From: Roger D. Hall
On March 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the George Howard Building, the Howard County Council will hold the Zoning Board meeting to decide the proposed Waverly Woods II rezoning. I urge all citizens opposed to the rezoning to attend this meeting and speak to the County Council to demonstrate your opposition to the Waverly Woods proposal.
As zoning regulations have the force of law, if the County Council approves therezoning, the only appeal is through the Circuit Court system. The appeal system, being costly and time consuming, emphasizes the need for all residents throughout Howard County opposed to this massive project to attend and tell your elected council member of your opposition.
For the record, residents opposed to Waverly Woods II realize landowners have a right to build on their land. But this right should not allow any large-scale development to adversely affect the lives ofthe residents presently living in the area. I, for one, am growing tired of being labeled an "anti-growth advocate" because of my opposition to the massive size of Waverly Woods II.
STOP WAL-MART PROJECT
From: Colette M. Bartos
I have some serious doubts as to whether the zoning board should give approval for the new Wal-Mart shopping complex.
There is absolutely no reason we need another shopping center in or even close to Howard County. In just the past few years, we've seen the opening of Bethany Lane Shopping Center, which is often half empty. Chatham Mall, a few miles up the road, has never been completely filled.
On Route 40, just inside the Baltimore County line, there is a large empty space where the Epstein's store used to be. And a little farther is the empty building that oncehoused Montgomery Ward.
Why does the executive board of Wal-Mart find it so necessary to build a new store? Just how many stores does one county need?
The new Safeway "Marketplace" is another sore point. Within a 10-mile radius we have or will have five grocery stores -- the new Safeway, the Safeway at Normandy, the Chatham Giant, the Dorsey Search "gourmet" Giant, and the Value Food at St. John's Lane, not to mention the old Safeway. But, I assume that that will become just another building standing empty while the workers scurry to put up the Wal-Mart.
WAL-MART FAILS THE TEST
From: James B. Kraft
Your article titled, "Wal-Mart barters for rezoning approval" (Howard County Sun, Feb. 16), is distressing. It was our understanding that a change in zoning required a showing that either (1) therewas a mistake in the original zoning or (2) the character of the neighborhood had changed.
While Wal-Mart's agreeing to help pay for needed road improvements, provide better landscaping and shift its site location is commendable, none of these actions addresses either prong of the required test.
To present the issue as was done in your article suggests that Wal-Mart, or any individual or company, need only meet community objections in order to convince the Zoning Board togrant a rezoning request. We certainly hope that this is not so.
There are those in our community who are cynical enough to believe that money can buy anything. We know that this is not the case. We hopethat you will make every effort to avoid such an inference being drawn in the future.
We are confident that the Zoning Board will not be confused or misled by these diversionary tactics.
They know thetest to be applied; so does Wal-Mart.
BROADEN SPORTS COVERAGE
From: Emily Dooley
This letter is written in response to your sports section of the Wednesday, Feb. 19 Howard County Sun.
The entire two-page spread of sports articles were about one team, andthe new coaches for the upcoming high school varsity baseball teams in Howard County.
Surely, out of the eight area high schools, there has got to be something happening that is worth reporting. Take, for instance, the Mount Hebron girls varsity basketball team. They are excellent and have one of the best sports team records in the county.
What about covering wrestling or track? There are many talented wrestlers and runners who would love and appreciate some weekly coverage of their triumphs.
Sports news is everywhere, you just have to look.
(Emily Dooley is a junior at Centennial High School.)