Donald Reuwer's latest plan to build a golfing community in West Friendship doesn't sound as bad as the Waverly Woods project near Marriottsville. John Taylor and the residents nearby don't seem to be opposed to it at this time.
Maybe the county can make a deal with Reuwer, where we let him build the 80 houses and the golf course, and he can forget about making the Waverly Woods project so large, and perhaps lose the business park part of it. That would make a lot of countians happy.
The houses in the proposed West Friendship project would run between $400,000 and $600,000 each. I'm still wondering where all these people are coming from that buy these houses out in the west. Isn't the economy supposed to be bad?
On another front, I see the beavers are being moved out of the Dorsey Hall area. It's too bad we can't get the developers out as easily; they are much more destructive to trees than beavers. The beavers are less welcome, I guess, because they don't have as much money to spend.
If we can make a deal with Reuwer over Waverly Woods, what can we do about getting Wal-Mart to move out to the Route 175 corridor? Why do they insist on building near one of the worst intersections in the county? St. John's Lane and the Wilder Homes residents will think they're living near a truck stop, what with all the lights and the big rigs going in and out at all hours.
I see the education budget is being savaged once again under theproposal offered by County Executive Charles I. Ecker. This could result in larger class sizes, as well as fewer instructional materials and special programs. This comes at a poor time, when everyone is criticizing the educational system for not keeping up with the Europeansand the Japanese. So what do we do? Decrease education, rather than improve it.
By the way, I'm sick of people criticizing the teachers and saying stupid things like "they're only in it for themselves and the money," and "they they don't care about the students." Believe me, as a former teacher, one doesn't go into teaching for money, vacations or to mark time.
Some of these critics should walk in a teacher's shoes for a day, and then let's hear them say what an easy job it is. Let's hear them say you don't have to be dedicated to imparting knowledge to students, with all the accompanying aggravations. You don't go into teaching to make a fortune and take up space until retirement.
And to those who don't like any of the political candidates and want someone else: Who else, whom or what are you looking for? Let's face it, folks, there are no perfect people, free of past blemishes. We're all human. I'll bet some of the people looking for the perfect candidate are less than perfect themselves.
Not too may people want to put themselves through (what) it takes to get elected.
When choosing a candidate one should just pick the person they think will do the best job for the country, state or county, and don't worry about them having a beer when they were 15. (Perhaps they didn't swallow it anyway.)
And finally, to Nicholas Mangione, owner of TurfValley, thanks for bringing Johnny Walker back to the radio two weeks ago as a replacement for the vacationing WCBM regular-morning guys.It really made my week and that of many others in the area. It was agreat start to each day. Maybe you can find a spot for him on a permanent basis.
Walker and his co-host Ron Matz brought an alternative to gloom-and-doom discussions, obnoxious callers, continuous bad news and "shock jocks." It helps to laugh in the early morning when there is so much serious business these days.