To the Editor – June 11, 2014

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Candidates forum publicity needed to be better

To the Editor:

Why, why, why was there so little publicity about the 46th District candidates’ forum last week? My husband and I always vote the primaries, study the issues and take an interest in what the candidates say. Sadly much of the material arriving in our mailbox posits the same banalities—better schools, safer streets, more jobs. OK, that’s fine, but the issues in Baltimore are enormous! Folks had better pay attention. And they’d better show up and vote on Primary Day.

I learned about Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance’s event by chance when someone mentioned it, only the day before. I certainly would have attended, in fact I would have loved to attend if any of the organizers had taken the time to contact those in the neighborhood who do show up and vote. I had an important, prior commitment so I was a no-show. This has happened before, and will again. Baltimore has a hopeless history of poor outreach and communication, take my word for it.

Sure, we all want good schools—but when you learn of the violence at Digital Harbor (in the 46th District), it’s never mentioned. The only solution, it seems, is to throw more taxpayer dollars at the problem and sweep it under the rug.

Yes, public transportation in Baltimore is lacking, but it’s not all that bad. I ride the buses, the Light Rail and the Metro—they’re great. And let’s not forget the Charm City Circulator—another fantastic mode of transportation. It is fast, free and frequent.

On the subject of the Red Line, they still haven’t figured out the route it will take. Today it’s to be under the Jones Falls, not President St., nor under Little Italy as originally planned. This should have been nailed down before one dollar was spent on the project.

Baltimore has huge problems, but don’t forget that we were once a great city. We could be a great city again if the folks overcame their apathy and indifference. It would be nice if forums like the one last week are better promoted in the future.

Don’t forget, there are still citizens who take an interest in what happens at 100 N. Holliday Street, in Annapolis, and in Washington. We are the ones who pay attention. Please don’t forget us again.

Rosalind Ellis Heid
Inner Harbor

 

Liquor Board should rule for neighborhood

To the Editor:

I read with great interest about the Patterson Park neighbors who oppose a new bar moving into their neighborhood.

(May 21, “Residents oppose liquor license transfer to Patterson Park neighborhood)

I hope the Liquor Board rules in favor of Rev. Parks and the neighbors.

Rev. Parks seems to be a man who sees suffering and seeks to heal it, not unlike my hero, Bobby Kennedy, who was killed 45 years ago the very month that the Liquor Board will make its decision.

To rule in favor of the neighborhood and the cleric would keep hope alive.

As the slain senator said two years before his murder, “Each time someone acts to improve the lot of others, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”

Denny Olver
Highlandtown

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