From: Hugh Burgess
C. Stuart Knudsen
Fred K. Schoenbrodt
The Democratic councilmanic redistricting map (The Gray/Knowles Plan) was made available to the public on Friday, Sept. 13. This map, which has the most likelihoodof final passage, dilutes the voting power of the district and refashions it to the liking of the Gray and Knowles and all other Democratleaders who have disdain for the voting patterns of our district.
How do they propose to do this?
According to legal precedent, theEllicott City (2nd) district needs to lose a minimum of 3,300 residents. To accomplish this, the developers of the Gray/Knowles map have designed the district wherein we lose 16,343 people and pick up another 11,545 from another district.
This means everything west of Plumtree Branch including Dorsey Hall, Gray Rock Farm, Font Hill, Burleigh Manor, Centennial, Gwynn Acres, etc. will be lost to our district.At the same time, the Elkridge district has been destroyed by the loss of all four of its precents, which would be included with us.
The Gray/Knowles Plan would subvert the common purpose and homogeneityof the district and is nothing more than a blatant attempt to dismember and splinter the Ellicott City district and dilute its political cohesion and effectiveness.
It goes without saying that the simplest and fairest way for the district to be reapportioned is for it to lose 3-4 (a precinct adjacent to Turf Valley, population 40) and precinct 5-16 (Allview Golf Course, apartments and condominiums south of Route 108 -- population 1,839). If this map as proposed by some of the Democrat leadership prevails, Elkridge Gerry of Gerrymander will have been replaced by the Gray/Knowles-mander in Howard County.
Of the three plans under consideration by the council at this time, the Ecker Plan is the only plan that maintains the integrity and basic framework of the second district. If you agree with this common-sense view of redistricting the 2nd election district (Ellicott City), talk it over with your neighbors and call Vernon Gray or Darrel Drown (preferably both) at 313-2001 and leave a message with each of their aides. Let these people know that the 2nd District is not asleep.
Please call before the council work session on Sept. 24.
SHAGGY DOG STORY
From: James M. Holway
During a recent trip back to Howard County from Vermont, we passed a hand-drawn sign marked "Fresh Corn" at a bend in a rural country road near Brandon, Vt.
Mywife and I exchanged quick ESP messages, and I turned off the paved road onto a secondary dirt road back toward the hills. This had been a bad year for corn in Maryland, and we longed for some fresh, sweet golden Bantam corn.
I was about to give up when we spotted a second hand-made sign announcing fresh corn at the entrance to a local farm. We pulled in behind the farm house. There did not seem to be anyone around the farm yard or within shouting distance, so we walked up to a table on the lawn and read the note: "Tell Sandy how many ears ofcorn you want and leave 25 cents each."
Shortly, a pretty, sandy-haired golden retriever, appeared on the back porch of the farm housewith an ear of corn in his jaws, tail wagging and all the friendly signs in evidence.
As luck would have it, we said, "Hello, Sandy," and the dog immediately came down into the yard to give us the ear ofcorn. This routine was repeated six times as I patted Sandy each time with a friendly hand. We left $1.50 in the box on the table and waved to Sandy.
As we drove away, Sandy stood on the back porch of the farm house with another ear of corn in his jaws, just in case we changed our minds.
The corn was fresh, juicy and sweet. In Vermont, everybody on the farm has to do their share of the chores.
CAPTION: Sandy delivers a fresh ear of corn to customers ata farm near Brandon, Vt. The canine courier ferries as manyindividual ears as ordered while patrons drop 25 cents per ear into a box on a table.
THOMAS URGES RECYCLING
From: Delegate Virginia M. Thomas, D-13A
As a sponsor of the statewidelegislation that requires local jurisdictions to recycle solid waste, I am pleased to support the new Howard County integrated refuse andrecycling service that will start Oct. 1.
This plan puts into action an efficient and easy-to-use recycling program that many county residents have requested.
Although there was some initial opposition to this once-a-week service, I am pleased that the county executive, the Bureau of Environmental Service, the Long Reach, Oakland Mills,and Owen Brown village boards, and area residents were able to reachagreement about the implementation of this program.
To recycling advocates and to those new to curbside recycling, I would like to clarify what this service will provide.
* One refuse pickup per week of up to six containers, 40 pounds of refuse per container.