Parking troubleAfter spending three hours to chop ice and...

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February 24, 1994

Parking trouble

After spending three hours to chop ice and clear out snow from our garage, two days later we awoke at 4 a.m. to get ready for work only to find that someone had parked directly in front of the garage.

Since the car was not one normally parked in the neighborhood, we had no knowledge of where to start to find the owner so that the car could be moved. Our only alternative was to call the police.

The officer found that the registered owner lived on the other side of town, and we were told that it could not be towed because the alley where it was parked was only posted as "No parking on either side of alley" and was not posted as a "Tow-away Zone." Since it was parked in violation, it was ticketed.

Two hours late for work, we did find the owner of the car and, when we asked why she would park in front of a garage that had three large "No Parking In Front Of Garage" signs, she was very unconcerned about the inconvenience she had caused us (not to mention the monetary loss of work) and very casually stated, "I had nowhere else to park."

Once again, the weather conditions have brought out the best and the worst of the residents of Baltimore. Many of us have spent a lot of time being neighborly, checking the well-being of the elderly, shoveling snow and assisting other neighbors to get their snow and ice-bound cars out so they could get to work.

It seems that our neighbors would be considerate enough to find another spot (or shovel out another one for themselves), so that those who spent the three or four hours required to clean that space would have the use of it when they need it.

However, that does not happen in this city. Others seem to think that it was nice of someone to clean a spot for them.

As a result, tempers flare and neighbors end up with ill feelings because that is the only possible result of these instances. Fear of retribution, because we do not know what the other person might do, has caused the honest, hard-working, law-abiding American taxpayer to bow down to everyone else, including the criminals.

We merely walk away quietly. What other choice do we have?

It is no wonder that the crime rate is so high in Baltimore.

Joyce Hare


Morgan State

This is a follow-up on my brief testimony before the Senate's Economic and Environmental Affairs Committee chaired by Sen. Clarence W. Blount, D-Baltimore, Feb 16, against Senate Bill 403 (Higher Education-Morgan State University Governing Board-Powers and Responsibilities) as introduced.

In view of the demonstrated shortcomings of the Board of Regents and the administration of Morgan State University to establish and practice equitable and fair personnel policies as regard faculty and noninstructional personnel, my strongest objections are to provisions of S. B. 403 that would grant the Board of Regents broad powers to establish an independent personnel system without protections of the rights of instructional and non-instructional personnel.

Evidence of the shortcomings of the Board of Regents and the administration of Morgan State University as regards faculty rights is published in Academe: Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors, May-June 1987, pp. 23-32, which prompted the censuring by the AAUP of both the Board of Regents and the administration of Morgan State University.

Concerning the attitude of the Board of Regents and the administration of Morgan State University toward its faculty, it is instructive to note the absence of a Faculty Senate or a faculty handbook at MSU.

The last faculty handbook was issued in 1975 and has been made obsolete by a string of administration-generated policies with pro forma faculty input, which was often disregarded, and rubber-stamped by the Board of Regents.

The only protection of the rights of personnel at Morgan State University is for those rights, for faculty and non-instructional personnel, to be codified into the provisions of S. B. 403 as amendments. And I so strongly recommend.

Herbert H. Lindsey


The writer is a former tenured associate professor of sociology at Morgan State University.

Pulaski Highway's neighbors

As a resident of the Armistead community adjacent to Pulaski Highway, I resent several statements you made concerning the surrounding communities in your editorial, "Pulaski Highway: The 'other' Block' " (Feb. 15).

Members of the Armistead community have been distressed over the deteriorating conditions along the Pulaski Highway corridor for years.

The trashy, unkempt appearance of the corridor and the number of prostitutes and motels which cater to them have steadily increased over the past few years.

A night club in the vicinity recently became a strip joint, and then an adult video store opened immediately adjacent to our residential community. It has been the last straw.

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