Tenants should have moved out of squalorI read with great...


February 02, 1996

Tenants should have moved out of squalor

I read with great interest the articles about Jack Reed, a superintendent of inspections for the city whose own rental properties are maintained at standards that should be considered sub-human.

I truly empathize with the tenants who live in these homes and I concur that a conflict of interest would exist in having Mr. Reed oversee those employees who are charged with the responsibility of enforcing the housing code on the buildings he owns.

However, I question why these tenants are still living in the squalor that Mr. Reed chooses to call a house. We live in a free society where we, as consumers, can conceivably choose the products and services we purchase. Several of the tenants in the article confirmed they have been living in these homes for as long as a decade. Why are they still renting from Mr. Reed?

One would think that these tenants would have realized years ago that this landlord is not going to give these houses the maintenance that is so long overdue. Certainly there must be better homes than these in the area, homes without major structural damage or leaky pipes or broken heaters. If the homes are in as deplorable a condition as your articles suggest, it is time for these tenants to live elsewhere.

P. Marc Fischer


A workable plan for a blizzard

Why not institute alternate side-of-the-street parking on snow emergency routes? Then plow the side without cars. On a designated day, have cars park on the cleared side of the street and plow the other side. Update the snow emergency route plan by eliminating roads which are not key routes. Coordinate plowing of roads with already existing street cleaning times.

Fred Weiss


Governor Glendening honors gun pledge

Kudos to Gov. Parris Glendening for taking a strong, positive stand on handgun legislation. He has shown himself to be willing to make controversial choices.

While he won't please the "vocal minority," he will be thanked by the mostly "silent majority" of those who have a social conscience about what is a horrendous problem.

I am still idealistic enough to hope that those who say, "I'm only concerned about what happens in my backyard," will realize that it will happen in their yard sooner than they think.

I heard the governor speak in support of comprehensive handgun legislation at a Johns Hopkins Hospital rally before his election and I'm delighted that he has kept his campaign promise.

We joke about broken campaign promises, but Governor Glendening has delivered.

Grace C. Huber


Watching eagles is a rare treat

Last fall, my husband and I spent a day visiting Blackwater Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore. Our original intent was to view and photograph the many migrating waterfowl that use Blackwater as a stopping point.

While we were in awe of the number of ducks and geese feeding on the land and flying overhead, we had one more special treat.

Over the water in a quiet area away from the din of the feeding waterfowl, we spotted a pair of bald eagles.

The species was listed as endangered most of our lives. Neither of us had seen a bald eagle in its natural environment before.

Seeing these birds was a true testimony to the success of the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, judging by the actions of the current Republican freshmen in Congress, our children may not be witness to such a success story.

In their haste to gut 25 years of environmental protection, the freshman Republicans have targeted the Endangered Species Act. These young politicians have learned their media lessons well. As they watch the current climate grow with antipathy toward regulations of many types, the Republican freshmen latched onto the "property rights" movement with zeal.

They look forward to gutting the Endangered Species Act, claiming it interferes with property rights and is an obstacle to future development. Halting the listing of threatened or endangered species will allow for the destruction of the habitats that these species need to survive.

As a member of an environmental group, I thank those Republicans who have taken a strong stand on protection of the environment in its various forms.

Erica Finkelstein-Parker


Balanced budgets don't bring depression

Alan C. Cohen's letter of Jan. 22 (''Who says we need a balanced budget?'') sadly ignores several economic and historic realities.

He dismisses the notion of balancing the federal budget as ''ridiculous,'' noting that ''most Americans incur debt'' in some form or another.

This overlooks the distinction between incurring debt and being in debt. The latter characterizes the current state of our government.

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