Miller Meddling In Local AffairsAfter reading the Feb. 15...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 13, 1994

Miller Meddling In Local Affairs

After reading the Feb. 15 article on the Redskins and football stadiums, I have some comments and suggestions. I live in Anne Arundel County, less than one mile from Jack Kent Cooke's proposed stadium site. My subdivision is called Russett, and it is located next to a nature preserve. I have a Laurel address, but I am not considered a resident of the city of Laurel.

Most of the Anne Arundel County residents living close to the proposed stadium site do not want Mr. Cooke's stadium. Many of us are first-time homeowners with small children. Politicians // such as the mayor of Laurel and Senate President Mike Miller, who do not represent us, are asking us to spend our tax dollars to help a rich man make more money, while devaluing our quality of life. . . . I resent having a politician who does not represent me, who I cannot vote against, meddling in affairs that mostly affect me. If Senator Miller really wants the Redskins in Maryland, and he also wants to end some of the potential conflicts with the city of Baltimore, he should find Mr. Cooke a stadium site in Upper Marlboro or along the Metro Green Line. Put the Redskins in his district.

A. Clyde Crimmel Jr.

Laurel

First Night

It was a pleasure for New Renaissance Chamber Artists to once again perform for Annapolis in the annual First Night festival. We believe the event was a great success both artistically and logistically and are happy to have taken part in the celebration. We found the staff of the Banneker-Douglass Museum to be very pleasant to work with and helpful in keeping the evening running smoothly.

In particular, we would like to thank you for the commission which created Michael Whites' "African Portraits." We are pleased to report that First Night Annapolis afforded us an opportunity to deliver a very important social message in a package of lyricism and rhythm. We heard many comments as to how different our work was and how much the audience PTC members appreciated our musical contribution. . . . We would like to thank First Night Annapolis for creating a forum in which this type of exchange could happen. Although four performances in a evening can be grueling, we found the enthusiasm and energy from the audiences to be more than sufficient to keep going. . . .

Amy Platt

New York, N.Y.

The writer is a clarinetist with the New Renaissance Chamber Artists.

Women's Memorial

As a field representative of the Women in Military Service Memorial Foundation, and an active member of this community, I believe the word needs to get out about how the memorial honors women who have served or are now serving in the military. A four-acre site has been designated at the main gateway of Arlington National Cemetery.

The foundation is seeking to register all military servicewomen, veterans or active duty, from all branches of the service, Coast Guard and reserves. I urge all readers to support this project and call 1-800-222-2294 for further information, or write Women in Military Service Memorial, Dept. 560, Washington, D.C.,

20042-0560.

Cathy Tarpley

Pasadena

Not Just Talk on Crowding

In a recent editorial, "Talking Away the Jail Crisis" (Feb. 14), the writer states that Senators Phil Jimeno and Michael Wagner are using figures that show the jail on Jennifer Road is "less crowded than it was a year ago" in order to avoid an unpopular political issue, namely the construction of a new correctional facility in their backyard. The editorial tells us to "forget the figures." Let's not. In fact, let's take a good look at the comments made in the editorial and combine them with projections made by consultants Carter Gobel Associates. . . .

First, the editorial states that the "jail population was down by some 70 inmates," claiming that fall is a traditionally slow time for prisons. If the writer of the editorial would read your newspaper, he or she would find that in your article, "Two Arundel Senators Assail Jail Estimate," your chart indicates a six-month drop in the average daily population at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center, which apparently includes summer and winter. . . .

Next, the editorial states that the lower numbers are not due to fewer arrests but to two new programs. The report issued by Carter Goble Associates of Washington, a consulting firm hired to project correctional facility needs, was done in 1990. It projected a need for 779 prisoners by 1993, 1,179 prisoners by 2000 and 1,728 inmates by 2010. Apparently, Carter Goble Associates did not anticipate the two new programs originating in the public defender's office.

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