Replacing Bea Gaddy doesn't cost citizens voice on City...


November 15, 2001

Replacing Bea Gaddy doesn't cost citizens voice on City Council

The Sun's editorial "Machine chooses Bea Gaddy's successor" (Nov. 7) badly missed the mark.

While it is true that Anthony J. Ambridge was our "favorite son," Charles Village did not lose "its voice" when he resigned. To the contrary, Councilman Jack Young, in particular, has shown himself to be devoted to our community. He is omnipresent at community meetings and has proven to be open, honest and stalwart in his support of our successful efforts to make Charles Village an even more vibrant and prosperous place in which to live, work, study and enjoy cultural venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art.

And, prior to her untimely death, Councilwoman Bea Gaddy was an active participant on the Board of Directors of the Charles Village Community Benefits District, taking a particular interest in our Waverly Main Street initiative to revitalize the Greenmount Avenue retail corridor.

We also look forward to building a close relationship with Councilwoman Pamela Carter in the months ahead.

The Sun's ire is properly directed not at the 2nd District or the Eastside Democratic Organization, but at an archaic procedure that guarantees something less than full democracy and transparency in the event of a vacancy on the council, no matter how well-intentioned and diligent the participants.

Frank Jannuzi


The writer is president of the Charles Village Community Benefits District.

After Gaddy's departure, it's back to politics as usual

It's politics as usual now that Bea Gaddy is gone ("Council elects replacement for Gaddy," Nov. 6).

What made Ms. Gaddy such an attractive councilwoman was her longtime dedication to improving people's lives. It wasn't simply a matter of helping East Baltimore, but helping anyone affected by homelessness and poverty.

As a resident of District 2 but not a resident of East Baltimore, I voted for Ms. Gaddy because I knew she would base her decision-making on what is right and good for all the people of Baltimore. Her late entry into politics was proof of her motivation to help the city, not her political career.

Now it's back to the status quo. It's true we could never find a replacement for someone such as Ms. Gaddy, but our process could have been more democratic.

I am not criticizing Ms. Gaddy's replacement. Pamela Carter has a right to prove herself and make good on her promises to represent all of District 2. My criticism lies with the political machine that selected our new councilwoman.

There is no doubt the Eastside Democratic Organization and the politicians associated with it manipulated the process so the other 11 candidates had no chance.

And unfortunately it seems that diversity and the ability to represent all of District 2 were not on the minds of Councilwoman Paula Johnson Branch or Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young.

Aimee Darrow


Why does Angelos think we can't support the Orioles?

It's a shame that Baltimore is no longer a major-league city, and is unable to support Major League Baseball. Isn't that what Peter G. Angelos is saying ("Baseball owners to drop two teams," Nov. 7)?

Baltimore baseball fans should be insulted by this man's whining about baseball in Washington or Northern Virginia.

Mike Clancy


Social workers provide most counseling services

Laura Vozzella's article "Here, a doctor is always in" (Oct. 29) cites the large number of psychologists and psychiatrists providing mental health services in Columbia.

Unfortunately, she neglected to mention that the bulk of mental health services in the United States (and, I suspect, in Columbia) are offered by social workers, both those with a Ph.D. as well as those with the Master's in Social Work degree.

Such services are offered both in public clinics and in private offices.

Geoffrey L. Greif


The writer is associate dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

College should alter plans that could startle neighbors

As one of Goucher College's neighbors who missed getting the warning of the impending fireworks display ("Goucher did warn neighbors," letters, Nov. 10) and was indeed startled and scared by the noise and flashes of light, let me suggest the following guideline to those who plan future celebrations on the Goucher campus: If your plans suggest a need to warn the surrounding community, change them.

Larry Larsen


Thank God the president takes a stand against terror

I think the writer of the letter "The president's record commands no praise" (Nov. 2) has been living in a cave himself. His comments are a disgrace to the memory of the innocent victims of Sept. 11, not to mention other terrorist attacks and who knows what is to come in the future.

Our only defense against the "one demented terrorist" he refers to, and the terrorist's demented followers, is to prevent them from harming us again.

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