Cracking down on nuisance crimes betters communitiesOn...

Letters to the Editor

November 03, 1998

Cracking down on nuisance crimes betters communities

On behalf of the Greater Baltimore Committee, I want to applaud Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the city of Baltimore for the decision to crack down on neighborhood nuisance offenses, as reported by Gerard Shields on Oct. 17 ("City starts new policy on crime").

All the evidence that we have seen, including our recently published Greater Baltimore State of the Region Report, makes it unmistakably clear that we need to pay increased attention to our community's quality of life.

There is no single solution. At the GBC, we have focused on crime, which citizens rank as their top concern in survey after survey.

Among other steps, we have advocated more drug treatment funds and sought a community court for central Baltimore to deal swiftly and decisively with misdemeanor offenses.

As with the city's initiative, we believe it is essential to create an atmosphere that does not tolerate so-called lesser offenses that so often lead to more serious ones and have an impact on the viability of neighborhoods.

The program is a wise investment. We strongly support this step as part of an overall comprehensive effort to improve the quality of life of Baltimore.

Donald P. Hutchinson


The writer is president of the Greater Baltimore Committee.

Tight residency rules apply to pupils, not politicians

It is interesting that the Maryland Court of Appeals ruled that state Sen. Clarence W. Blount could represent a district in which he did not live, but West Virginia student Danielle Rash was kicked out of a Howard County school for her nonresidency ("Girl's plans for school cut short," Oct. 29).

It seems politicians who ignore residency requirements benefit, but teens wanting a quality education must abide by the letter of inflexible school residency rules. Is this a contradiction?

Donald Holland


Is there no alternative to airstrikes in Kosovo?

I read with great sadness the Oct. 13 article "Archbishop of Sarajevo describes war's horrors" concerning the visit to Baltimore of Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Sarajevo.

I cannot understand how a man of God who is an advocate of ethnic and religious cooperation can "see no alternative to NATO airstrikes" against the Serbs of Kosovo.

As a Serb born in Croatia who was a victim of ethnic cleansing in Croatia in 1941 and whose entire family in Croatia was the victim of ethnic cleansing under the government of President Franjo Tudjman in 1991, I am also deeply disturbed by the recent beatification of Cardinal Stepinac, whose blessing of Ustashi paratroopers before their slaughter of 600,000 Serbs, Jews, and Gypsies has been well documented.

Bogdan Miscevic


There are no guidelines for proper behavior anymore

Regarding Steve Sanders' Oct. 18 article ("Hate speech can stir up hateful acts," Perspective) about hate speech against homosexuals: True Christians agree that to hate anyone is wrong. But today, many people think whatever they do is OK. There is no such word as sin.

The sins of abortion and fornication are allowed and soon the sin of adultery will be widely accepted thanks to the media and the White House.

So it is no wonder that some thugs commit murder without any signs of remorse. They have no guidelines to go by. This is a society where anything goes and no punishment is given in many cases.

God loves all of us, sinners as well as saints and he can see through the hypocrites and bigots among us.

He alone can judge us because he alone is perfect and without sin.

Only by turning back to God in prayer and repentance can we save this society. We are in moral decay.

Eileen Magarelli

Millville, Del.

Pub Date: 11/03/98

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.