Saving the Naval DairyAs one of the approximately 200...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

May 29, 1994

Saving the Naval Dairy

As one of the approximately 200 people in attendance at the little-publicized meeting concerning the fate of the U.S. Naval Academy Dairy Farm, I feel it is important that the public be made aware of the fact that while the farm may cost taxpayers' money, it is nowhere close to the published numbers in excess of $1 million because it does not run on appropriated funds.

Like many small businesses, it has deficit and surplus years. It was stated at the meeting by the farm manager, Pete Peterson, that while the farm suffered a loss of approximately $11,000 last year, the prior year it experienced a surplus in excess of $14,000.

I feel it would be a terrible loss to the area to close the only remaining dairy farm. . . . We have so little rural landscape available. Let's not be so shortsighted that we destroy the little bit left to us.

Deborah F. Springer

Gambrills

Pension Issue

The May 8 Sun article regarding the 1994 county executive race ("Candidates unconvinced Neall is really out of the race") had one glaring omission: the impact of the infamous 1989 extremely lucrative pension vote. Clearly, the vote by then-Councilman Theodore Sophocleus to increase his own and his wife's pension must be a major factor in his decision whether to run.

If, by its omission, The Sun seeks to convey a subtle message that the pension issue is of little import, The Sun is decidedly out of step with the deep-seated anger county residents feel about elected officials using their

public offices to feather their own nests at such gross expense to taxpayers.

llen E. Norman

Arnold

Death by Meters

As a native-born (74 years) downtown Annapolitan who rarely agrees with The Sun editorials, I say amen to yours of May 16 -- instant "Death By Parking Meter."

Robert H. Campbell

Annapolis

Mount Stinky?

Having been a contented worker in the Curtis Bay area since 1974, I feel that while the locale is considered unsavory by a few elitists, it perhaps could benefit and broaden its financial base were the city of Baltimore to exploit its obvious potential as a tourist trap.

Think of it! Bus and walking tours of chemical plants, fertilizer factories, medical waste incinerators and abandoned radioactive government property. See the original Noah's Ark, abandoned in Curtis Creek! View at last, close up with our seagull friends, the wonderful landfill on Quarantine Road, whose perfume has delighted your olfaction from a distance. . . .

Which brings me to the real point of this letter: what to name the mountain? Something this large and magnificent really shouldn't without an apt moniker. I generally . . . refer to it as "Mount Curtis." Certainly, "Mount Quarantine" would be apt, and a friend has suggested "Mount Stinky." Perhaps readers of The Sun could, with their vast pool of talent and imagination, give this wonder the name it merits. . . .

Gary A. Kerner

Pasadena

Crime and Light Rail

A recent article and editorial in The Sun cited that I referred to light rail as "a pipeline for the evils of the inner city." I am accused of dramatizing the need for police protection along the light rail line. . . .

My comments were made during a budget hearing before the County Council while responding to questions about our specific Light Rail Enforcement Initiative. Although my statement could be described as dramatic, it was offered to underscore the fact that we have arrested approximately 27 people during the last two weeks who have used light rail to travel to our county to commit crimes. Many of these people are drug addicts and thugs who regard our county as virgin territory for their unsavory deeds.

The full context of my message . . . was that our department will meet any challenge to the safety of our citizens, including any increase in crime that might be facilitated by light rail.

I was in no way attempting to politicize light rail, denigrate its value or take sides on any issue associated with it. I am personally a strong proponent of rapid transit and recognize the contribution it can make to the transportation needs of modern society.

Robert P. Russell

Millersville

The writer is chief of the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Ever hear the old saying, "crime doesn't pay"? Not any more! Crime does pay these days, and well. So far, I have personally lost more than $1,000 to two thefts and one robbery within the past couple of months. Unfortunately, my house is one house down from the Linthicum light rail stop. The crime wave is not only taking things from us that our hard-earned money can buy, but more important, our sense of safety and emotional well-being is being robbed from us too.

The light rail conveniently brings these hoodlums into our neighborhoods and our shopping centers and then conveniently takes them back out again with all their free loot. . . . We need more Mass Transit Administration police at each light rail stop and we need a ticket collector on each train. . . . The honor system is not working. There is no honor among thieves.

I would like to see the Linthicum stop closed up. We don't want it. At the Linthicum-Shipley Improvement Association meeting May 11, 67 members voted for closing it up and only 12 voted to keep it open.

Remember, this is an election year. Write letters to your politicians. There has been such an unbelievably high number of thefts and break-ins recently in our Linthicum area that a detective has now been assigned to investigate this tremendous increase in crime. . . . It is terrifying to think of the 24-year-old woman being stabbed in the chest at the North Linthicum stop. . . . Must we wait until someone is killed before any action is taken?. . .

eresa Proserpi

Linthicum

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