Some Rich And Royal Birds

Readers write

May 29, 1991

From: Tom Gill

North Beach

The exciting business of the queen's visit and the dreadful business of mature adult martins exercising seigneurial privileges are related ("One lease agreement that is for the birds," May 16, 1991, AnneArundel County Sun).

I have a martin house in my front yard, and until Eugene Morton disabused me, I watched them in innocent wonder. Happy little homemakers, I thought, chirping away in monogamous bliss. Little did I know that senior male martins are sexual bullies who demand -- and get -- sexual favors for affordable housing.

That is not the queen's problem (Buckingham Palace is not affordable housing). Her problem is financial. I learned just before she arrived that although she is the world's richest woman, she does not pay one penny in taxes. Talk about tarnished images! Monogamous bliss and royal splendor, my foot!


From: Serena A. Gillespie

Daryl M. Watson


Annapolis Senior High School Unity Club

It is very important that community organizations support Annapolis High School in its mission to provide optimum education for

its students.

The Unity Club would like to thank and acknowledge the Annapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for its financial support. Because of its contribution, 75 minority students in grades nine to 11 were able to participate in two pre-college orientation programs sponsored by the University of Maryland at College Park.

The programs provided general information pertinent to college planning. The students received a great deal of information and were happy they had this opportunity.

We truly believe that "working togethermakes things work better." The support of the Annapolis alumnae of Delta Sigma Theta is another example of how important the community isin making dreams a reality for our students.


From: George M. Cummings


Things always seem to go from bad to worse. First, The Anne Arundel County Sun gives us the bad news that the coalition of a few homeowners association who oppose East West Boulevard is formally organizing into the "Millersville/Severn Run Federation" so that they can grace us with their wisdom on traffic matters in perpetuity.

It gets worse when we learn that they also plan to apply their intellects to zoning matters. Worse yet, the announcement comes

from the federation's spokesperson, who happensto represent the Shipley's Choice Homeowners Association. That groupgot attention during comprehensive rezoning a few years ago by taking an amazingly unique stance for a community group and advocated morecommercial zoning instead of less. They argued that the current amount of retail shopping at the western end of Benfield is inadequate and we need another strip shopping center.

On several occasions, they proclaimed that more shopping centers on what is now Veterans Highway would reduce traffic on Benfield (Road), based on their knowledge that most of the Benfield traffic is Chartwell and Shipley's Choice people driving to Ritchie Highway to spend their money.

If this is the type of logic the federation plans to apply to zon

ing, let uspray that the county doesn't heed their advice. Instead of zoning, the federation should first tackle their unfinished effort to convinceus that the twice-daily backups on Benfield are the figments of our imagination that they claim.


From: Walter Hill


So what shall we call Route 10, now that it goes somewhere? Gary Gately's article provided some interesting ideas. Here are some others.

Of course, Arundel Expressway is a bit lofty. The road doesn't carry anyone that far into "Arundel."

Eastern Bypass might work. After all, the highway cuts a swath through the eastern sideof Glen Burnie. Or perhaps the Price

Club Bypass, since that is the end destination of many of its travelers.

Pasadena Expressway sounds nice. They never name anything after us Pasadenans; besides, we're the ones who get the traffic dumped onto us (such as it is).

To reflect the obvious confusion of the state highway people in building such a road, we could call it the Road to Somewhere, But We're NotQuite Sure Where Yet.

The intersection/interchange at Route 100 could be dubbed "Sidestep Alley." If you've been there, there's no need to explain why. I've never seen anything quite like it.

Of course, none of the above names is quite so comfortable or homey as my ownname for the Route 10 extension: Walt's New Road To Church.

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