November 27, 2008

Providing bounty to those in need

Kudos to the Swirnow family for continuing their practice of donating turkey dinners to some of Baltimore's most needy families ("Providing dinner for 21,000," Nov. 23).

In an economy that begs business owners (and individuals) to hold onto their shrinking resources, the Swirnows understand that our economic distress is all the more reason to contribute to help meet the needs of those who live the reality of limited resources each day.

In 20 years of nonprofit work, I have never met someone who has consciously chosen to be poor, hungry or live in poverty because he or she was lazy, felt entitled or just wanted to kick back and let someone else provide for him.

If you are grateful that your plate will be full this Thanksgiving, please step up to the plate and help provide bounty for those who struggle to survive each day.

Let's feed people, fight disease, foster hope.

Tom Bonderenko, Baltimore

The writer is the executive director of Moveable Feast.

Station can expand its space for bikes

While I am dubious about the message conveyed by the contest entry based on handguns in a city where handgun murder is an everyday occurrence, overall the Station North competition for bike rack designs is a worthy project ("Freewheeling Art," Nov. 23).

But if Baltimore is serious about encouraging more people to ride bikes, the bike rack situation at Penn Station could be improved right now.

The racks were recently moved from in front of the building to the plaza and downsized.

If they were thought unsightly, why not make space in the station's parking garage for bikes, out of sight and under cover? And have a separate rack for motorbikes and scooters.

James D. Dilts, Baltimore

Divorce is real threat to stability of families

Why is it that opponents of same-sex marriage such as the writer of the letter "Traditional marriage still social cornerstone" (Nov. 20) never seem to have anything to say about divorce?

If marriage is really the "cornerstone of society" and a "sacrament," why not work to stem the fact that more than 50 percent of marriages end in divorce?

If opponents of same-sex marriage would work as fervently to support traditional marriage as they do to deny marriage to some people, I think society would be better off.

K. Gary Ambridge, Bel Air

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