Millersville Landfill Clean-upI read, with interest, the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 17, 1993

Millersville Landfill Clean-up

I read, with interest, the recent letter to the editor by Robert H. McKay of Severn (Dec. 20). His concerns regarding the Millersville Landfill were very apparent. Therefore, I would like to offer the following information that may put those concerns in perspective.

* The work that has been conducted at the Millersville Landfill has not been done for cosmetic reasons. It is critical to have proper runoff and sediment control in order to minimize ground water and surface water pollution. . . . * Regarding the capping of the closed cell, plans are currently under way to design the cap for cells 1-4. The design for the capping of cells 5-7 will be in our FY '94 budget. By that time, closure configuration for the cells will have been obtained.

* A plan for ground water remediation is also currently in the design phase and will be implemented for cells 1-4 in the spring of 1993. Additional measures will be taken this spring . . . for cells 5-7.

* As for monitoring of the operations at the landfill, the Maryland Department of the Environment will continue its responsibility to insure compliance with state guidelines and regulations. . . . * The county plans to contract water quality sampling and evaluation to a state-approved certified lab, and the sampling results will continued to be reviewed by the state.

Robert R. Neall

Annapolis

The writer is Anne Arundel county executive.

Jail Bias

Last summer, County Executive Robert Neall asked retired judge George Russell to investigate my allegations of racial prejudice at the detention center. After a three-month investigation, Judge Russell turned in an 84-page report which supported my allegations of racial bias and discrimination by the detention center staff. Judge Russell made 11 recommendations. I will list just three here:

* That a competent black person be appointed as deputy superintendent as soon as possible.

* That an impartial outsider be utilized to conduct "appeal hearings" for alleged violations of the rules, before an inmate is removed from the work release program. . . . * That guidelines be issued for removal of inmates from the work release program to prevent disparate treatment.

Richard Baker, superintendent, expressed full support for all 11 recommendations. However, we the inmates would like the public to know that to date, none of the recommendations has been implemented . . .

We, the inmates, believe that as with any other organization, the orders and the attitudes come from the top. We would like to urge Mr. Neall to look into the continuing racial discrimination at the detention center and to order Richard Baker to implement Judge Russell's recommendations.

Robert H. Eades

Annapolis

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

Dr. King And Malcolm X: Not So Far Apart

Spike Lee's "Malcolm X" has renewed the question of what is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Some young people now question the leadership of Dr. King. They wonder aloud why he is often contrasted with the more militant Malcolm X, who they have come to embrace and love.

They have read or heard Malcolm on the question of self-determination and self-defense and believe that Malcolm's position is sound. Many of them have come to believe that Dr. King was "safer" for white society than a Malcolm X. Oh, how wrong they are.

Both Malcolm and Martin were viewed as dangerous social agents of change. The same Federal Bureau of Investigation that kept a watch on Malcolm also watched Dr. King. In fact, in Karl Evanzz's book, "The Judas Factor," he makes it clear that Dr. King and Malcolm had a lot more in common than a lot of people recognized. . . .

In the past, the buzz words for racial regression were "state's rights," "segregation now, segregation forever." Today, "quotas" and "reverse discrimination" are the new buzz words in our political lexicon.

Dr. King never backed down from the notion that America should provide "special treatment" for its African-American citizens. Here is what he said: "It is impossible to create a formula for the future which does not take into account that our society has been doing something special against the black man for hundreds of years. How then can he be absorbed into the mainstream of American life if we do not do something special for him now, in order to balance the equation and equip him to compete on a just and equal basis?"

Too many young people have forgotten what Dr. King's legacy is. Theemphasis is never put on the fact that Martin was murdered trying to change our society. And few can argue that since his death, change has come to America. African-Americans serve at the highest levels of government, something that did not exist prior to his death.

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