From: Harry E. Hasslinger
As 1991 comes to a close, I could not let it end without extending my appreciation to you for the series of articles on the Naval Academy football program published in your paper this past fall.
The author of these writings, Earl Schubert Sr., clearly showed a skilled knowledge of football. His covering of the Naval Academy's team was most fair and comprehensive. I looked forward to each Friday's editionof your paper to read his enlightening articles, always most interesting.
With such a capable writer available, could we not see his talents used more extensively? Certainly there are other areas he could cover than just the Naval Academy football program.
OVERTURN BILL 49-88
From: Roy Kampmeyer
Md. Waterfront Landowners
The Anne Arundel County Council, under (County Executive) O.J. Lighthizer, enacted on July 5, 1988, its Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Ordinance. This program is supposed to follow the requirements set forth by the State Critical Area Commission. In one important area -- variances -- it does not.
Variances are supposed to cover those grayareas where the Critical Area Law may not apply, and allow for the waterfront landowner to challenge the process.
But Anne Arundel County carefully, purposely and discreetly left out one "state-required"variance (COMAR 14.15.11 (2)):
"That a literal interpretation of this subtitle of the local critical area program and related ordinances will deprive the applicant of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in similar areas within the critical area of the local jurisdiction."
This omission, unnoticed since 1988, deprives the waterfront landowner the right of variance request, a right that is preciousto a free society practiced elsewhere. And to make matters worse, the State Critical Areas Commission approved this same county ordinance.
Councilwoman Diane Evans was informed of this error in June 1991; no correction is apparent yet.
I recommend those readers who support the preceding views to request their council representatives to straighten out the mess the previous administration designed: Bill No. 49-88.
THANKS FROM HOPE HOUSE
From: Jennifer Keats
The staff and residents of Hope House would like to say a specialthank you to our community for helping us to make it through this difficult year.
As a non-profit facility, we turn to our community groups, businesses and individual members for support, volunteers and donations.
Thankfully, our community has responded.
Holiday food was dropped off by volunteers from Another Helping as well as an employee of Crab Bytes Inc., of Annapolis.
The Loyal Order Moose Lodge 1456, and Point Pleasant and Shoreland Improvement Association, both of Glen Burnie, and the South River Ruritan Club of Edgewater graciously made donations.
Local businesses also helped Hope House, including Apartment Blue Book of Anne Arundel County and Broadneck Nurseries of Arnold.
And many community members sent in donations, dropped off arts and crafts items and volunteered services.
HELP HOMEBOUND SENIORS
From: Arthur Contarini
The subject ofthis letter is medical care for seniors.
We are the forgotten ones, the homebound due to no fault of our own. There senior centers to go to but we can't get there.
Meanwhile, at home, there is no one to help us, to cook our meals, or just to talk and take care of us. Remember, we senior citizens are a wealth of experience. We have worked so hard to give you all a better America, and now we must make do for pennies.
This makes me concerned for the future of the country.Are we really building a stronger America, or are we just going the way of the Roman empire?
KING DINNER SET
From: Carl O. Snowden
Martin Luther King Jr.
On Jan. 15, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. dinner will be held at Buddy's Crabs & Ribs restaurant at 100 Main St. This year, we will be honoring a number of community individuals for their outstanding contribution in the field of politics, education, religious affairs and business.
Those to be honored include: Lewis A. Bracy, chairman, Black Political Forum; the late Aris T. Allen; Ora Snowden; former delegate Kenneth L. Webster; Dr. Thomas Florestano; Dr. Delores Chambers; Dr. Patsy Blackshear;Sgt. Robert Beans, Black Officers Association; and longtime community activist and entrepreneur Cecil Burton.
Each year, this event issold out. Therefore, we encourage the community to purchase tickets early. Tickets ($25) may be purchased by calling (410) 269-1524.
The keynote speaker will be former congressman Parren J. Mitchell. Because of limited seating, you are encouraged to purchase tickets early. The dinner begins at 6 p.m.