Landfill ruling disregarded county lawIn the recent...

LETTERS

September 07, 1997

Landfill ruling disregarded county law

In the recent Circuit Court decision handed down by Judge Clayton Greene Jr., concerning the proposed Chesapeake Terrace landfill, it appears that total disregard for county law was shown. There are certain procedures and criteria which one must follow before being granted permits for a landfill. The owner, Warren Halle, has not followed all of those requirements, but somehow has managed to get on the 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan. Health and safety issues were totally ignored.

It is fact that landfills generate big bucks. Our law says "need," not "greed." It is a sad day when one judge can ignore the laws that have governed this county and show total disregard for the wishes of residents. What do we do now? Burn all long-range plans?

Cathy Fleshman

Odenton

'Why not put it in North County?'

I read with great interest an article in the Aug. 3 edition of The Sun in Anne Arundel. The article profiled Del. Virginia Clagett's ongoing fight to preserve open space in southern Anne Arundel. I applaud her efforts for growth deterrence.

I must, however, take exception to comments by Richard Josephson, chief of long-range planning for Anne Arundel County. Mr. Josephson notes that areas in North County such as Ferndale, Dorsey, Jessup and Savage have been designated as suitable for development, but are not yet fully developed.

I suppose this means that open space in North County will be totally depleted before further intrusion into South County occurs. These comments to me are in line with county officials' mentality of "Why not put it in North County?" It may also be appropriate to preserve some of the remaining open space in North County for the enjoyment of those residents.

Bill Hubbard

Ferndale

A wish list for Severna Park

At dinner with my daughter and son-in-law, we discussed Tom Pelton's article about Ritchie Highway dividing Severna Park ("Crossing street no easy feat in part of Severna Park," Aug. 24.) I live west of Ritchie Highway and my daughter, east.

A pedestrian bridge connecting Park Plaza to Severna Park Mall, once considered by the Greater Severna Park Council, now has greater relevance, with the completion of McKinsey Park east of Ritchie Highway and Sunrise, west.

Undoubtedly, many of these new residents would use such a bridge. We think a pedestrian bridge, a covered one, with character, and perhaps ramps, would be a great idea.

Tom Pelton's article inspired us to make a wish list for our area. Park Plaza is already the gathering place after Severna Park's annual Fourth of July parade, after Halloween trick or treating and for activities at Christmas time. This concrete area should be made more pedestrian-friendly. Neighborhood groups might take an interest in humanizing the area.

Having recently returned from Italy, my husband and I would like to see some Italian ambiance at Park Plaza -- a piazza with a fountain perhaps and some benches. While we were making a wish list, we added a multi-screen movie theater to replace what was once the enclosed Severna Park Mall. We'd also like to see Giant upgrade itself to "Gucci" status. For the Park Plaza side, we'd like a bookstore. Encore disappeared long ago and we need a Bibelot or a super Barnes and Noble to replace it. A coffee shop would be a nice addition, as would an ice cream parlor.

We who represent two generations of Severna Park residents add our votes to 18-year-old Vanessa McCarthy's. We, too, want to live in a little village with shopping conveniences.

Mary P. Johnson

Severna Park

Casino ad ban is a good idea

I commend Del. John Leopold for proposing legislation to ban casino advertisement from neighboring states.

Commercial speech has been defined by the Supreme Court as speech "which does no more than propose a commercial transaction, and is the least protected under the First Amendment."

The Supreme Court, in Central Hudson Gas & Electric v. Public Service Commission, declared that commercial speech can be regulated if it is misleading or concerns an illegal product, or if there is a substantial government interest, and the regulation directly advances that government interest and the regulation is narrowly tailored to that interest.

Since the Maryland horse-racing industry and the legislators who have pledged to help them believe we are losing customers to neighborhood tracks, they must stand behind this legislation. If they do not, we will be sure that their true intention is indeed to bring casino-style gambling to Maryland and not really save the horse-racing industry as they purport.

Kimberly S. Roman

Glen Burnie

Public housing tenants deserve protection, too

During my eight years on the Annapolis City Council, I have been an outspoken advocate for the residents of properties managed by the Annapolis Housing Authority. Unfortunately, the residents of the authority's properties have suffered because of the mismanagement of the agency.

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