Stolen GoodsIt's about time. Hurrah for the Baltimore City...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 05, 1995

Stolen Goods

It's about time. Hurrah for the Baltimore City Police Department's pawn shop squad as a Baltimore City pawnbroker.

I applaud the actions taken against the "Antique Row" dealers who think they are above the law. In Baltimore City, any business that buys second-hand merchandise from the public must report daily not only what it has purchased but also the name of whom it has done business with, including ID.

I was very upset when I read the June 18 Sun article about some of the dealers. When Allan T. Williams of Thayne's antiques said, "They're calling us thieves. That's ridiculous. We've been here 30 years. We're not hock shops."

Well, I have been in the pawn shop business in Baltimore City for 20 years and there have been fewer pawnbrokers charged with felony theft in those 20 years than antique dealers in this one police action.

Pawn shops have reported daily to the Baltimore City Police Department's pawn shop squad. We spent countless hours and much funds complying with not only the city laws but also the state law. The larger stores have employees that do nothing else but record keeping.

Christopher Donahoo

Baltimore

Honduras

Having traveled extensively throughout Central America and lived in Honduras in the 1980s and early '90s, I found your series misleading. Overall, your articles portray Hondurans as brutal people who will do anything to make money.

I found Hondurans to be warm and friendly. However, they do not tolerate Communists, Marxists-Leninists or any other left-wing organization that hatches out of the mud.

Remember, on Honduras' western frontier lies El Salvador, where insurgents were supplied arms and ideology by Cuba, and occasionally weapons from Communist Vietnam.

And on Honduras' southern border, the Sandinistas from Nicaragua, who murdered, robbed and tortured for the "People's Revolution," were supported by the same factions.

Leftists shot, maimed and pillaged innocent people from Salvador to Guatemala to Nicaragua. All this while Honduras, geographically in the middle, struggled to become a democracy. She continues to improve, month by month, year by year.

Buzz Harris

Baltimore

Need Schaefer

The June 18 column by Barry Rascovar outlined many reasons why Baltimore City voters should hope that William Donald Schaefer will become a candidate for mayor.

It is the city's only chance for salvation in the next four years. Leadership is what is needed to make Baltimore what it once was under a very successful Schaefer administration. It can happen again.

Neither Mayor Kurt Schmoke or Council President Mary Pat Clarke has the ability to lead the city into a new renaissance that a Schaefer administration would do.

Baltimore is headed in the same disgraceful direction as Washington.

The crime issue alone is proof of the ineffectiveness of the Schmoke-Clarke efforts to run city government.

Walter Boyd

Lutherville

Try New York

Stephanie R. Darr said in her letter of June 24, "Not Fighting Crime," that she drove from Alexandria, Va., to watch a game at Camden Yards. She parked her car on a side street and came back to find a window smashed and several items stolen.

The police officer who responded apparently did not seem excited enough about the incident for her liking. She said she would take the cost of her robbery into consideration before visiting Baltimore again.

Ms. Darr is entering an urban environment when she comes to downtown Baltimore. Think about where she is. Arrive early enough and pay the fee to park in the parking lot. Don't park on a side street. Don't leave valuable things in the car. It encourages theft. Don't expect a police officer to be a miracle worker or the colloquial cop of your dreams at the scene of a preventable crime.

It is amazing that people come into a large city to enjoy the things a city has to offer, leave themselves wide open to crime, get taken and then go back home blaming the city for being a city and the police for being police. If you think this is bad, try New York.

No wonder the officer was not enthusiastic. He was probably at the end of a long shift where he had dealt with a hundred crimes, each a lot more significant than some ranting fool with out-of-state tags who parked down some secluded street near the stadium only to find her clearly visible CD player stolen.

She's lucky they didn't steal the car.

Georgia Corso

Baltimore

Improving Old Town Mall Shopping District

I am writing as an attorney representing many of the merchants in Belair Market, in connection with negotiations over improvements to the Belair Market/Old Town Mall shopping district.

Your June 9 article on the city's redevelopment plans for the Old Town/Gay Street Mall highlighted perceived disagreements between the interested parties.

It failed, however, to emphasize the most compelling fact, which is that all area merchants and residents recognize that the Old Town Mall urgently needs investment from the city and from area merchants.

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