Fells Point VitalityI read with interest Patricia Mayes...


August 06, 1994

Fells Point Vitality

I read with interest Patricia Mayes' July 30 letter from Fells Point in reference to the "Homicide" television series production company.

She talks about the sporadic inconvenience of having a crew in residence.

She takes, as a personal insult, her lack of inclusion in "Homicide" production parties, her lack of access to the Recreation Pier playground and the periodic "No Parking" signs when filming is in progress.

I don't contend that any of the things she mentions do not occur. As a resident and business person in Fells Point, I readily acknowledge that these things are annoying and frustrating.

What I can't understand is a mentality that refuses to accept the fact that however closely knit our little village may seem, we are, in fact, a major urban East Coast city.

By its nature, a city is an organic term.

What makes a great city neighborhood and gives it vitality?

Perhaps it is the constant juxtaposition of vastly differing opinions, goals, people and businesses. This surface tension is the price we choose to pay for city life.

Do we want to become a neighborhood like Otterbein, a neighborhood invisibly walled-off from the urban scene?

Cameron Kirstel


CFL Glory

I missed the glory days of Colts football in Baltimore, so I really cannot compare the new atmosphere at Memorial Stadium with that era.

I can, however, compare our CFL team's home games with the American Football League glory days in Buffalo. A new young team in an old War Memorial Stadium (the Rockpile) with passionate, involved football fans felt, in middle-aged memory, a lot like what is happening on 33rd Street this summer.

Congratulations to team owner Jim Speros and his organization. I am eagerly awaiting the type of success that both the old (and new) Bills and the Colts achieved.

Charles E. Wiles 3rd


Painful Change

If the people of Baltimore -- especially the parents -- do not grasp the chance of a lifetime for outstanding schools offered by one of the best, if not the best, superintendent of schools in the country, Walter G. Amprey, they deserve what they get.

Change is painful -- and risky, but the educational establishment has had its chance.

Now let's help this innovative, open-minded, dedicated man do the job. The sole criterion should be what is best for the students.

Joyce C. Morris


Not Widgets

Professor Susan Leviton at the University of Maryland Law School gives a succinct rationalization for state takeover of Baltimore City public schools when she states ''. . . would you ever have a factory when 50 percent of the widgets are broken and you keep making them? When an industry doesn't make a successful product, it closes down.'' (''Steering bold course, Grasmick wins fans, foes," The Sun, July 31).

I have heard this same argument from others and on the surface it seems sound. However, with closer scrutiny a number of basic fallacies appear in this analogy.

Widgets are created as passive objects. They cannot partake in their own creation. Children, however, are not ''things'' to be produced through the efforts of factory workers.

Education takes place in the home, in religious organizations, in the community as a whole, as well as in the schoolroom. Education is labor intensive, and learning is achieved only when the student spends hours of dedicated effort mastering content: say about half the time spent watching television.

Surely Dr. Nancy Grasmick and Professor Leviton understand that unless a child has a nurturing, healthy family no amount of assigning blame will help. First, each child must have a stable, loving and supportive home where education is valued and help is available.

A good beginning would be to ensure that all children have access to equal resources.

K. Gary Ambridge

Bel Air

Speeder Crackdown Is for Revenue, Not Safety

So the Maryland State Police are on another Quixotic campaign to "crack down on speeders." Regardless of their claims, safety or to control statewide average speed, the true reason for speed enforcement is revenue.

The ultimate effect of increased speed enforcement will not be lowered speeds, but increased state revenue and dangerous practices by drivers such as tailgating large trucks to hide from radar and obscure sight lines of the police (required for VASCAR and laser), weaving through traffic in the right-hand lanes, increased travel at high speed on two-lane state and county highways, sudden braking and swerving into heavier traffic to avoid detection, and even higher speeds as the violator attempts to outrun the state trooper to the next exit.

If the state was truly interested in increasing highway safety, it would concentrate on unsafe behavior such as weaving through traffic, tailgating, passing on the shoulders, cutting over multiple lanes at the last second to take an exit, and driving at speeds unsafe for given road conditions.

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