Some way to celebrate the city's 200thTo honor the 200th...


September 27, 1997

Some way to celebrate the city's 200th

To honor the 200th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Baltimore, our mayor has closed the Baltimore City Life Museums, two Pratt Library branches and several recreation centers.

What an innovative way to celebrate!

We might even make it into the Guinness Book of Records.

And all of this is happening in a year when, according to a Sun editorial Sept. 19, city tax collections are ''way up.'' It boggles the mind.

Margaret H. Yaffe


Some 'precedent' for public employees

Peter Jay, in his column of Sept. 18, takes state employee organizations to task for seeking collective bargaining rights. He allows as how a 60-year precedent should remain untouched.

I agree a 60-year precedent is in place: one that, with few exceptions, saw salaries of state employees increase by minuscule amounts and then only after long dry spells. Compounding state workers' woes was the Schaefer administration's imposition of a longer work week minus any accompanying boost in wages. And as if this were insufficient, comes word that pensions of state employees are the 47th lowest in the nation.

Is it any wonder, then, that union organizations find these shortcomings fertile ground for their avowed intention -- of seeing that collective bargaining becomes a reality?

Abner Kaplan


Why are drug lords being treated nicely?

Would we free Colombian drug lords from prosecution if they promised to lure fewer children into addiction? And give them a multi-billion dollar tax break while we were at it? Not very likely.

And yet that is exactly what the tobacco companies are seeking in the so-called settlement Congress is being asked to approve. The settlement would allow the companies to continue operating -- and selling addictive cancer sticks to kids -- in return for paying a tax-deductible fine. Should anyone have the right to intentionally hook people on to a drug that will kill them? I don't think so. I can only hope that Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Paul S. Sarbanes will keep this question in mind when asked to vote on whether to let tobacco companies off the hook.

Scott Randall


Pfiesteria assurances recall S&L crisis

Listening to Gov. Parris N. Glendening's hollow explanation and assurances concerning the spread of Pfiesteria is reminiscent of his politically appointed chairperson's -- former Gov. Harry Hughes -- presumptuous guarantees that Maryland's savings and loans and the MDIC were more than capable of eradicating any and all financial shortfalls.

Indeed, the taxpayers of Maryland and depositors were in for a rude awakening.

To paraphrase an old aphorism, I hope history does not repeat itself.

Everett Rees

Havre de Grace

Downtown needs satellite parking

I agree with the letters of Paul R. Schlitz Jr. and Steven H. Allen (both Sept. 19) that it would be a big mistake to put more parking lots in the center of Baltimore.

I think the best solution to the downtown parking problem would be to use Memorial Stadium lots in concert with a very reliable, around-the-clock, shuttle bus service to center city points.

A fence could be put around the lots to protect parked vehicles, and the fee for parking would include bus rides to and from the lots.

At BWI, it is called satellite parking.

Herman M. Heyn


Untangling the roots of Carroll family trees

''The Qualities of Carrolls,'' by Jacques Kelly (Sept. 21), conveys the impression that Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore (1735-1815) was a member of the family of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (1737-1831), and that there are only 1,248 known descendants of the Carroll families of Maryland. Noted historians and genealogists generally dispute such conclusions.

There were three separate Carroll families which settled in early colonial Maryland. The earliest family, known as the Barrister line, included Charles Carroll, the Barrister (1723-1783). The second family included Charles Carroll of Carrollton, while the third family included Daniel Carroll II, the signer of the Constitution (1730-1796), and his brother, Archbishop John Carroll.

All three of these families claim to have a common ancestor -- the King of Ely, Florence O'Carroll; however, authentic records cannot be found to support these claims, or to support a conclusion that Charles Carroll of Carrollton was related to Archbishop Carroll. If these families are now related, it can only be proven through later ties of marriage.

Daniel Carroll II, in fact, married Eleanor Carroll (1732-1762), a cousin of Charles Carroll of Carrollton. I recognize, of course, that descendants of this marriage, as well as descendants of other marriages between members of these families, could claim that they are descendants of both the family of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, and the family of Daniel Carroll II and Archbishop John Carroll, and therefore are related to both families.

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