City's response on lead is unacceptable

April 06, 2011

The mayor pleading poverty and Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano being "totally sympathetic and sensitive" are unacceptable and insulting excuses for Baltimore's not paying lead-poisoning judgments where children have suffered brain damage while living in city public housing.

Putting major capital needs before our children should be reason enough to cause the City Council to call into question the actions of the housing authority and other agencies at a public hearing

I concur totally with Del. Samuel "Sandy" Rosenberg that "the housing authority has to find a way to meet its legal obligation to the children whom a jury and a judge found were poisoned for life because of the negligence of the housing authority."

We must improve living conditions for poor families, but using demeaning and questionable tactics not to pay what the city owes is unconscionable.

Marvin L. Cheatham Sr., Baltimore

The writer is former president of the Baltimore chapter of the NAACP.

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