Northeast Baltimore needs help to restore its stability...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 05, 2001

Northeast Baltimore needs help to restore its stability, vitality

I was pleased to see The Sun's editorial on the need to reinforce the stability of the wonderful neighborhoods of Northeast Baltimore ("Northeast Baltimore is key to city's stability," Aug. 30).

I have been a resident of Hamilton for 20 years. In my neighborhood, we enjoy the convenience of city life, the beauty of plenty of trees and wildlife, the best library branch in the city and a great school, Hamilton Elementary-Middle School.

Yet I have been disheartened recently as I start to see signs of decay and hear about neighbors moving elsewhere because of fears of crime and the perceived decline of the neighborhood.

This community has so much to offer; I wish more people would take advantage of those assets and our very affordable housing. That alone would be a step toward stabilizing the area.

I could go on and on about why I love living in Baltimore, and Hamilton in particular, but that's not the point. The point is that The Sun is right: Now is the time for city leaders to help our community regain the strength we have had for so long.

Working together, we can ensure Northeast Baltimore remains a place families can live comfortably and raise children in a stable, diverse environment.

Karen Elliott

Baltimore

After reading "Northeast Baltimore is key to city's stability" I was amazed to find out I live in a blue-collar neighborhood. The attorney next door and the librarian up the street will be surprised as well.

Northeast Baltimore is a mixture of white- and blue-collar people of all ethnic backgrounds. That's why I live here.

But now I am watching my neighborhood disintegrate; it's becoming shabby at the edges and being overrun by an influx people who don't understand the responsibilities of homeowners and good neighbors. And that's not to mention the increasing number of houses that are being auctioned off and cut up into apartments.

The mayor is too late. Property values are already on the decline - right along with faith in Baltimore.

Linda K. Brown

Baltimore

`Diversity' is no substitute for having qualified judges

The criticism that the Baltimore County judiciary lacks "diversity" ("Diversity is key, governor tells judges," Aug. 29) ignores the fact that every current judge on its courts was appointed after his or her credentials were microscopically examined by a number of committees, including the county's Judicial Nominating Commission, the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association.

And if we substitute "diversity" for "judicial temperament" and "legal knowledge and experience," we open the floodgates for contested judicial elections in 2002.

Leonard Jacobson

Baltimore

The writer is a retired Baltimore County Circuit Court judge.

Lovely photo honors Lovely Lane church

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church will cherish the photograph "Moment in History" in The Sun Aug. 23.

This picture gave me an immediate thrill. Photographer Andre Chung should be highly praised for this work of art.

Emily Tompkins Tallaferro

Baltimore

By squandering the surplus, Bush imperils Social Security

In eight months, President Bush has squandered the budget surplus that it took Bill Clinton years to accumulate.

And now the Congressional Budget Office is preparing us for the fact that it will have to invade Social Security after all ("Numbers indicate U.S. will have to dip into Social Security," Aug. 29).

And that's just this year. The Bush tax manipulations go on for 10 years. And the cuts are backloaded, which means the heaviest cuts in federal revenue will come precisely when the baby boomers are changing from revenue-producers to consumers of Medicare and Social Security.

Pledges apparently are just so many words to the Bushes, father and son; they say whatever advances their careers.

Michael Kernan

Baltimore

How cynical President Bush is about the people he purports to represent.

For a one-shot payment of no more than $300 for most middle- and working-class Americans, he has jeopardized their chances of having a secure old age while assuring that the wealthy will be well taken care of.

Barbara M. Simon

Baltimore

Rate hikes show the need for competition in cable TV

A few months ago Comcast Cablevision justified its most recent rate increase (a whopping 10 percent) by citing the recent rise in the cost of gasoline.

Now the cost of gas is about 16 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago. Is Comcast rolling its rates back?

It's high time for competition in cable TV in Baltimore and Harford counties.

Gary Sulin

Forest Hill

Indian-theme mascots honor our predecessors

I completely disagree with Montgomery County's decision to abolish Native American symbols as mascots ("Schools prohibit Indian names," Aug. 25).

I attend Havre de Grace High School where we use the Warrior as our mascot. Never have we done anything but honor Native Americans in our use of the term.

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