Dundalk's plans are still open to public input As...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 13, 2002

Dundalk's plans are still open to public input

As president of the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, the community group formed to facilitate the community planning process, I want to assure everyone that there are not any current plans to close Captain Harvey's sub shop or the shopping center where it is located ("A beef with revitalization," April 29).

The Urban Design Assistance Team that visited Dundalk last fall developed a number of exciting recommendations for improving and enhancing the Dundalk area. However, all they have done is made recommendations -- such as the proposal to redevelop the Logan Village Shopping Center.

It is now the responsibility of the community to review these recommendations and determine which of these, if any, to implement.

And it continues to be our goal to make sure local citizens, community groups, businesses and government are all involved in this process.

C. Scott Holupka

Dundalk

The writer is president of the Dundalk Renaissance Corp.

Dundalk treasures Captain Harvey's

The Sun's article "A beef with revitalization" (April 29) caused an uproar not only in Dundalk, but around the world.

Imagine life without Captain Harvey's cheese steak subs. Generations have feasted on this work of art, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the same location in 2006.

People have long poked fun at Dundalk. Our speech, our neighborhoods, even our children have been the brunt of such baseless humor. But one thing we do take very seriously is our lifelong association with Captain Harvey's.

Poke fun at us if you will. We smile, not because we have no clue what's going on, but because we feel sorry for those who lack our heritage.

David Lyell Jr.

Dundalk

Glen Burnie, school deserve an apology

I was delighted to see the article on Glen Burnie High School's dance program on the front page of the Maryland section ("To school's male athletes, dance class a helpful step," May 4). However, after reading it my delight turned to anger, because the reporter chose to highlight some of the faults of the area.

I have lived in this area my entire life, and describing it as a "gritty, working-class town" is derogatory. And the reporter's suggestion that this is "a place where strip malls and hamburger joints line the tired roads" is demeaning.

This was supposed to be an uplifting article about a school's dance program. I think the reporter needs to give an apology to the Glen Burnie area and especially Glen Burnie High.

K. Bennett

Glen Burnie

City schools can find a better use for funds

The Baltimore school system hired an advertising company to make the schools look more attractive ("Schools' ad plan follows a trend," May 6).

The $933,000 allocated could be more wisely spent on teacher bonuses, books for the libraries and new plumbing in the bathrooms.

Jill A. Lion

Baltimore

Let's fight to repeal costly Bush tax cuts

Patriotic Americans must urge the U.S. Congress to immediately repeal the ill-advised Bush tax cuts.

These cuts were designed to favor wealthy individuals and large corporations.

But now, combined with necessary increases in spending for national defense and security, they threaten to plunge the nation into massive budget deficits, put funding for Social Security and Medicare at great risk and preclude extending Medicare to pay for prescription drugs.

Jack Kinstlinger

Hunt Valley

Scorning treaty sets dangerous precedent

In unsigning the treaty that will establish an international criminal court, the Bush administration is setting a dangerous precedent for the future of multilateral agreements ("Bush to reject treaty signed by U.S.," May 5).

The president's own coalition against terrorism relies heavily on international cooperation and mutual trust between nations. How can we expect consistency and fidelity from our allies if we aren't accountable ourselves?

Deborah R. Culbertson

Baltimore

Virtual porn ruling endangers children

Those who support the Supreme Court's ruling that protects virtual pornography often lean on history to make their case, yet fail to see, or acknowledge, the obvious.

For example, the writer of the letter "Virtual porn ruling protects free speech" (April 29) argues that the government cannot ban speech unless it presents a "clear and present danger." But one certainly can argue that virtual porn definitely presents a clear and present danger -- just look at the hundreds the FBI arrested in the recent "Candyman" operation.

The writer fears that if the court banned virtual pornography, it might give the government reason to ban any other speech "that could cause harm, whether or not it presents a clear and present danger." But should we allow children to be more vulnerable today to sexual exploitation just to prevent possible, though not probable, action by our government tomorrow?

What's really alarming is that this ruling severely hamstrings prosecutors' ability to pursue real child pornographers. This sounds to me like a victory for the bad guys.

Paul Bresson

Elkridge

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