Readers Write


October 21, 1990


From: Grant E. Acker

Glen Burnie

Although I don't speak for all the veteran community here in the county, I want to encourage all Anne Arundel County veterans, their families and friends to support the Democratic candidates in the forthcoming election.

For the past 15 years I have followed the Legislature considering legislation effecting our citizens who have served their country honorably.

In particular, the last four years I have been very active in behalf of the veterans. I can vouch for the solid backing of veterans legislation here in our county. There has not been one instance where I have brought to the attention of Sen. Phil Jimeno or Ray Huff and Albert "Stokes" Kolodziejski during the past four years, any concern on behalf of our veterans, that these friends have not wholeheartedly supported.

I am equally proud of the records of Congressman McMillen, Governor Schaefer, Senator Mike Wagner, and Councilman Ted Sophocleus in their untiring leadership for the veterans community.

On behalf of the veterans of Anne Arundel County, we salute you, we thank you, we appreciate what you do for us and all citizen of this great state.


From: James Witten

Brooklyn Park

I hope the voters of Brooklyn Park, Pasadena, East Glen Burnie and the other communities of Legislative District 31 will conclude, as I have, that John Leopold is the superior candidate of the office of state Senator.

No one owns John Leopold, and he has demonstrated the independence, effectiveness and ability to provide strong leadership in the State Legislature. He is accessible and responsive and fights hard for the best interests of his constituents. He will be a state senator all of us can be proud of.


From: David Guite

Glen Burnie

As a former legislative assistant to Senator Phil Jimeno I read with interest your article (Oct. 5, Anne Arundel County Sun, "Senate race is fierce") on the District 31 Senate race.

Clearly, some corrections must be made. First off, (Del. John) Leopold missed over 130 votes spanning 48 days.

Of the votes he missed 44 proposals went on to become law. Six proposals would have had their outcome changed by one vote.

Among the "insignificant" bills that were not voted on were proposals increasing penalties for child pornography, increased drug penalties, creation of a neurological center at Shock Trauma, the creation of an alcohol awareness program, and expanded mandated health insurance benefits.

I also find it interesting to note that 49 of the proposals that Mr.

Leopold did not vote on dealt with either the insurance or development industries, two of his largest financial contributors.


From: Gordon M. Gibb


At about 5:30 p.m., on a rainy Friday afternoon in the heart of rush hour traffic, I encountered a traffic jam building at the intersection of rt. 10 and rt. 100 East. This is an area where traffic merges at 55 mph, and on a rainy day would be considered as an area where caution should be used. Traffic was just about stopped and the traffic jam was starting to extend back on 100 toward rt. 2 and back along rt. 10.

I assumed that there had been an accident further along rt. 100 East as traffic was stop and go for about 1/2 mile until we reached a stretch of expressway where a local road runs parallel to rt. 100, separated only by a grassy area and a temporary fence. There was the reason for the traffic jam and potential life-threatening accidents: a bunch of idiots standing on cars and behind the fence waving "JIMENO" signs.

Since Mr. Leopold started standing around various parts of our county waving like one of those spring-loaded puppets that people sometimes affix to their car windows, this has apparently become the "in thing" for other aspiring public leaders?? It's a shame these so-called leaders have nothing better to do with their time than cause slowdowns in traffic and create potential accident scenes. I think it's about time that the police chased these people off our highways, as I am certain that if I stood on a majority highway advertising a product by waving a big sign, even a product which would probably be of more value to the general public than the product being advertised by various politicians, the police would soon remove the average citizen from the roadside of a major highway.

Mr. Jimeno definitely accomplished two things by his sign waving campaign on rt. 100 on the 12th of October: First -- he showed that he is apparently unconcerned about public safety on our highways, and second, he lost my vote.

It appears that the lack of concern for the effect that our leaders (??) have for public welfare is not confined to the children in Washington who cannot agree to a budget but starts out on a local level. It's about time our political leaders remembered that they are supposed to serve the people, not hurt them.


From: T. Kelly

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