Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

December 16, 2005

Bless the students for feeding hungry

What have things come to when it constitutes civil disobedience to feed the hungry ("Students still feeding homeless," Dec. 13)?

As The Sun has now repeatedly reported, the city Health Department denied a license for Loyola College's Center for Values and Service and its program to feed the hungry in Baltimore.

While the college tries to work with the city, the program was suspended.

The ban continues despite the Dec. 3 deaths of two homeless men on the city's streets as temperatures dropped ("Homeless deaths spur shelter policy review," Dec. 6). But the students, knowing the impact on the homeless people they feed, refused to be deterred.

God bless these young adults from Loyola College, who are laser-focused on doing good, and who see the forest, despite the trees.

Timothy Naughton

Baltimore

When will the government stop trying to regulate, endorse or condemn charitable acts that humanize our society?

More power to those, especially students, who exhibit greater sensibilities than the adults who pose as benevolent bureaucrats.

On the issue of charitable giving, I wish the red-tape wrappers would wash their own hands and move on to more critical issues such as affordable housing and funding for higher education that sensibly combines enlightenment with public service.

Karen Weber

Severn

The homeless need more than just food

The students from Loyola College's Center for Values and Service featured in "Students still feeding the homeless" (Dec. 13) indicated that they serve because the alternative is "picking stuff out of the trash can."

Let me suggest that the preferable alternative to sandwiches on the street is food in the context of services.

Baltimore Homeless Services, a quasi-public, nonprofit agency of the city's Health Department, funds 18 food service centers that provide food in a service-rich environment.

This network of food providers has long recognized the importance of meeting a client's immediate need for food while providing a connection to resources to move them off the streets.

And while the Loyola students should be lauded for their commitment to this important charitable work, we all must focus on the root causes of homelessness and be looking ahead to permanent solutions, like increasing the availability of affordable housing, advancing a living wage and providing universal health care.

Laura Gillis

Baltimore

The writer is president of Baltimore Homeless Services.

City sewer project must move forward

How can some city residents whine about this very necessary sewer project ("Clean Water, Messy Streets," Dec. 11)?

The Chesapeake Bay is a national treasure and better sewage management is not a negotiable issue.

Anyone who lives in an urban area has had to contend with one construction project or another.

So worry about more important things, please. It is not like anyone is expected to be inconvenienced for a long time.

This project should go on as planned, and the city should just tell the affected neighborhoods when those neighborhoods will be affected.

Mary Smith

Eldersburg

Too much attention to mayor's partner?

Imagine my surprise when I received the Dec. 13 Sun and saw that Mayor Martin O'Malley had chosen Del. Anthony Brown as his gubernatorial running mate.

This is still headline news? Exactly how many times do we need to read about this candidacy ("O'Malley hopes early bird gets political worm," Dec. 11 and "With O'Malley's choice of Brown, a diverse alliance," Dec. 9)?

Surely, the fact that this had been old news for almost a week makes one wonder why there was a huge picture on the front page ("That's the ticket," Dec. 13) and yet another picture heralding two articles regarding the old-news candidacies again in the Maryland section ("Big role is seen for Brown," Dec. 13) - that is, unless The Sun has an agenda.

Exactly how many times must The Sun declare that this is the most remarkable event of the century - 10 times? Fifteen times?

As I read the Dec. 13 articles, I was hard-pressed to find any critical reporting on issues such as the shockingly high crime rates and poor education records in these candidates' respective jurisdictions.

No, I saw only praise and awe at how they might slay the horrific incumbents.

I searched the pages of the rest of the paper to determine whether or not there were any reports about Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s candidacy.

But I found nothing save a cartoon (Kal's View) showing the muscular bicyclist caricatures of Mayor Martin O'Malley and Del. Anthony Brown racing past the poor schleps, Governor Ehrlich and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who were looking rather pathetic and out of shape.

Perhaps The Sun should at least make an attempt to provide objective coverage.

The only reports I seem to find on the current administration are about how it has failed at this or failed at that.

Let's check into the failures and successes of all of those concerned.

Robert Kapp

Sparks

Faith isn't altered by seasonal ads

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