New Jail Won't Treat The Problem of CrimeAnne Arundel...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 10, 1993

New Jail Won't Treat The Problem of Crime

Anne Arundel County Executive Robert Neall should be interesting the community in a way to rid it of crime permanently, not temporarily by building a new jail which offers no solution to the drug and crime problems we have in our communities. It is a known fact that approximately 60 percent of all inmates are between 17 and 25 and are on drugs and uneducated.

It is a waste of taxpayers' dollars to simply lock these people up. What this county needs is a drug abuse rehabilitation center for lTC offenders. If someone would take the time to check out the records, they would find that 70 percent of inmates request drug treatment and counseling. It is a known fact that most treatment centers are inaccessible. . . . I consider this to be another view that the public should stop to consider. Like the old saying "you can pay now or pay later," save our youth and our future. The choice is obvious.

John Cullen

Annapolis

The writer is an inmate at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

Gang Of Four

'm thoroughly disgusted. Of all the self-serving, damn the taxpayer decisions that could be made, this jail decision tops the tank. Four of our Anne Arundel County Council members ripped us off for $20 million to boost their political careers. I wonder how many textbooks that would buy.

Diane R. Evans ran her campaign on education and being fiscally conservative; I kept her campaign brochure, and plastered on the back was her quote, "The time has come for us to end the irresponsible policies of a County Council which views taxpayers as an automatic money machine." That would be a joke except a $20 million rip-off isn't funny.

Dave Boschert's brochure boasts of "leadership for the '90s" and "finding a balance between the needs of the country with the demands of the taxpayer is the proof of effective leadership." This guy once told me he wanted to be county executive some day; well, not if this taxpayer can help it.

I can't say I know much about George Bachman or Carl "Dutch" Holland, but I'm sure they also claimed to be leaders and responsible to the taxpayer. This "Gang of Four" does not deserve to be on the County Council. . . .

John C. Osborne

Edgewater

Lopold's Response

Although my records reflect that I met no registered voter named "Leo Martin" while campaigning in Stoney Beach on Nov. 27, the individual's Dec. 27 letter to the editor regarding my testimony before the county Board of Appeals in opposition to the Sterling Homes Corporation's proposal to build a commercial marina was inaccurate and misleading and should not go unchallenged.

The letter writer disingenuously wrote that I "had his ear" when I stopped by. I would respectfully suggest that . . . if I "had his ear," the letter writer had mine.

If the commercial marina issue was of great interest to him, he could have mentioned it in my presence or contacted me later when he had more time to discuss it.

The letter writer claimed that he was "sure" that I knew on Nov. 27 that I "was going to publicly oppose the marina" on Nov. 30. In fact, I did not decide to appear at the hearing until Nov. 29 after I had had the opportunity to speak with the president of the Orchard Beach Community Association, who informed me that my presence would be helpful in order to verify that my office had provided the association with certain county memorandums regarding the adequacy of Hilltop Road, which has been the on-going, central issue regarding the Stoney Beach development and the proposed marina.

The letter writer suggested that "because I am planning to run for office representing all the people" I "should have remained publicly neutral on this matter."

I do not concur. While neutrally might appear the safer political course and was, understandably, the course preferred by the letter writer, straddling the fence on an issue on which I've taken a strong, public stand for a good many years, would have been, in my judgment, both inconsistent and inappropriate.

John R. Leopold

Pasadena

The writer is a former state delegate.

Food Drive Success

On behalf of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank and the postal employees of the Glen Burnie Post Office, we thank all the customers who gave food to us during our food drive. We collected about 4,000 pounds of food for the food bank.

William T. Pratesi

Glen Burnie

The writer is postmaster at the Glen Burnie Post Office.

Keeping the Dream Alive

On Jan. 13, the fifth annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards banquet will be held. Each year, we pause to honor the memory of Dr. King and to salute men and womnen who have helped keep Dr. King's dream of brother and sisterhood alive through their words and deeds.

The recipients of the 1993 Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Awards are: RevLeon H. White; Michael J. Keller; Carol Gerson; Barbara M. Hale; Frank Brown; Myrtle White, and Hannah Chambers. Receiving the Morris H. Blum Humanitarian Award will be Merian C. E. Banks, and the recipient of the Black Student Union of Anne Arundel Community College award will be Professor Sylvia Ingram. In addition, Yevola S. Peters will receive the 1993 Martin Luther King Jr. Peacemaker Award.

The awards dinner will be held at Buddy's Crabs and Ribs Restaurant, 100 Main St., Annapolis. Tickets may be purchase ++ by calling (410) 269-1524 or Delese Spriggs at (410) 626-1919 ... Seating will be on a first-come, first served basis. ...

A Luta Continua. (The struggle continues.)

Carl O. Snowden

Annapolis

The writer is an Annapolis alderman and amember of the Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Committer.

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