Scofflaw city

April 08, 2011

In "Baltimore City won't pay millions (April 3), you refer to the city housing authority's refusal to make good on any of nine court judgments totaling nearly $12 million owed to multiple plaintiffs due to lead paint-related lawsuits. In most of these cases the city agreed to the dollar amount rendered against them, or lost on appeal.

However, as Sun columnist Laura Vozzella has pointed out, there was a long list of city homeowners facing foreclosure or liens on their houses due to unpaid water bills. It is a sad day when city lawmakers allow the government to foreclose on a citizen's home based on a miniscule debt, yet allow city departments to skip out on their own debts to children who have been damaged far worse by their neglect.

Hassan Giordano, Baltimore

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