Northern principal did what was needed to impose...

LETTERS

July 19, 1998

Northern principal did what was needed to impose discipline

I am appalled that Alice Morgan-Brown was driven into retirement at Northern High School. All she did was try to restore order to her school.

The things she did were much better than a predecessor who rarely came out of his office and was afraid to speak to students. When she came, Northern was in its worst state. What happened this year is small compared with things I had seen six years ago.

Not many principals in the Baltimore City school system were or are as bold as she was in taking the measures she took. She put discipline back into the school by suspending 1,200 students. Although I did not agree with the measure taken, something had to be done.

It is bad enough that the students have the mentality that they can get away with almost anything. Ms. Brown proved that was not the case. In addition, with no support, she did what she had to do.

Baltimore City will lose a great principal. She was from the old school. Those are the kinds of principals that this city and country needs.

Tyrone Thorpe

Baltimore

Fight against AIDS does not discriminate

It really rankled my nerves to see "White AIDS activists leery of working with African Americans" ("The AIDS crisis among blacks," July 9).

I have been a volunteer with various AIDS and health organizations for the past four years. The organizations I help are in the heart of Baltimore City. The HERO drop-off center is not in Greenspring Valley, but in downtown Baltimore, which is visited by mostly AfricanAmericans who see and hear the stories of this deadly disease.

If you are an AIDS activist or volunteer, it does not matter what color a person's skin is -- we are there to help all people who are dying of a disease.

I have never seen an activist or volunteer turn up his or her nose at someone.

Now that we are seeing the wonders of new drugs to fight AIDS, people are becoming complacent. They think, "It's not gong to happen to me."

For years, we wondered why our blood supply was not being replenished. It's because people don't want their blood to be tested for HIV.

Clarence Lusane made outstanding points discussing our homophobic Republican members of Congress and church and black leaders, but we must look at ourselves for answers.

Cindy Trueitt Lee

Baltimore

On the campaign trail, Schaefer needs a helmet

Your cartoon on the July 7 editorial page of soon-to-be-comptroller William Donald Schaefer on the motorcycle was well-timed and amusing, but begs one question: Why is Mr. Schaefer not wearing a helmet while motoring across the political landscape?

Richard Schafer

Severn

Mayfair can survive the collapse of its roof

I was sorry to hear that the roof of The Mayfair Theater had collapsed, but that does not necessarily signal the end ("Roof collapse endangers Mayfair," July 9).

After purchasing a building on Charles Street, I discovered the roof had collapsed. After securing the roof, I worked as fast as weather, time and money would allow. Through hard work, many volunteers and immeasurable patience, the building is now sound. It didn't happen overnight, but it did happen without any city funds, incentive programs and no angels with deep pockets. It now houses a restaurant.

As in other cities, Baltimore needs to organize a coalition to pinpoint the properties that are most in need of repair, then secure them until they are sold or further renovations can be done.

Representatives from preservation societies, the Maryland Historical Society, museums, neighborhood groups and especially experts (people who have done it) should follow guidelines and avoid mistakes of other cities.

We need to appreciate these buildings as the special jewels that make Baltimore unique instead of the mega-clones illuminating our skyline now.

Stop demolishing the rare and unusual, or we may be forced to remember them only with photos in a museum.

Jay Martin

Baltimore

Why should police killers be allowed life in prison?

Recently, I stood before the monument at Maryland State Police headquarters that honors all members killed in the line of duty since the department's founding and counted 17 names of fine young men and women who gave their lives while serving Maryland during my 32 years with that department.

Unfortunately, names have been added since my retirement, and there will be more with the passing of time.

Included among the names were Ted Wolf, Gregory Presbury and Edward Plank, all of whom were killed in a very violent manner on Maryland highways by a criminals with handguns while doing their duty. All victims left young families.

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