Anguished PleaI am the sister of Susan Hurley Harrison...


October 04, 1994

Anguished Plea

I am the sister of Susan Hurley Harrison, the Ruxton woman who disappeared Aug. 5 and whom we suspect has been murdered. I am writing to plead for the public's help in finding my sister.

This situation is devastating Susan's family. We suffer not only the usual anguish of losing a loved one but the additional agony of not knowing where she is or, if she was in fact murdered, what her last moments were like.

These are the questions that torment us, that run continually through the minds of Susan's two sons, her three brothers and me.

Our lives have become a nightmare, and the worst part of it is the knowledge that this could go on forever, that we may never find her, may never know what happened to her.

I have taken to avoiding walking through my living room because it contains a framed photograph of a pigtailed five-year-old Susan proudly holding her new baby sister, me, while her big brother Bill, aged eight, keeps a protective arm around her.

The picture conjures up so many images, now acutely painful, of our childhood: of Susan holding my hand and walking me into school my first day of first grade, of her sewing and knitting clothes for me, of her teaching me to ice skate and helping me learn long division; and of Bill always acting as her protective big brother, loyally standing up for her and never letting another neighborhood child tease her.

The thought that he could not protect Susan that fateful August night is now a daily torment for Bill, as well as for my younger brothers and me.

And the anguish that it is causing her two sons, who were the center of her life, is beyond imagining.

The desire to protect, to take care of, one's family members, in death as well as life, is a basic human impulse.

I implore readers to be on the lookout for Susan or her remains. If you have any information, please contact Detective Ramsey at 410-887-3943. A $6,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for her disappearance.

If, as we suspect, Susan has been murdered, I have this to say to her killer: If you have a shred of morality or humanity or compassion, you will confess your crime.

And if you consider yourself a religious person, reflect on this: With every day that passes and you remain silent, you are compounding your sin.

Molly Hurley Moran

Athens, Ga.

Women's Issues

After some post-election conversations I had with some women friends, I felt I had to voice a loud message to women before the general election.

It disturbed me a great deal to learn how many women voted for every woman on the ticket based on gender alone. We must be informed and educated if we are going to cast a vote.

Ellen Sauerbrey is not the best candidate to elect if we care about women's rights. I urge women to make an effort to learn the positions candidates hold on women's issues before election day.

Ellen F. Eisenstadt

Owings Mills

Meeting Goals

This letter is written in response to Mike Bowler's Sept. 8 article about school and family partnerships.

As a teacher at Curtis Bay Elementary School in Baltimore City, I have witnessed critical, positive changes in the school as a result of our involvement in the Family and School Connection program sponsored by the Fund for Educational Excellence.

Parent and community participation at the school have increased dramatically since we became involved in this project two years ago. By systematically addressing the six major types of involvement cited by the Hopkins' Center on Schools, Families, Communities and Children's Learning, we have made the parents and community an integral part of Curtis Bay Elementary School. They know that we need their help and appreciate their input.

The community of Curtis Bay has responded to our needs in ways too numerous to mention and continues to be available for projects which benefits our students.

We feel sure that we will meet goal eight of the national "Goals 2000" before the year 2000 because of our school's community outreach programs.

Jacqueline Griswold


Charles Village Tax District Won't Work

The proposal to create a special tax district or, depending on your point of view, a "special benefits district," is dividing the Charles Village community and threatens to sever Charles Village from the rest of Baltimore.

The proposal is to impose a tax surcharge of 30 cents per $100 of assessed value on all properties between (roughly) North Avenue and 33rd Street, Howard Street and Greenmount Avenue.

The money raised from this property tax surcharge, estimated at $400,000, would be used to provide extra security (60 percent of funds), extra sanitation services (23 percent), promotion of the area (10 percent) and "administration" (7 percent).

All this is supposed to make the area a safe and clean place to live, to protect and maintain property values and to prevent departure of those who can afford to leave.

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