Require new application for nursing homeThe progression of...

LETTERS

September 22, 1996

Require new application for nursing home

The progression of events in the Beechwood Heritage Nursing Home development in Anne Arundel County has reached a critical juncture. The entry of Allegis as the developer resulted in substantial changes to the design. About 30,000 square feet were cut. The original two buildings were replaced by a single building.

Along the way William Mulford, our county councilman, introduced a bill that would prohibit nursing home development in our R2-zoned land without a special exception. The bill was amended to delay implementation until Sept. 1, 1996, allowing Allegis time to submit application for permits before the deadline.

No new applications for permits have been made by Allegis, who are relying on the applications made by Beechwood for the old design.

Now is the time for Anne Arundel County to come to the aid of its citizens. The county declared its support for the rights of its citizens, asserting that it had done everything possible to stop the Beechwood nursing home. There is something else that the county can do. Allegis has failed to apply for permits by the Sept. 1 deadline. The design of the nursing home was substantially altered and there should be no way that the old applications be accepted for the new design. The county must make Allegis apply for a special exception as required by the Mulford bill.

Arnold Cohen

Annapolis

Story misrepresented governor on growth

The article that appeared in the Sept. 6 county edition of The Sun entitled, "Governor wants counties to end commissioner form of governing," was in error.

Gov. Parris Glendening's "Neighborhood Conservation/Smart Growth" initiative has been a very open, inclusive, bottom-up process. More than 100 ideas were gathered from several hundred organizations all over Maryland. What was wrong with The Sun article was the reporter's assertion that Mr. Glendening is advocating charter rule and to end commissioner form of government. While the report given to county planners at the annual meeting of the Maryland Association of Counties last month does state that, "Home rule more readily allows a jurisdiction to address problems of growth and neighborhood revitalization," this statement should not be interpreted as a directive from the governor.

So far, the governor has not made any proposals and does not intend to until the fall. Unfortunately, the reporter must have pulled out one sheet from the pack of ideas being circulated without reading the introduction or the disclaimer. At the bottom of each page, it states, "We asked! You recommended! These suggestions were recommended by fellow Marylanders. They have not been endorsed, supported or adopted by the administration."

The purpose of the governor's effort is to more widely use state resources to assist in creating jobs through a better economic climate, to support existing neighborhoods, to maximize efforts to preserve forest lands and to preserve and strengthen the farm economy. Sprawl is an economic issue. Neither the state nor local governments can afford to continue funding this costly and inefficient pattern of development. Let's get the story straight on this important issue.

Ronald N. Young

Baltimore

The writer is deputy director of the Maryland Office of Planning.

Pets don't have health insurance

In your August 29 editorial about the money raised to help pay for cancer treatments for Barney, the police dog ("$43,000 pooch"), you cited very good reasons why people contributed to help him. I would like to add another reason.

If the money had not been contributed, there would have been no other resources. Health insurance comes to mind first. Then there are organizations that help to underwrite medical expenses for people who don't have insurance or enough insurance. There are also private groups and clubs that will sponsor social events to help raise money. And newspaper and TV coverage can also help people in really dire cases.

Very few vets will treat an animal and worry later as to whether they will get paid. For example, I know of a person who had to bring their puppy home from the vet with a broken leg a month ago, because they did not have the money to pay to get it set. A month before that, another person had to bring their cat home with a very bad injury to its leg as the vet bill would have been several hundred dollars and these people could not afford it. This would not have happened to a person. With animals, it's "money first or no treatment," except in rare cases. So that is why there was such an outpouring of money to help Barney.

As for Barney's owner, if he had been in such a situation, there is no doubt that he also would have received many contributions to help him. People are very generous in helping other people. Only a few, in comparison, are as generous in helping animals.

Janet Paul

Pasadena

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