Worst shapeAs a resident and a parent of two children in...

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March 03, 1995

Worst shape

As a resident and a parent of two children in Edgemere Elementary School, I feel it is of the utmost importance that I call your attention to the deteriorating conditions of our school.

It is my understanding that the Planning Board of Baltimore County is presently studying proposed building projects for fiscal year 1996.

It is also my understanding that Edgemere Elementary School is at No. 19 on a list to receive funds which would replace our school. Such a ranking is far too low, considering the condition of our school.

I have been through the school and have seen the numerous structural and cosmetic damages, some of which are as follows: water damage (most closets have had their contents completely ruined); soft, cracked floors; loose tiles; structural and stress cracks; peeling paint (so bad in rooms where pre-school children are that you can pull the paint off in eight-inch sections); sagging joists in our gymnasium; ceilings that are buckling (with tiles and light fixtures located directly above the children in classrooms); poor or no ventilation; bathrooms with no hot water; water fountains that had to be removed due to clogged pipes that could not be cleared.

Our children have to leave their windows open in the classroom due to the fact that the heat cannot be shut off or controlled at a comfortable temperature.

At 70 years, our school is one of the oldest and in the worst shape in Baltimore County. Edgemere is at a point now where we need to have our school replaced immediately before serious complications or accidents occur.

Edgemere residents and voters need a school that is conducive to serving our children's education needs and assist them in becoming tomorrow's leaders.

Suzanne M. Knutson

Baltimore

Public caning

Stories about caning offenders a la Singapore are again news. Anne Walker's recent letter (Feb. 27) was nice, but it missed the mark in several ways.

Ms. Walker questioned the effectiveness of caning. She seems unable to distinguish between violence, punishment and application of corrective, persuasive measures.

If the punishment corrects somebody's violent behavior, good. If not, repeated punishment might. However, punishment as a response to a violent act is reason enough.

It should be applied in public -- every Thursday noon at City Hall Plaza, say -- under the watchful eyes of TV cameras.

Douglas Poldmae

Baltimore

No manners

Is Baltimore a rude town? It would appear so from my recent observations.

I have been a music lover all of my life, and over the past couple of years I have finally had the opportunity to indulge myself and attend some live concerts by some big name acts.

Without fail, I can count on some group of people to talk during the headliner's act. Not quick comments to a partner but full blown conversations involving such pressing topics as: their favorite soap opera character's trouble, their troubles at work or where shall we eat after the performance.

At first I thought I was being an old fuddy-duddy with the bad luck to sit near morons. Now, however, it appears some of the performers are starting to notice the incredible lack of manners of many members in the audience.

At a recent performance by Buddy Guy, a noted blues legend, the general din of the audience during his slower numbers was unbelievable. Mr. Guy even commented once, stating that if you wanted to sing along that was great but if not, don't say anything.

The knuckle heads that comment was directed to never heard it, since they were too busy discussing the fate of Western civilization with their cronies.

I have seen Mr. Guy a number of times and he is a masterful showman who interacts with and feeds off his audience. He usually does a number of encores and actually comes out into the audience while playing. At this performance he did one half-hearted encore and his trademark tour of the arena was missing.

Do I fault Mr. Guy? Certainly not. He did his required hour and a half set, but this crowd did not deserve any more. I was embarrassed for our city.

Why do people pay a considerable amount of money to attend a concert and then spend the entire performance engaged in long, loud conversations paying little attention to the show and disturbing those around them?

This behavior is not limited to one venue. I have encountered this problem at all the major venues in this area. These people are generally not drunk and usually old enough to know better.

If you must talk, go to a bar where the music is intended as background and conversation is encouraged and welcomed. Leave the concerts to those of us who care about the music and respect the artist.

Barry Leech

Catonsville

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