SOPHOCLEUS TAKES TIME TO GIVE THANKS
From: Ted Sophocleus
The holiday season is a time for family and friends, a time for us to fully appreciate how fortunate we are. It is a time for us to reflect on how priceless the personal relationships are that always receive less attention than they deserve, distracted as we tend to be by the pace and pressures of our day-to-day lives.
Too often, we measure success in terms of tangible indicators of accomplishment. Perhaps the nicest aspect of the holiday season is the opportunity it affords us to take stock of the truly important things in life. Alice and I have been doing just that since the election and feel especially thankful. In addition to the extraordinary friendships which sustained us throughout the campaign, the election left us rich in the knowledge that we have made so many new friends throughout the county.
There is a great deal for which we can all be thankful, and good reason to renew our dedication to working for the common good of all Anne Arundel County citizens. My family and I intend to redouble our efforts on behalf of the quality of life issues which are so important to all of us and look forward to others sharing in this commitment for the new year. What better gift can we give to each other, and to the community which has been so good to all of us these many years?
Instead of sending cards to the many thousands of you who worked so hard for us during the campaign, in the spirit of the holiday season we will be making contributions to local charities on your behalf. Thank you for your support and encouragement, and for all you have done for the Sophocleus Campaign and Anne Arundel County.
Alice and I would like to wish all our friends, old and new, the happiest of holidays and best of New Years.
COUNTY COUNCIL ANSWERS THE CALL
From: Geo R. Griggs Jr.
There is something the matter with the system and it should be corrected.
The policeman and fireman put their lives on the line every working day, and they receive $18,000 to $25,000 per year for a salary. (County) Council aides receive $30,000 to $35,000 for answering the phone, the highest-paid phone operators in the United States.
I thought we got rid of the husband and wife setup, but I see where another councilman has brought his wife into the picture.
There should be a law against that kind of stuff. That has to be double dipping, and the taxpayers are holding the bag.
BLOCKBUSTER SIGN IS A HORROR SHOW
From: Thomas E. Magette
President, North Severna Park Community Association
The purpose of this letter is to register a complaint concerning the new signs for the Blockbuster Video store in Severna Park. Two signs have been constructed, one on Southbound Route 2 and one on Robinson Road. On behalf of the residents in the neighboring community of North Severna Park, I would like to protest the intrusive nature of these signs.
The signs in question are objectionable from several perspectives. Their size, height and, undoubtedly, once they are illuminated, their brightness, are totally disproportionate to the surroundings. Even among the strip of development of Route 2, these signs are obtrusive.
They represent and attack on the skyline that is outrageous even by the standards, such as they are, of Route 2. While it is obvious that any commercial endeavor has the right to advertise the location of its business, it is equally obvious that signs of this magnitude are not necessary to accomplish that objective.
As objectionable as the sign on Route 2 is, one can argue that it may eventually be lost amidst the visual cacophony of Ritchie Highway. This is certainly not the case for the sign, which is located adjacent to a residential community on Robinson Road. To have this sign towering above residential homes along a street where there are virtually no other commercial signs is obscene.
It is extremely unfortunate that the county failed to pass the legislation introduced in its past session to regulate commercial signs. As if any additional evidence were needed that control was needed in this area, Blockbuster has certainly proved it. The community of North Severna Park registers its firm support of new legislation in this area. We urge the new County Council to make this one of its highest priorities. We also urge the administration to support this legislation once it is introduced.
SENIORS DON'T WANT PITY, JUST RESPECT
From: Arthur Contarini
I would like to wish the editors and staff of The Anne Arundel County Sun a very Merry Christmas and a joyful New Year to you and all your families.
I don't have such a large family myself, but I do have a sister who lives with her daughter. Last Christmas, I recieved a turkey and lots of Christmas cards from people, including President Ronald Reagan, Gov.
William Donald Schafer and Mayor Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore.
Since 1977, the Anne Arundel County Sun has helped to fight for the senior citizens of this county -- we who are the forgotten ones, the homebound, those who cannot get anywhere or do anything without some help.
Now, your paper, in its recent series "Golden Years, Tarnished Promises," from Sunday, Dec. 2, through Wednesday, Dec. 5, has shown the facts, figures and faces of this problem.
We seniors don't want pity or sympathy. We want respect and our dignity, because we are walking colleges of life experiences. People should remember this.