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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 21, 1994

Stadium for All

The Problem: Man with three names from Annapolis wants a football team, but man with three names from Virginia says no. Man with three names from Virginia wants a stadium, but man with three names from Annapolis says no.

The Solution: Man from Annapolis says to man from Virginia, "Help me get a football team, and I will help you with your stadium." Man from Virginia says, "OK, and as a bonus I will let your team play in my new stadium."

Advantages: Maryland taxpayers are saved $160 million. Redskins have a state-of-the-art stadium that is sold out with 22,000-plus fans still on the ticket waiting list.

Baltimore hopefully gets an American conference franchise and probably sells out stadium. Virginia man with three names gets to add millions in rent money to his already big pile.

ichael C. Ross

Laurel

Rave Party

It's very easy for supporters of "rave" parties to claim that the New Year's Eve party at the Timonium fairgrounds was a success because no one was arrested or serously injured.

For the same reason, it's also easy for people to think that I over-reacted to what I and a Sun reporter witnessed that night. What we saw was a tragedy just waiting to happen.

The fact that it did not happen was more of a miracle than good management. Young people were intoxicated, nearly 3,000 people were packed into a dark room, security was lax and a Sun reporter observed young people having intercourse on the dance floor.

These were the facts witnessed by someone other than myself. As they say, hindsight is 20-20 vision, and if a young person had been injured that night, the public and the media would have questioned why the county allowed such a party to proceed.

My job is to try and prevent alcohol- and drug-related tragedies. Sometimes this is not easy, because so many people think it can't happen to them or someone they love. This is the line I hear most often as I visit an innocent victim at a hospital or the funeral of a young person.

I felt I did the responsible thing by making the public aware of the New Year's Eve event and by letting them know what I and others witnessed that night.

If the public wants to support rave parties, that's its choice. I feel they are potentially dangerous and need to be alcohol- and drug-free and better supervised.

The Baltimore County Office of Substance Abuse will continue to sponsor and support events for teen-agers that are alcohol- and drug-free and safe, but we could never support an event like the one I witnessed on New Year's Eve.

Maybe you just had to be there to believe it.

Michael M. Gimbel

Towson

The writer is director of the Baltimore County Office of Substance Abuse.

Whose Interest?

Regarding the article "A famed watering hole dries up again" (Jan. 6), it seems liberties were taken to present a distorted picture of the facts pertaining to the Renaissance Cafe & Club and Owl Bars.

To anyone reading the article who had no background knowledge, it might appear that I am single-handledly responsible for this turn of events, and that my motivation was nothing more than a personal vendetta. This could not be further from the truth.

A review of the file of the Baltimore City Liquor License Commissioners will bear out allegations of flagrant violation of restrictions on the subject liquor license.

The restrictions were imposed as a result of a five-hour public hearing before the board on April 22, in which over 30 protesters to the renewal of that license signed a petition complaining about the operation of a nightclub in the Belvedere Condominium. . . .

It is also a matter of public record that the club owner had defaulted on his condominium fee obligation, which had a severe and lasting impact on the other owners, whose condominium fees have risen sharply due to this and other financial difficulties.

To the extent that the continued operation of these establishments affects me as a property owner at the Belvedere, I have represented my own interests.

However, to the extent that my rights of free speech and redress of grievances and right to the peaceful enjoyment of my property are contiguous or congruent to others' rights, then I represent all those who were not available to represent their own interests at the hearings and conferences with the board.

Stacy L. Allen

Baltimore

Barney's Death

When Yetta Adams, a homeless woman, died in the nation's capital, it was national news and created a much needed federal government response.

When a homeless man died last week in Baltimore, the city's government was silent.

There have been no concerned government officials seeking help for the homeless, no public cries for answers, no well attended services for the John Doe, known to some as "Barney," who died here in our city. Should he have died on a park bench in front of City Hall instead of in an underground garage downtown?

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