Separating Public From Its SchoolsIt's time to give the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

January 02, 1994

Separating Public From Its Schools

It's time to give the schools back to the community. . . .

Janet Greenip

Crofton

Pasadena Projects

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to an article in The Sun on Nov. 21, entitled "Holland Claims Difficult Victory."

Without going into all the details that led to the final conclusion on the two projects mentioned, the New Solley Road School construction and the Mountain Road library branch, it is true that both of these projects had been discussed for at least the last 10 years, with nothing being accomplished until the election of County Executive Robert Neall and myself.

At that time, these projects became priority items and the process for funding commenced. Each project was denied in the May budgetary process by four members of the County Council. . . . I proceeded, with the help of the county executive, to introduce the necessary appropriation bills to ensure that both projects would be completed as soon as possible. The results of those efforts are self-evident in the fact that, at this time, the necessary funding has been obtained, which ensures that both of these projects will become a reality.

I would also like to thank the people of the district for the outpouring of support on the Mountain Road library project, which amounted to more than 500 letters to my office. And, also thanks to the people who took the time out of their busy schedules to personally testify in favor of this project before the council on Nov. 9. Unfortunately, no member of the 31st District delegation expressed to me, or testified at the public hearing, his or her support for the special funding.

Also mentioned in the article, and I quote, "all these are ongoing projects." Anyone who has any knowledge of the budgetary process understands that there is no such thing as a sure project. It takes a lot of hard work and intensive lobbying to make sure a project gets funded.

Another comment that was made by an individual, and I quote, "He hasn't come up with an original idea yet," should have taken the time to check the record, which clearly shows that I was the prime mover in instituting the school nurse program and the county-wide noise ordinance. Maybe this individual believes these were not two pieces of legislation of significance. I believe the residents of the 3rd Councilmanic District, and Anne Arundel County as a whole, would disagree. . . .

The current privatization project of the Fort Smallwood Golf Course, which I have been working on diligently, is a new concept by which the golf course will be built without use of taxpayers' money. I hope to have an announcement on this project in early 1994.

There was also a comment made in the article concerning projects that were in the "pipeline." This brings to mind the

ongoing Mountain Road widening project, which has been of great concern to the residents of the Mountain Road corridor for at least the last 10 years and, for some unknown reason, no longer appears on the state's priority list for construction.

I am sure that any resident of that area who travels Mountain Road on a regular basis in the morning or evening hours would consider this project to be a top priority for state funding.

I encourage the 31st District delegation to secure the necessary funding in next year's state budget. I encourage residents to call or write to their legislators, expressing how important it is that this project be fully funded in the upcoming state budget. . . .

Carl G. `Dutch` Holland

Pasadena

The writer represents the 3rd District on the Anne Arundel County Council.

AACC's 'Cabaret'

As theater professor and director of many college musicals, I was most impressed with the Anne Arundel Community College production of "Cabaret," which I saw on opening night.

I felt that the production values and particularly the acting of the lead performers were among the best I have seen at an undergraduate college. So I was concerned to read the review of this production in a copy of your newspaper which a friend had clipped for me.

From the reviewer's remarks, it was obvious that he was not familiar with the final number of the show. The character of Sally Bowles appears as a fragment of memory, just as the other characters do in this number. Therefore, the lyric she sings is purposefully fragmented as well. Your reviewer mistakenly attributed this planned deletion to the actress's mistakes, somehow inferring that the actress playing Sally was less competent than the other leads. I found her portrayal extraordinarily skillful, particularly in the last number. Where less experienced actresses might have merely waited for the orchestral build during the deleted lyric, she filled that space with a strong emotional build of her own. . . .

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