AH It's a bad time to develop a new park On July 6, the Baltimore County Council approved $161,880 for the preparation of a master plan for the Dundee Saltpeter Waterfront Park to be built along Marshy Point Road in Chase. The park will provide a nature center similar to the Oregon Ridge Nature Center and will hold Chesapeake Bay environmental education classes for Baltimore County students.
It is so interesting that this same county council, with the exclusion of Councilman Don Mason, found it necessary to raise our piggyback tax from its present rate of 50 percent of what a person pays in state income taxes to 55 percent, and then decides to spend $161,880 on a study for a waterfront park on what little is left of our precious Chesapeake Bay.
On April 3 and 8, 1991, the Maryland legislature approved this project, then named the Chesapeake Bay Educational Center for state funding.
Every member of the Essex-Middle River-Chase delegation voted for this bill, while Delegates Lou DePazzo, Jim Ports, Al Redmer, Ellen Sauerbrey and Bob Kittleman voted "nay."
Some residents find the proposal of buildings and throngs of visitors to be at variance with agreements arrived at when the land was originally transferred with understandings that "passive recreation or educational studies" would ensue.
Some of the residents sold the land under duress. One actually cried as he unwillingly signed documents transferring the land he had lived on since 1913 to the county.
The understanding that the marsh land would be kept in perpetuity close to its natural state was the wish of the people who signed the land to the county.
Seeing the inlet in question surrounded by marshes, devoid of buildings, marinas or roadways brings a glimpse of what the Chesapeake Bay must have looked like 200 years ago.
We are furloughing teachers, firemen and policemen, while sending our children to schools in need of repairs because of budget cuts. These same legislators who mandated the cutbacks, are spending money which, at best, is not a necessity in these difficult times.
It is a sad day in Maryland when so many people are in financial difficulties have their taxes increased by legislators who are not careful about how they spend our tax dollars.
Michael J. Davis
Respect for moms
I read with dismay your article "Insurers draw fire for shortening maternity stays" (July 19).
Those who make such decisions clearly have not given birth recently. They have not had to walk to the bathroom carrying a glucose bag still attached to their arms. They have not felt the pain in the abdomen or the discomfort of stiches. They have not experienced the overwhelming weakness that follows delivery -- all while trying to learn to breast-feed an infant!
When will we begin to have respect for mothers in our society? They, not the insurance companies, are rearing the next generation.
Body armor city
You ranted and raved for the motorcycle helmet law. The state paraded doctors and insurance people out to tell us how much it was costing the state for the care of injured motorcyclists.
The law was passed, forcing the last free spirits we have in this country, someone riding down the road with hair blowing in the wind, to wear a helmet.
In light of that successful effort, I suggest you marshal your forces and call for a special legislative session to pass a Baltimore City body armor law that would require all citizens and visitors to Baltimore to have a helmet and approved body armor an at all times.
The great arranger
The "late 20th century creation myth envisioned by astrophysicists" described in James A. Humphrey's "Whither the universe?" (July 13) was interesting even if completely speculative.
As a Creationist of unshakable faith, however, certain questions occur to me that demand solid, non-mythical answers:
* If the "Big Bang" were no more than a random, uncontrolled explosion, how do we account for three of its fragments -- Earth, Sun and Moon -- maintaining such an exact, unchanging and beneficial relationship for thousands of years?
* The Earth has a life-giving crust, peculiar to our planet and thinner in relation to its size than the skin of an apple. It has a life-enabling atmosphere, unknown elsewhere in the solar system, an ever-circulating water supply -- again, unknown elsewhere -- and a radiation-shielding ozone layer. These are but a few of its unique gifts. Can any reasonable person maintain Earth attained such a degree of perfection purely by accident?
* Since all known forms of life -- human, animal and plant -- inhabit the only planet endowed with all the elements and natural properties required to sustain life, is it not an insult to reason not to conclude such conditions result from the plan of an all-powerful Arranger? How else can science explain how Earth attained its highly favored position?
amuel M. Poist
Free trade could make world rich