To the Editor – October 1, 2014

Written by on October 1, 2014 in Blogs, Letters to the Editor - 3 Comments

Godfather or Grandfather?

To the Editor:

Having lived in Highlandtown the lion’s share of my 55 years, I know community associations can do good.

With regard to the issue of a mattress store, however, I wonder if it might not make more sense to allow such a store and use our resources to deal with whatever hazards may come with such a store.

I am much more concerned with the apparent arrogance that the association seems to have developed. They seem more godfather than grandfather.

Denny Olver

3 Comments on "To the Editor – October 1, 2014"

  1. angel October 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm ·

    This is beyond ludicrous! First either this person clearly doesn’t know what they’re taking about or is the said business owner themselves! Using “our resources” to clean up a irresponsible business owners mess is ridiculous given the community already has a multitude of problems already. Our resources clearly means “other responsible people” besides himself. At least these new people actually care!

  2. Kim October 9, 2014 at 4:11 pm ·

    I think anyone opening a business has a responsibility to the people who reside around that business, especially on small streets. I also believe that if you are opening a business then you should have a business plan that outlines how you plan to operate that business and how you will display the items you are selling. Setting up a mattress/furniture shop in a car garage and putting the items out on the sidewalk is not a good business plan in my opinion. I also believe that yes a police officer should be held to a higher standard, especially when the police officer is trying to use that fact to his advantage. I thought police officers took an oath to uphold the law. So why wouldn’t he be held to a higher standard. There are enough mattress/furniture stores in the area. The owner of this business can rent a space across the street from where he leaves and put the stuff out on his sidewalk or lawn. Or anyone who thinks this type of business is a good idea can offer to let him set up shop near their house.

  3. Rusty Shackleford October 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm ·


    If you knew that the person who is trying to open said mattress store 1) was busted by the Channel 11 I-Team for selling used mattresses as new and 2) only applied for a zoning permit because he was cited for illegally operating this store, would you still be upset about the actions of Baltimore Highlands residents? Don’t you think a police officer should be held to the same standards that you and I are held?

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