Renovate west side, but preserve city's historic architecture
In reference to recent articles concerning the west side master plan, I commend the Weinberg Foundation for its decision to renovate the former Stewart's building, but I hope the foundation and the city will be sensitive to the area's architectural heritage ("Stewart's, adjacent area may be rebuilt," Dec. 20).
This includes not only individual landmarks such as 322 W. Baltimore St., but also 19th-century commercial streetscapes that are among the relatively few remaining after the 1904 fire and the Charles Center and Inner Harbor developments.
The Weinberg Foundation should use its resources to restore much of what has been allowed to deteriorate rather than compound the neglect by razing important buildings as part of a plan that has the overtones of an outmoded, 1960s-style, urban removal plan. The plan seems to have been ill-thought-out.
For example, why demolish smaller, viable buildings to construct larger retail spaces when room already exists in empty department stores?
In short, I hope that the powers that be will not destroy the west side in their attempt to save it.
Study Canadian city for trash-free town
The next mayor should study how the city of Vancouver, Canada, keeps its streets clean. Volunteers from the business arena, community associations, schools and civic groups should begin a nonstop effort to clean the streets.
The city should supply the manpower and trucks. Welfare families should join in the effort.
Trash-free zones should complement drug-free zones. Schoolchildren should be taught to keep their city clean. This effort should continue daily and not fade away.
Let's get out the brooms and make Baltimore a trash-free city for the people and visitors.
Responsible pet owners can help end a tough job
I was moved by the article "All God's creatures" (Dec. 21).
As a volunteer at an animal shelter, my life also is touched by the strays and unwanted animals of this city that come through our doors.
Why must so many of these poor animals continue to roam our streets? Because people fail to recognize the need to spay and neuter their pets.
Pet owners should accept their responsibility and eliminate Sam Treasure's animal control job forever.
Something must be done about sport utility vehicles
How long will it be before someone in authority stops the ever-increasing number of sport utility vehicles on our highways? These vehicles waste natural resources and are hazardous to car drivers and one another.
These are trucks being used as people carriers, which do not meet the safety standards for cars. What good is an energy-absorbing front end on a car when it is hit by a vehicle with a bumper six inches higher than the cars?
Crash tests have become meaningless.
Joseph C. Rohe
Democratic partisanship for Clinton eludes media's focus
The Democrats continue to accuse the Republicans of partisan politics. Why has the media not also focused on the partisan defense of a president who is clearly guilty of a felony?
How can the Democrats accuse the Republicans of scandalous behavior? It is a Democratic president who has lied to the grand jury, lied to his family, lied to Congress and lied to the American people. Perjury is defined as lying under oath. There is nothing in the definition or in law that negates this definition based upon what the lie was about.
President Clinton began the scandal with his conduct and subsequent attempted cover-up. If the Democrats are serious about wanting to spare the presidency and the American people the pain of an impeachment trial in the Senate, they should urge the president to resign. In the absence of that, they should stop pointing fingers at those responsible for holding the president accountable.
David S. Hungerford
Founders did not trust decisions of the people
The Democrats talked a lot about the Founding Fathers and what they had intended. But, the reality is that the Founding Fathers didn't trust the views of the American people.
The authors of the Constitution didn't want the people to directly choose the president. That is precisely why they provided for the electoral college. The electors can choose a president without a majority of the popular vote.
Moderate Republicans finally can get attention
Moderate Republican voters who were unable to get their congressional representatives' attention during the mad, partisan rush to impeach the president on the flimsiest of grounds should know that there is a way to get these mean-spirited individuals' attention now that the dust has settled.
They can simply visit their nearest city or county election office and change their registration from Republican to Democrat -- or to independent. They can even make this change by writing a letter stating their previous registration and new registration.
Robert A. Ritchie
Clinton's impeachment brought Republican pride
I was never as proud to admit that I am a Republican as I was on Dec. 19, when the Republican majority in the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Clinton. These Republicans heeded their constitutional duty and did a brave, courageous and honorable thing.
Congressman Robert L. Livingston also did a brave, courageous and honorable thing when he announced he would not accept the House speakership and would resign from Congress.
Mr. Clinton should do a brave, courageous and honorable thing and resign.
Because he will not, the next best thing would be for him to stand trial in the Senate.
Not enough Dr. Jekyll and too much Mr. Hyde
I had hoped that we would have seen a little more of the personable and considerate Dr. Jekyll blended into Henry Hyde's thoughts and values before he led his lemmings into the seas of uncharted political waters.
William T. Conklin
'Precedent' for perjury allows others to lie
Wouldn't we all love to have the luxury of just lying in a court of law to protect ourselves? Well, we might all have the chance now that a precedent has been set, and a majority of the American public seem to think that it's acceptable to do so.
Do most people really agree to this? I don't think so. I think that a majority of the public simply doesn't understand the legal aspects of the situation.
Why is this? It is because the press still refers to this as a sex scandal rather than concentrating on the real legal ramifications of allowing witnesses to lie under oath in a trial.
Excusing this behavior because it relates to President Clinton's private life is not acceptable, especially when the case in question relates to that very subject.
Pub Date: 12/31/98