From: Shirley M. Burrill
Leadership Howard County
On behalf of Leadership Howard County, I wish to thank the merchants of The Mall in Columbia, the village centers and Dobbin Center for the extraordinary project they have undertaken this summer.
Not only are they raising $200,000 for the Columbia Foundation's endowment fund, the income of which will benefit thousands of Howard County citizens who utilize programs and servicesof local non-profits, but in addition and equally important, they are raising the awareness of the community regarding the work of the non-profits.
The posters in The Mall depicting the non-profits at work, the store displays, the canisters in the shops and visual materials add to citizen awareness.
Without the services and programs of the non-profits, our community would indeed be barren.
The non-profit organizations provide services ranging from work with the retarded, day care for the elderly and the young, support to the mentally ill, counseling for the bereaved, intervention in domestic violence, rehabilitation for the neurologically impaired, housing for abused children and spouses, and support for the family structure.
Other non-profit organizations attend to our cultural and artistic desires. We have local museums, art shows, theater, dance and concerts. These allenhance our quality of life.
Leadership Howard County prepares future community leaders to meet the challenges of community service. As Howard County grows, so do the needs of its citizenry.
Leadership Howard County offers its members a broad range of experiences and insights about the county: its people, its needs and its services.
Over 165 Leadership graduates volunteer in the non-profit sector.
We have received grants from the Columbia Foundation to enable our work. The $200,000 merchant endowment fund will help ensure that our services and those of many others will continue for years to come.
Leadership says thank you!
DEFORESTED DEJA VU
From: James S. Groves
I read with sadness and deja vu the plaintive letters in last week's issue from homeowners in older, established communities in Ellicott City who have recently stood by helplessly and watched as their neighborhoods were stripped bare of the stately trees surrounding their homes, by out-of-state developers installing new subdivisions next door.
The same thing happened to us in 1988 duringthe heyday of the Bobo building boom, and we thought (like some of your letter writers last week) that all we needed to do was point out the senselessness of the destruction to our county government, and they would quickly put a stop to it.
Well, think again. Bobo administration officials refused to take or return our phone calls. Nor would they answer our letters begging them for help.
We ultimately hadto sue the county to get them to respond to our pleas for basic information.
Finally, the county Office of Law responded with half-a-dozen motions for penalties and sanctions filed in court against us and our neighbors for standing up for the preservation of trees and property rights in Howard County.
They completely forgot who they work for, and what it was that they were employed by the taxpayers here to do.
While it is true that the leadership of the county government has now been changed -- and we cheered the change along with so many other common folks who had been similarly ignored and disenfranchised by the previous administration -- it is still disheartening to see how much things remain the same.
BYRON'S FLIER TOO COSTLY
From: Darlene Hirsch
Quite recently I received one of the nicest, three-color pieces of campaign literature that I have seen in quite sometime.
Why am I writing about it? Well, upon inspection Irealized that I had paid for the printing and the postage of the campaign literature, and I wasn't asked by anyone if I wanted to pay forthe piece.
The campaign literature that I am referring to is the "schedule" of Representative Beverly B. Byron's district tour.
Thecampaign piece was stuffed full of information that I as a constituent need to know, such as how one of Byron's staff had fought in the war.
Then there was the article and picture about Byron meeting with the hikers who hiked across America. There was also a picture and blurb about Byron meeting with elementary school students.
The lastpage was another slap on her own back at my expense, talking about how Byron was working on improving the quality of rural health care.
I think that these are all admirable causes, but I strongly object to her using my money, our money, to get herself re-elected.
I have some knowledge of layout and production, and am very aware of the cost involved in producing such a lavish piece of campaign literature.
You and I paid for the writing, type-setting, printing, three-color ink, and then we also paid for the postage.
I find this upsetting when so many of the Sixth Congressional District's citizens are facing so many economic difficulties.