Property values require county to enforce law regarding unrelated adults living in same house

Letter to the editor

November 23, 2011

For two weeks now, I have read articles ("Owner of sober home in Catonsville faces off with county," Catonsville Times, Nov. 2, and "Hearing on Catonsville sober house postponed," Catonsville Times, Nov. 9) portraying Scott Alpert and his three sober drug addicts as victims of a cruel Baltimore County legal system, whose agents are enforcing existing local laws.

In my opinion, the only victims are Catonsville's resident homeowners — those of us who purchased our homes in order to raise our children, not run absentee businesses involving undesirables.

In Mr. Alpert's attempt for sympathy regarding his business, he portrays his unrelated clients as people suffering from a disease.

In my opinion, their drug addiction is not a disease, but a choice. They became addicts because they made a conscious choice to insert a needle into their arm, a crack pipe in their mouth or snorted an illegal drug up their nose.

I'm positive that my comments will offend the ultra-liberals but, frankly, I don't give a damn.

If Scott Alpert really wants to help those oppressed addicts, why doesn't he purchase a home in his neighborhood? They could interact with his family and neighbors while on their journey to becoming productive, law abiding citizens.

Better yet, why not sell the Mellor Avenue house, use that money to purchase an entire city block in west or east Baltimore and quadruple his profits, catering to the addicts there?

I am tired of people who don't reside in Catonsville trying their best to destroy our piece of paradise.

We have the cold weather shelter, which caused the victimization of area residents and an increase in crime, until it was brought under control.

We have juvenileshoused at the Children's Home on Bloomsbury Avenue. They are allowed to attend local schools and victimize our children.

We have halfway houses, loaded with city residents.

As stated in last week's article, the police conducted one drug raid on Mellor Avenue, "which turned up nothing."

A search warrant would never have been issued If a sitting judge didn't believe an articulated probable cause were present.

Those of us, who grew up in Irvington, Yale Heights, Woodlawn and Randallstown remember how it used to be before the drugs, crime and violence took control. We also know what those once lovely neighborhoods are now.

I don't want my property value to drop, which will happen if no one steps up to stop this insanity.

I don't want Scott Alpert's sober house in my neighborhood.

Because Scott Alpert's father, Stanley Alpert, a distinguished and respected attorney, is involved, it appears that Baltimore County is now back peddling, leaning toward a compromise.

If the county's attorneys are not experienced enough to litigate the position against Mr. Alpert Sr., then hire someone who can.

Frederick Roussey

Catonsville

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