Power Plant project needs sign to attract tenants and...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 28, 2001

Power Plant project needs sign to attract tenants and shoppers

We appreciate The Sun giving the "Power Plant Live" prominent exposure ("Downtown attraction to open with a bang," March 9). The project is exceedingly difficult and the more we can make the public aware of it, the better.

In the last 30 years, there has been no successful downtown retail-entertainment development off the Inner Harbor. In the Power Plant area there were two spectacular failures -- the Brokerage and the Fish Market -- on which developers and banks lost approximately $80 million.

Likewise, Charles and Howard streets are disasters. Pulling people north from the water isn't easy.

To accomplish our goals, we have lined up an unbelievable array of tenants -- and that should have been the story. But reporter Tom Pelton chose to create a controversy over a single sign in the project.

We are keeping every building virtually untouched on the outside. Our commitment to preserve historic buildings is so complete that the project has been recommended for National Historic Tax Credits.

The Cordish Co. has restored four downtown vacant National Register buildings: Canton House, Furness House, the Power Plant, and now the Brokerage. Each project has won every possible award for historic preservation and architectural excellence.

A sign or guitar is a fixture; the building is the building. Without signs one cannot get tenants, and without tenants these buildings stay vacant.

David S. Cordish, Baltimore

The writer is chairman of the Cordish Co.

Downsizing the City Council would help fund other needs

I recommend that Mayor Martin O'Malley and City Council President Sheila Dixon consider downsizing the City Council.

The revenue saved by cutting members we don't need (in a city that has lost thousands of people according to the census count) could be used to pay for libraries, museums and recycling.

Grace Y. Jones, Baltimore

Covering up abuse of nuns betrays church's principles

The story of the rape of nuns by priests, missionaries and bishops, of forced abortions, taking of contraceptives and forced pregnancies is so overwhelmingly outrageous and horrifying that it boggles the mind ("Rape of Catholic nuns documented in reports," March 21).

This is the direct opposite of everything the church stands for. The fact the Vatican has known about it for years and covered it up pretty much blows any moral authority the church has ever had.

The church is illustrating perfectly the truth of the saying, "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Furthermore, The Sun's placement of this story on page 15 was reprehensible. Why wasn't this front-page news?

Next to this, former President Clinton's sexual peccadilloes are the moral equivalent of littering. Yet they were front-page news for months.

By the story's placement, The Sun almost contributes to the cover-up.

Rosie Behr, Baltimore

Legalization is only way to handle drug scourge

Finally, someone has come up with an answer to our drug problem -- and it isn't our so-called drug czar, it's Mexico's President Vicente Fox ("Mexico leader suggests legalization of drug use," March 20).

We have found out that prohibition does not work.

And I know that the hooked users and the survivors of those killed in the war on drugs would agree legalization is the best and only way to deal with the problem.

Evelyn Schabb, Brooklandville

Fund the caregivers, not gentrification studies

Ada Jackson works 15-hour days at less than $9 an hour caring for disabled adults ("Crisis for caregivers," March 20). She's trying to make a living.

Yet the state can't find money to give her an increase.

Federal Hill receives $260,000 to study cleaning store fronts and upscaling the neighborhood so $155,000 homes fit in. That's in the state budget ("Panel offers Federal Hill makeover ideas," March 20).

Maryland needs to put first things first.

Susan T. Dean, Baltimore

Senate fiddles with reform as nation's economy burns

The stock markets are tumbling. The economy is slowing, if not headed into recession. And we have an energy crisis, marked by rolling blackouts in California.

And the Senate is spending two weeks debating campaign-finance reform.

Is the Senate fiddling while the country burns?

Murray Spear, Baltimore

To stop drug-related violence, let's send in the Marines

In The Sun's article "2 officers shot in E. Baltimore" (March 27), Mayor Martin O'Malley was quoted saying "None of us thought this was going to be an easy task, but the city is becoming a safer place. It's not without cost. It's not without risk."

I have a solution. We can cut down on the cost by using military personnel who are trained for combat (preferably the Marines) but are sitting in their barracks to patrol the drug-infested areas -- using the methods of war in which they are trained.

The war is here, not in some foreign country.

Let's get our country back this year, one city at a time.

Sandra Martin, Baltimore

Democrats' overspending created our national debt

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