Thanks for aid to research shipyard's rootsThe Steward...

LETTERS

May 03, 1998

Thanks for aid to research shipyard's roots

The Steward Colonial Shipyard Foundation would like to publicly express our sincere appreciation to Anne Arundel County and County Executive John G. Gary for their generous grant of $25,000 to our foundation.

In 1991, the remains of an 18th-century colonial shipyard was discovered at the headwaters of the West River. This site played a critical role in the development of our colonial history and in Maryland's participation in the Revolutionary War.

Archaeological investigation of the shipyard will add significantly to our knowledge of Anne Arundel County culture and heritage.

Our foundation was created to further this investigation, while providing an educational opportunity for students and volunteers.

Thanks to the county grant, we have begun a number of important projects that will forward these goals.

Mr. Gary has provided significant moral and monetary support for our efforts. We are thankful and appreciate his enthusiasm and advocacy for the preservation of this most important piece of our county's heritage.

Lyman Hall

Galesville

The writer is founder of Steward Colonial Shipyard Foundation, Inc.

Councilman arrogant in views on bypass

According to the April 19 article "Project will ease traffic on busy road," Anne Arundel County Councilman Thomas W. Redmond Sr. stated that the proposed Mountain Road "bypass is a done deal."

His attitude, despite the apparent objection of two-thirds of the residents of the Mountain Road peninsula to the bypass, is insulting to all of us who have lived here for any length of time. (Mr. Redmond, incidently, does not live on the peninsula.)

The proposed road plans, as displayed at prior public meetings, do not relieve traffic east of North Shore Drive. In fact, it appears to stop there solely as a means of providing access for the development of the Loopers property.

We hope that the arrogance exhibited by Mr. Redmond toward his constituents concerning the proposed Mountain Road bypass will be amply rewarded in the next election.

Judy Broersma-Cole

Robert H. Cole

Pasadena Horse industry a selfish breed

Robert Lillis' letter ("Horse industry aid not a millionaire bailout," April 12) and his unfair assessment of Del. John R. Leopold is another example of the horse industry's selfishness.

What other sport has tremendous tax breaks, legal wagering, off-track betting, simulcasting and still wants more?

Remember, the horse industry is not just about horse-racing. Virginia had a booming horse business for decades without a track.

Mr. Lillis and the others could still enjoy farming and working with horses even if every track closed tomorrow. It would be a billion-dollar-a-year export industry.

According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, it takes 15 years for pari-mutuel wagerers to hit rock bottom financially, and video gamblers just one to three years.

The Harvard Study shows that addictions increased more than 50 percent since video gambling.

The U.S. Treasury Department is studying the link between gambling and bankruptcy. The Phillips Study shows that areas with casino-style gambling have higher suicide rates than those without.

Knowing these facts, why would the horse industry insist on introducing such a dangerous "product"? Selfishness.

Maryland tracks need to explore corporate partnerships and improve their marketing and management.

Other tracks are using their facilities to support concerts, boxing matches, art and crafts exhibits, create educational partnerships and much more.

We've seen in The Sun ("Tracks show purse surplus," April 4) that wagering, horses-per-race and purses remained high even after slots came to Delaware.

We also see that they had $2.6 million of subsidy money that they banked last year instead of spending it on purses.

Why should we listen to them when they aren't even telling us the truth? No, I'd rather they use that $10 million to educate our children. We'd all benefit from that.

Barbara Knickelbein

Glen Burnie

Sites take old gas throughout the year

A Pasadena resident who expressed concern in an April 19 letter to the editor ("More drop-off sites for old gasoline") about where he could dispose of old gasoline apparently was unaware that Anne Arundel County offers residents numerous opportunities to dispose of fuels and other hazardous household wastes throughout the year.

Since the Department of Public Works started this drop-off program 10 years ago, 17,500 residents have used it to safely dispose of more than 1.3 million pounds of toxic chemicals and household products.

Gasoline, other solvents and fuels account for approximately 10 percent of the hazardous wastes brought to the drop-off centers.

Oil-based paint and paint solvents account for 57 percent.

More than half of the material accepted is recycled. The remainder is disposed of by a contractor licensed to handle hazardous materials at a properly licensed landfill or incinerator.

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