Neighborhoods left out of home sales listI am responding...

LETTERS

December 06, 1997

Neighborhoods left out of home sales list

I am responding to The Sunday Sun's real estate article, Nov. 16, featuring single family home sales within Baltimore City. To my dismay, the Highlandtown/Patterson Park neighborhoods have again been omitted as viable home ownership sites within city limits.

Although Highlandtown/Patterson Park has always been considered one of the more stable neighborhoods in Southeast Baltimore, it has recently been under siege from block-busting.

It is apparent that the real estate industry is purposely marketing the expensive Canton and Butchers Hill areas full force to prospective home buyers while downplaying the nearby affordable housing available in the Highlandtown/Patterson Park area.

. Prospective homeowners should not be duped. Highlandtown/Patterson Park's crime rate is no higher than Canton's or Butchers Hill's.

Our housing is just as inviting, with high ceilings, beautiful hardwood floors, French doors, skylights, etc. at affordable prices. Spectacular views of the city's skyline; a wonderful park to take a walk or watch fireworks on the Fourth of July and great neighbors. And, yes, we are within walking distance to Canton and Butchers Hill and in close proximity to both Hopkins Hospital campuses.

L Highlandtown/Patterson Park is Baltimore's best kept secret.

Mary E. Meagher

Baltimore

School discipline is election issue

My strong suggestion to all gubernatorial candidates is to keep their campaigns focused in the schools.

When will The Sun realize that voters are sick and tired of funneling an endless supply of dollars into the city schools and getting mediocrity in return?

Strict disciplinary guidelines and removal of students who aren't interested in learning is a component that is sorely missing in the state's reconstitution plan.

James Brochin

Timonium

Labor was dead wrong about part-time work

Your Nov. 23 article about the popularity of part-time work supports what many of us have witnessed. As the United States moves toward a service economy, many businesses will need to respond to peaks, adding extra capacity when needed. The following excerpt from the article should be read aloud to Teamsters ex-president Ron Carey, who has tried to dupe the public and destroy a good company: ''Part-time work will increase as Americans choose, nay, demand individual lifestyle choices. Involuntary part-time workers account for no more than 3 to 5 percent of the work force. The majority of part-time workers limit their hours by choice."

At best, the ousted Ron Carey was ill-informed about workers' needs and economic trends, as he tried to vilify United Parcel Service for employing part-timers. But more likely he was desperate to create a mythical dragon to slay.

It was refreshing to read an informative piece that helps expose one of the unions' non-issues.

ianne O'Keefe

Ellicott City

Judge was too soft on jury duty scofflaws

Nancy O'Hanian - Graphic Impressions

I am writing about the Nov. 25 article describing how the Baltimore City court system is getting tough with those who shirk jury duty.

The article indicates that those who are in charge have routinely allowed people to ignore summonses to report for jury duty ''five, six, seven, eight times."

Don't they realize that such laxity only encourages people to tell their families and friends to ignore their duty? Don't they realize that their children pick up on their attitudes? Why do we have to hTC wait until only 58 percent of the people who are summoned for jury duty show up before strong action is taken?

We have begun to realize that all too often the Baltimore City school system is a system of low expectations.

Now we see that for ten years the Baltimore City court system has also been a system of low expectations, as it has tolerated repeated and widespread disregard for its summonses.

John B. Powell Jr.

Baltimore

A Baltimore City judge's recent action in confining, lecturing and fining the scofflaws who fail to report for jury duty was a well-intentioned move in the right direction, but far too soft a response.

So he kept them in a holding room all day. That's exactly what happens to a juror who turns up when he or she is supposed to. They were incarcerated for one day and slapped with a $115 fine.

I am sure that every one of those people earns more than $115 a day, so it's a great trade-off to miss 10 days of jury duty, lose that big $10 reward for showing up and finally get rounded up for one day in the tank.

What happens to the 65 out of 100 people who didn't bother to show for this hearing? I guess they are off free and will continue missing jury dates.

The first time a summoned juror doesn't show up, an officer of the law should fetch him or her. The next time, he or she should have a formal hearing, followed by 30 days in jail if found guilty.

Franklin W. Littleton

Baltimore

Pub Date: 12/06/97

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