Garbage cans are prone to disappearSince the city...

LETTERS

November 18, 1997

Garbage cans are prone to disappear

Since the city sanitation police are going to fine residents of Baltimore City for placing trash for pick-up in plastic bags which are not in trash cans, I would hope they would use part of the money to reimburse those who will find it necessary to keep replacing trash cans because of damage or loss caused by the sanitation personnel.

If metal cans are used, they are soon out-of-shape and unusable because of the banging against the garbage truck by the sanitation personnel while emptying them.

If heavy-duty rubber cans are used, they are tossed back on the outer lawn and (especially in inclement weather) soon find their way down the street to one of the neighbors who needed to replace their own because of damage done by the sanitation personnel.

Joyce Hare

Baltimore

Sinkhole only latest downtown traffic woe

In reading about the traffic jams the recent crater incident has caused downtown Baltimore, I was compelled to write and express my frustration over traffic jams in Baltimore all the time and not just because of this recent street collapsing.

Every Friday for the past two years I have had to pick up my husband from his work in the Inner Harbor area of downtown Baltimore. Workers in the downtown area tell me that the gridlock and the huge traffic jams are there every day.

This past Friday, we were stopped in front of Frederick and Lombard streets for over one hour, nothing moved. If an emergency vehicle had to get by it would have been impossible. Cars were blocking intersections at every corner, and there were no traffic or transit employees nor any police directing traffic.

Every day for 25 years I drove to work in downtown Baltimore and even though it was always busy certain times of the day, at least the traffic flowed and intersections were not blocked.

Years ago you would have seen police officers in white hats, their motorcycles parked on corners and quite often the mounted police. Never would anyone dare block an intersection, or the police would have pulled you over and ticketed you. The traffic might have been heavy; but, it always moved.

That is not true today; Downtown traffic is a nightmare.

Linda M. Hess

Sparks

Bay Foundation educates us all

As a biology and environmental science teacher, I can assure the writer of the Nov. 12 letter, "Not just farmers pollute the bay," that much of the "millions raked in from urbanites" by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation has been used for education.

My students have benefited from the educational opportunities offered by the foundation for 10 years. Field trips, publications and curriculum enhancements cover such topics as urban runoff, problems caused by overdevelopment, pollution from car exhaust and how to enhance urban habitats. This information is available to the public as well.

The foundation does periodically single out specific offenders responsible for bay degradation. It continually sends the message that we are all responsible.

Mary Beth Kircher

Baltimore

Ravens need him if Orioles don't

Before Davey Johnson gets too far from Baltimore, someone ought to ask him if, by chance, he can coach football.

Jack Stuprich

Dundalk

Pub Date: 11/18/97

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