Seniors need to appreciate young mournersThis letter is to...


July 05, 1998

Seniors need to appreciate young mourners

This letter is to all those young people who built the shrine and those who were drawn to it at a tree on Monroe Avenue in Eldersburg.

The shrine was erected in memory of one of their friends and classmates and her cousin who were killed in a horrible accident when an auto slammed into that tree last month.

Those young folks came each day and night placing little momentos such as coins and candy. They congregated there consoling each other, remembering their friend.

They bothered not a person. I feared that they might impede traffic so I told them to park their vehicles on my lawn, and they did so in an orderly fashion.

They picked up their trash and placed it in my garbage containers. They asked if I thought the neighbors would mind them playing some music.

I replied that if they kept it low, I didn't think anyone would care and nobody seemed to mind. But, alas, there are those malcontents who dislike young people and cannot remember being young themselves. They called the police last night to disband the young people.

We don't have enough activity now for these young people.

Why do we have to have these sick ones calling the police to disband these young folks? Had these malcontents asked these young people to move out of the road to my property, I'm sure that they would have moved.

I say to those young folks that they are welcome to stop momentarily on my property and reflect on their friends who lost their lives at that spot. You have to understand how these young folks feel.

When I was a 19-year-old soldier in France, I lost my friends and did not have the opportunity to reflect where they had fallen. I wish that I could have.

Young folks, God bless you. I'm sorry that there are those of us who are senior citizens now who dislike you because you are young.

Richard T. Yates


The writer is a Carroll County commissioner.

Way of life fell in city's Pigtown

Christ didn't fall in Pigtown. A way of life fell in Pigtown ("Unsettling times in Pigtown," June 23).

That cross was a symbol of decent, hard-working people of whatever race who have been the victims of those who wish to prey upon them. When that lady pushed over that cross, she was pushing a decent way of life out of the way so a seamier element could take over.

She should have seen that, but she couldn't get past the race barrier. Her predominantly white neighbors elected her vice president of their community council, a sign that they presumed she wanted to live in a good, decent, lawful neighborhood.

I think they now see that they will have to move to a new place where crimes and murders are not accepted as a way of life.

Stephanie Olden will then have the way of life she has grown accustomed to and accepted.

Sharon Chrisman


Pub Date: 7/05/98

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