From: Paula Diamond
I could hardly keep my lunch down after reading the marketing masterpiece in the June 21 issue of the Howard County Sun, entitled "Patuxent Springs Development Wildlife Sanctuary."
I wondered if your staff and readers would be interested in knowing the rest of the story.
I live in the development adjacent to Patuxent Springs and have experienced first-hand the mass environmental destruction wrought by Winchester Homes in developing the piece of land now known as Patuxent Springs.
What used to be 55 acres of wild, thick forest, including many trees over 100 years old, now looks like a nuclear wasteland. Not a tree was spared, save some along the periphery. The only exception to the excavated, bulldozer-razed leveling (which seems to be the extent of their development "technique") is a 4-acre finger-shaped parcel at the edge of the development, slated to become four partially wooded lots.
The only reason this piece of land will not become razed and leveled as the rest of the development has is because of the political fuss generated by some members of our community in an attempt to protect as much of this 4-acre parcel as possible. (It contains a natural spring and is bordered by a stream.)
Whatever wildlife Winchester Homes is trying to lure back into the area via "wildlife sanctuaries" has either been destroyed or has long ago left in search of a new home. Maybe they'll import a few deer, raccoons, and woodpeckers to replace the ones lost, just like they are doing with the trees.
Cemetery lost to greed
From: Jim Purman
It would be a beautiful irony, if it were not so sad: the destruction of St. Mary's Cemetery in Howard County to feed the greed of church and business.
The irony is that a religious institution, with a long history of burying its bureaucrats in splendid tombs which then become tourist attractions, will also sell, for a pittance, "consecrated" ground filled with the bodies of lesser saints.
Where is respect? Where is responsibility? Where is pastoral concern for the living and for the dead?
When the community surrounding the cemetery (overgrown, but not "abandoned," not until the last body is removed) tried to buy it from the Church for restoration and care, they were refused.
When a builder offered to buy it for development, he was welcomed.
Could it be, still, "money-changers in the temple?"
(Jim Purman is caretaker of the Old Trinity Cemetery in Eldersburg.)
From: Lori Lease
An open letter to the Howard County Council:
I am writing this letter on behalf of the Hunt Country Estates Community Association.
Our association has been trying to meet with you since January 1992, to no avail. Members of our association have personally spoken to Chairman [Paul] Farragut and Mr. [Charles] Feaga.
Numerous phone calls have been placed to Mr. [Vernon] Gray and letters have been written with the same request to the council at large.
Out of the blue, Mr. Gray makes reference to a work session that we were supposed to attend [Howard County Sun, Readers write, "Update on Route 100," by Councilman C. Vernon Gray, July 12]. It tends to be a little hard to attend a work session when one isn't told about it.
I know the problem: We had our "Joe Average Homeowner" hats on instead of "Joe Developer" hats.
So consider us developers, since we are developing quite a case of disgust.
P. S. We want to thank the Howard County delegation for meeting with us last month. We appreciate your time and interest in the average homeowners' concerns.