Residents old, new join hands to make Canton a special...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 14, 2000

Residents old, new join hands to make Canton a special place

Exclusively framing the situation in Canton as a conflict between the past and present misrepresents our community ("Canton's Crossroad," May 7).

There are many examples of Canton's residents standing together for our homes, our streets and our community, irrespective of who we are and how long we have lived here.

For example, retired folks routinely watch their block while their working neighbors are absent during the day.

Long-standing residents welcome their new neighbors because they take pride in their own homes, which increases the stability and security of the neighborhood as well as everyone's property values.

During a recent outbreak of crime neighbors went door-to-door to find out if any of them had also had their homes broken into.

What's more, they stayed together as a group to make sure the known culprit was arrested and detained.

It is with this cooperative spirit in mind that the new Canton Community Assocition was recently formed.

At our inaugural meeting on May 23 at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd at 1001 S. Potomac Street, a panel of residents, elected representatives, and community and business leaders will address how we will empower the community to protect Canton's future.

Kim W. Stallwood

Baltimore

The writer is president of the Canton Community Association.

Falsehoods about IRS are as serious as Clinton's sins

Thank you for the editorial "Stranger than GOP fiction" (May 8) revealing that the testimony against the Internal Revenue Service during 1998 congressional hearings has no basis in truth.

I'm sorry that the "moral watchdogs" in Congress weren't just as upset by this false information as they were about President Clinton's sexual escapades.

One is as bad as the other. And the false testimony will have greater negative results for our country.

Al Buls

Baltimore

Fuss over 'PG County' wastes time and money

As a former county resident and a retired employee of the PG County Fire Department, it is distressing to read that this issue is of so much concern to county officials ("Debate over 'PG' heats up in county, May 8). This is a waste of both the taxpayer's money and time.

I thought that we had mature adults in public office. If the county's delegates "cry Prince George's in unison" in the House of Delegates in Annapolis when "PG" is mentioned,' apparently this is not the case.

That is almost as childish as County Council President Dorothy Bailey of the county council stating that she does not hear budget requests from people who use the abbreviation "PG."

No facts support the allegation that this is a racial issue.

I hope this obsession will not include the costly removal of "PG" from county vehicles. More than 45 firehouses and fire department offices in PG County have ple vehicles bearing the letters "PGFD." I hope taxpayers are holding on to their wallets.

Wendy Hannon

Baltimore

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