Attack on Schrader Was Ludicrous
I read with amazement Mike Coram's article on Charlie Acquard in The Sun Nov. 2. Mr. Acquard's unfounded attacks on Dennis Schrader are ludicrous. When unsubstantiated attacks are made against a candidate, the reporter should have the courtesy to give the other side a chance to respond. . . .
Mr. Acquard boasts that his experience as a Washington lobbyist will help him in Ellicott City as a county councilman. A Washington lobbyist as a county councilman . . . just what Howard County does not need. . . .
Mr. Acquard accuses Dennis Schrader of being arrogant. Does arrogance mean giving up your Sunday mornings to teach Sunday school in Howard County, or coaching t-ball, or being a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or the Baltimore Council of Economic Business Opportunities, or vice chair of Columbia Housing Corp., or being the former president of the Elkhorn Community Association? These are just some of the things in which Dennis Schrader is involved. . . .
Dennis Schrader holds a high management position with the University of Maryland Hospital and is also a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve. His interests and involvement in the community are much more on the lines of what we need in the council.
I know Dennis Schrader, and Mr. Acquard, you're no Dennis Schrader, not even close.
Christopher B. Emery
Who Will Pay?
The Oct. 31 letter by Donald Gill and L. Scott Muller on the subject of ground water pollution by the Carr's Mill and Alpha Ridge landfills neglected one major point: Who will wind up paying to extend public water?
The county government is apparently considering spending millions of dollars to finance yet another golf course, one which the developers of 100 Limited Partnership have stated that they will finance if the county chooses not to. I was told at a meeting on the subject of the Alpha Ridge pollution problem months ago that the county government's position was that the affected homeowners would have to pay to have public water extended to them if they wanted it.
One wonders why golf is more important than safe drinking water to the county government? Perhaps the Howard County motto should be changed to "Millions for recreation but not 1 cent for fairness" to reflect this position. . . .
Charles A. Aston
Mobile Home Parks
Much has been written about Howard County Bill 14-94, the Mobile Home Park Right of First Purchase Act. Opponents to this bill feel that certain county officials, notably Councilman C. Vernon Gray, do not care about the citizens who currently reside in mobile home parks.
Unfortunately, the bombast by the opposition to this bill fails to mention the tremendous opportunity that it would provide for hundreds of Howard County families -- the opportunity to own a home, at an affordable price. Certainly, most people would agree that home ownership in Howard County is a goal which is increasingly becoming more impossible to attain. . . .
Additionally, this bill would serve to further cement the communities in which mobile home parks are located. In my own community, Elkridge, mobile home parks are an important part of the community and many longtime residents of Elkridge have lived for decades in these parks . . .
The shortsightedness of those in opposition to this bill is sad. Their attitude seems to be that mobile home park residents are unworthy of achieving the goal of home ownership. Councilman Gray is to be commended for helping draft and sponsor Bill 14-94. . . .
For the second year in a row, I want to recognize Hunan Manor of Columbia for its outstanding contribution to the disABILITY AWARENESS program (DAP) for Howard County public schools.
On Oct. 25, Hunan Manor closed its restaurant and hosted a lavish gourmet fund-raiser. Hunan Manor donated the labor and 100 percent of the proceeds to DAP -- raising $10,000 for this most worthy program. I salute and thank Hunan Manor of Columbia for its great contribution and for being a truly remarkable corporate citizen.
The writer is chairwoman of the Howard County Council.
One Man, One Vote
You recently carried an article that Columbia officials decided not to try to change Columbia's rule to get "one person, one vote." Managers and board members from Columbia's villages concluded that Columbia's covenants are too hard to change and too few residents care enough to try.
In 1981, we amended the Kings Contrivance village covenants to get one person, one vote. It took an all-out campaign to get the required 90 percent "yes" vote of lot owners.