ADVICE FOR AHERN: LOOK ON BRIGHT SIDE
From: Stuart G. Morris
I cannot understand why (District 3 County Councilman Edward C.) "Buddy" Ahern is so upset about losing the 3rd District County Council seat to Republican "Dutch" Holland.
After all, he will always have his endorsements from the Maryland Waste Coalition, Sierra Club and Bob Pascal to treasure.
CLEANING THE BAY: A SISYPHEAN TASK
From: Chris Heller
I pick up the paper everyday, finding how interesting the paper is, having stories in it about how we are trying to clean up the Bay. I find this very difficult to believe when you see people so naively endangering it with sewage, nutrient runoff from farms, runoff from construction sites, and destroying the wetlands.
It's enough for people to hear about things being done to help save the bay, but there is still a lot going on that people would be outraged about.
For instance, I live in Arnold, and two months ago in an adjacent community, there was construction going on. The workers, not checking the location of the sewage lines in the area, "accidentally" hit one, spilling 5,000 tons of raw sewage into Deep Creek. This is quite a bit of sewage.
This was uncalled for. If the workers would have just found out the location of the sewage lines instead of being irresponsible and lazy, this never would have occurred. The saddest part about this is that it had happened a year earlier, too.
I want to be able to enjoy all the bay has to offer without any cause for alarm. I know people who have gotten diseases from swimming in the bay and who have gotten injured from diving in on floating debris. I want to see my children able to enjoy the bay and it's beauty without the trash and sewage floating in it. The bay isn't just a place to take your boat out on; it's a beautiful area that's been proud of all it has had to offer, since the time of the Indians.
In order to save the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries from all this pollution, we must become aware of not only the good that is going into the project, but all the bad still going on. We must put an end to irresponsible workers, too lazy to find out simple facts, getting involved in the work as Maryland citizens should be doing.
If we are ever to have Maryland's pride and joy back, we must become aware and fight against everything we think is damaging to the bay.
MORE MONEY NEEDED TO FIGHT GYPSY MOTHS
From: Greg Oravec
The gypsy moth problem is getting increasingly worse in many counties in Maryland. For example, the hardest hit are: Queen Anne's, Kent and Caroline counties. This problem seems to get worse every year and not much is being done to save our trees from it's natural enemies. Yes, it's true we must try to save trees from the over-developing clutches of our society, but first we have to save the trees from nature. Last year a total of 100,000 acres were defoliated by these pests. But this year it was 133,062 acres in 21 counties.
If something is to be done about this problem, I think the state should go all-out and not make excuses.
One remedy to this problem would be to increase the area sprayed. This year, only 187,723 acres were sprayed for gypsy moths. There must also be more of an awareness on the part of the state. Officials must understand that first we have to save the trees we now have before we can worry about planting more. Spraying must also be timed correctly in accordance with the weather conditions of the area.
I think we can remedy this problem, but first more money must be set aside for research and continued spraying.
TIPTON AIRPORT PLAN IS WORTH PURSUING
From: Matthew M. Sarro
The Federal Base Closure and Realignment Act provides that Fort George G. Meade be scaled down. Seven thousand six hundred acres of its 9,000 acres would go the Fish and Wildlife Service and 1,000 acres would be developed. The Army has not decided what to do with the remaining 400 acres and the airfield. The Maryland Aviation Administration has proposed the Fort Meade airport be kept open and renamed Tipton Airport, which would be used to divert traffic from Baltimore-Washington International Airport.
I support the Maryland Aviation Administration's proposal for many reasons. First, if Tipton is opened, it would be an airport solely for small recreational planes that presently take off and land at BWI. By creating Tipton, the risk of accident by pilots and/or air traffic controllers would be lessened greatly. The air traffic controllers would no longer have to worry about small planes that can cause havoc as passenger-filled 747s come in for a landing or are preparing to take off.
This may seem unimportant, but a considerable cause for accidents is miscommunication and the hazard small planes create as they prepare to take off and land.