Record needs straightening on GOP racesBarry Rascovar's...


March 02, 1997

Record needs straightening on GOP races

Barry Rascovar's comments on the GOP gubernatorial primary contest ("The GOP's questers should think again," Feb. 9) contained two misleading statements and an element of truth.

First, it was Ellen Sauerbrey, not Helen Bentley, who first entered the 1994 gubernatorial race.

Second, the populist opposition to the selection of Bobby Neall as state senator was motivated more by his perceived ethical obtusity than by ideology. These concerns were raised in The Sun only after his selection was a fait accompli. I hope that Mr. Neall will prove his critics wrong.

As to Charles Ecker, he has every right to enter the gubernatorial contest.

rthur W. Downs

Severna Park

Slots at tracks will lighten taxpayer load

If the stadium in Laurel has to have upgraded highway access, why isn't Jack Kent Cooke paying for it like we were promised?

If the lottery is supposed to pay for the stadium in Baltimore, how will the bills get paid when the lottery is down $49 million, money gone to Delaware slots? You can't take in less and spend more. Revenue from slots at Maryland tracks, even on a trial basis, will lighten the load on taxpayers.

Jackie Roe


Animal education program worthwhile

For the last seven years, we have been fortunate to have animal educators Candi Nilsson and Rosemarie Houck visit our first-grade glasses at Manorview Elementary. Our children have benefited greatly from this educational presentation on animal care and personal safety and they look forward each year to a visit from therapy animals "Kaimana" and "Alexander the Great."

I was therefore delighted to learn recently that the Anne Arundel County Animal Control Agency has given them the opportunity to continue their wonderful work. The Humane Education

Programs are appropriate for grades 1-12. If you would like your class to have the opportunity to share this experience, I urge you to call Mrs. Nilsson at 410-224-4045.

Jeanne Ellis

Glen Burnie

The writer is a teacher at Manorview Elementary School.

Peter Jay, stay down on the farm

The Sun's Opinion * Commentary page explains Peter A. Jay's occupation as "writer and farmer." It is with just cause that "political analyst" is not added.

Mr. Jay long ago left the State House beat for the farm, and we have been rewarded with his delightful observations of all that can be right and wrong with a farming operation from his #F talented pen. Unfortunately, he returns to his former playground and makes observations less than astute.

He decries Republican moderates who look and act like Democrats. He is unhappy with Bobby Neall, argueably the party's most talented and electable member, and eccentric Helen Bentley and poor unknown and "non-electric" Charles Ecker. He does, however, like Ellen Sauerbrey.

Mr. Jay is awed that Ms. Sauerbrey came within a whisker of defeating her well-funded opponent. To the contrary: She ran against the weakest candidate the Democrats have proposed this century (well, maybe except for George P. Mahoney).

Please, Mr. Jay, stay on the farm and write up your life. But don't advise Republicans. They need all the help they can get.

Leo C. Eckert

Severna Park

Composting belongs in back yards

Regarding The Sun's Jan. 31 editorial, "Plan B for regional composting," I would like to comment, as a member of Anne Arundel County's Citizen Task Force which worked for a year to assist in preparing a sound plan for waste minimization.

The Citizen Task Force voted unanimously against a regional composting facility for yard waste, not because it would not work (we suggested a consultant who is an expert on odorless composting recipes for fish wastes, mountains of rotting potatoes, piles of dead chickens even), but because we felt citizens should be responsible for yard waste reductions.

In Anne Arundel County, schools are composting yard waste and leftover cafeteria food. Many people compost food and yard waste, and many more could be recruited if the county's free collection did not encourage "throwaway" of ingredients that make good soil.

Trees need the leaves that fall around their roots to make healthy soil for continued growth. Lawns need the clippings left where they fall to provide a constant source of nitrogen. No artificial fertilizers are needed if the clippings are allowed to remain on the lawn.

That saves the homeowner money and saves the county the expense of collection. Why do we continue to encourage attitudes that have made this a "throw-away society"?

The county's reply was, "Citizens won't do it." Well, please show them that we will. Call the county (222-6108) and ask for information and assistance for home and community composting. It's simple.

I got my brother to compost his food and yard waste in a tiny in-town garden. To his astonishment, the food became rich soil in no time. A pair of catbirds came to delight him.

Let's take responsibility for how we live. County yard waste processing costs us money.

Anne Pearson


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