'Army brats' analogy was off-baseThis is in response to...


March 10, 1996

'Army brats' analogy was off-base

This is in response to Steve Cover's statement in a Feb. 27 article in The Sun for Anne Arundel regarding the county raising the school capacities. To my knowledge, Mr. Cover of Planning and Code Enforcement is a demographer, with no training or experience in educational systems.

Therefore, it is inappropriate for a county employee to make official public statements outside of his area of expertise. I am surprised his superiors would allow such statements. In this instance, he gave an "official" opinion on how redistricting effects quality of education.

In contrast to his statement regarding "Army brats" being unaffected by moving, military families have proportionately greater school adjustment problems, based on studies and my own 20 years of experience in treating adolescents as a psychotherapist. This suggests redistricting will have a negative effect on children who would not otherwise be affected.

Finally, Mr. Cover's reference to the restrictiveness of present school construction and placement policies for the developers suggest he is serving the developers, and not the citizens. As a community leader in area school overcrowding issues, I oversaw an extensive survey of area parents that showed an overwhelming sentiment against redistricting (96 percent). Therefore, the Board of Education is clearly in touch with the desires and needs of its citizens on this matter. Unfortunately, as a person responsible for planning for the county citizens' needs, Mr. Cover chooses to ignore our needs.

Jon Sherbun Crofton

The writer is a former chairman of the Greater Crofton Community-Based School Committee.

BFI was not 'fired' over compost odors

Maryland Environmental Service did not "fire" BFI as the operator of the Dorsey Regional Composting Facility as erroneously reported in your newspaper on Feb. 21. This is completely untrue.

The exceptionally wet fall season, combined with the "Blizzard of '96," created unusually difficult site conditions. As a result, significant changes in day-to-day operations were called for that were beyond our existing contract. Renegotiating the contract could have been costly to both MES and the counties using the facility.

Instead of entering into protracted negotiations with the possibility of costly contractual remedies and an uncertain outcome, BFI and MES both felt that their mutual interests would be best served by transferring site responsibilities to MES. BFI was the first to suggest early termination as the most expeditious resolution. MES and BFI maintain a mutual respect and MES has every intention of considering the company for future MES projects and possible processing and off-site marketing of the compost material.

James W. Peck


The writer is director of Maryland Environmental Service.

'Tuxedo' tag doesn't suit Rep. Gilchrest

Negative campaigning continues despite growing public disgust. It comes in three forms. The first and least objectionable being honest disclosure of the opponent's prior statements and actions. The second and more objectionable is distortion of facts. The third and most repulsive involves outright lies.

Current propaganda from liberal Democrats pursues the second and third forms, insisting on portraying efforts to restrain runaway government spending (by limiting annual increases in major programs to 6 or 7 percent annually instead of 9 to 12 percent, as has long been the practice and is still proposed by the administration and its liberal supporters) as "extreme draconian cuts starving the children destroying education denying senior health care, etc."

A new wrinkle, added by the Steven R. Eastaugh camp, portrays our congressman as "Wayne 'Tuxedo' Gilchrest," a depiction so far from reality as to be ludicrous.

Honest and humble, Mr. Gilchrest drives home to Kennedyville every night in a modest, battered pickup, shuns the fancy parties, shows genuine warmth and lives responsibly. His only obvious addictive weaknesses are for his family and the environment.

The "tuxedo" tag apparently dates from a misreading (during an earlier campaign and before he was a congressman) of a Federal Election Commission report showing an in-kind contribution from an Eastern Shore clothier who noticed that Mr. Gilchrest, after years of teaching school and painting houses, didn't own a suit and gave him one. It was not a tuxedo. To this day, he does not own or wear one.

With a message so oblivious to truth and devoid of good ideas, surely Mr. Eastaugh will fit right in with other liberal Democrats in the 1996 campaign and, if nominated, join President Bill Clinton in being rejected by the voters in November.

Bill White Arnold Bad news for striped bass

I am pleased to report that the Governor's Sport Fishery Advisory Commission voted unanimously to oppose the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' recommendation to increase the commercial netters quota for striped bass 65 percent to 2.1 million pounds.

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