March 24, 1993
For years, Baltimore community groups have waged an uphil campaign against the companies that blight neighborhood billboards and walls with glossy advertisements for alcohol and cigarettes.The ads invariably portray smiling, successful people in situations calculated to evoke the good life. What the ads never show are the wasted lives, broken families and shattered futures that too often are the bitter result of chronic alcohol abuse, or the illness caused by tobacco.Baltimore has made significant progress combating such propaganda.
September 29, 1992
One battle is almost concluded in the fierce war over hundreds of illegal billboards that had been allowed to stand unchallenged in neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City for years.Under an order by Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan, tomorrow is the deadline for those hundreds of billboards to come down. One company, Boisclair Advertising/Chesapeake Outdoor Enterprises, tried to get belated permits for 84 of its smaller billboards last week, but the zoning board rejected every one of its applications.
November 1, 1991
We all know how passionate Sen. Barbara Mikulski can be when, compelled by principle or provoked by outrage, she stands to speak. Be it on the floor of the U.S. Senate or on the stage at the Steelworkers Hall, Mikulski is always energetic, spirited, even eloquent. Her soliloquy on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court was impassioned and inspiring.Mikulski speaks frequently and loudly -- and almost always wisely -- on some of the most important issues that affect the lives of ordinary Americans.
November 18, 1992
THERE are about 953 billboards in Baltimore City, of which 45 percent advertise alcohol and tobacco products.These billboards are located next to schools, beside churches, in front of homes, on highways and along scenic city vistas. They are 24-hour-a-day advertisements that constantly barrage children with messages about how to be successful in today's world. These billboards cannot be turned off or thrown away, like television or newspapers, and parents cannot protect their children from their deadly messages.
November 2, 1993
One of the big surprises during this year's General Assembly session was the passage of a bill that set the stage for a strict limit on billboards advertising alcohol in Baltimore City. Well-financed beverage lobbyists were defeated by activists from some of the city's poorest neighborhoods.Emboldened by its victory, the City Wide Liquor Coalition for Better Laws and Regulation is pressing on. This fall saw the introduction of a City Council ordinance that would regulate in detail what kind of outdoor advertising of tobacco and alcohol products is permitted in Baltimore.
October 26, 1990
A court ruling to remove billboards from certain neighborhoods in Baltimore appears to reflect most people's opinions about the signs, especially those advertising alcohol and tobacco, according to Evening Sun readers and other callers to SUNDIAL.Of 377 respondents, 230 said alcohol and tobacco should not be advertised on billboards, while 147 said it was OK to advertise alcohol and tobacco on billboards.Of 363 callers, 235 said alcohol and tobacco ads should be banned from billboards in residential neighborhoods, while 128 said the signs should not be banned from residential neighborhoods.