Between The Lines


October 25, 2004

Green with debate envy

Keith Salkowski is feeling a bit of Ralph Nader's pain.

Like the third-party presidential candidate, Salkowski, a Green Party candidate for the 2nd Congressional District, was left out when organizers set up tonight's debate between incumbent Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger and Republican challenger Jane Brooks.

No amount of prodding - Salkowski has written letters and e-mails, made calls and even persuaded Ruppersberger and Brooks to make appeals on his behalf - has changed the minds of the Springdale Community Association, which is hosting the debate.

FOR THE RECORD - In a Between the Lines item in Monday's editions of The Sun, Paralympics medalist Jessica Long's physical condition was incorrectly described. She is a double amputee.

The association, which represents an area of about 700 single-family homes in Cockeysville, considered Salkowski's appeal once the board learned of his candidacy but ultimately decided that the debate portion of the evening should remain as planned, said Paula Kurrus, the association's president.

"We're not trying to exclude Mr. Salkowski, but we just wanted to include the two strongest candidates," said Kurrus, noting the "late stage" of the campaign. "He was invited to be a part of the evening."

Salkowski, as well as elected officials and representatives of candidates in other races, will be introduced during the event and will have a chance to mingle with attendees, she said.

For his part, Salkowski thinks the decision is just plain wrong.

"It means people won't have the opportunity to fully learn about the choices they have on Election Day," the candidate said.

The debate, which will be moderated by Towson University professor Richard Vatz, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Warren Elementary School.

- Lisa Goldberg

Safety for the Long haul

A pair of veteran Baltimore County councilmen stopped by last week at the table of Jessica Long to congratulate the 12-year-old U.S. Paralympic swimmer who earned three gold medals and set two world records in Athens last month.

Jessica, a paraplegic, was at the Holiday Inn Select in Timonium with her family from Middle River, attending the county Commission on Disabilities 14th awards luncheon. Jessica was presented the commission's Special Citation for 2004, a plaque from County Executive James T. Smith Jr. and gifts from her hero, Olympic champion Michael Phelps.

"Did you bring your three medals?" asked Councilman Stephen G. Samuel Moxley. "Well, they are quite valuable and you might want to consider getting three replacements made and put the real gold medals in a safe somewhere."

Added Councilman T. Bryan McIntire: "You know Jessica, we don't have that problem."

- Joe Nawrozki

City at your fingertips

Check it out: Baltimore's city government recently launched an intriguing new tool on its Web site called the I-Map.

The Internet address is http://maps. Its visitors can type in an address or an intersection, or they can click on a neighborhood name to access data and photographs.

Other elements at the site allow users to quickly learn information about their desired site: the locations of nearby civic and cultural amenities, roads, rail lines, and the boundaries for neighborhoods, City Council districts and historic districts. Users can also determine how many buildings are located on a specific parcel and see a photograph of the property.

Unsure of the police district that serves you or when days for trash and recycling pickup are in your area? Type in your address and the site will tell you that, too.

- Doug Donovan

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