Article Was A Disservice

Readers write

February 02, 1992

From: Joan D. Groves

Columbia

I just read your article on the ex-homeless drama troupe performing at Glenelg Country School.

My children attend GCS and were verymoved by the performance. We discussed it at length over dinner thatnight.

Your reporting did a disservice to the troupe and to the school.

How very sad that you chose sensationalism instead of informing your public as to how this troupe got together, how they were able to pull away from the streets, whose idea it was, what positive things the students could do, etc.

Instead you chose to point out the "chic clothes," "German-made cars," and the eagerness to leave at dismissal as representative of the entire student body.

Look closer, Mr. Coram. Every school in Howard County has a percentage of students just like that.

Unfortunately, it's people like you who perpetuate ignorance and prejudice in society by writing biased articles that tell the public nothing.

Here was a wonderful ensemble of courageous people and we learned nothing about them as individuals or aboutthe school eager to hear their voices. What an opportunity missed for want of a byline.

WINDFALL FOR DEVELOPERS

From: Lori Lease

Ellicott City

If you think the "Adequate Public Facilities" bill is going to protect you and your children from overcrowded schools and overcrowded roads, you have another think coming.

This bill was primarily written by some of the largest developers in the county.

What this bill will do is empty your pocketbook because you, the taxpayer, will be footing the bill, not the developers. This bill is so weak, it is virtually ineffective.

Our schools are already crowded, and most of the available land is either through the development process or at least in the preliminary process. These parcels are exempt.

In other words, the roads and schools can already be overcrowded, and these developers can still build without falling under the "Adequate Public Facilities" bill.

Guess who will pay? You, the Howard County taxpayer. I won't even refer to you as a homeowner anymore. You're a Howard County taxpayer because if this bill passes, you will pay, pay, pay.

Oh, and get this, condominiums and apartments are exempted for seven years.

Get this loud and clear: The purpose of this bill is to allow for a higher level of growth and make the taxpayerresponsible financially.

BUREAUCRATIC FUMBLING

From: Charles W. Lease

Ellicott City

I am fuming over recent events occurring at Montgomery Meadows, and I'd like to know why Howard County and the state can't better coordinate permits.

As a blatant example, NV Landhad the required permits from the county to build a storm water management facility in the middle of Deep Run Creek and its surrounding wetlands. However, after work was started and a neighborhood intent onsaving these wetlands intervened, it was discovered that the developer did not have the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency, and the permit from the Howard County Soil Conservation District had expired.

Damage had already been done to Deep Run Creek before work was stopped by the Army Corps of Engineers. There is something drastically wrong when the different departments do not communicate with each other.

It is also appalling when construction is allowed to start two to three years after the original approval when it violates current state and county regulations.

Federal, state and Howard County agencies seem to be in a time warp, and this should be corrected. I feel that it is Howard County's responsibility to request a review from the state and federal agencies when a permit is applied for.

Can the Department of Permits and Licensing do this? Or is it up to the County Council to provide legislation to correct this matter?

Or must the citizens always be on the lookoutto see if the government is fulfilling its commitment to the citizens it serves?

GIVE US A CHOICE

From: Edward B. Rogers

Ellicott City

Before election time gets here again and I see a lot of press about a "lack of voter interest" regarding the election, I would liketo relate an observation.

I see hundreds of people vote every Wednesday in a personal, effective and committed fashion. At the MoRT collection point in my area, I see businessmen, housewives, individualsof every description who bring recyclable material in rather than having it go to the Howard County landfill.

This is in many ways a notably inconvenient process, involving sorting trash, storing it at home, putting it in the car and driving to the shopping center to dropit off. But what impresses me most is that these people appear to beglad to have this opportunity, and take advantage of it faithfully.

I don't think the county suffers so much from voter disinterest asit does from a lack of real alternatives.

My impression is that when people are given true and effective choices instead of campaign promises and bureaucratic obfuscation, they act with decision and theyact with dedication.

The candidates might take note.

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