Flood plain plan bad for neighborhoodHow unfortunate...


Flood plain plan bad for neighborhood

How unfortunate for the neighborhood of Cheswolde that we have no Barbara Mallonee, whose passionate and articulate voice decried the impending loss of "the ribbon of timber" in her Mount Washington woods that border Northern Parkway (Opinion Commentary, March 25).

In nearby Cheswolde, our sellout is the corner property at Greenspring Avenue and Cross Country Boulevard.

Here, where now stands the somewhat renovated Carroll Hunting Lodge, built around 1790 on property belonging to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Baltimore City and the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association are conspiring to build a five-story, 80-plus-unit "assisted living facility" for the elderly. On a flood plain.

The loss of natural habitat and flora will be devastating. The loss of beauty and the haven of quiet naturalness will be felt by the hundreds of motorists stopped at that corner each morning and evening rush hour.

How ironic that the current landowner, who labored so hard to "bring back" the Carroll property yet now helps negotiate a sell-out deal, is the man responsible for heading Baltimore County's move to "save the valleys."

We could use a strong community voice in our neighborhood association to oppose the city's flood plain plan.

Georgene Elliott


How the government divides us by race

It's sad to see that the Census Bureau is now adding another racial category to its inventory: "mixed." Thankfully, there's no hyphen. At a time when the government preaches racial tolerance, it continues a policy of further subdividing us by race, if you can consider "mixed" a race. Wasn't the purpose of the civil rights movement to create a color-blind society with equal opportunity for all?

Yet by setting up defined racial categories, the government becomes the most racist organization around, relentlessly focusing attention on an issue best left to die a natural death.

Couldn't we do without this? Call ourselves American, forget the hyphens, and get on with it.

Gordon B. Shelton


Barbarians rule Baltimore airwaves

Baltimore, like other cities, is rampant with decay, corruption and crime. Is it a sign that the country has reached the point of the "vertical invasion of the barbarians," described by Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset in "The Rebellion of the Masses," who posited that the taste of the masses was slowly but surely being imposed on the elite?

Every day on the radio and TV we are subjected to endless gossip and drivel on baseball, football and basketball and some stations go so far as to devote 10 full hours a day to sports commentary.

All of this invasive balderdash is sprinkled with the grossest of syntactical mistakes, such as -- and they are really too many to mention here -- "I could of went," "heighth," "them guys," "exuberant cost," "swelled ankle," not to speak of the over-abundant "you knows," "like I saids" and "wah have yous," which directly or subliminally mold the public's manner of speech and thought processes.

One Sun columnist on a radio talk show even went as far as to state that he refused to use "whom" when he could just as well use "who."

European shortwave stations, such as Deutsche Welle, BBC, Radio Exterior de Espana and Radio Netherlands, bring exhaustive coverage of international events as well as very interesting cultural information regarding the latest books, musical events, museum offerings, scientific discoveries and applications and matters of general interest which are routinely ignored by local stations.

Here we are subjected to the aberrant behavior and "news" of "celebrities" of sports, film and TV and the dull and endlessly repeated items of local newsmongery.

Let us change this.

Frederik G. van der Wens


Summer time can last much longer

If Daylight Saving Time is beneficial, why not make it two hours?

B. J. Small


Article on Jews made rabbis' ruling worse

The April 7 opinion piece by Miriyam Glazer, "De-Jewed," is not only dripping with sarcasm, it is misleading. Surely, Ms. Glazer knows that the Los Angeles Times erred when it wrote that the Union of Orthodox Rabbis declared Conservative and Reform Jews not Jewish. They only said that the theology of these groups is not Jewish, in their opinion. They never said that Jews who are not Orthodox are not Jewish.

In the two weeks that have passed since the Los Angeles Times made this egregious error, every major Orthodox organization has disassociated itself from this group and its declaration. It is now common knowledge that the Union of Orthodox Rabbis is a paper organization that rarely meets, and that this declaration was the work of a small number of retired rabbis who occupy no leadership position in the community.

I can forgive my non-Jewish friends who misunderstand the nuances of intramural Jewish bickering, but I find it hard to understand why Miriyam Glazer chose to use a headline writer's error to exacerbate a scandalous publicity grab by a minuscule group with a grandiose name.

At this season of Passover, when all "Four Sons" sit at the Seder, let us emphasize our common heritage and not let narrowminded people poison the environment.

Leonard Oberstein


The author is rabbi of the Randallstown Synagogue Center.

I read the tongue-in-cheek column by Miriyam Glazer. There seems to be a typographical error. She says she will miss the "kaddish cups."

The Kaddish is a prayer traditionally recited in memory of a deceased family member. She meant kiddush cup. This cup is used to hold the wine while reciting kiddush, the blessing before the sabbath meal.

I hope this was not a Freudian slip on her part (Freud, too, was of Jewish parentage), indicating concern for the future of this 4,000-year-old religion, to which the world owes its moral code. Through the centuries Jews have enriched civilization and, God willing, will continue to do so.

Samuel I. O'Mansky


Pub Date: 4/10/97

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