City's Reservoir Hill bounds with charm as...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

City's Reservoir Hill bounds with charm as it springs to life

All of us who live in Reservoir Hill want to thank you for your editorial ("Druid Hill Park's comeback," May 26).

It was a most positive piece and filled with encouragement. The many vacant homes here are now being bought and restored to their original luster.

We are busy with Project HOPE (Housing and Outreach through Presbyterian Enterprises), a revitalization plan for Reservoir Hill. The Reservoir Hill Improvement Council helps to provide insight into the community and listens to all of our opinions.

Reservoir Hill has the physical structure and historical charm that make it an excellent area for revitalization and an excellent neighborhood for reinvestment.

Window boxes thrive on Park Avenue, Reservoir Street, Mt. Royal Terrace and Lennox Street.

Many of us have lived here for more than 20 years. We are blessed with many beautiful historical homes, and many of the residents are most willing to volunteer their time to stabilize and improve Reservoir Hill.

Visitors can enjoy the fountain and park areas around the hill below the old Norwegian Seaman's Mansion and stroll through lovely Mt. Royal Terrace and get a feeling of the city as it once was and how it thrives today. You'll be charmed.

Glenda Hoy-Gentner

Baltimore

A Baltimore people mover may move people from area

I read with great dismay of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's enthusiasm for an elevated "people mover" through historic Baltimore ("Kicking the tires of a people mover," May 31).

The photo of Miami's elevated transit unit, which appeared in The Sun, was telling. A close look revealed a boarded dwelling and a vandalized structure below. This brings to mind how very )) unpleasant Third Avenue in Manhattan was before to the demolition of the "El." After removing the elevated structure, Third Avenue came back to life, and real estate prices soared.

Few among us are willing to live adjacent to an elevated train structure.

The proposed map for the people mover runs through what is now considered Baltimore's "gold coast," an area of magnificent townhouses, exquisite condos, marinas, restaurants and breathtaking views.

An elevated transportation system in a compact area diminishes the quality of urban life. This should be of concern to all of us.

Marcia R. Korgon

Baltimore

End talks, use state power to save Chapman's Landing

More than a month after The Sun's editorial "Showdown in Charles County" (April 4), about Gov. Parris N. Glendening's move to acquire Chapman's Landing forest by eminent domain, the showdown is still going on, to the detriment of the people of the state of Maryland.

The Sun was right when it said in an editorial, "Both sides have a stake in moving toward state purchase of the sensitive site." But the developer, Legend Properties Inc., has continued to damage the site, cutting roads, removing trees and excavating. These activities should be stopped.

Although the developers have denied that their bulldozing is a hostile act, it is hard to take them at their word. Mr. Glendening offered them the higher of the two independent appraisals.

And although they accused the state of delaying them unfairly, they have declared to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that they were delayed by lawsuits brought on by their stockholders.

Legend has not shown itself to be a worthy bargaining partner. Negotiating by bulldozer is indeed a hostile act. Isn't it time for the governor to pull the plug on these negotiations, to condemn the property and ask the courts to stop any further destruction?

Libby Thiel

Bryans Road

Humans are not on Earth to conquer, control nature

My heart aches and my swollen eyes sting as Ross Sines comments, "Our forefathers worked for a long time to rid this country of things that weren't needed and things that were a problem" ("Bears bedevil Garrett residents," May 31). The mentality he represents reverberates through my bones.

I am losing hope as I realize what has been ailing me since returning from two semesters studying abroad.

It's the prevalent idea here in the United States -- in daily actions, words and attitudes and throughout history -- that says humans are here to conquer and control nature and all other life, that we are above the Earth and that we exist outside the systems that sustain us and the planet.

Kim Allen

Towson

We are writing in response to your somewhat one-sided article ("Bears bedevil Garrett residents," May 31).

We take exception to the fact that large newspapers seem overly fond of perpetuating the stereotype of Garrett County residents as mountain people with little concern for nature.

While it is true that many residents have suffered economically because of the black bear population and that many want to hunt just for the sport of it, a fair number of people do not believe a black bear hunt is necessary at this time.

Quotes from these residents are conspicuously absent from your story.

Residents such as ourselves appreciate the beauty of our black bears and realize that overbuilding and increased carelessness is the reason for the increase in bear-related issues.

Some of us continue to support the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in its efforts to study the issue further before allowing the hunt.

We need to look at other alternatives, which include relocating problem bears, expanding state parks in Garrett County to allow for the increased population and having Maryland residents give more money for bear stamps, which provide for farmers who sustain crop damage and a better understanding of the bears.

David Saba

Lee Saba

Oakland

Renovated Hollander Ridge will cost taxpayers a bundle

Here we go again.

I'm far from an admirer of former President Ronald Reagan, but his oft-repeated statement fits the story ("Senior units proposed for east-side site," May 31).

"The plan envisions a complex similar to more upscale privately financed retirement communities such as Charlestown and Oak Crest." Charlestown and Oak Crest, indeed. A $51.5 million project for 450 apartments for low-income housing figures out to $114,444 per unit.

"Very rich architecturally" was a term mentioned. Were "probable overruns" even mentioned?

This is another grandiose idea from city Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III and his agency.

We have other examples of Mr. Henson's huge spending on impractical housing, with questionable ramifications as well.

Check the Real Estate section of The Sun that lists houses sold in the metropolitan area and notice the prices of homes sold by hard-working people who, for the most part, cared for and maintained their properties and neighborhoods with pride.

Certainly, those in need should have adequate, practical and attractive housing, but this is another ridiculous boondoggle subsidized by taxpayers.

Mary C. Vogel

Baltimore

Unfair to cast conservatives as right-wing extremists

Conservatives are offended by The Sun's identification of us as right-wing extremists, both on the editorial page and in news articles. This inflammatory language is unfair and not helpful to public debate on issues of importance to Marylanders.

A front-page article recently hailed Dick Bennett, former U.S. attorney, for resigning from the House House Government Reform and OversightCommittee, chaired by U.S. Rep Dan Burton. Oozing from the page were strategically placed quotes in which Mr. Bennett appeared to distance himself from the much-maligned chairman. Within days, prominent space was given to a letter to the editor, which included Mr. Bennett's photograph, welcoming him to the liberal side.

On May 31, writer Paul Delaney lectured Ellen Sauerbrey on the dangers of right-wing extremist support within her party. Mr. Delaney's views are more at home within the Democratic Party. I have to giggle when liberals, posing as moderates, provide advice to conservatives on how to think.

I will wait with bated breath for The Sun to do an article on who the left-wing extremists support in the governor's race.

Daniel J. Earnshaw

Havre de Grace

Pub Date: 6/06/98

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