Evicting `Old World' hurts Randallstown Why does the...


April 15, 2000

Evicting `Old World' hurts Randallstown

Why does the Liberty Road corridor need another drugstore at the site of the Old World Bakery, a delightful small store which stocks delicious and unusual foodstuffs ("Old world must move to make way for new," April 5)?

I find it astonishing and upsetting that yet another drugstore will be constructed on Liberty Road.

Anne Stein, Randallstown

The Liberty Road Business Association should not lament, but look at the positive side of the forced relocation of the Old World Deli and Bakery.

Its replacement by a Walgreens drugstore will create a two-mile strip of Liberty Road blessed with 10 drugstores (five "big box," four supermarket, one K-Mart), or more than one per quarter-mile.

There's even hope, based on the "black hole gravitation theory," that abandoned supermarket sites on this same strip will be converted into two additional super-drugstores.

Then Rockdale/Randallstown will surely become recognized as the drugstore mecca of the United States, attracting social scientists, marketing analysts and swarms of tourists to marvel at this phenomenon and attempt to explain it.

Nelson L. Hyman, Randallstown

The Sun's editorial "Can this deli be saved?" (April 7) noted that "Old World's great success attracted thousands of customers a week to this section of Randallstown."

If these same people opt not to buy their sundries from Walgreens, who will have the last laugh?

Al Buckner, Randallstown

I read The Sun's article about the dilemma facing the Old World Dell and felt frustrated.

The article told of a family that wants to stay in Randallstown, but Walgreens is buying the land they are leasing. It then notes that "business leaders have struggled to keep Liberty Road stabilized as stores have abandoned the area."

The hypocrisy regarding Randallstown infuriates me.

My husband has had a business there for 30 years. It supports our family and two others.

He invested money to move from one Randallstown location to another. However, our business is now being threatened.

We aren't contending with Walgreens; we are dealing with a group of people who have decided that our business, plus dozens of others, no longer fit their image of how Liberty Road should look.

Don't protest one small business leaving the area when dozens of others who don't want to leave may be destroyed.

Allison Heyman, Owings Mills

Lacrosse's contributions deserved recognition

Matthe Buck undeservedly and negatively characterized the spirit of lacrosse competition between two private schoools, Gilman School and Boys' Latin ("On the track and lacrosse field, a rminder of Baltimore's future," Opinion * Commentary, April 5).. Mr. Buck wrote that lacrosse fans "jeered the referees mercilessly, booed the faintest whiff of unfair conduct and chatted between play mostly about what esteemed powerhouse lacrosse colleges their sons would be attending this fall."

In contrast, he described the fans and parents at the Mt. St. Joseph Invitational track meet as courteous and sportsmanlike and the meet as "a wonderfully familiar and pleasant scene."

But Mr. Buck neglected to acknowledge the obvious differences between the two events.

Track and field is basically a sport of individual achievement. Traditionally its fans are not demonstrative but passive.

Lacrosse, on the other hand, is a team sport. It is an aggressive, physical game that readily lends itself to passionate and vocal responses from its followers.

Both lacrosse and track and field are wonderful athletic endeavors. I would suggest Mr. Buck do a better job understanding the nuances of each sport.

Lou Fritz, Baltimore

I appreciated Matthew Buck's "City Diary" article, but it was unfortunate that he reinforced stereotypes about lacrosse and failed to mention what the sport has done to help middle and high school student-athletes in Baltimore's public schools.

More than a decade ago, US Lacrosse initiated the Baltimore City Middle School Lacrosse League (BCMSLL) as a pilot program. The program now enables students in more than a dozen city middle schools to play lacrosse.

This program's success has allowed US Lacrosse to help develop similar programs in other cities throughout the country.

It's also a shame the article didn't mention the contributions schools such as Boys Latin have made to the BCMSLL program.

Boys Latin's players and coaches have conducted clinics for the BCMSLL's since it began.

Our organization has also developed a partnership with the city's Department of Recreation and Parks to establish a lacrosse curriculum in Druid Hill Park and at the "Du" Burns Arena.

This program will provide equipment, curricula and instruction for recreation center directors and the young people they serve. Last year, Fred Whitridge, a Baltimorean who chairs the US Lacrosse National At-Risk Initiative, also worked with lacrosse equipment manufacturers to coordinate donation of new equipment to every high school in the city

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