Rodgers Forge tower tempest in a teapotRegarding the Oct...


October 27, 1997

Rodgers Forge tower tempest in a teapot

Regarding the Oct. 13 article on the proposal by AT&T to build a cellular phone tower on the grounds of St. Pius X Church, I have to say that my husband and I, who are both longtime residents of Rodgers Forge and parishioners at St. Pius X, are discouraged by the determination of an increasingly large segment of the population to find fault with and oppose everything.

It would appear that AT&T is going out of its way to find an aesthetically pleasing and very costly solution to the appearance issue. In addition, shouldn't ''thousands of studies'' verifying the safety of such a tower be enough?

Finally, Father Tom Golueke is not a pastor who would embark on a ''commercial venture'' without taking the opinions of the community and school into consideration and has always stressed that no decision has yet been made. However, churches need revenue to operate and we feel this is one very viable means of raising capital, as St. Mary's and the Cathedral of Mary our Queen did before us.

If the residents of Rodgers Forge want something about which to be concerned, there are issues which have more far-reaching implications than the proposed cell phone tower.

Pamela T. Prenger


Healthy region allows cooperation

Peter A. Jay's closing remarks in his column ''Regionalism revisited'' (Oct. 9) introduce another important facet, localism, to the discussion of the Greater Baltimore Committee's report, ''One Region, One Future.''

Mr. Jay's remarks leave the reader with the notion that building a sense of regional community means local pride is squashed. Nothing could be further from happening in America, where strong local government is a hallmark and is happily guarded.

Those who think Americans might let go of their hometowns in the building of a regional community need look no further than the recent vote by residents to abolish Miami, Fla., a vote that resoundingly retained the municipality. This strong pro-Miami City vote occurred both in the face of the mismanagement of the city that triggered the vote to begin with and despite the 40-year existence there of a regional federated government.

Most Americans champion local government as a birthright. Civic activity should center not on regional cooperation's suppression of localism, but on the reverse. The long-term health of the individual communities requires that the whole region be healthy, a goal that taps another old-fashioned American standard: neighborly local cooperation.

Patricia S. Atkins


Tree planters haven't given up the ghost

Your report of the death of the Tree-Mendous Maryland program in a Sept. 28 column by Michael Olesker, ''Orlinsky is eager to gear up,'' was somewhat premature.

We are alive, well and thriving in the state Department of Natural Resources. In fact, we ''ghosts'' at DNR and more than 20,000 volunteers planted 850,000 trees this year.

Terry Galloway


The writer is director of the Tree-Mendous Maryland program.

We need one language; it should be English

This letter is in response to the Sept. 17 article ''All names are American, all accents are American'' by Linda R. Monk.

Please repeat after me loudly and clearly: ''English is the de facto language of the United States and should without question, without a doubt, without malice, become the official legal language of this country.''

One only has to journey to the largely Cuban section of Miami to clearly understand the divisiveness that can be caused when English is not the required language. Many Floridians feel alien in their own country. Journey to Canada to understand that, among other things, language is about to tear that country apart.

English is the most common thread that holds this racially and ethnically diverse country together. Can you imagine if the early immigrants had insisted upon maintaining their various languages? What would this country be like with everyone speaking their native languages: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Chinese and various African languages? The Tower of Babel comes to my mind.

It is beyond my understanding how anyone intelligent could advocate multiple languages. English has become the de facto universal language of business, is required of air traffic controllers in most countries of the world, and much to the chagrin of the French, is spoken in diplomacy.

Let us hope that our lawmakers come to their senses and make haste with passing the necessary legislation to make English the official language of the United States.

Art Hall


Kenwood High deserves a salute

I want to express my deep feeling of pride in Kenwood High School after attending the ceremony when five former students and teachers were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame Oct. 10. It was an experience I shall never forget.

The speeches of inductees -- John Mack Kingsmore, Emily K. Thon, Joe Landa Wenderoth, Stephanie Lynn House and Harry Hunter Wendelstedt Jr. -- were a joy to hear. Sen. Michael J. Collins, a former teacher at Kenwood, was the guest speaker and deserves recognition for his fine work in promoting a new library at Kenwood.

The auditorium was packed to capacity with students. When they were being seated, the din was ear-splitting. However, when the program got started, one could literally hear a pin drop. What a tribute to all of the students and their instructors for this demonstration of pride in what was taking place.

The message to the students from the inductees was that they must take the initiative in deciding what course they should follow when deciding their futures. High school will be a turning point in their lives; they were urged to make the most of it.

All of us in Essex should stand up and salute Kenwood's faculty and students.

Maree F. Oravetz


Pub Date: 10/27/97

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