Remove politics from city liquor board
The long-running comic operetta being staged by city senators about the Baltimore City liquor board would be concluded swiftly if the appointment of three commissioners and the hiring of the executive secretary, deputy secretary and inspectors were taken out of politics and placed in civil service.
This is a serious matter; decisions by the liquor board and its employees directly affect the peace, safety, and welfare of many residential communities. Thank you for your continuing coverage. As a resident, I am very concerned with the outcome of this senatorial buffoonery.
Grenville B. Whitman
Churches can be bad neighbors
In the Feb. 2 article on the megachurch proposed for rural Anne Arundel County, the question posed by religious leaders is: "Since when did American communities become hostile to places of worship?"
The Rev. R. Herbert Fitzpatrick is quoted as saying, "I thought they would welcome us." And a parishioner naively asks, "What better neighbor could there be than a church?"
My neighbors and I live across from St. John's Episcopal Church at Huntingdon in Waverly. Since the church broke with tradition three years ago and put in place a bell schedule that plays for nine hours in a row every day of the week (with just fourteen minutes or so of relief between bell bursts), our quality of life has greatly diminished.
In no sense has the Rev. Jesse Parker, pastor of St. John's, behaved as a good neighbor with regard to this issue. On the contrary, he has steadfastly refused to adjust the schedule or even meet with us to discuss it.
When local officials fail to do their job of enforcing the law evenly, neighbors are left with limited recourse when confronted with a church that refuses to consider their rights. In our case, the state has recently written to St. John's, informing the church that it is in violation of noise codes and asking the church to resolve the issue so that enforcement would be unnecessary.
In view of the track record that churches have earned over recent years as neighbors, it is no surprise that residents of the town of Davidsonville are opposing, rather than welcoming, the huge Riverdale Baptist Church to their quiet, rural community.
The writer is president of the 600 East 31st Street Block Association.
City Life Museums need city's help
Since my retirement as curator at the Center for Urban Archaeology of Baltimore City Life Museums, I have been following your newspaper's accounts regarding the museums' current financial difficulties.
It is especially disappointing that the city is refusing to help this fine museum that is, in my opinion, Baltimore's Smithsonian. It has a long history of collecting, caring for, displaying and interpreting significant Baltimore artifacts.
The Baltimore City Life Museums, once known as the Municipal Museum of Baltimore or, more commonly, "The Peale," has been committed to preserving Baltimore's cultural heritage since the 1930s. To put it bluntly, this heritage will be lost if the museums close.
Yes, the museums need the support of the visiting public, as suggested by Robert Guy Matthews in his recent articles, and I wholeheartedly recommend that Baltimore-area residents explore this museum gem.
I guarantee that a visit will strike a nostalgic chord with everyone. But the museums need the financial support of the city now. I urge Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke and the city's finance director to reconsider their decision.
Louise E. Akerson
Pub Date: 2/10/97