One man, 1 deck, one bay, but not one set of rulesIn...


January 04, 1998

One man, 1 deck, one bay, but not one set of rules

In reference to the editorial in The Sun, Nov. 20, "One Man, One Deck, One Bay," I am astonished beyond belief that my "one" 15-by-20, pressure-treated deck that replaced an existing deck underneath a 100-foot spread oak tree has gotten more press and government interest than Allied Signal's contamination of our "one" Inner Harbor.

Please don't tell the State Department of Assessments and Taxation about my waterfront being compared to the Ocean City shoreline, because it will raise my property taxes to have more money to make me tear it down.

The ruling by the Appeals Board says that the deck is not harmful to the environment but cannot be allowed by law. I thought the law was to protect the environment? Go figure.

Yet these same Appeal Board members get zoning variances for nursing homes (Lake Shore Plaza) and have decks and gazebos on the same Magothy River, visible from my property. I guess the same rules don't apply to those in position to enforce them. I even read where the board had granted developers variances to build entire developments on protected wetlands, or County Councilman Thomas Redmond's deciding vote in favor of a zoning law change that saved the wood chipping company of a && business associate.

Again, I am sure a 15-by-20 deck is definitely more harmful to the environment or its owner isn't as well-financed or connected.

I will continue this fight at my expense, because I know the county/state will at the public's.

Frank Citrano


You can't please all the people

Re: Marina Sarris and Karen Masterson's article on the light rail to Baltimore-Washington International Airport ("Save time by car, cash by light rail," Dec. 11).

I really don't know what commuters expect from the Mass Transit Administration. Apparently, some riders will not be happy until there is baggage check-in or redcap service being offered in addition to the ride itself.

I grew up in a city with a large subway system. I have also ridden on lines in other cities. In no instance did a mass transportation system offering an airport run modify its cars to include luggage racks or offer redcap service from the train to the ticket counter.

I recently sent a letter to the MTA suggesting it run a single shuttle back and forth between BWI and the closest regular station. I did not see enough people going directly from the plane to the train station to justify another line. I guess the MTA felt that getting their customers to their destination with one less transfer was worth all the other problems.

The MTA should be lauded on providing a quick and inexpensive way to BWI. Those with a problem using it should make other arrangements to get there.

William S. Kennedy


Megaplexes: Wake up and smell the popcorn

Hey, nice editorial on Dec. 26 about Anne Arundel County eventually getting a theater megaplex ("Now playing: megaplex theaters"). There is one under construction on Nursery Road, about a half-mile from the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and about two miles from Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Linthicum.

The last time I saw the site, it looked like it would open for business in just a few months. Someone didn't do his homework.

Dennis W. Ford


West county does not need all this traffic

I must take exception to your Dec. 22 editorial ("Hot spot") concerning the building of a NASCAR-entertainment complex and a discount mall.

It is easy to sit behind a desk and make for/against statements, but when doing so, one should at least do some preliminary research.

I use both Interstate 295 and Route 32 to travel back and forth to work. Both roads are only two lanes in either direction and choked with traffic from 5: 30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

At Route 32 and I-295 (the NASCAR site), you not only have heavy east-west traffic, normal commuter traffic to Washington via I-95, but high-volume National Security Agency traffic.

Route 100 has virtually no effect on the NASCAR proposal. To this, add an entertainment complex and a discount mall and what you have is a recipe for disaster and a choked Route 100.

I believe The Sun is smart enough to realize the jobs and tax revenues are always overblown for public consumption. Whoever goes back and actually checks?

Additionally, home building is proceeding at a frenzied rate in the west county. If it stopped the home building, the county would not need added money to build new schools.

If the above elements are added, west county will be like the Mountain Road corridor. You won't be able to get in or out.

What then must be done? Yes, increase taxes to build more roads.

F: Is this progress? Let the people decide by referendum.

Daniel Goss


MVA isn't playing 'dirty tricks' for cash

In response to a Dec. 14 letter to the editor regarding the Motor Vehicle Administration distributing records information ("MVA tries dirty tricks to get your money"), please allow me to clarify a few points with factual information.

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