Cartoon's Brush Was Too BroadOn March 21, an editorial...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 18, 1993

Cartoon's Brush Was Too Broad

On March 21, an editorial cartoon ran in The Sun for Howard County regarding Howard County redistricting. The drawing was a Caucasian boy trying to explain the reasons why the Centennial district should not be redistricted to Wilde Lake; the boy was unable to defend his reasoning.

Behind the boy was a mass of nondescript figures casting a look of scorn upon a befuddled Afro-American boy. The cartoon more than hinted that the reason members of the Centennial district didn't want to be redistricted was because of discrimination.

I am a sophomore at Centennial High School and a resident of Dorsey Hall, one of the areas that may be redistricted to Wilde Lake. That cartoon was personally offensive and managed to step way over the line of professional journalism and personal ethics. To have any cartoonist or journalist label a group of people and generalize their actions is inexcusable.

This cartoon was obviously done by someone who had heard little of the testimony or been to few of the work sessions done on redistricting.

If the artist had, then he or she would know all the legitimate reasons and well-thought arguments against redistricting, such as keeping the community together, the close proximity of certain areas to Centennial High, or the different system at Centennial. None of the arguments revolved in any way, shape or form around ethnic or racial points, especially not discriminatory ones. . . .

The artist should spend a day or two in Centennial. He or she would find a diverse population with many inter-racial relationships of every kind.

Krista Maizel

Ellicott City

Farm Preservation

Farmland preservation has been an important issue in Howard County for a long time. As more and more farmland is sold off for development and less remains in active production, the issue has become more important, even critical.

In the editorial, "Third Swing at Farm Preservation," (March 16) you accuse council member Paul Farragut of "grandstanding" because of his amendment to the revision of the Howard County Agricultural Land Preservation Program. His amendment makes farmland within the county's Planned Service Area for metropolitan water and sewer service eligible for the program.

The Sun's stated reason for this criticism is "that few eastern properties would qualify." The fewer the qualified properties there are, the more important it is to be able to consider properties, "east" or "west," which meet the program criteria.

There are several productive farms in my legislative district, all of which are within the Planned Service Area. There is very strong support throughout the community for continuing this use. For example, had the owner of the Smith Farm in Oakland Mills wanted to make a financial killing, the 340 acres could have been sold for intense development many times in the last 20 years. . . .

There is too much development in the east. We must preserve our open space.

`Del. Virginia M. Thomas

Columbia

The writer is a state delegate in District 13A.

Compassion

Your March 19th editorial, "Compassion in Fashion," was hurtful to the many students in Howard County who are involved in community services.

The implication in your article that only one student seems to have the moral grounding to engage in "good works" was a slap in the face for all the other students in the county who diligently but quietly, devote many hours to volunteering after school.

Ms. Ellen Barth's project to recycle party dresses for charity may be unusual. Nevertheless, numerous students in Howard County are, and have for years, worked in hospitals, nursing homes, tutoring programs and soup kitchens. In addition, they are involved in church-related activities and many other community service projects. . . .

Your article was unkind and demoralizing to the students in Howard County who do give their time to many and varied community service projects. The Sun owes them an apology, and perhaps equal space on your editorial page.

Elizabeth Thrasher

Columbia

Free Market

I would like to make a few points to all of the citizens and government officials falling all over themselves to decide how property in Howard County is to be developed "in the best interests" of the citizens of the county.

* One of the fundamental rights that this country was founded on was the right for its citizens to own property and to use (or sell or develop, etc.) that property in any manner they wished provided that in doing so they did not harm the property rights of others.

* The free market system is the only truly fair way to determine how property in the county is to be developed. . . .

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