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'Collision of egos' wasn't reason Dixon, aide...

THE BALTIMORE SUN

'Collision of egos' wasn't reason Dixon, aide parted ways

I take exception to The Sun's editorial "Mr. McCarthy exits City Hall" (Aug. 21).

First, The Sun makes the assumption that Anthony McCarthy, former chief of staff for City Council President Sheila Dixon, left because of "a collision of egos."

I suggest the editorial writer read Sun reporter M. Dion Thompson's article on Mr. McCarthy's leaving City Hall. Mr. McCarthy clearly stated that he was leaving for personal and financial reasons ("Top aid to council president calls it quits after nine months," Aug. 22).

I know Mr. McCarthy to be a decent, hardworking and honorable person. I am satisfied with his explanation.

But what I find most egregious is The Sun's continuing effort to label Ms. Dixon as someone who has trouble controlling her behavior.

In fact, she has brought calm and order to the council and has been working closely with Mayor Martin O'Malley to solve the city's problems. It has been years since we have seen that kind of cooperation between the executive and legislative branch and the city is better for it.

I have watched Ms. Dixon at the Board of Estimates, community forums and on other committees. I've seen a public servant who is passionate about making Baltimore a better place to live and work.

Perhaps The Sun has confused passion with abrasive behavior.

Sonny Morstein

Baltimore

The writer chairs the city council's Ad Hoc Committee on Small Business.

City Council President Sheila Dixon and Anthony McCarthy are two polished professionals we've had the sincere privilege to know and work with.

The Sun's comparison of Ms. Dixon with former council president Lawrence Bell is positively outrageous ("Mr. McCarthy exits City Hall," editorial, Aug. 25).

After all, the citizens of Baltimore clearly saw the difference when they elected Ms. Dixon last fall.

Lou Boulmetis

Judy Boulmetis

Baltimore

The writers own Hippodrome Hatters, a west-side haberdashery.

No reason to downsize council that serves city well

Only when the citizens of Baltimore find themselves over-represented should the City Council be reduced in number.

In the past year, I've dealt with the members of the council, from the "Dean of the Council," Rochelle Spector, to one of its newest members, Lisa Stancil.

Never have I seen the slightest indication that council members serve anything other than the best interest of their constituents and the city as a whole.

The city is finally on the course of continuity and progress and, for the most part, each and every member of the city delegation is doing his or her part to support the mayor, promote the city and make life better for all her citizens.

Let us not reduce the City Council in size because a few are displeased. Let's consider reducing its size when the council becomes ineffective, which does not appear to be the case at this time.

Murray K. Lilley

Owings Mills

Federal Hill came together to scour its streets

I guess we don't have a "Caucasian-American Award" to be compared to the "Afro Clean Block Award" mentioned in The Sun's article "Weary homeowners ask for action on city cleanup" (Aug. 21).

But if we did, I would vote for the entire community of Federal Hill South. This community banded together to clean up the neighborhood.

Joseph A. Kolodziejski, head of the city's Bureau of Solid Waste, and his department were asked for assistance -- and they went 150 percent of the way to help.

More than 100 neighbors and friends took four or five hours to scour the neighborhood. The solid-waste bureau supplied brooms, rakes and dumpsters and even issued t-shirts in appreciation.

Another community-wide clean-up is planned for November.

The city has been doing a great job. It faithfully collects trash twice a week and removes bulk trash once a month. But if people would not let the trash accumulate and help clean things up themselves, what a difference it would make.

Fred Maxcy

Baltimore

The interests of the unborn demand a vote for Gov. Bush

The last paragraph of a recent letter stated, "Only conscientious and far-sighted politicians serve the interests of those who are as yet unborn and cannot vote" ("Support the candidate who will support the planet," Aug. 29).

If ever there was a ringing endorsement for Texas Gov. George W. Bush, this has to be it.

Al Gore and the Democratic Party certainly do not have the interests of the unborn at the core of their platform.

Robert J. Frost

Fallston

Katyn Memorial's delay shouldn't dim its grandeur

"Should I forget them, may God in heaven forget me." This is inscribed on the center tablet of the Katyn Memorial. It is the essence of the memorial and the point that matters most.

Although it is very disappointing to the men who have been planning this memorial for the last 12 years to miss the monument's scheduled dedication day, we must not lose sight of the reason the monument was commissioned: to honor the lives lost in the Katyn Forest in 1939 ("Polish officers monument delayed," Aug. 29).

Once the statue is in place, its impact will long outlast any festivities or party.

The men who have worked so hard on this project should be proud of what they have accomplished.

I have had the privilege of working with them to design the memorial and have experienced their passion for this project first-hand. It is a matter of Polish pride. It is an effort to right a wrong against the Polish community that has been sadly forgotten with the passing of time.

Their Herculean effort should not be overlooked because the dedication ceremony had to be postponed.

What is important is that these men cared enough about their heritage and their history not to let their countrymen be forgotten.

Scott Rykiel

Baltimore

Don't make the suburbs resemble our blighted cities

The governor is encouraging county executives to ignore the objections of their citizens and he apparently intends to use state funds to basically blackmail jurisdictions into developing areas according to his specifications ("Glendening reopens battle against sprawl," Aug. 20).

Is the governor now promoting high-density urban sprawl to prevent rural sprawl?

We already have high-density zones called cities. If those of us living in the suburbs wanted to live in the city, we would have moved there.

After looking at the problems in our cities, why would we seek to replicate the same situation in the surrounding counties?

High-density development around Metro subway stations will benefit those that work and live in those developments (many of whom will probably come from outside the community). But there is a good chance that many community residents will get very little benefit from the encroachment on their idyllic way of life.

We must find a way to provide the needed commercial and residential property without alienating and disrupting so many people and degrading their suburban way of life.

Patsy Mahood

Reisterstown

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