No wonder no one can find ScaggsvilleAfter reading the...

LETTERS

April 13, 1997

No wonder no one can find Scaggsville

After reading the March 15 article in The Sun, "Seeing Scaggsville as Nowheresville," we find it interesting that for the first time in the recent past, a newspaper has defined the boundaries for Scaggsville and even given brief directions to the location off the interstate.

Perhaps if this had always been the case, people who bought homes and relocated to a desirable location would not have asked the big question, "Who are we and where do we live?"

We have seen the Howard County Public Safety Complex, which was built on the site of the demolished Scaggsville School, described in newspapers as being in Fulton, North Laurel, south of Columbia and north of Burtonsville. We also find it interesting that there are no Scaggsville signs in the community.

Perhaps 50 feet west of the intersection of Route 216 (named on the road sign as Scaggsville Road) and U.S. 29, a sign reveals that it is one mile to Fulton and four miles to Highland. Also, about 20 feet east of the same intersection, a sign says that Laurel is five miles. Has there been an oversight by the county officials responsible for road signs? Or is it an orchestrated effort to placate the contractors and builders who are pouring money into this end of the county and find pitching pricey homes to people in the boonies a hard sell?

Like Bobby Allen, we, too, can trace our Scaggsville ancestors back three generations to 1863 -- 30 years after the Scaggs settled here, 24 years before it was established per the U.S. Postal Service. Like the quoted Scaggs relatives, we find it insulting that some people are so arrogant and lead such shallow lives that they need a community name with panache to define who they are and what their lives are about and therefore the name "Scaggsville" must be abolished.

We can state unconditionally that none of the old-timer residents of Scaggsville (most of whom have pets that have lived in the community longer than the newcomers) have ever referred to it as North Laurel.

Carky Coon

Laurence W. Souder

Jimmie C. Souder

Scaggsville

Teachers' union fixated on salaries

In the Howard County section was an article on schools. Especially interesting was the information from the American Federation of Teachers' annual report on monetary status of its profession.

First, the AFT is a misnomer; it is a teachers union. It states that the annual salary of Maryland teachers was 11th in the nation. But alas, raises only ranked 20th.

When I went to school, teachers were concerned about how well their students were doing and how good a teacher they were.

Why don't we see a comparison showing salary ranking versus student achievement, compared to the rest of the nation. Show me results and I'll show you my billfold.

Ronald J. Proskey

Hanover

Addicted to plastic

Another victim is heard from in the letters on March 10. This time it is Janet Mercer of Lutherville, speaking out on behalf of 60 million people forced by greedy credit card companies to pay outrageous interest rates on their consumer debts.

How has it come about that those millions of victims find themselves enslaved in this fashion?

Have they been dragged at gunpoint into America's shopping malls and forced to spend, spend, spend until they have accumulated a level of debt from which their income allows them escape?

Credit card companies are obnoxious pushers: They send us offers of "pre-approved" cards with tempting credit limits virtually daily and -- to hook those of us who merely use their cards for convenience -- they slyly tell us on our statements that we've been so "responsible," we don't have to pay off our balance this month (though interest will accrue).

Do we go for it? Well, Ms. Mercer and her 60 million fellow debtors do, whining all the while that "we are encouraged to charge more."

Come on folks, we all know what's wrong with this picture. Who's greedy? Who wants to have it all and have it now without regard to the consequences?

It's your choice to bury yourself in debt. And whether the interest rate is 8.25 percent or 15 percent, you can choose to start spending what you can afford or you can sink a little deeper every day.

Get real and put the blame where it belongs.

ail G. Markley

Columbia

Stop complaining about development

Once again the NIMBYs and "close the gates" factions are whining about a proposal of the Rouse Co. for a parcel of land in North Laurel. They claim to have moved to this part of Howard County for rural ambience. But any sensible person could see by looking at a map that the area in question is far from rural and is, in fact, a small parcel of open space surrounded by suburban development.

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