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March 06, 1994

Was Anybody Listening?

Was anyone listening? Your newspaper failed to report the most crucial testimony to the Anne Arundel County Council at the hearing on Feb. 21 on the resolution on the use of the Ordnance Road site for the proposed Detention Center. That was my testimony conveying the concerns raised to me by our congressman who represents that area.

He had visited the site in question and asked that the council make no decision on this site until the council, the county delegation and he meet with Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Defense Logistics Agency. He has some major concerns with possible hazards. . . . The council has made the decision to transfer the money from the Lake Shore Sports Complex. I believe that was a mistake, not only because the money should have stayed in the budget for further development of needed additional fields at the complex, but also because no activity should be allowed on the site in question until the meeting is conducted with the federal agencies.

Doesn't the health and safety of the citizens of North County mean anything to those council members who rushed this transfer through?

Joan Cadden

Brooklyn Park

The writer represents District 31 in the House of Delegates.

Schools' Needs

As I look across the state of Maryland, I see worn-out school buildings particularly at the elementary level. This American tragedy is being played out across the nation. . . . The answer is really quite simple: Fund the state capital improvement program at levels that will slowly overcome this tragedy. I believe that currently the funding level for the state capital improvement program is $60 million. That is pocket change in relation to the overall problem.

The solution is more money over a five-year period. Fund the state capital improvement program at $250 million over the next five years. . . . A major investment that the state needs to make in reference to the 21st century is technology. . . . Every school in Maryland should have a state-of-the-art computer lab. The issue is important to all future employers of Maryland public school children. . . . The age of computers is all around us and growing daily. Reading, writing and arithmetic -- computing now must be added as a fourth category or you are missing the big picture. . . .

Tom Twombly


The writer is president of the Anne Arundel County Board of Education.

Ward One Election

I was surprised and somewhat amused that the most fevently Republican member of the Annapolis City Council has endorsed not only a Democrat, but also his wife. If Mayor Al Hopkins stepped down and endorsed his wife to replace him, I could hear John Hammond roar. In the 26 years I lived in Annapolis, I don't remember Louise Hammond's name mentioned in the community except for plant sales. I'm not convinced political savvy or skills are gained through marriage to a politician.

Sharyn Steffey, on the other hand, has both business experience and communication skills. She's been director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, chairwoman of the Fine Arts Foundation, been involved with the Opera Guild, American Heart Association, public broadcasting and the Board of Realtors -- to name a few. Sharyn's proven her ability as an organizer, communicator, and has done so with a sense of humor and balance.

Voters of Ward 1, please be clear on who is running for election. . . . Dynasties are a thing of the past and I would ask that great thought be given as you cast your vote on Tuesday.

Ruth C. Gray


The writer is a former Alderman in Annapolis' Fourth Ward.

Double Standard on Pollution

Why should waterfront property owners suffer with the new restrictions on improvements and maintenance of their properties, while the state of Maryland is probably one of the biggest polluters threatening the health of Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries?

I read an article in the Maryland Gazette about the de-icing of planes at Baltimore-Washington International Airport. It stated that the de-icing fluid used is a 50-50 solution of water and pure glycol, ranging from 30,000 to 180,000 gallons of pure glycol and at least 76 percent entering nearby streams. I guess the other 34 percent seeps into the ground and mixes with ground water.

Barbara Grey, manager of environmental services for the Maryland Aviation Administration, . . . emphasized that before de-icing fluids are used on planes, glycol is mixed with water in a 50-50 ratio, and the glycol is further diluted with precipitation and other surface water before reaching the streams. . . . 180,000 gallons of glycol is still 180,000 gallons of glycol no matter how you dilute it.

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