Parking czar must find spaces for downtown hotelWhy has...

Letters to the Editor

August 24, 1998

Parking czar must find spaces for downtown hotel

Why has the city created the position of parking coordinator when it allows a hotel to be built at 300 E. Pratt Street with only 200 parking spaces ("Drivers seek out shrinking car space," Aug. 13)?

Will the new parking czar's job be to sell us the idea that the city is working on our behalf, when the results will be worse than the current situation?

Where will the 200-plus cars currently using the lot on the property park? Where will guests in the 600 rooms park? Where will guests attending meetings in the hotel's 15,000 square feet of function space park? Where will the 400-plus hotel employees park?

With the city 3,600 spaces short for its future needs, why doesn't it require the hotel's builder to provide adequate parking for its property's function without it becoming a drain on existing facilities?

We all know that weekday parking availability in the area is already a problem.

Walter Riemann

Ellicott City

Wrong hospital in news article

The Aug. 8 Sun reported that a four-year-old child died, possibly choking on a hot dog, on Aug. 7. It was reported that the child was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

I was the attending physician who pronounced the child dead that evening at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and was quite disheartened to read the misreporting of where the child was resuscitated.

If you have ever been present at a pediatric arrest (as I have been, unfortunately, many times) it is a wrenching, emotionally draining experience for nurses, paramedics, physicians and other hospital staff.

Each person plays an important role in trying to restore a young victim's life in the field and in the charged emergency department setting.

Although the message of preventing choking accidents is important, it should not be done at the expense of getting the facts wrong.

This is especially true in this instance, where there is a long list of people who have provided Herculean effort (their skill, energy and emotion) in trying to save this unfortunate child and in consoling the family.

Richard Lichenstein, M.D.

Ellicott City

The writer is director of the pediatric emergency department at the University of Maryland Medical Center and associate professor of pediatrics and family medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Post office poster needs grammar check

In the city that supposedly reads and writes, the following message is printed on a poster in my post office promoting a stamp of a 1932 Model T and another of a Gibson Girl:

"Buy your 1900s and 1910s special edition stamp sheets. Start your celebrate of the century collection today."

I presume that the blame for this grammatical error should be placed on the U.S. Postal Service for issuing a poster with such a mistake. However, the fact that it remains in place here in Baltimore does not speak well for those who work for the post office.

Janet Heller


Nautical solution to a nagging problem

In the discussion of wheelchair access to the Constellation, I find myself agreeing with both sides.

Yes, standard wheelchair lifts would destroy the authenticity of the Constellation. Yes, if I were in a wheelchair, I would like to be able to visit the lower decks.

So rather than embarking on conflict, we need to come up with an authentic way of providing wheelchair access. Let me suggest the following:

There used to be something called a boatswain's chair to transfer landlubbers on and off a ship. If a boatswain's chair could be rigged to transfer someone between the Constellation decks, it could provide access to the lower decks for anyone unable to climb the ladders.

A wheelchair designed for constricted quarters, such as airlines use, might allow movement around the lower decks.

Depending on how it was rigged, the boatswain's chair might also lift people into the rigging. This would let them get something of the feeling of working in the masts without the need or risks of climbing. When the chair is not being used for wheelchair access, the foundation could probably charge a quarter a ride and help pay for the restoration and operations.

Rick Marvin


Helping business can hurt consumers

It is a question of whether to laugh or cry with your story buried in the financial section (Aug. 15) "AT&T to impose new long distance fee."

Each time big business appears before Congress or a state legislature seeking relief through deregulation or some other law change, the moving argument always is that the consumer will benefit through lower costs. What a joke.

The AT&T story is just another example of what people have experienced in the last decade from deregulation, mergers and law changes. The consumer pays. Lawmakers should begin to look into gift horses' mouths.

Richard L. Lelonek


Cosby intended to show value placed on black life

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