Wal Mart IssuesI read with interest the article in the May...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 31, 1993

Wal Mart Issues

I read with interest the article in the May 13 Maryland section about the proposed bulldozing of wetlands property in the White Marsh area for a new Wal Mart store.

Isn't the proposed site near the intersection of White Marsh Boulevard and Bel Air Road the area where there is already a Price Club, several discount stores and a B.J.'s ?

I live in Chestertown -- another area of distinction in the Wal Mart story. There have been battles in this county even since Wal Mart proposed building a "mega-store" here. I am on the Wal Mart side in this one. Kent County is a small area with plenty of people on the low-income side of the socio-economic scale.

There used to be a McCrory's and an Ames here, but a fire claimed one and Chapter 11 claimed the other. All the people have left is some higher priced stores and a Rose's department store, whose very future is uncertain. The Rose's stores down South are all closing down for good, and that trend is getting closer to reality in Kent County too.

A Wal Mart would be good for our local economy as well as provide inexpensive merchandise for the local people.

Now I have to balance these two issues. Even though a Wal Mart store would create many jobs in the area and would increase the tax revenues for the county, not to mention the fact that many people could remain in town while they purchased needed goods, I would have second thoughts about supporting their impending arrival in Kent County if they have such little regard for the environment that they can't see the forest for the profit.

If they have so little respect for the environment, how much respect will they show their future Kent County employees?

Who works at a Wal Mart store? Single parents and low-income parents. What if one of these mom-type employees needed time off to take a child to the doctor? To see a social worker to lower welfare aid?

Would Wal Mart respect the rights of these employees to handle their errands on company time when needed? Not if they can't respect Mother Earth's need for her natural resources.

Let's see Wal Mart exhibit some compassion for something other than the almighty buck, and I won't have to go elsewhere to shop when Wal Mart comes to Chestertown.

Alexandra N. Olver

Chestertown

PC Architects

Shades of Ellsworth Toohey! Edward Gunts just doesn't get it.

The theme of Ayn Rand's novel "The Fountainhead" is the right of every person to maintain control of his work unless he voluntarily relinquishes part or all of that control.

For most of us, that translates into doing what our employers say in exchange for a salary or wages. For others, it may be the terms negotiated in a contract. For still others, like Howard Roark, the terms are take it or leave it.

That's it, Mr. Gunts. If you don't like an architect's work (or a writer's column), don't buy it. Don't try to assert a right to change another person's work in the interest of political, environmental or any other correctness. Only he or she can give you that right.

Roberta Rambol

Baltimore

Save Nukes

If nuclear weapons testing stops, there is no real reason for having them. As long as these weapons are tested frequently, they are safe. If testing stops, they are unsafe and we would have to get rid of them.

Whenever there is a major arms reduction, there is a greater threat of nuclear war. If a superpower takes a dramatic fall in inventory, a nuclear war could be won.

Right now, there is not a threat of nuclear holocaust, because everything would be eliminated by the weapons the superpowers have. If there is a large reduction, a nuclear war could be won because everything could not be eliminated.

It seems paradoxical to say that we are more safe with more nuclear weapons, but . . . a major reduction in nuclear weapons would end in world disaster.

Christopher Francis Campbell

Columbia

History of Macedonia

R. C. Longworth's news article on Macedonia May 15 is replete with misinformation and contradictions and shows a general lack of knowledge of the history of the Balkan Peninsula.

Although a Slavo-Macedonian dialect, closely related to Bulgarian, is used by the people in the area of Skopje, the name "Macedonia" never has been the name of a nation, nor is there any basis for any claim that there is an ethnic Macedonian people.

Macedonia has always been only a geographic area. As stated by Mr. Longworth in his article, the population of the part of Macedonia which wants to call itself the "Republic of Macedonia" is two-thirds Slav and one-third Albanian.

Alexander the Great and his father, Phillip, were kings of an independent kingdom, which linguistically, culturally and in other aspects was a part of the Greek nation, the same as Athens and Sparta.

It was not until the Slavic invasions more than 1,500 years later that the ancestors of the people who now inhabit the part of Macedonia which was in Yugoslavia arrived on the scene.

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