Levitt remains without remorseI strained to find in the...

Letters

March 31, 1997

Levitt remains without remorse

I strained to find in the March 16 article what all Marylanders want from Jeffrey A. Levitt, some hint of apology and acceptance of responsibility.

As usual, it wasn't there. He ''paid enough,'' he says.

As if he can square accounts with the thousands of people who innocently invested their money or rented his dilapidated housing. They are his victims.

They meant him no harm. They were not out to take advantage of anyone. Their lives were thrown into turmoil because of his greed.

In addition, The Sun does Maryland a disservice by featuring him in his success in exile. Your article glorifies his business acumen without balancing that with any comment about social responsibility.

Jeffrey Levitt is bitter. Don't you suppose the public that was bilked harbors some feelings, too? Where was your article about them?

The fat jokes were a desperate attempt to get at him in the only place he seemed vulnerable. The public was outraged by his arrogance.

Evidently the jokes found their mark but he could have avoided that by issuing a sincere apology. An expression of remorse still is his option.

Stephen H. Knox

Baltimore

Disabled persons stranded by MTA

This is a big thumbs down to the MTA and its paratransit service. This service provides special transportation for persons with disabilities who are unable to stand and wait at bus stops.

For example, it is supposed to provide lift vans for wheelchair users or special pickups for blind persons. Unfortunately, the MTA is stranding disabled people and not picking them up.

Recently, for the third time, the MTA left my son sitting on a corner in his wheelchair waiting to be picked up.

He sat on the corner for two hours each time, and the paratransit vehicle never arrived.

If you try to call the MTA, the lines are busy. The MTA should be ashamed of itself.

Dan Palich

Reisterstown

Housing Partnerships helped many people

Nowhere did the March 10 article regarding the problems of the Baltimore Corporation for Housing Partnerships mention anything positive about the beneficial contributions of the BCHP.

More than 1,100 families are living in affordable housing created by this partnership.

I was one of the original board members of this unique initiative created by former Gov. William Donald Schaefer to stabilize neighborhoods and create affordable housing in Baltimore.

Many of these projects would not have been completed, because most traditional developers would not have taken the significant risk to produce this housing.

The most responsible action at this time would be for the city and state to help save this non-profit organization.

P. Blase Cooke

Silver Spring

0 The writer is president of Harkins Builders.

City Life Museums needed

I am writing to express my heartfelt love of the Baltimore City Life Museums and my fear upon recent news reports that the museums might close.

This possibility, regardless of how it came about, is a very sad prospect for downtown Baltimore and Baltimore citizens and visitors from outside the city.

In recognition of the city's budget situation, perhaps it could allocate a portion of the additional request of $475,000 rather than the entire amount.

Perhaps the city could issue a challenge grant of $50,000 to $100,000 to spur foundations and citizens to pitch in.

While I was impressed with the recent successful gun buy-back program, I was disappointed that the city could not provide more support during a crisis for one of its major institutions that gives both citizens and visitors a unique view of Baltimore history and culture.

Brenda K. Hohman

Baltimore

Pub Date: 3/31/97

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