Two conflicting views on NOI contractThe Department of...

LETTERS

November 16, 1995

Two conflicting views on NOI contract

The Department of Housing and Urban Development is all wrong on this one.

Until the Nation of Islam Security Agency took over security at Lafayette Courts, we had six years of nightly gunfire and 32 attempted (12 successful) break-ins at my home alone -- and that's with a dog, an alarm system and finally eight windows with bars (over the objections of the city Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation).

As a first-generation Irish/Canadian-American, I've come to love Baltimore since arriving in 1962, but there was no peace in this neighborhood until NOI began patrols.

Fay Carmichael

Baltimore

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How pitiful that the mayor of Baltimore City is very upset that the Nation of Islam has lost its contract for security at the Baltimore high-rises.

NB Nothing is said about the amount of money that is being saved.

Lewis Ruttenberg

Baltimore

'Cultural rot' goes beyond TV to radio

Education Secretary William Bennett's narrow focus on afternoon television sleaze as ''cultural rot,'' while ignoring the radio talk show sneer leaders and the putrid political campaign TV sound bites, is like blaming the gin flask for Al Capone.

Quentin D. Davis

Aberdeen

Must teach teens about abstinence

I was deeply saddened and disappointed to read Susan Reimer's Oct. 31 column, "Religious organization has distorted message to teens on the dangers of sex."

She has done Dr. James Dobson and his organization, Focus on the Family, a serious disservice by presenting him as some right-wing political muscle machine. Mr. Dobson is a kind and gentle man who cares very much for the American family and for its children . . .

Ms. Reimer seems to have given up on the youth of America and the hope that they can be informed and make decisions.

Obviously, not all children are going to abstain until marriage, but if we can stop this epidemic, or at least curtail it, let's do so . . .

Earl T. Crown III

Ellicott City

Green space for Stoney Run

As a long-time Baltimore City resident, I find it unconscionable that Baltimore Gas and Electric, while moving its corporate headquarters from Baltimore, should simultaneously proceed with plans to develop -- against the continued and vehement objections of surrounding communities -- a small meadow in the Evergreen community that is adjacent to Stoney Run Park off Cold Spring Lane.

Several years ago a study by the University of Baltimore planning department recommended that this narrow strip of parkland be permanently linked to the Stoney Run, Linkwood, Wyman Park green space. This is the only acceptable solution for a site located in an already overly developed area.

The BGE plan to build a for-profit retirement community is not in the best interest of the surrounding communities that already have retirement and health care facilities advertising to fill vacancies.

Let us hope that our elected officials this time are prepared to back residential property owners instead of the corporate utility which has already chosen to abandon the city.

Katharine Hudson

Baltimore

Why motorists came to aid of nun

Jaye Dansicker's lighthearted observations (Opinion * Commentary, Nov. 2) about a nun stranded on the highway offered several reasons why so many people stopped to help, but the author failed to correctly identify the motivation of the good Samaritans.

It was not fear of divine retribution that prompted so many to help. It was surely the gratitude felt by many thousands of us for the great sacrifices that nuns have made on our behalf for so long. Opportunities to repay that debt are cherished.

Leo Ryan Jr.

Lutherville

Lippman's, Rusk's offensive language

Theo Lippman Jr.'s book review of David Rusk's ''Baltimore Unbound'' (Oct. 15) raises many disturbing and unresolved questions.

Mr. Lippman says Mr. Rusk favors ''ethnic cleansing'' to revive ''dying'' cites, and thinks ''relocating'' poor blacks would help the city ''get well'' and keep the suburbs from ''getting sick.''

Yet if such illness is the problem, what kind of healthy future can we envision for our society when these same horrific terms -- heretofore used to outrage and offend, whether relating to Bosnia or Rwanda or Nazi Germany -- are now being presented as positive solutions for our own city?

''Warehousing the poor'' is despicable as a concept and term and an embarrassment to future generations.

People like Mr. Rusk who create supposed ''groups'' like ''the poor'' clearly view others as commodities, as maleable sub-groups, whose interests can be lumped together and interpreted to suit the needs of the moment.

My business is located two blocks from the imploded Lafayette Court public housing development.

Based on conversations with my former neighbors (former Lafayette Court tenants) their forced removal to an uncertain future was not done so much to better their lives and empower their families as to serve political, economic and real-estate agendas.

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