Golf Courses, Perot, Etc.: Enough Is Enough

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April 29, 1992|By Russ Mullaly

What is it lately with developers and golf courses? It seems like just about every proposed new development project has a golf course attached to it. Is this to make the development more palatable somehow to those who feel we've had just about enough development in the county already?

I'm surprised Wal-Mart hasn't added at least a miniature golf course to its proposal to sway public opinion for its Ridge Road site. Maybe the next strip shopping center will tout a driving range in the back.

Looking at my own selfish interests, perhaps the next industrial park could have a speedway located in it for local race fans, similarto the late Ascot Park Speedway near Los Angeles.

Speaking of developers, I couldn't believe that the Rouse Co. was turned down in itsbid to have zoning changed in Columbia's Town Center for apartments.Maybe the government here is beginning to listen to the residents, or to do things in the county's interest rather than be influenced by big business.

Speaking of big business, I see that Howard County is one of the leading subdivisions of the state in the draft-H. Ross Perot-for-the-fall-ballot campaign.

Interesting. People are sick ofmillion-dollar election campaigns, so let's elect a billionaire! Here's a guy who says he will spend at least $100 million to get elected. Doesn't this sound strangely like buying an election?

I guess the reason Perot has so much support is that most people don't know whohe is. He's not a politician, so he must be OK. In that case, why not vote for me? I'm not a politician, so that makes me just as qualified, right?

Some folks think that the government should be run likea business, when the truth is it would be close to impossible since there are so many dissimilarities.

And I feel that once people seewhat Perot is really like, with all his idiosyncrasies, they will change their minds. Right now, he's not the other guys, so they like him.

The problem with third-party candidates in this country is thatthey usually end up getting the guy elected that you don't want.

In an election-related matter back at the March primary, a woman stopped me on the way to my polling place and asked if I would sign a petition to limit elected officials' terms. I told her I was on my way to do that right now, and that I found her petition unnecessary.

Onthe education front, the responses made by county school system administrators to incidents of racism seem typical. Use of racial epithets doesn't constitute a racial incident, they say. Of course, admitting that there is a racial problem would mean they would have to do something about it. No racism, no problem.

I've heard it before, whenI was a teacher in the system. "There is no drug problem; there is no racial problem." It's the old ostrich routine: Don't make waves, and the problem will go away. Right.

As has been suggested by others, the school system needs a sensitivity program that should start in kindergarten: A program that addresses the fact that not everyone is alike, and a person's character is what is important, not religion, ethnicity or any other differences. It needs to be started this early when children are more accepting of others and haven't had the prejudices pounded into their heads by less enlightened parents.

To landon a softer note, I see that the county landfill is now taking old mattresses. Perhaps this will end the dumping of mattresses along our roads, and people finally will have an answer to an age-old question:Now that I have a new bed, what do I do with this thing?

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