In Support Of Diane EvansCouncilwoman Diane Evans is doing...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 26, 1993

In Support Of Diane Evans

Councilwoman Diane Evans is doing what an honest two-party system is supposed to do; that is, make the business of public officeholders public business.

The Democratic leadership . . . is crying foul. That's not the way we do business, that's not the way "we" always did things. What's foul is the stink for the past years of the Democratic back-room deals and blatant cronyism. . . .

Auditor Joseph Novotny said he couldn't stop the pension bill, he could count to four. Mr. Novotny wasn't counting to four on this one. He was counting the 20 percent increase in his own pension. . . .

Councilwoman Evans should get three cheers on this one for siding with the people. . . .

ulia N. Snyder

Glen Burnie

Carol Parham

I take umbrage at your staff writer Carol L. Bowers' characterization of Carol Parham, acting superintendent of Anne Arundel County public schools, as caring and compassionate. In my dealings with her, Ken Lawson and another defector from the Baltimore school system, Linda Boyd, my impression has been the exact reverse.

. . . I am not overly impressed with children nor am I a doting grandfather who thinks his grandchildren are the smartest in the world. They are a group of average intelligence children.

That is, all but one. His name is Billy. Billy is 4 years old, but will be five on Jan. 1. . . . Due to problems beyond his control, he has lived with us, his grandparents, since he was an infant. I watched him walk at eight months, talk at 14 months and speak sentences at two years. He has been attending a licensed learning center . . . since he was 3 and could easily compete with first-graders. He is well-liked by his teachers and classmates. . . . I am sure his IQ is at or near the genius level.

I have been trying to get Billy enrolled in kindergarten for the past three months and have given to Dr. Parham and her associates the above information plus a copy of his report card from the learning center outlining his achievements and capabilities, but to no avail. Every time I speak with Dr. Boyd, she laughs about the whole situation, actually laughs out loud. I resent that. . . . Getting back to Dr. Parham, she may have many assets, but in my opinion, caring and compassion are not among them.

Joseph A. Harkum

Pasadena

Comfort

The premature death, in a car accident, of my son, C. Alan Robertson, Jr., initiated an outpouring of kindness, serenity and love. Time will neither erase the good memories of Alan nor the remembrance of all the help and aid given by the police, the medical examiner, reporters, friends and family.

I will write my personal and everlasting thanks to most of those who strengthened me. But to the hundreds of those who assisted, reported with compassion or who simply came to Quiet Waters Park to say goodbye to Alan, I want you to know how much those kindnesses gave me comfort. To all of you, may God bless you. To Alan, who will always be my son, good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!

Catherine D. Russell

Annapolis

The Stakes For Odenton

The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation takes issue with The Sun's editorial of Sept. 13 entitled "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," which addresses the proposal to place a prison boot camp on Fort George G. Meade facing the community of Odenton.

Your paper challenged the local opposition to the proposal, suggesting that perhaps society should consider siting lower-security prisons near residential neighborhoods to ensure we take care of them.

. . . Had The Sun investigated the facts of this case, it would have learned that there is much more than residential security at stake. There are issues of economic development goals and county planning efforts that go back over 20 years, resulting in the Odenton Town Center Growth Management Area, its attendant development review process and community-based committees.

More surprising is that Fort Meade, under the guidance of the previous commander, widely promoted its own growth management plans, which are completely compatible with the county's long-range view for Odenton. The promises made by the Army to the community, the county and the state were presented to everyone as a "100-year vision" in the name of "Meade 2000." That vision, which provides the fort with a "transition zone" of a "federal facilities business park" fronting Md. 175 and Odenton, was and is supported by the residential and business communities and elected officials, from County Council members all the way to the representative congressional delegation.

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