Hopkins Not First CommunitarianIn his article about the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 09, 1994

Hopkins Not First Communitarian

In his article about the swearing in of Annapolis Mayor Hopkins, John Morris suggests that Hopkins invented the word "communitarian." Not so. Amitai Etzioni wrote a book, "The Spirit of Community," that used the sub-title, "Rights, Responsibilities and the Communitarian Agenda." The book flap identifies Mr. Etzioni as a former White House fellow and founder of the Communitarian movement. . . . I am not a communitarian -- and I certainly don't want to be accused of hawking the book -- but I found Mr. Etzioni's book interesting. . . .

A. Heidecker

Severn

King Dinner

This year, the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awards dinner will be the Reverend Ambrose I. Lane Sr., a dynamic speaker and founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical Interfaith Congregation. The theme of the dinner is "Keeping The Dream Alive." The dinner will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.

We will be honoring Rev. Michael Braxton; Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Cherry; Godfrey Blackstone; Dr. Eleanor M. Harris; Lt. Clarence E. "Bucky" Johnson, Sr.; Bertina A. Nick; Claude McGowans, Sr.; Thomas Negri and Evelyn Thomas. . . .

For tickets and more information, call 410-269-1524. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Luta Continua, the struggle and the dream continues.

arl D. Snowden

Annapolis

The writer is an Annapolis alderman.

What The Redskins See In Laurel

The huge Westinghouse airship that traversed the Baltimore/Washington corridor several weeks ago just might have been Jack Kent Cooke's version of an aerial assault, a foray into the corridor for a bird's eye view of what has become a matter of much media attention and the fuel for chatter at more than one holiday party.

Thousands have asked, "Why Laurel?" The intent of the query is this: Why would Mr. Cooke consider a suburban location directly between the two cities, rather than keeping the Redskins in Washington?

Regrettably, for too long people have dismissed this dynamic area between the cities of Washington and Baltimore. . . .

Last month, the most ambitious space event in history, the servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope, took place under the direction of men and women at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. . . . Few . . . realize that the Mission to Planet Earth, an equally ambitious undertaking, will be centered at Goddard, receiving vital information about all aspects of the earth's environment. . . . In Greenbelt?

Elsewhere in the corridor, . . . much of the research about the growth, production and use of food and food products is accessed continually by other researchers and universities across the United States and the world. We Americans know that food comes from Giant and Safeway; the rest of the world knows that the leading technology about agriculture comes from Beltsville. Beltsville?

Just north is the site which provided much of the research for Rachel Carson's book, "Silent Spring." At just over 12,000 acres, it has 20 percent of the world's extant whooping crane population, seven-foot-tall edifices of the Appalachian mound-builder ant, cages that are reminders of the program that saved the American bald eagle from near-extinction and a National Wildlife Visitors Center that will soon be visited by every school child in Maryland and the region. In Laurel?

Out in Annapolis Junction is a facility that employs more than 25,000 of the most technologically advanced men and women in the region. With an annual budget in the billions of dollars, hiring more mathematicians than any single employer in the United States along with thousands of computer scientists and linguists, mention of this facility often brings the response, "I didn't have any idea that such a major employer is located in the corridor. Just where is this facility, anyway?" In the coming days, the National Security Agency will open the National Cryptologic Museum, where . . . the general public can see first-hand the World War II German Enigma machines and the Japanese hardware that created Code Purple. In Annapolis Junction?

In truth, when considering the collective demographics of the four corridor jurisdictions -- Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties -- one is in for a real eye-opener, with information that is, in some circles, not politically correct. The corridor has:

* 42 percent of all Maryland's businesses.

* 42 percent of all Maryland's housing stock.

* 63 percent of all Maryland's high-tech firms.

* 57 percent of all foreign-owned firms based in Maryland.

* 44 percent of Maryland's population, within 13.6 percent of Maryland's total land area.

* 62 percent of all Maryland jobs between 1980 and 1990 were created in the corridor. . . .

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