Hoyer played key roleFrom: James B...

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June 24, 1992

Hoyer played key role

From: James B. Golden

Co-founder

Maryland Outdoorsmen for Fort Meade

In response to Candy Thomson's piece in the Dialogue section of the June 3, 1992, Anne Arundel County Sun, I want to clarify a few points.

In her letter, Ms. Thomson stated that Congressman Tom McMillen "had enough clout to help keep the surplus Fort Meade land out of the hands of the developers," implying at the same time that Congressman Steny Hoyer had little to do with that initiative.

Not true! With no disrespect to Congressman McMillen, who deserves a great deal of praise for his excellent representation of our district, the Fort Meade transfer would not have been realized if Congressman Hoyer had not worked on the House Appropriations Committee and drafted the language to transfer the 7,600 acres (soon to be 8,100 acres) from the Department of the Army to the Department of Interior.

Congressman Hoyer spared no effort to make these transfers happen, and anyone who implies he was not a leader in these initiatives does not know the facts.

Second, for Ms. Thomson to praise the rescue of the Fort Meade acreage from the developers in one breath and root for Mr. Hoyer's opponent -- a Prince George's County developer -- in the next is a mental leap that I, and my group, do not understand.

As someone who has used the Fort Meade property for many natural heritage activities, such as fishing, hiking, hunting and wildlife management endeavors, I am extremely grateful for Congressman Hoyer's tireless work on behalf of the Maryland outdoorsmen and women who will benefit from his leadership in the transfer of that land to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

While I am too sad to see an old friend like Mr. McMillen move to a new district, I am enthusiastic that Mr. Hoyer will become the "House Overseer" of the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He will get the votes of our 1,500 outdoorsmen without a doubt!

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