Councilman paid plenty for part-time workIn the June 28...

LETTERS

July 14, 1996

Councilman paid plenty for part-time work

In the June 28 Sun, Darrel Drown lambasted county workers and proclaimed they were overpaid.

What an interesting comment for Mr. Drown to make.

Did he ever stop to think that the county executive's four top political cronies make an average of $94,144? Did Mr. Drown ever stop to consider that while the average county worker makes $35,000 (firefighters, police officers and the like), Mr. Drown, a public "servant," takes $30,000 a year from the county coffers for his "part-time" job as county councilman?

Mr. Drown's loose lips and angry attitude are not what Howard County needs. His manipulation of the facts and his intentional meanness do more to harm our community than even he

understands.

Jim Mundy

Ellicott City

Treated like a kid -- at adult prices

The other night I went to Sony Theaters, the Columbia Palace Nine, with two of my friends. They are 12 and so they only paid $4.25.

However, since I turned 13 in January, I was considered an adult and therefore had to pay $7.25.

My complaint is this: I am considered an adult when it comes to money, yet I'd have to be 17 or older to see an R-rated movie without being accompanied by an "adult."

I pay "adult" prices, yet can't see an "adult" movie alone. They should change one of these policies.

Christina Reilly

Columbia

No rip-offs at the pump?

I recently read that the average price for a gallon of gasoline in Maryland is $1.30. Several weeks ago, I visited my sister in Ohio, and I saw gasoline prices posted at $1.17. Here in Columbia, I am paying $1.41.

The oil companies and the dealers say nobody is getting ripped off.

Really?

Robert J. Pelletier

Columbia

The history of Chesapeake Beach

We became interested in Chesapeake Beach when my wife picked up, at the Battle Creek Cypress Swamp in Calvert County, a brochure about the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. Inside the brochure is a very informative short history of the place, which starts out: "Build a lavish resort town on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, with reliable and convenient railroad service from Washington and Baltimore. That was the vision of Otto Mears, an independent, short line railroad builder from Colorado."

The brochure goes on with a discussion of the work of Mr. Mears and "a group of Denver associates." Yet a story about the Beach in The Sun magazine June 16 made no mention of Mr. Mears. How can that be?

I suspect Bob Allen did not do quite enough research. I know there is a street in the Beach named for Mr. Mears. If I remember correctly, it is the one leading to the Rod 'N Reel.

It is true that no rail service was built to Baltimore. As it said in your article, customers from Baltimore arrived by steamer.

George H. Winslow

Ellicott City

Fill in the 'missing link' on 32

As executive director of the BWI Business Partnership, Inc., a transportation management and economic development association, I read your June 26 editorial concerning the projected expansions of Routes 32 and 100 with great interest.

Our association is obviously delighted by the prospect of Route 100 serving to open the Baltimore-Washington International Airport business district and, indeed, the entire Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington corridor as a true gateway to the nation.

The Route 32 issue, however, is a bit more complex than your editorial makes it seem.

Future expansion of this east-west highway is critical to sound development. But, the development will be stifled if a current "missing link" is not constructed. The highway today is a four-lane limited access one from its junction with Interstate 97 to the point where it reaches the area adjacent to the Fort Meade/National Security Agency complex.

Approximately 1 1/2 miles later (just west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway), Route 32 resumes its upgraded condition. When one considers the fact that the unwidened stretch of road occurs right in the most congested geography of Route 32, he or she cannot help but realize the irony of the situation.

We urge that immediate attention be given by all levels of government to complete this unfinished portion of highway. To continue it as the unsafe, congested bottleneck it has become in an oasis of an otherwise greatly improved transportation infrastructure makes no sense at all.

Neil M. Shpritz

Hanover

The writer is executive director of the BWI Business Partnership, Inc.

Firefighters union should work with volunteers

My letter is in response to the article by Ed Heard in The Sun for Howard County on June 27.

I am a volunteer firefighter at Savage, Howard County, and a volunteer firefighter at Clinton, Prince George's County. I am also a career firefighter and a member of the International Association of Firefighters, but not the same local as in Howard County.

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