Rebirth of culture seen in AnnapolisIt was with delight...


February 19, 1997

Rebirth of culture seen in Annapolis

It was with delight that I read of the display of the Lucas vTC Collection at Government House in Annapolis.

Gov. Parris Glendening and his wife hosted a performance in honor of the Baltimore Opera Company as well. This manifests a facet of the Glendening administration that perhaps does not match well with the fashionable orthodoxy of negative reporting. We are, nonetheless, witnessing a rebirth in Annapolis of culture, arts and aesthetics.

This would, in less cynical times, earn Frances Anne Glendening the same accolades accorded Jacqueline Kennedy when she infused Washington with a similar spirit.

George Allen Ward


Plenty to praise and criticize in series

After reading all of the praise and criticism of The Sun's series, ''God's Other Plan,'' I must agree with some of the criticism and the praise.

It was too long, extremely manipulative in a tabloid sort of way and probably intrusive. On the other hand, I did find myself making time in the morning to read this series. I found the Crosbys' story sad, yet inspiring. This woman was able to accomplish a lot in a little time and seemed to have a strength of character for which many of us would wish.

Not once in the time that I was reading the series did I think that Marci did not ''cherish her relationship with her parents, her family, her friends, her community . . . and her religion'' as one writer seemed to think. In fact, as someone who is fairly new to the Baltimore area, who has never met the Crosbys or Patricia Meisol, I received the completely opposite impression. Marci was obviously adored by her mother, her father, her sister, all of her relatives and the rest of ''the herd.'' To think that the readers received any other impression is strictly naive.

When the Crosbys agreed to do this story, they should have realized that they were agreeing to have Marci's story told through the eyes of a reporter -- someone who would obviously see things differently than they did. If they wanted their story told the way that they thought it should be told they should have hired someone to ghost write a book.

Jacqueline V. Scott


No reward for victim who reported gun

I thought I would suggest to Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke that he give $100, posthumously, to Francseea Batts, who informed the police that her boyfriend was carrying an illegal .357 Magnum revolver.

But when I called City Hall, the operator told me, ''There's no one in the mayor's office, Ma'am. The city is closed today.''

Sharon Miller


Budget is unbalanced in good and bad times

A Feb. 13 letter from Carl F. Christ, a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins, opposes a balanced budget amendment. He points out that during times of recession, the deficit is desirable, because tax collections fall. Sounds reasonable to me.

One does wonder why, under that logic, we are running a deficit now. The president has told us how well the economy has done under his leadership. He tells us he plans to balance the budget, but it won't happen until he is out of office. The budget has not been balanced for years regardless of recession or prosperity.

Academically, Mr. Christ is correct. Realistically, it hasn't and won't happen unless it is a requirement.

John F. Doyle


Increase tobacco tax to reduce disease

With all the posturing over a state income tax cut, the main point has been forgotten: Increased tobacco taxes are needed first and foremost to prevent disease.

They result in a reliable and predictable drop in smoking rates, especially among kids, who are most sensitive to price.

People should recognize that the additional tobacco tax revenue, although welcome, pales in comparison to the massive savings on medical expenses which would result.

According to the Department of Health, Marylanders spend almost a half billion dollars every year just on medical expenses resulting from tobacco-caused disease.

Gregory S. Pokrywka, M.D.

Helene Pokrywka M.S.R.D.


Community court solves crime problems

The debate reflected in JoAnna Daemmrich's perspective piece on law and order (Jan. 26) is nothing but the same old ''tough'' on crime versus ''soft'' on crime that never leads to positive solutions.

It's time for Baltimore to get smart on crime.

One of the easiest and best ways to start is with creation of a community court downtown. The community court would provide swift, certain and visible justice targeted at those low-level offenders who shouldn't take up expensive jail cells, but should suffer consequences for their crimes.

The issuance of citations (''Ticketing effort has slow start,'' Jan. 27) for these crimes is a start, but it's not enough. As your article pointed out, simply citing offenders often doesn't get them to court and, therefore, produces no consequences.

The community court provides a complete strategy for effectively dealing with these crimes. In New York, a similar court is credited with reducing some nuisance crimes by as much as 63 percent.

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