Proposed stadiums threaten what makes Woodberry so...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 12, 2001

Proposed stadiums threaten what makes Woodberry so special

I want to mention what hasn't been covered in stories about Loyola College's proposed sports complex in Woodberry: the fact that Woodberry residents currently have a master plan for improving their community ("Council to step in on plan for Loyola athletic fields," Sept. 24).

The Woodberry Planning Committee has worked hard to forge a comprehensive plan to improve housing stock, revitalize under-utilized business properties, market the area and enhance existing amenities such as the 100-acre forest that we are trying to preserve.

Woodberry's main attraction is its woodland setting; if this is lost, the neighborhood will lose its charm. People love this area because it's one of the last city neighborhoods where you can hike, kayak or birdwatch in a wilderness-like setting.

Loyola's two stadiums, with their 12,000-seat capacity, are an awkward fit at best. Placing such a large and disruptive complex in the middle of three neighborhoods doesn't seem like the best way to keep residents in Baltimore.

Tracey Brown

Baltimore

The writer is a member of the Woodberry Planning Committee.

Criticism of its students was unfair to Loyola College

Liquor board commissioner Claudia Brown's comment that Loyola College students are "not nice neighbors" unfairly castigates the many because of the actions of the few ("Council to step in on plan for Loyola athletic fields," Sept. 24).

I owned a home next to Loyola's McAuley Hall dormitory from 1991 until earlier this year. I also had a number of Loyola students work for me as interns at Lacrosse Magazine and the City Life Museums. I found these students overwhelmingly decent, hardworking and pleasant.

Unfortunately, a few students at Loyola, as at colleges around the country, are binge drinkers, and their behavior has at times made life miserable for some.

Still, I found that where Loyola officials could control student drinking - that is, on property owned and maintained by Loyola - they did so vigorously.

Further, as president of my neighborhood association, I found the Rev. Harold Ridley, Loyola's president, and his assistant, Terrence Sawyer, very receptive and helpful regarding neighborhood concerns.

James C. Hunt

Grantham, N.H.

Burning leaves pollutes; bagging them wastes space

Before we get carried away with childhood nostalgia ("Revive the tradition of burning fallen leaves," letters, Oct. 6), let's recall that the reason for banning burning of leaves back in the 1970s was because it caused excessive air pollution.

The city should not abandon leaf vacuuming, especially in communities with numerous trees.

Unless the city just bought stock in the plastic bag manufacturing industry, I can't see any logical reason why it would waste precious landfill space with plastic bags full of leaves rather than efficiently vacuuming the leaves, composting them, and creating beneficial mulch.

Ajax Eastman

Baltimore

Only certainty about lead is the need to clean it up

The Sun's article "Limit on lead lawsuits sought"(Oct. 4) points out the complexities of lead.

The Centers for Disease Control states that a blood level of 10 milligrams per deciliter is elevated, while our state Lead Poisoning Prevention Act implies a level of 20 to 25 milligrams, and new research has determined that there is no safe level.

The only sure thing is that a gross cleanup or tearing down of lead-contaminated homes is necessary to eliminate undesirable levels.

Robert I. Ellin

Baltimore

Area landlords are now getting away with murder

Many landlords in Baltimore sneer at city ordinances ("Why are landlords allowed to ignore code violations?" letters, Oct. 6).

Apparently it is well-known in the rental business that Baltimore's enforcement is agonizingly slow or nonexistent. As our Lake-Evesham neighborhood has painfully learned, it takes years for violations to be discovered and, maybe, corrected.

Tragically, a Dundalk mother and four of her daughters perished because immoral landlords chose not to obey the law.

Not only do landlords make a mockery of the city housing code, it now seems as if they are getting away with murder.

Bobbie Smith

Baltimore

Israeli peace activists merit more attention

The Sun's Oct. 5 news item "Israeli peace group wins `alternative Nobel' prize" begs a question: Why, in The Sun's extensive coverage of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, has news of the Israeli peace movement been virtually absent?

Throughout the difficult past year, the prize recipient, Gush Shalom (Peace Bloc) has persisted on a number of fronts, including efforts to stop demolition of Palestinians' homes, defense of the Palestinians' Jerusalem meeting place, Orient House, and opposition to the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Very often the question is raised: "Where are the moderate elements among the Palestinians?" For years, Gush Shalom and other Israeli peace groups have engaged in joint efforts with precisely those Palestinians.

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