Readers write

Readers write

December 09, 1990

HOWARD CONFIRMS HIS OFFER TO MEDIATE

From: Rev. Roland L. Howard

Director

Regional Action Planning Program Inc.

Elkridge

This letter is written in response to the Dec. 2 letter ("NAACP Wants Matter Settled," by Elhart E. Flurry) concerning (Regional Action Planning Program) involvement with NAACP and the Turf Valley controversy.

The letter quoted Mr. Flurry as suggesting that if (Rev. Howard sought to mediate the disagreement between the NAACP and Turf Valley) none of this information has been communicated to the NAACP. Further, is said that Rev.

Howard did not offer his expertise as a mediator in the process. These statements are untrue.

A news article about the racial dispute at Turf Valley Country Club appeared in The Evening Sun on March 17, 1988 quoting Rev. Howard, who heads two organizations that helped to mediate racial problems in the schools several years ago. Rev. Howard indicated (in that story) that his organization, RAPP, should have been consulted about the Turf Valley controversy.

On March 18, 1988, the Regional Action Planning Program Inc. informed Rev. Howard that as director he should visit the NAACP National Headquarters to discuss the role RAPP is playing in five metropolitan counties and Baltimore City. Those counties are Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford and Howard.

On April 11, 1988, Rev. Howard met with Mr. Leroy Mobley, Director of NAACP Region VII and discussed the role and purpose of his organization.

After Mr. Mobley reviewed the RAPP documents and recognized the success record of RAPP, he was very impressed.

On April 14, 1988, Mr. Mobley wrote a letter to Mr. Willis Gay, president of the Howard County Branch NAACP, as well as to all five presidents of the NAACP branches in the five metropolitan counties. This correspondence informed them about the Regional Action Planning Program.

The following is a quote contained in Mr. Mobley's letter, which was sent to all of the NAACP branches in the five metropolitan counties.

"Recently I had a most interesting discussion with Reverend Roland Howard, who represents RAPP (Regional Action Planning Program). This agency was designed to increase the skilled participation of low and moderate income people in deliberations affecting social planning issues. He has a wealth of information that could prove beneficial to a number of people in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel, Carroll, Hartford and Howard Counties."

"He is available and desires to make a presentation at one of your membership meetings."

The NAACP branch presidents did not respond to this letter from Mr.

Leroy Mobley, director of NAACP Region VII.

The information was in fact communicated to the NAACP and Rev. Howard did offer his expertise as a mediator in the Turf Valley controversy.

The lack of communication within (the Howard Branch NAACP) organization, incomplete information, and making inaccurate statements directly and profoundly affects the five metropolitan counties.

RAPP was approved and recorded by the state and filed on Feb. 18, 1976.

A record was sent to the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Howard County to be recorded as a credible organization and to operate in the five metropolitan counties.

LIGHTS COULD GIVE CHILDREN PLAYING TIME

From: Lindy Mellendick

Ellicott City

As a concerned resident of Howard County, I was astounded to learn that over 200 children are unable to participate in recreational baseball and softball due to the lack of playing fields.

This figure only represents the Howard County Youth Program, it does not include the five other baseball/softball associations in Howard County.

The county has great pride in developing recreational areas such as Cedar Lane and Centennial Park, however, these parks are primarily used by adults. Many of those who play ball are not even Howard County residents.

All children should have the opportunity to play ball. If the county will not build new fields, an alternative solution is to put in lighting systems on existing fields, so the games could continue after dark.

As an example, if lights were put up at Kiwanis Park, then many new teams could be formed enabling many of the children who are put on waiting lists to participate. While lighting is expensive, it would be much cheaper than buying new land and developing new diamonds.

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