Hammond High's restrooms not up to Third World'sOn Feb...

LETTERS

March 02, 1997

Hammond High's restrooms not up to Third World's

On Feb. 18, at 1: 55 p.m., I arrived for a scheduled appointment with a guidance counselor at Hammond High in Howard County. After an extended ride around the Capital Beltway, I attempted to utilize the men's restroom located next to the main office at Hammond High prior to the 2 p.m. appointment.

However, I found the restroom too unsanitary to be used by humans or animals. Both urinals were extremely dirty and one had overflowed.

The two toilets were even worse. Both were filled with human waste and paper, and paper waste and trash littered the entire floor. After 20 years in the military and having traveled in 14 countries on four continents, I have seen Third World countries with better sanitary "public" restrooms than what I observed at Hammond High.

Upon departing the restroom, I immediately went to the main office across the hall to inform the principal of the condition. The principal was not there, but the assistant principal was informed by me of my observations.

He indicated immediate disinterest in the subject. He stated there was not enough staff to monitor the students and if the students decided not to utilize restroom facilities during the school day, that was their individual decision. Is this the proper attitude of an administrator?

Following a conversation with my son afterward, he told me all boys restrooms are "filthy and disgusting" and he does not utilize them unless absolutely necessary.

Academic standards are to be taught, stressed and upheld by any academic institution and parents. However, basic human respect for the students' personal needs apparently have been forgotten or ignored in a callous manner at Hammond High.

Wayne E. J. Mackey

Columbia

Keep Howard's country country

I recently read an article in The Sun concerning plans for development on the corner of Route 97 and Carrs Mill Road. I found the article very disturbing and, as it turns out, so did a number of people who live in the area.

The reason my family lives in this area is because we don't want to deal with the traffic, noise and pollution that generally come with living in a city.

We have a perfectly adequate library just 20 minutes away, and there is no need for a 600-car parking lot. This is supposed to be the country. I find it very disturbing that people wish to destroy it by putting up a series of buildings that, in my opinion, are not needed.

Kate Alexander

Woodbine

The writer is a junior at Glenelg High School.

Clean air is enemy of GOP?

A recent Monday evening, I happened to be in Annapolis where I became aware of a sizable and very noisy rally outside the legislative chambers. Upon inquiry I was told the Maryland Republican Party had organized a major turnout of its members and activists.

What was the target of this demonstration? The Maryland Republican Party and their elected members in the state legislature were vowing an all-out campaign in favor of continued air pollution. They were pledging their strongest efforts to make sure the state's efforts to try to clean up the pollution of Maryland's air will be defeated.

The target of their wrath is the Vehicle Emission Inspection Program (VEIP), which takes a few minutes of a car owner's time to help assure that our automobiles are not contributing to toxic air pollution.

To listen to the GOP rally, as I did, was to hear comments that some revolutionary threat was about to attack them. Government intrusion is the enemy. I was reminded that in 1892, my great-grandfather worked for the railroad in Baltimore, and he was killed on the tracks.

There was no investigation to improve worker safety. His widow got no widow's benefit or pension. Efforts in the late 1900s to overcome the appalling hazards of working conditions were opposed by the GOP in that time as an intrusion on business.

The GOP sacrificed the health and safety of working people then and it appears they are planning to sacrifice the health of children and adults today.

avid H. Pardoe

Columbia

County Council on TV: Er, what was that again?

The Howard County Channel 15 TV offers a tremendous opportunity for good leadership to bring government, its plans and its pending action to the people.

I checked my new Channel 15 schedule the other evening, and thought I would watch the recording of the County Council session. It appeared to be an opportunity lost. Let's take a look.

Shortly, the council members appeared and took their assigned sets. Master Sergeant Dennis Schrader almost immediately ordered the administrative assistant to introduce the first resolution quickly. The reading was double-speed, too fast to absorb anything important.

There seemed to be some appointments, and 10 landowners in the target area of Clarksville were being moved into the metro water and sewer district. Neither the chair nor the administrator had a map to indicate the area of the proposal.

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