Renovate west side, but preserve city's historic...


December 31, 1998

Renovate west side, but preserve city's historic architecture

In reference to recent articles concerning the west side master plan, I commend the Weinberg Foundation for its decision to renovate the former Stewart's building, but I hope the foundation and the city will be sensitive to the area's architectural heritage ("Stewart's, adjacent area may be rebuilt," Dec. 20).

This includes not only individual landmarks such as 322 W. Baltimore St., but also 19th-century commercial streetscapes that are among the relatively few remaining after the 1904 fire and the Charles Center and Inner Harbor developments.

The Weinberg Foundation should use its resources to restore much of what has been allowed to deteriorate rather than compound the neglect by razing important buildings as part of a plan that has the overtones of an outmoded, 1960s-style, urban removal plan. The plan seems to have been ill-thought-out.

For example, why demolish smaller, viable buildings to construct larger retail spaces when room already exists in empty department stores?

In short, I hope that the powers that be will not destroy the west side in their attempt to save it.

John Maclay


Study Canadian city for trash-free town

The next mayor should study how the city of Vancouver, Canada, keeps its streets clean. Volunteers from the business arena, community associations, schools and civic groups should begin a nonstop effort to clean the streets.

The city should supply the manpower and trucks. Welfare families should join in the effort.

Trash-free zones should complement drug-free zones. Schoolchildren should be taught to keep their city clean. This effort should continue daily and not fade away.

Let's get out the brooms and make Baltimore a trash-free city for the people and visitors.

Ron Dexter


Responsible pet owners can help end a tough job

I was moved by the article "All God's creatures" (Dec. 21).

As a volunteer at an animal shelter, my life also is touched by the strays and unwanted animals of this city that come through our doors.

Why must so many of these poor animals continue to roam our streets? Because people fail to recognize the need to spay and neuter their pets.

Pet owners should accept their responsibility and eliminate Sam Treasure's animal control job forever.

Barb Sauer


Something must be done about sport utility vehicles

How long will it be before someone in authority stops the ever-increasing number of sport utility vehicles on our highways? These vehicles waste natural resources and are hazardous to car drivers and one another.

These are trucks being used as people carriers, which do not meet the safety standards for cars. What good is an energy-absorbing front end on a car when it is hit by a vehicle with a bumper six inches higher than the cars?

Crash tests have become meaningless.

Joseph C. Rohe


Democratic partisanship for Clinton eludes media's focus

The Democrats continue to accuse the Republicans of partisan politics. Why has the media not also focused on the partisan defense of a president who is clearly guilty of a felony?

How can the Democrats accuse the Republicans of scandalous behavior? It is a Democratic president who has lied to the grand jury, lied to his family, lied to Congress and lied to the American people. Perjury is defined as lying under oath. There is nothing in the definition or in law that negates this definition based upon what the lie was about.

President Clinton began the scandal with his conduct and subsequent attempted cover-up. If the Democrats are serious about wanting to spare the presidency and the American people the pain of an impeachment trial in the Senate, they should urge the president to resign. In the absence of that, they should stop pointing fingers at those responsible for holding the president accountable.

David S. Hungerford


Founders did not trust decisions of the people

The Democrats talked a lot about the Founding Fathers and what they had intended. But, the reality is that the Founding Fathers didn't trust the views of the American people.

The authors of the Constitution didn't want the people to directly choose the president. That is precisely why they provided for the electoral college. The electors can choose a president without a majority of the popular vote.

David Pinder


Moderate Republicans finally can get attention

Moderate Republican voters who were unable to get their congressional representatives' attention during the mad, partisan rush to impeach the president on the flimsiest of grounds should know that there is a way to get these mean-spirited individuals' attention now that the dust has settled.

They can simply visit their nearest city or county election office and change their registration from Republican to Democrat -- or to independent. They can even make this change by writing a letter stating their previous registration and new registration.

Robert A. Ritchie


Clinton's impeachment brought Republican pride

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