Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 09, 2006

BSO requires strong board

The Sun's editorial underscoring the significant management challenges facing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra after its recent self-funded bailout is right on target but perpetuates a misconception about the role of a development director ("Intermezzo," April 2).

The writer singles out that position as being the "key fundraiser." But that role may be better understood by an analogy to a sports team where the development director could be seen as the coach.

A development director can only organize the plays and must depend upon the dedication and determination of the team and a commitment to sound organization from the front office.

The BSO needs a responsible board and a strong management lineup that includes a good development professional to truly thrive with the audiences and donors in its current operating environment.

Robin A. Kroft

Baltimore

The writer teaches in the nonprofit management program at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Mass. law strikes balance on reform

I find it interesting that Massachusetts can pass meaningful health care legislation that covers all of its citizens and businesses with each contributing something, and it does it in a bipartisan manner, including its Republican governor's assent ("Mass. to require health insurance," April 5).

Meanwhile, all we can get out of our legislature and governor is a partisan, rushed, knee-jerk piece of legislation that covers no one and simply socks one company with a new tax.

Is it politics, lack of concern, lack of intellect or a combination of the three?

The citizens of Maryland deserve better, and our elected officials should be ashamed of themselves. If they are incapable of meaningful thought, perhaps they should copy the Massachusetts law.

Tom Deliberto

Baltimore

Democrats should say what they mean

The only group that aggravates me more than the Republicans is the Democrats ("Delay's decision fuels GOP concerns," April 5).

During the last presidential campaign, we heard much about what the Democrats didn't like; we heard practically nothing about what they did like. They gave very little indication that they had any workable program.

Ever since the Reagan administration, the Democrats have been lying down and rolling over before the Republican activism. It's time for the Democrats to announce and support their own proposals.

They should call for an immediate but carefully supervised withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, while recognizing our responsibility to help in the rehabilitation of that country.

They should seek to drastically cut the defense budget and use the savings to support schools, improve the environment and encourage the research and development of water, solar, wind, geothermal and tidal power.

They should establish a more equitable tax burden; the present system is unfair to lower-income families.

Internationally, the present administration is almost universally regarded as arrogant with only one solution to every problem: force, economic or military.

We don't have many friends any more. Less swagger and more understanding would help our friends return.

Sam Legg

Cockeysville

City housing boom demands transit

While I enjoyed Lorraine Mirabella's front-page story linking development to transit-oriented sites, I would strongly debate whether Baltimore itself is anywhere close to a transit-oriented city ("Mass transit has curb appeal," Jan. 15).

Living in Federal Hill for the past three years, I have witnessed firsthand the housing boom taking place in Baltimore's harbor neighborhoods. And while I am delighted to be part of this Baltimore renaissance, once the dust settles, I fear we will face a transportation crisis of unprecedented proportions.

As more people move into downtown, we desperately need an efficient mass transit system to link neighborhoods to each other and out to the northern edges of the city. For most city dwellers, the current "system" of disconnected public transportation options simply doesn't cut it.

Baltimore has the potential to be a great American city, but without a real public transportation system, we'll all just be spending a lot more time in traffic.

Kate Rawson Powell

Baltimore

Interest in schools relates to election

It must be an election year if Baltimore County Councilman Vincent J. Gardina is developing an interest in school overcrowding, an issue his county government has done little to resolve in four years ("Records closed to auditors," April 3).

Councilman Gardina is interested in a study of students who filter into Baltimore County from surrounding areas, such as Baltimore. Never mind that this audit will do nothing to solve the long-term problem of school overcrowding, which is caused by overdevelopment and the county's failure to build a new high school.

But it is refreshing to see that Councilman Gardina finally realizes that Baltimore parents do not want to send their children to Mayor Martin O'Malley's failed school system.

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