Cars play big role in drug traffickingIn reference to your...

LETTERS

April 13, 1997

Cars play big role in drug trafficking

In reference to your editorial dated March 10 entitled "Larry's Used Car Specials" and Brian Sullam's column of March 23, these are the most irresponsible pieces of journalism I have ever read.

Why would you print an editorial sending a mixed message that is so irresponsible and misleading? I have worked undercover narcotics investigations during 10 years. I have traveled with street-level drug dealers and drug abusers. Cars are a very big part of facilitating drug trafficking and drug abuse. Drugs sold in your community are brought in by dealers driving vehicles. Juveniles use cars to transport drugs and also to inject and ingest drugs.

If the vehicle is owned by the parents of a drug abuser or drug dealer, the vehicle is usually returned and an agreement is reached that if the incident occurs again the vehicle is forfeited. Who is going to care whether misdemeanors or felonies are being committed when our children are being infected with drugs?

I hope that your friends or family are not driving down the road one day when a person with a forged prescription fills it, then eats a handful of Percocet and crosses the center line. There is a war on drugs in Anne Arundel County. Please remember our children can read, so don't send a mixed message on drug

abuse to them.

#Cpl. Gordon W. March Jr.

Millersville

The writer is with the Anne Arundel County Police Department.

Officials see light on rubble landfill

As I explained on this page in 1995, Odenton and Crofton citizens should not permit the Anne Arundel County Council and county executive to get away with their bogus heroics to save us from the Odenton-Crofton rubble landfill.

They proposed and approved it. Then when they saw and heard the storm of protest, they went through the back door in an effort to stop it.

Unfortunately for the officials and citizens, the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court has in essence said: No, the project cannot be stopped now. Your repentance comes too late.

There is cause for grave concern on the part of Odenton and Gambrills citizens, as well as Crofton. Officials, do what you can to save us. But please don't tell us that you are trying to save us from ourselves. Be honest and concede that you are trying to save us from your unwise decisions.

Bill D. Burlison

Odenton

West County chamber offers thanks

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend its appreciation to the community for its enthusiastic support of our Cents for Community Campaign.

Twenty schools in West County participated as well as more than 75 businesses, churches, civic groups and governmental agencies.

More than $5,000 was raised during the campaign with the proceeds going to Sarah's House, the shelter for the homeless at Fort Meade. Equally exciting to witness was the sense of community which developed over the three months among all age groups.

One of the most gratifying parts of this campaign was to see at least 100 children and adults pitch in to bag all the pennies at the conclusion of the Display of Pennies Program on March 12. This spirit of cooperation and commitment was particularly inspirational.

On behalf of the chamber, thank you to our volunteers, corporate sponsors and everyone who contributed so much to the success of this campaign.

Marcia Hall

Odenton

The writer is executive director of the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce.

Why should race be issue in Snowden's campaign?

The April 6 article about Carl Snowden was interesting, but why did The Sun's editors choose to have a story written on how race may influence Mr. Snowden's campaign for mayor of Annapolis? Doesn't that editorial decision inject race as an issue in a campaign that has no genuine racial issues?

The story implies that Mr. Snowden's chances of being elected are diminished for racial reasons. However, the story is not clear as to whether this conclusion is based on the theory that Annapolis voters will not elect a black person, or on the theory that Annapolis voters believe Mr. Snowden has a racially motivated political agenda with which they are not comfortable.

The article itself points out that Annapolitans are not reluctant to elect black officials. It does not cite any instance of Mr. Snowden advancing a racially motivated political agenda. No voter expressed concern with any of his public policy positions. Politicians who were interviewed said that this might be an issue.

Since it is unlikely that a significant number of Annapolis voters will vote against Mr. Snowden for racial reasons, why did The Sun raise the issue at all?

If the editors want a story about racial influences in this year's mayoral election, they should ask their reporters to look into the public record of every mayoral candidate on matters of racial significance and at their reputations in both the black and white communities.

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