Ecker on jobs: Where's the beef?I, for one, plan on voting...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 06, 1994

Ecker on jobs: Where's the beef?

I, for one, plan on voting for Susan Gray for Howard County executive. Every politician tries to boast of their intent to bring industry and jobs to their locale. The current GOP county executive used this tactic effectively in 1990 and to a degree is trying this tactic again this year.

However, let's look at his record. The highly publicized Coca-Cola bottling plant has not been built and his claim of producing more jobs for this county keeps his promises running on empty. Yet the builders and developers just love the current county executive. . . .

Meanwhile, our schools and roads are overcrowded with no end in sight. Try driving any of the main roads in this county early one morning, then later that afternoon; or visiting any school in this county, and see how packed the hallways are for our children.

It is time to elect a leader who will guide us toward cautious, responsible, sensible growth with a careful, planned vision to the 21st century.

Al Liebeskind

Columbia

'Situational Susan'

You've heard of situational ethics? That's where one "bends" ethics depending on the situation.

Susan Gray, who is running for county executive, seems to be practicing these situational ethics by bending facts to suit her own purposes. Her many campaign positions raise numerous questions that should be asked. In the candidate forums that have been held during the last few weeks, Situational Susan has said:

* That we have runaway growth that must be stopped. But she has also said that growth at the rate of 2,000 homes per year is "about right." That's what we've had the past four years. So, what's the complaint? Oh, Situational Susan only wants these homes built on 3-acre lots. Does this really meet the diverse housing needs of our entire county?

* That the county should not use tax dollars to build roads that we need. But Situational Susan tells us that we already have a traffic mess. With our current Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance law, we get significant developer contributions to make road improvements wherever they might be needed throughout the county. If we cut development altogether, we cut those valuable dollars. How do we get those needed road improvements then?

* That she is the best person to be our next county executive. But, she admits that she really isn't a manager. Situational Susan says she has someone in mind from another county to come in and manage Howard County government for her. Is Situational Susan really running for county executive, or is it this other person?

* That the county rebuilt the Shepherd's Lane Bridge to benefit the Waverly Woods development. But this bridge is nowhere near Waverly Woods. How is one related to the other?

* That the county improperly agreed to release a developer from the obligation of constructing the intersection at Route 100 and Long Gate Parkway. But, Situational Susan doesn't say that the original agreement was in exchange for giving other land to the developer. Should the developer still be required to perform when the county cannot?

* That she has contributed untold hours of legal work to help "your" communities by bringing at least seven lawsuits against the state and the county. Situational Susan doesn't tell you that she has never won even one of her suits. In fact, at least three of the cases have been dismissed because she didn't know how to follow simple court procedures. I guess you get what you pay for. . . .

Betty L. Raymond

Columbia

Few problems

In order to foster a balanced economic future for all of Howard County, responsible growth through comprehensive planning and zoning must continue.

Our current county executive and members of the County Council and zoning board are to be commended for their foresight and courage. They realized that no growth creates economic disaster followed by increased taxes. As a lifelong resident and business owner in Howard County, I am proud of all we have achieved throughout the years to become by far the best county in all of Maryland.

Apparently, Susan Gray and John Taylor must agree with me, because they recently moved into our beautiful, economically viable county. We are all very fortunate to live in such a strong, stable and progressive environment. . . .

Growth is one issue that is clearly under control through our recent comprehensive general plan and adequate public facilities bill. . . . One major addition to our general plan included the new cluster zoning provision, which I supported strongly.

Thanks to Councilman Charlie Feaga and the other zoning board members, this will save thousands of acres of farm land in our rural western part of the county. Most importantly, this cluster zoning provision will give our children more options in the future, as opposed to the older 3-acre zoning that was consuming large portions of our precious farmland.

Growth is not a problem in Howard County. Quite honestly, we don't have a lot of problems, especially when you compare us to our neighboring counties. . . .

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