the arguments have merit.
Following the line of logic presented by Mr. Ollove, one could conclude that Mrs. Greenhood probably did lack the final bit of conviction which would have been required for suicide.
However, she seemed truly miserable, and I think that your decision to present her story allowed her to leave this realm of pain and suffering in peace. She was finished living, due to the hand she had been dealt.
Once her story was told, she could let go. It seems that wa what she wanted.
Stephanie Panos Link
We would like you to know that the article you printed about our wife and mother, Janis H. Greenhood, truly conveyed the message she was trying to send.
It is our belief that she would have been very pleased with the tone and sensitivity with which reporter Mike Ollove wrote.
We are grateful to The Sun for giving her the opportunity to express publicly that which was so important to her, although she knew it was too late for her.
Euthanasia is a very sensitive topic. However, we hope that her story will prompt others to come forth and petition their &r legislators to continue to focus on the needs and wishes of terminally ill patients.
Alfred A. Greenhood
Ilene G. Blum
Kathy G. Weinberg
Melody Simmons' Sept. 27 article focused on the need for community mediation between homeowners and the residents of William Connolly Jr.'s property at 644 Parkwyrth Avenue in Waverly.
hile this anticipated intervention will be helpful, it will not address the situation's fundamental problem: the long-standing neglect and resulting decay of the property.