School's expansion would cut tax base, hurt neighborhood...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 08, 2001

School's expansion would cut tax base, hurt neighborhood ...

Dan Buccino's City Diary "Calvert School has much to offer its neighborhood" (Opinion

Commentary, Dec. 27) shows an amazing ignorance of the facts.

The Calvert School estimates that the "modest expansion" he describes will cost about $20 million.

The school's "exceedingly generous" offer for tenants' relocation amounts to nothing but the introduction to the tenants of a real estate broker.

Mr. Buccino's comment that "so too must we strive to keep the taxes and talents of the Calvert community in the city" forgets that the Calvert School pays no taxes and, if it is allowed to buy and destroy 4300 N. Charles St., the city will lose more than $300,000 in annual property taxes, as well as more than 100 residents who pay "piggyback" taxes.

Mr. Buccino says: "Several historically significant buildings will be restored." But there is only one building to be restored. This "restoration" amounts to adding a major addition which could hardly improve on the original design.

As to improved traffic patterns, experts argue that the result of adding more than 100 students would increase traffic problems, particularly on Charles Street.

This issue is not just evicting 130 tenants and demolishing 91 homes. The expansion would result in a host of negative results affecting Baltimore's tax base, the neighborhood's residential character and the loss of citizens to the counties.

It's obvious that the tenants, members of the City Council, neighbors and many other Baltimore area residents are opposed to this expansion. Why is it that Calvert's board of trustees isn't listening?

Allan J. Mead

Baltimore

... but it could help city retain an education jewel

Dan Buccino expressed well the sentiments of Baltimore City residents who have a hard time being heard over the loud noise of the opposition to the Calvert School's expansion plan ("Calvert School has much to offer its neighborhood," Opinion

Commentary, Dec. 27).

The Calvert School is an education jewel in Baltimore's crown.

Let's support its worldwide reputation for excellence and keep the school in our community.

Carolyn L. Gorman

Baltimore

The Calvert School has been part of Baltimore for 100 years and part of Tuscany-Canterbury since 1926.

With its expansion, the school will continue its commitment to the city, partnering with city public schools and developing its facilities with respect for the neighborhood and the environment.

Every day, we're reminded how American education system is failing our youngsters. The Calvert School simply wishes to expand its tradition of excellence in preparing our children.

The City Council and the neighborhood's opposition to education is tragic.

John M. Emmett

Towson

Democrats should protest by returning their refunds

It seems there are one or two letters every day from Democrats whining about the election. Get over it, you lost.

If you must protest, may I suggest you send the check for the tax refund George W. Bush eventually passes back uncashed.

Dennis Jankowski

Perry Hall

If fairness is the mission, The Sun is falling short

Publisher Michael Waller stated that The Sun's mission is to "cover the news without fear or favor ... with honesty, accuracy, fairness" ("A Year-End Report from the Publisher," Dec. 31).

There is no denying The Sun has done a very good job covering stories about nitrogen and lead poisoning and Joseph Palczynski and has a good travel section.

But if the goal is fairness, the paper is far from completing its mission, especially when it comes to coverage of politics.

Please continue to strive toward fairness; the people of Baltimore deserve the unbiased truth about all news events.

Pete Bickford

Baltimore

Many would disagree with Michael Waller that The Sun covers the news "without fear or favor" or that it is seeking "the truth with honesty, accuracy or fairness."

The Sun carefully selects the articles to be published, excluding many items of national interest that are contrary to its usual position or reflect poorly on people it has endorsed or supported.

I read the Washington Post daily and find it far less selective in reporting news that may be counter to its liberal position.

Please be fair to the reading public and report all the news, without favor -- whether or not The Sun's editors like it.

John M. Dennis

Towson

The Sun deserves tributes for fine work on key issues

We appreciate Publisher Michael Waller and the entire Sun staff's work in 2000 and in earlier years.

Mr. Waller's article "A Year-End Report from the Publisher" (Dec. 31) was a good presentation of a ferocious year's events that affected all our lives, every day.

As an example of The Sun's fine work on local historical matters, we are happy that Ernie Imhoff's articles telling of the history and Great Lakes voyage of the S.S. John W. Brown, Baltimore's own restored World War II Liberty ship, got prominent play ("Port in a storm," Aug. 10 and "Liberty Call," July 18).

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