The mayor was right to keep bus station off N. Charles...


January 11, 2002

The mayor was right to keep bus station off N. Charles Street

The Sun's criticism of the mayor for vetoing the proposed Greyhound station north of Penn Station missed the mark ("Uncertain future for new bus station," editorial, Dec. 27). Even if one or all the reasons for vetoing this site were "arm twisting by monied interests," it was still a bad location.

It's in a residential neighborhood, not easily accessible from the south, except by busy city streets. And this neighborhood has been steadily improving over the last few years. Obviously, the fact that the bus station is being moved from the west side so the west-side redevelopment can proceed indicates that the bus station is not a plus for any neighborhood.

The plan included a city-financed parking garage. This was especially insulting, as it would have made residents pay through taxes for a bus station many didn't want.

Greyhound needs to get off the public dole. If it needs a new terminal, it should build one on its own nickel.

Greyhound and the Mass Transit Administration can make the current Baltimore Travel Plaza easily accessible. If there is a need to replace it, Greyhound could put its terminal at either end of the light rail line, either at Hunt Valley or Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Both locations are commercial areas, with easy access to all the other forms of transportation and to downtown.

One final location that would suit me is next to The Sun's Calvert Street headquarters. At least this location is a commercial district and has moderately easy access to roadways.

And I'm sure The Sun would support this location, since any opposition to it would of course be NIMBYism.

John K. Dugan


The Sun's editorial on the mayor's veto of the Greyhound bus station site presented an incomplete picture of the opposition to this project.

While the mayor did meet with a number of business and community leaders to discuss the Greyhound station, he also received letters from many grassroots groups and individuals, including myself, who are committed to the revitalization of the Station North area. And he had substantial documentation on why the bus station would harm this fragile area's chances of future development.

The mayor deserves praise for his response to community concerns.

Fred Lazarus


The writer is president of the Maryland Institute College of Art.

New bus station belongs next to the train terminal

I, and most other bus travelers, regret that the mayor has submitted to the dictates of the snobs and aristocrats who do not want the Greyhound bus terminal to be built in their neighborhood next to Penn Station.

If the nearby residents gave the matter a moment's serious thought, they would realize how fortunate they would be to live within walking distance of two gateways to the world; this could raise, instead of lower, their property values.

Unlike Amtrak, Greyhound allows no drinking or smoking on its vehicles and every terminal has a security guard to check on loiterers. So what's the problem?

If the mayor is interested in raising the city's image, he will change his mind again and allow the terminal to be built adjacent to the train station, where it belongs.

Marion Kaminkow


President must play hardball with stonewalling Democrats

President Bush is correct to challenge Sen. Tom Daschle and the Democrats as they attempt to reduce or eliminate the tax cuts put into place last year ("Trading political jabs won't solve fiscal crisis," editorial, Jan. 8).

Mr. Daschle has held up the president's appointments to key positions, stonewalled the president's agenda and threatened to filibuster to overcome his apparent shortfall in votes.

There is absolutely no reason for the president to play nice with the senator from South Dakota; it is instead a time for hardball tactics.

The upcoming congressional elections are in the winds, and the Democrats have predictably commenced their underhanded attempts at half-truths and misrepresentations. The Republicans, led by Mr. Bush, must roll up their sleeves and join the battle for public opinion.

Michael DeCicco


Seeking creative ways to raise needed revenues?

Instead of raising taxes, maybe President Bush will institute "revenue intensifiers" to offset any tax shortfall. But he won't raise taxes ("Bush fires back at critics of his tax reduction policy," Jan. 6).

"Over my dead body" sounds too much like "Read my lips."

Charles M. Woodford Jr.


Stop paying attention to politically correct whiners

I am offended by small-minded people who focus on what annoys and offends them ("In effort to save `Indians,' Poolesville hasn't given in," Dec. 27). If the folks on the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs spent the same level of energy on Indian education, alcoholism and the mismanagement of Indian money by the federal government, then maybe we would see some movement in these areas.

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