The Freshness of SpringAh, springtime! A time to turn off...


June 19, 1995

The Freshness of Spring

Ah, springtime! A time to turn off the heat and open the windows. A time for gentle breezes, the sweet smell of freshly mowed grass and a pleasant aroma of flowers.

This is just a fading memory now when I open a window. Along with polluted air comes the sickening odor of garbage, which is only picked up once a week.

Not only is this a health hazard, but it also adds to the pollution. Nice going, Baltimore County!

If the state environmental protection bureaucracy can set recycling standards upon a county, why aren't there recycling trucks? They are used with great success in other areas, and smelly garbage is still picked up twice weekly.

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right.

Jeannette Bernstein

Milford Mill

Don't Talk About It

The last several days I have seen America, Maryland and Baltimore at their best and at their worst.

Recently I had the opportunity to watch as the medical team at Johns Hopkins worked together to provide first-rate care at the out-patient treatment center.

I never gave it a single thought that this team included blacks, whites, Asians, Jews and everyone else that makes up the tapestry of life in our metropolitan area. Every face I saw showed concern for the patient and a desire to be helpful. This was clearly our society at its best.

Unfortunately, this wasn't to last. No, I had no problems with people. I made the mistake of turning on the radio of the car as I drove home. The news was filled with the racial backbiting surrounding the Olesker-Henson embroglio.

That Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson can blame the current problems of Lower Park Heights Avenue on events of 30 years ago is mind-boggling.

That Michael Olesker found it necessary to devote a full column to a racial slight is boring.

That Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke would defend the conversation as spirited is frustrating. This was America at its worst.

I may be a dreamer, but I much prefer the scenario I experienced in the everyday working America of Johns Hopkins to the foolishness I heard coming from our political leaders and media mavens.

I, for one, am tired of racial politics. This is the 1990s and, yes, racism still exists. However, racism is not the cause of the major problems facing our society and should not be the focus of every public discussion.

Edward R. Levy


Family Values

Robert Dole, the Republican presidential candidate, recently attacked Hollywood film makers for their blatant disregard of family values.

While he views any form of censorship as unconstitutional, Mr. Dole shames those producers "who cultivate moral confusion for profit." He encourages producers to "shoulder their responsibility" to promote family values rather than "mindless violence" and "loveless sex."

Whose responsibility is the development of ideals and morals for today's youth, the producers' or the parents'?

Due to the state of the economy, parents are forced to work longer hours, thus sacrificing important family time. Day-care facilities and latchkey children are encouraged to watch television in order to entertain themselves.

The American culture is losing its character as a nation not because of the producers but because of the lack of family stability and a strong educational system. Graphic movies have always been produced, but the audience has slowly expanded.

It is impossible to solve the age-old problem of explicit scenes or lyrics by attacking any of the producers, actors or salespersons.

The deterioration of the American culture goes beyond the contents of film to a question of the importance of family in our society.

Mr. Dole should concentrate more on the economy and the education system to rebuild a more stable community than on the entertainment business.

atherine Boyle


Unethical Advice

This is in response to Michael Gisriel's June 4 Real Estate Mailbag column in which he recommended that the elderly plan early to "protect their assets" by giving money and real estate to their children in order to qualify for Medicare.

This unethical, but legal, transfer of assets to family members is exactly why Medicare spending is out of control. Medicare was never intended to protect the inheritance of the wealthy.

Rather than rail against the pittance the poor receive, Congress should curtail the welfare to the rich. Let them begin with Medicare eligibility.

Alice P. Williams


Free Fun

Kudos go out to everyone working to promote the Inner Harbor.

I have noticed on the past few Saturdays, when I have gone to XTC volunteer at the National Aquarium, that downtown Baltimore is a wonderfully festive place to visit.

The outdoor entertainment, something that is almost an institution in Baltimore City, is always lively, drawing tremendous crowds. On the whole, the merchants in the Gallery and other shops are extremely friendly and make it easier to spend a fortune on lunch.

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