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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 07, 1993

Communities Need Recreation Center

The citizens of the Pioneer, Warfield, Richfield and Jacobs Meadow communities have filed a petition for a youth recreation center. . . .

Problems arising from the lack of a recreation center are increasing -- youth loitering on street corners; selling of drugs; destruction of property (mailboxes, fencing), and damage to other areas through broken beer bottles, drug paraphernalia and trash. . . .

A recreation center will help the problems our youths are facing. With the help of residents, landlords, Recreation and Parks as well as other government officials, we can improve the community and provide constructive activities and programs for the youths and adults of our community.

Yvonne Johnson

Severn

Mount Ashmore

On Sept. 22, the Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. presented North County communities with a revised "fly-ash placement" plan for the property known as Chestnut Hill Farms. The new plan allows for increased fly-ash depths which will yield much of the area unsuitable for development under current law.

The purpose of this letter is to notify BG&E of our complete and categorical opposition to the plan as presented. . . . It is historically significant that in mid-1980, under pressure from the communities, BG&E publicly proclaimed that there was "no substance" to the rumor that this . . . 265-acre site would be used for fly-ash dumping. Instead, BG&E spokesman Charles J. Franklin stated that, "We would be buying it without any specific purpose in mind." (Maryland Gazette, June 7, 1980).

Interestingly, Bill No. 162-81, which redefined fly-ash as "fill material" instead of "refuse," was introduced to the Anne Arundel County Council in the following legislative session. The sole purpose of this bill was to facilitate the BG&E "fly-ash placement" plan.

BG&E touted the legislation as an "economic development bill" with the potential to provide "substantial employment and tax benefits to the county and its residents." . . .

You will recall that the local communities vehemently opposed this legislation as "special interest legislation designed for one company." (Maryland Gazette, Sept. 16, 1981.) Nonetheless, the Anne Arundel County Council supported the bill on the basis of potential economic benefits.

BG&E's current proposal corrupts the intent of a poorly designed law by effectively substituting controlled "land management" with outright "landfill." . . . The short-term profit motive is clear. The long-term loss, however, will be borne by local communities who will be left permanently with "Mount Ashmore," along with all of its environmental and economic uncertainties.

Unless we control land use and economic growth, our future quality-of-life becomes a game of chance. . . . This issue represents a pivotal moment in determining the fate of the Northeast corridor communities. . . .

Carl Hackman

Pasadena

Sheriff's Programs

We would like to thank the 600 people who came to support their local sheriff at his recent bull roast. It was quite encouraging that so many citizens realize law enforcement goes beyond political affiliations.

Anne Arundel County is fortunate to have elected a sheriff who, in just three years, has turned the office in a new direction. Programs have been introduced, such as Anne Arundel County Most Wanted and the Fugitive Tips Line, that are proving successful. . . .

With the continued support of the citizens for Sheriff Robert Pepersack and his efforts, the office of Sheriff will only be a help to make our communities safer.

Rebecca Patterson

Glen Burnie

The writer is campaign chairwoman of the Committee to Re-elect Robert Pepersack.

Hospice Thanks

On behalf of the patients, boards, staff and auxiliary of Hospice of the Chesapeake, I wish to publicly express our deepest gratitude for all whose dedication and tireless efforts made Hospice Cup XII an unforgettable event. Once again, the outpouring of support to the six hospice recipients by advertisers, sponsors and volunteers is testimony to the commitment and generosity of our community. Lexus, as lead corporate sponsor, is to be particularly praised for its efforts on our behalf. . . .

Erwin E. Abrams

Millersville

The writer is president of Hospice of the Chesapeake.

What Cartoon Didn't Reflect

This letter is concerning the editorial cartoon which appeared Oct. 24 referring to Brian Tate and his sentence reduction trial.

I know that what Brian Tate did was wrong, but it is what he did and not his family. I know Brian's sister well and things such as this cartoon are really killing her family. . . . Brian Tate suffers from a mental illness and is now getting the kind of help he needs. . . . I know that you have the right to draw and write whatever you please, but just for a second, think of things in Brian's sister's shoes.

You grow up looking up to and loving your older brother. You see his life as wonderful and perfect. Then one day, after a hard breakup with his girlfriend and countless fights with the victim, your brother, your wonderful, loving brother kills someone. . . . You still love your brother deeply. But whenever you try to get a hold on your life, you look in the papers or turn on TV and see something about your brother. People look at you and your family differently. They think, "Well, look what Brian did. What kind of a family are they?"

So please, next time, think about the families and remember what they have already gone through.

Jennifer Anthony

Millersville

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