Sheriff Salary Cartoon Off BaseThe hat Rob Snyder...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 27, 1994

Sheriff Salary Cartoon Off Base

The hat Rob Snyder portrayed in the Feb. 6 editorial cartoon belonged on the last sheriff who was in office for 20 years and gave away duties.

Our sheriff since 1990, Robert Pepersack, has continued to ask for more responsibilities willingly. Just ask the deputies and District Court. . . . It's pretty sad when the chief dog catcher of the county gets a salary larger than most police and more than our elected sheriff.

avid R. Haight

Glen Burnie

BG&E Thanks?

If Baltimore Gas & Electric is truly thankful of the efforts put forth by citizens during our recent cold snap, they should stop attempting to raise our rates every year as an alternative to spreading out payments. . . .

George F. Kammer

Pasadena

Health Care

I believe that the adoption of President Clinton's proposal to nationalize the health care industry will, in general, diminish the quality and availability of medical services in the United States. While health service costs are certainly excessive, I do not believe that costs are high due to too little federal involvement. The prospect of having government decide how the health care system will be accessed, who will provide care, who will receive care and who will be denied care is not one to which I look forward. . . .

Charles R. Serio

Linthicum

The Jail Fight That Won't Die

First, I would like to thank County Councilman Dutch Holland and Sen. Phil Jimeno.

If council members David Boschert, Maureen Lamb, Virginia Clagett and Diane Evans would rather see kids read books than swing bats, then let them take money from their athletic maintenance money. Let the fine councilmen mentioned above take the money for their maintenance budget and help kids learn to read books and leave our allocated money alone. I put up with lip service all week at work and I do not want to hear it when it comes to my family.

A perfect example of how narrow-minded people are when they make a statement like "I would rather see kids reading books then swing baseball bats" would be to look in the dictionary to find what a family is. The dictionary states family -- parents and children. Lake Shore Youth Baseball has helped my family to be a family. . . . I have been a coach for three years and it gives me enjoyment to take time, I mean make time to be with my children. My wife has been team mother. We both help out in the snack shack. There are many dedicated parents that give up most of their summer to be at the field most nights to give our kids as happy a childhood as possible.

When one of my children has a game, the whole family goes to the game and my daughter, who has no interest in baseball, goes and makes friends and plays, my other son helps me coach or plays with friends and my wife tells me what I do wrong. . . . Lake Shore Youth baseball is a lot more than learning how to swing a bat. Baseball is a real-life experience. It keeps kids occupied so they are not doing drugs or out breaking windows. It teaches the happiness of winning, the disappointments of losing; it teaches team work and comradeship; it teaches kids if they really want to do something and they practice hard, they can accomplish anything, and it teaches discipline, which is a very important aspect of life. . . .

I do not think the money to finish the fields is surplus. We need and deserve the money. At work, I hate to hear we will come back at a later date and finish. If we do, . . . it is never as good a job as if it were done in the first place.

The sad part is you are throwing good money after bad money. You are taking money away from deserving people -- our children -- to try to build a prison so people who do not deserve the money can have basketball courts and color TVs and eat better meals than some of the children in our county. . . .

Stanley Smith

Pasadena

More than 700 Anne Arundel countians die of cancer each year, a rate of 205 deaths per 100,000 people -- significantly higher than most of Maryland and the nation. . . .

The toxic residue of Ordnance Road has been well-documented. The depot is on Curtis Creek. Thorium nitrate, a radioactive material, was splayed over the ground as it was hosed from 50 railroad cars. Twenty-six thousand tons of thorium nitrate rests in 2,200 barrels on the federal portion of the depot. The federal government does not even give a false hope of that clean-up. Nearby construction would amount to Russian roulette.

Considering the thorium nitrate, asbestos, heavy metals, chemicals, etc. known to be at the site, one cannot fathom a more potent witch's brew to mix and react in unpredictable ways. And for this sick earth, the Hippocratic oath should apply -- "First, do no harm." . . .

Siting an Ordnance Road prison, while politically expedient for a few council people, would amount to the devastation of the county and possibly result in a few political pillars of salt.

Mrs. Irving J. Brown

Glen Burnie

According to your Feb. 14 editorial, "Talking Away the Jail Crisis," Senators Phil Jimeno and Mike Wagner do not want a new jail on New Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie. What's wrong with that?

Every time the governor and Anne Arundel County executive want to dump something, it comes to the northern part of the county. The people at the north end are getting tired of it.

We don't want the jail in our neighborhood. . . . Keep the jail off Ordnance Road.

Evelyn Lee

Brooklyn Park

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