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Avenue Market area repulses visitors

The July 30 letter ("Avenue Market can be successful") from Lena J. Boone, president of the Avenue Market board of directors, was indeed needed to list the successes and initiatives that perpetuate the vision of the Avenue Market Corp.

However, for the Avenue Market to provide continuing on-going business opportunities for minorities, small businesses, quality goods and services in a safe and clean environment, there must be action from the Avenue Market Corp. to gain total commitment from the mayor, City Council and Police Department to enforce existing laws and eliminate the hostile atmosphere that surrounds the market.

The current environment evokes fear and apprehension to people from outside the Upton community who visit the Avenue Market and shops on Pennsylvania Avenue. Upton and surrounding communities cannot alone make the market successful. It will take the entire city's support, and that can only happen if people feel safe when visiting the Avenue Market and Pennsylvania Avenue.

John H. Dickens

Ellicott City

Good state action on Pocomoke problem

As the people of the Chesapeake Bay region watch the events in the Pocomoke River unfold, it seems like every lay person knows all the answers including causes and solutions. Almost all of these are good-intentioned folks with the Pocomoke River in mind.

I applaud Natural Resources Secretary John R. Griffin's leadership in the investigation of the Pocomoke River fish lesions and hope others will do the same.

I will not take the wait-and-see attitude to see if these efforts are successful. I know that if we citizens of the lower shore cooperate as a community, the issues that face the Pocomoke will be solved.

Secretary Griffin's time and personal efforts in letting us know all the facts as they are discovered should be an example for all political appointees.

Mike Howard

Pocomoke City

Low eye-care bid doesn't make it best

In a July 30 article regarding the awarding of a contract for eye care for Maryland state employees to an out-of-state company ("Vision-care bidders asked to cooperate"), your reporter made comments regarding United Optical, a division of Spectera Inc.

Basic journalism, as well as fairness, would lead one to assume that all sides of an issue would be represented. I saw no such indication in your article.

As an employee of Spectera Inc. for nine years, I feel a responsibility to point out some facts about our company that your reporter failed to mention.

Spectera began the process of complete restructuring in 1990. We are now a Maryland-based, employee-owned company. I can tell you firsthand that our employee-owners are highly dedicated and trained professionals who share not only a stake in our company, but in our state. Our employee-owners' salaries and pensions depend directly on providing high-quality products and service to our customers.

The proposal from Cole Vision of Cleveland includes the use of department-store optical outlets for our state employees' vision care. A recent article in Consumer Reports cites department-store optical services as among the worst types of providers for optical services nationwide.

Finally, professionals in most industries, as well as everyday consumers, recognize that the lowest bid is not always the best buy.

Susan Fuson

Baltimore

Capital punishment is arbitrary murder

Since January, Texas has executed 23 men convicted of murder, only two of whom were white.

Texas Gov. George W. Bush said in a news interview that he was comfortable signing their death warrants and lost no sleep over it.

Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening said he "had no second thoughts" in executing an African American convicted of murder and said so again on the Marc Steiner radio talk show. He also said he planned to take his son fishing.

President Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, executed a retarded African American just before becoming president and said he was comfortable with the decision.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge is champing at the bit to execute Abu Mumia Jamal, who was given only $800 for his defense and has maintained his innocence. Doubtless Governor Ridge sleeps well.

Shame is a revolutionary sentiment. None of the four governors mentioned dare express second thoughts over what they do, lest they be punished at the polls.

Capital punishment is arbitrary, capricious, premeditated murder. It can't be made fair and should be abolished.

Gerald Ben Shargel

Reisterstown

Dirty diesels need exhaust test

Will this new Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program test work on diesel trucks?

How realistic is the enhanced program, when diesels are not tested?

Example: A dump truck leaves the quarry on Greenspring Avenue, heading up the hill spewing black exhaust from the top of the cab. The billowing smoke clouds the entire area. This goes on all day, every day.

I do hope the new test works on diesels, as this is a bigger problem than gasoline-fueled vehicles.

Marilyn Hartz

Baltimore

Young teachers bring optimism

A comment about your Aug. 14 article, "Teaching the teachers."

What a refreshing change from news about murderers and bank robbers. Can we not hope that these eager, intelligent faces reflect the true spirit of America?

They feel uneasy about their youth and inexperience. They wonder if parents will approve. Do not worry. You will learn quickly. You will get older rapidly. You will earn every penny of your salary.

God bless you all.

John G. Barry

Baltimore

Pub Date: 8/24/97

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