The Mail 7/30/14

Prig Watch

My goodness! I couldn’t help but notice what a priggish attitude state Sen. Bill Ferguson displayed in his letter to the editor about the July 16 cover art (The Mail,” July 23). Thought you handled it beautifully, though, in your answer.

Ardith Meadow 

Feel the Burn

Kudos to Van Smith and Tom Chalkley for last week’s article on the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator (“Trash Talk,” Feature, July 23). 

Baltimore is already in a public- and environmental-health crisis! Surveys place us in the nation’s top ten for air pollution, rats, and crime! The reduction to once-a-week garbage collection, combined with city-issued plastic trash cans that are easily gnawed through by rodents, without corresponding compost pick-up has created a travesty in our alleys and lots. Imagine disposing of a bushel of crabs when your pickup day was that morning—in August! We found summer in Mexico City (known for its air pollution) to have much better air quality than Baltimore!

One thing not mentioned in the article is garbage being brought in from other cities to feed a hungry incinerator. I have witnessed a line of garbage trucks from Philadelphia lined up at BRESCO! 

Thanks again for opening a dialogue on our air quality. When flying into our city, a sickly yellow cloud is the first thing one sees. 

Daniel Van Allen 

I currently work in Baltimore City as a sub-contractor. I work with a company who fixes and installs sewer lines. I work around Southwest Baltimore. And I cannot help but read the City Paper article that was written by Van Smith about the trash talk. 

I am so upset with the way people live in the city, with piles and piles of trash higher than six feet tall and children playing in or around. It’s so depressing. The mayor really needs to get it together and help more than just one area. I wish there was a way to get people together and help clean up the city. Thank you for taking the time to read this. 

Leesa Thomas

The article discusses the issues with waste-to-energy incineration near schools. It also discusses the idea of zero waste where no waste is generated because it is all recycled. This is a laudable goal which I fully support. The problem arises when people fail to change their behaviors so that zero waste becomes a reality. Until people stop littering, recycle properly, stop using convenience items which are all thrown away and stop consuming so much, trash will continue. Also, in my 35 years of trash management experience, it is just as hard to site a recycling facility as a disposal facility. No one wants a waste management facility by their home.

I am the person that puts the mental into environmental because it makes me mental to see how little people care about their own waste disposal practices. If you can’t carry an empty bottle to a recycling bin, how can you expect an entire city to become the home of zero waste? May we please see some local responsibility for managing trash properly?

Pamela Gratton

Kid Beat

I just wanted to say THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for releasing that article about that “non-profit,” annoying, phony, yellow-shirt wearing, “rec center,” panhandler kids and “parents” prowling the corners and hassling drivers on the intersection of North Avenue and West Mount Royal Avenue (“Down on the Corner,” Feature, June 24)! 

I am a resident and employee of the Reservoir Hill area and saw them every single day during the spring and summer sessions, and would get harassed by them for years and multiple times a day. It was between that and getting harassed by a vendor to buy teddy bears. I would eventually end up avoiding the begging corner altogether until they stopped coming around during the cold weather.