Lake RolandSeveral months ago, my husband and I moved to a...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 27, 1995

Lake Roland

Several months ago, my husband and I moved to a home in Baltimore County off Falls Road overlooking Lake Roland. Our property felicitously borders a hiking trail of the Robert E. Lee Park to which we, therefore, have ready access.

By virtue of this location, we are also members of the Lake Roland Protective Association.

Among this organization's activities to keep this cul de sac of beautifully forested park land "protected" -- I have been told that so much as a pizza deliveryman poses a threat -- is the effort to keep an I-83 interchange out of the Bare Hills-Pimlico Road corridor.

The traffic and ready access this would mean is unwelcome. Some homeowners here do not want the quiet of this undeveloped landscape disturbed.

They do not want more cars driving down Falls Road. Nor do they desire the new commuting activity that would be engendered with a Jones Falls Expressway exit-entry.

In essence, they want to protect what is theirs, even if it means that the congestion at the over-used Northern Parkway I-83 interchange, south of us, is overwhelmed by traffic back-ups, and that the adjoining residential roads of Mt. Washington are overrun.

That problem is evidently for Baltimore City to face alone.

There is significant irony to this situation, however. The exquisite forest land of the Lake Roland area belongs to the city. We in this area of Baltimore County reap its benefits, which are not available to the citizenry of Baltimore, as we have the privilege of living in its midst.

The hundreds of undeveloped acres, except for the limited access that can be obtained through the Robert E. Lee Park, are for us alone, and we are being supported in this luxury by Baltimore City taxpayers.

They own this land that is worth a fortune, should it be sold. In turn, the association wants to keep these city dwellers, among others, away.

In addition to scarfing up all these goods, the community of Lake Roland is also saying in its self-interested behavior, you are on your own with your traffic congestion, our concern is to protect ourselves only.

I, for one, suggest that that an obligation accompanies this luxury that we enjoy, and that is the obligation to support our benefactors, the residents of Baltimore City, in their need for this additional interchange of I-83 to improve the quality of their life by siphoning off some of their traffic.

Leslie D. Brown

Baltimore

Gullibility

The gullibility of the right-wing talk radio audience and its reflexively pro-business sentiments has never been more apparent than in its reaction to Rep. Dick Armey's well-broadcast call for a flat-tax rate and its "simplicity and fairness to all."

A careful assessment of the flat-tax concept would lead any thoughtful person to the realization that the system is chiefly designed to save billionaires literally millions.

While some in the middle class may at best save a few hundred dollars annually, the average middle class taxpayer would not even break even in paying for this massive windfall for the wealthiest, because of an inevitable accompanying federal consumption tax. In other words, how does a 10 percent federal tax on your weekly grocery bill sound?

This wildly favorable response to the flat-tax notion among the "dittoheads" and their naive ilk proves once again that no one ever lost a bet by underestimating the intelligence of the right-wing talk radios' Pied Piper-led audience.

Bill Canter

Lutherville

Not Racist

As a 40-year resident of Rodgers Forge, I was saddened to see Paulette Brathwaite's letter (April 17) about the insensitivity her racially mixed family encountered there.

But I want to assure readers that the attitude of a single landlady is not representative of the community at large.

And I am in a position to know: For the past 20 years, I have rented rooms in my home to college students, among them African-Americans, Middle Easterners and Hispanics.

I have never had a complaint from any of my neighbors, nor am I aware that any of these students were shunned or otherwise made to feel unwelcome here.

Of course, no place in America is immune to intolerance and reactionary attitudes. But I believe Ms. Brathwaite's experience was an isolated case; to characterize Rodgers Forge as racist because of it is to use the same kind of stereotyping that underpins so much misunderstanding in our country.

Mary Lewis

Baltimore

Hungry Children

I am writing to correct several incorrect statements about the school lunch program contained in an April 15 letter to the editor by C. R. Jones.

School nutrition programs are working well in Maryland. Local officials in our state administer federal nutrition funds in a responsible and efficient manner that is accountable and responsive to community needs.

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