Letters To The Editor


September 21, 2006

New homes alone won't improve city

The recent talk about revitalizing blighted neighborhoods by razing buildings and building new homes is a noble idea, as long as the city's people and the real cause of such blight is not overlooked ("City houses to be razed," Sept. 14).

Those who build and renovate in the city often do not live in its neighborhoods.

And people make neighborhoods, not houses.

We need to give citizens, not developers, an opportunity to shape and reshape their neighborhoods.

Let's not give the absentee landlords another opportunity to profit without making an investment in our neighborhoods.

Let's invest first in getting rid of crime by implementing real crime-fighting solutions, that hit at the heart of crime.

This will give the citizens a real sense of freedom to walk around their own neighborhoods and to be the caring neighbors city residents once were, before fear and doubt took over.

Building new homes, with the same mentality in the community, will just create another generation of urban zombies, walking around with no hope.

Isadora Hampton


Plan for park boosts Mount Washington

Congratulations to University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny for, as The Sun put it, "heeding the community's concerns" regarding use of University of Baltimore-owned lands in the Mount Washington neighborhood ("City to lease land for park," Sept. 19).

I hope the good people of Mount Washington will now reciprocate by discouraging planned mini-developments on lands surrounding the historic houses of this great Baltimore neighborhood.

Desmond Bannon


Raise gas tax to keep money here at home

The price of gas has come down lately. Glory Hallelujah. This appears to be a result of positive events on the supply side ("Cheaper gas: Enjoy it while it lasts," Sept. 12).

Now is the time for politicians to propose new gasoline taxes that will ease us into a new era of supply-demand stability ("Pain at pump can push America into oil detox," Opinion*Commentary, Sept. 13).

New gas taxes can be sold to the American people quite easily if we also lower taxes on income or investment at the same time so that the result is no new net taxes.

We can thus ensure that more of our energy dollars will stay in America rather than going abroad to finance terrorists.

The $3 gas of the past year demonstrates that the American people can handle it.

A gas tax that raises the price back to $3 will allow our economy and foreign policy to learn to handle it as well.

Gerald Neily


Polling went well in Carroll County

There is an unreported side to the primary election ("Election woes elicit calls for firings," Sept. 14)

I was an election judge in Carroll County on Election Day.

Our poll opened at 7 a.m.

We had all of our supplies. Our electronic poll books worked beautifully. Our older, retired check-in judges adjusted to the electronic system quickly and remarked on how much easier it was than the old card system.

Voters moved through the lines quickly.

When the poll closed at 8 p.m., we were able to immediately print out results from each voting unit and post them outside the polling place.

The computerized systems and the local board of elections made our day go very smoothly.

Suzanne Matsko

Owings Mills

Schaefer yields to PC blandness

A future with no William Donald Schaefer in public office? Unbelievable ("A `legend' unseated," Sept. 14).

Since 1955, when I was in high school, Mr. Schaefer has been a public servant, serving his constituents, not himself.

Oh well, times change.

Political correctness, delicate sensitivities and the need to weigh all of your words have created a political breed of bland personalities who continually attempt to please all of the people all of the time -- something President Abraham Lincoln told us is impossible.

Leonard J. Popa


The terrorists take no account of rules

What world do Sens. Lindsey Graham, John Warner, John McCain and Former Secretary of State Colin S. Powell live in ("McCain draws ire of conservatives," Sept. 19)?

They want the president to give Geneva Convention protection to terrorists who do not abide by it themselves.

Some months ago, two American soldiers were captured by these terrorists in Baghdad. Several days later their mutilated bodies were found.

Obviously, the Geneva Convention's rules were not followed by the terrorists.

Do Mr. McCain and his ilk think these monsters will change their ways just because we adhere to an agreement that was made between civilized nations?

Is it going to take a suitcase nuclear weapon going off in some American city before these naive people wake up and realize the danger the United States and Israel are in from these terrorists?

Michael Richardson


Absolutists pose threat at home

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