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September 29, 1996

Hypocrisy from Johns Gary and Greiber

Hypocrisy has been taken to new heights. In 1990, the Anne Arundel Taxpayers Association touted a tax cap to "rid the government of waste" and "save taxpayer dollars." Now we find the president of the taxpayers association, John Greiber, has been paid $10,000 in tax dollars to duplicate a study already being done by county attorneys.

Of course, his study included taxpayer-billed trips to Florida and New England. Strange that County Executive John Gary and Budget Officer John Hammond seemed to be the only ones in the Arundel Center to approve some of these back-room deals. (But then wasn't John Gary's good friend Mr. Greiber once his private attorney?)

I guess the definition of saving money to the taxpayers association means billing county citizens thousands of dollars for unnecessary work and putting it in their personal savings accounts, all with our county executive's blessing.

John R. Kurpjuweit

Annapolis

The writer is president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.

Snowden: Who is rushing to judgment?

In a letter to the editor last Sunday on the Robinwood shooting, Annapolis Alderman Terri DeGraff stated that it is improper for elected officials to "rush to judgment." Yet she did so and in the process insulted the entire community.

Ms. DeGraff's letter raises some important issues of credibility. Grieving people, confused and anxious over a situation not yet fully understood, marched to a church to seek comfort, listering ears and answers.

Mayor Al Hopkins and I did not instigate a protest, did not set an agenda and did not incite what was so cavalierly and irresponsibly labelled a "mob" by an alderman who was not there. What we did was listen. Had the mayor chosen not to listen and calm the fears of these grieving people and had chosen not to listen to the people from the ward I represent, I surmise we would have been called "irresponsible" in our duties and our commitment to the people of this community.

There has been no account reported of my calling the police force "racist," nor did I do so. I again restate my support of the Annapolis Police Department and the necessary concept of community relations in its mission of public safety.

More than 600 people went to church that night from all over the city, including Ms. DeGraff's constituents. Ms. DeGraff was not there to know that. There was no "mob mentality of the Wild West," but Ms. DeGraff was not there to see that. The efforts of the police department were supported and were not called "racist," but Ms. DeGraff was not there to hear that. The grief and frustration of those 600-plus people from all over the city was real, but Ms. DeGraff was not there to feel that.

I believe that our efforts to listen and calm were credible and responsible. For the chairwoman of the council's public safety committee to stay home and then write a letter "reporting" unseen, unheard and unknown events is not.

Carl Snowden

Annapolis

The writer is an Annapolis alderman representing Ward 5.

Back to drawing board on Annapolis' charter

Annapolis Mayor Al Hopkins did not attend the Sept. 9 City Council meeting due to illness, leaving eight aldermen for the session. In an impressive display of arrogance and meanness of spirit, four council members refused to honor the sponsor's and public's requests to move to a later agenda the vote on legislation designed to repeal the Revenue Authority Charter Amendment, so that the full council might vote on an important and controversial subject. The resulting predictable tie vote, 4-4, defeated the legislation.

Ellen Moyer's irrelevancies, M. Theresa DeGraff's abusive statements, and Carl Snowden's homilies on democracy and cooperation, all attempting to justify the authority, were drowned out months ago by the provisions of the proposed implementing ordinances, and by an unremitting stream of negatives from the public, as aptly pointed out by Alderman Wayne Turner.

This, and other attacks on the city's welfare and unique character, destroy any idea that the council is representing the interests of the resident majority and partially explains the importance of importing a reliable management capability into the city organization.

So it is back to the petition drive to put the Revenue Authority on the 1997 ballot.

A. L. Waldron

Annapolis

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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