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LETTERS

March 20, 1998

Next, crack down on driving while phoning

Legislation was introduced in Congress to lower the legal blood-alcohol level nationally to 0.08. Studies indicate that talking on a cell telephone while driving also impairs driving performance.

If this legislation cleared Congress and was signed by the president, doesn't it follow that similar legislation should be introduced concerning talking on a cell phone while driving?

I was nearly killed this morning by a motorist who ran a red light with a cell phone on his ear.

It makes sense to me that when your ability to drive a car is equally impaired, it really doesn't matter what it's impaired by.

You are an equal risk to society, be your impairment from alcohol or cell phone.

. Cary deRussy

Timonium

Use air-raid system to warn of tornadoes

The recent round of tornadoes in central Florida resulted in 41 deaths. It is said the casualty rate was high because it occurred at night, when people were asleep and unable to be warned of the danger approaching.

I suggest that we could use the air-raid warning system that is tested at 1 p.m. every Monday. Some arrangement of siren blasts could be worked out to alert people of a potential for weather problems, so they would be awakened to turn on their radios or television sets for information on what is happening.

Had such a program been in effect in Florida, the death count might have been lower.

Richard L. Lelonek

Baltimore

Business is thriving at Woodlawn Village

The March 11 article "Bakery racks up golden anniversary," about Bauhof's Bakery and the Woodlawn Village area, was a pleasure to read.

The suggestion that the village is a gem, with ambience that others try to copy, is heartening.

However, the statement that crime is a problem is not correct. There is no crime in Woodlawn Village. What is reported as the Woodlawn police precinct encompasses other areas but not the village.

I might also note that no "family-owned businesses" have closed.

David D. Greenfeld

Woodlawn

The writer owns Woodlawn Pharmacy.

Pumpkins, witches not part of Orthodox decor

The March 9 article "Ornate ceremony marks consecration of an altar" bravely tackled a notoriously complex topic, the public ritual of the most ancient Christian Communion, that of the Orthodox Church.

But one passage raised eyebrows sharply. It noted that our former "makeshift altar" was set up "with seasonal decorations of pumpkins, witches and Christmas trees."

This reads as if the altar was decorated this way. Members of the parish initially laughed this off, but since questions are now beginning to come to us from the Internet, we must ask for a clarification.

Our altar was a lovingly homemade, enclosed table with all the dignity an Orthodox altar deserves. We did not decorate it with witches or any other secular or pagan holiday decor. What were decorated in such fashion, to our dismay, were the walls of the room we rented.

We had use of the room only on Sundays, and often had to put up with, or temporarily remove, such incongruous decorations applied by the weekday occupants.

The person interviewed only mentioned this to make the point that it is a relief now to have our own space, free from such distractions.

Father Gregory

Mathewes-Green

Baltimore

The writer is pastor of Holy Cross Antiochian Orthodox Church.

Sidetrack monorail and try old streetcars

The proposed monorail system to run from Camden Yards to Canton is a bad idea.

It would utterly destroy the 18th-century atmosphere of Fells Point.

One can just imagine zooming over Broadway Market and having our tour guide announce, "And here is where people bought their food." Then on to the "blue-collar neighborhood exhibit that was formerly called Canton."

What a disaster.

A far better idea would be to create a streetcar line using refurbished cars from around the world. This idea has been implemented in San Francisco with great success.

The line could run from Fort McHenry to Canton through the antique streets of Little Italy and Fells Point. It would be a tourist attraction on its own, not like some Disney-type rail that would attract attention for being so out of place.

Hennessy

Fallston

Who's minding Daniel Henson?

"I don't think racism motivates HUD investigations," Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke assures us ("Henson sees racism in HUD probe," March 11).

But this is a good cop-bad cop routine.

Mayor Schmoke is fully accountable for the antics of Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III.

With apologies to Samuel Johnson, racism is the first refuge of a scoundrel.

Hal Riedl

Baltimore

Pub Date: 3/20/98

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