This investment in our communities is a major contribution to neighborhood revitalization. Each project has its own story of citizen activism and commitment.
Added together, they greatly enrich our state - by something greater than any single investment.
Peta N. Richkus, Baltimore
The writer is secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services and a Charles Village resident.
Column about shelter was a touching gem
Many Sun readers skip the front-page disasters and turn first to the OpinionCommentary page for interesting, provocative pieces. Sure, there is the occasional ill-thought out clunker and inevitable syndicated pap, but not enough to cure the addiction.
And, surprisingly often, one finds a rewarding gem.
One such gem was Terrence Kenny's "Facing the ghosts of the night" (OpinionCommentary, May 11), which told the story of a terrified moment in the life of a child living in a Howard County shelter.
Touching and beautifully written, the column was as much about the author's vulnerability as that of the wounded girl.
But strength and dedication was revealed as well, and one finished reading the article with gratitude for those who labor to help level a bit the ground of our terribly skewed society.
Milton Bates, Baltimore
Reducing religion to prime time pabulum?
Judging from Chris Kaltenbach's review, First Amendment purists need not fear prime time proselytizing such as CBS' two-part miniseries that "tries very hard to create a Messiah that TV viewers can relate to" ("There's nothing miraculous about this `Jesus,'" May 13).
On the contrary, as media critic Neil Postman argued in "Amusing Ourselves to Death," it is proponents of religion who should be apprehensive about such shows.
As Mr. Postman argued: "The danger is not that religion has become the content of television shows, but that television shows may become the content of religion."
Gregory L. Lewis, Baltimore