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SATURDAY MAILBOX

June 06, 1998

Fact and fiction come alive in written word

I read a book called "The Last Battle," by C. S. Lewis. It is the last of a seven-book series called "The Chronicles of Narnia." Here's the story: Trouble comes to the land of Narnia when an ape named Shift dresses up a donkey named Puzzle as the great lion Aslan, who is the founder of all countries in his world.

Puzzle gets the whole Calormene army on his side because he is dressed as the real Aslan. But Aslan gathers his own army, and the last battle of Narnia is fought.

"The Last Battle" is a book that people of all ages will like to read. My mother loved the whole series, which we read together.

Joseph Whiting

Columbia

Bryant Woods Elementary

I remember when I read my first book, "The Babysitter's Club." I walked to the library and borrowed a book.

I went to the park, sat under a tree and I read and read until I !! finished the book. When I finished this book, I ran up to the library and I got another "Babysitter's Club" book.

Patty Palmer

Baltimore

! Ruhrah Elementary

Reading is fun, and I enjoy reading survival stories the most. "The Cay" and "Julie of the Wolves" are stories about survival.

In "The Cay," Timothy and Phillip are stuck on an island. While there, Phillip goes blind. They have to use the resources on the island to stay alive.

"Julie of the Wolves" is about a girl who ends up in Alaska when trying to find her way to the "bright lights." She learns to communicate with wolves to survive. Both of these stories are wonderful, and I would recommend them to kids 9 years old and older.

Diana Creasy

Fallston

& Youth's Benefit School

I read fun books, all written by Roald Dahl. The books' names are "The BFG," "Fantastic Mr. Fox," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and "James and the Giant Peach."

"The BFG" is about a giant who is friendly. What makes this story funny is that the BFG cannot pronounce his words right.

The second story is about a fantastic fox that went to a barnyard every day to get chickens for his family.

The third story is about a man named Willy Wonka and a boy named Charlie.

I think Roald Dahl is a good author because he makes his stories fun, funny and interesting.

Mark Blackwell

Baltimore

$ McCormick Elementary

I read an interesting book called "Helen Keller." Helen Keller was blind, deaf and unable to speak.

As Helen got older, someone came to help her learn how to do sign language. But later, she learned how to talk, and she did better.

Helen Keller proved you can do what you want to do.

I think children would love to read this book.

Anna Reese

Baltimore

$ McCormick Elementary

What's the best place for Our Daily Bread?

The area north of the Inner Harbor, with the Basilica of the Assumption and the Enoch Pratt Free Library, has great potential for business, tourism and residential use ("Our Daily Bread is under pressure to relocate, again," May 29).

The decision to put a soup kitchen there was a poor decision.

It is admirable to help our city's neediest citizens, but many of the people who use the services of Our Daily Bread have more problems than poverty, including addiction to drugs and mental health problems. There are actual and perceived threats to visitors.

Moving Our Daily Bread from the Mount Vernon area would improve the climate for business, tourism and residents.

Bob Maddox

Baltimore

Family homelessness is growing. The shelters have been full, and families have been turned away. Our Daily Bread serves families whom we may not see in shelters -- families at risk of homelessness, moving from one friend or relative's house to another. These are the "hidden homeless" and at-risk families who cannot access the services that shelters have to offer.

Because Our Daily Bread is there, these families are able to access nearby services.

Moving Our Daily Bread for the purpose of hiding the homeless problem in Baltimore is a worthless idea. The homeless problem will remain. People will still need bathrooms. They will still beg for money. They will still need their fix. And they will still need food, clothing, health care, education, drug treatment -- the list goes on and on.

But moving Our Daily Bread to a convenient location downtown and providing a resource center that addresses all of the issues above may serve both sides well.

Betty Schulz

Phoenix

Does the Downtown Partnership really think Our Daily Bread attracts the panhandlers and criminals to its area? Panhandlers and criminals are attracted to people and goods, and the Inner Harbor -- or any active business district -- is a magnet.

Where would the partnership like to relocate the poor and homeless clients of the soup kitchen? Two blocks west? Three miles east? Towson, Essex or Columbia?

Perhaps they have not noticed, but the problems of the poor, homeless, panhandlers and criminals are not unique to downtown Baltimore but exist in many city and county neighborhoods.

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