Comparing covenants to Nazis is odiousYour June 3 article...


June 14, 1998

Comparing covenants to Nazis is odious

Your June 3 article, "In Columbia, get spiffy or get sued," contains such an outrageous statement that it must be challenged.

You printed, "But some, like Stuart, compare the covenant enforcement to tactics used by the infamous Nazi police, the Gestapo."

Since you did not use quotation marks, I cannot determine if it came from Mr. Stuart or Caitlin Francke, the reporter.

I could note that the volunteers, employees and elected officials involved in covenant and architectural issues are not butchering 12 million people based on their religious or political beliefs, lifestyle, mental state or physical condition.

We are not waging a war against humanity, and we do not follow the likes of Hitler or any other megalomaniac. But a reasoned response to anyone who could make such an ignorant and crass comparison would be meaningless. The mere fact of such a statement makes it clear that the speaker would not understand the reply.

Shame on The Sun for printing it, without evidence of a challenging follow-up.

If your reporter drew the comparison, then you have dishonored the victims of the worst nightmare in human history and the people who fought and sacrificed everything to end that terror.

Robert Stackhouse

Ellicott City

The writer is a member of the resident architectural committee of the Village of Dorsey Search in Columbia.

Sauerbrey's visit to Howard justified

I am compelled to write in response to comments made by Geyer Wise, Chuck Ecker's campaign manager, regarding the reasoning for Ellen Sauerbrey's visit to Howard County to hold a press conference at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School ("Election visit ruffles feathers," June 8).

Throughout her campaign, Ms. Sauerbrey has made education the centerpiece of her platform. Unlike our current governor, she believes that schools are more important than building stadiums.

The fact that the Howard County school system is undoubtedly the best in the state is also the reason why our schools are rapidly filling up. Thus, our costs continue to rise. Families are moving to our county, not just from within the state, but from across the nation because of our schools. As a result of the exponential increase in students, funding to keep them the best is increasingly difficult, requiring creative ideas by educators, administrators, the school board, County Council and county executive. It makes their job harder when the governor provides only 35 percent of the county's funding request.

Most disturbing, however, is Ms. Wise's comment, "I can think of a lot more school districts in the state that need more money than Howard County needs money." As a spouse of a Howard County educator and a parent, I cannot afford to be so cavalier when it comes to spending on education.

I suggest Ms. Wise do her employer a favor and seriously research how little the state is doing to meet its obligation to Howard County. She'll learn that many educators, out of dedication and commitment, often spend parts of their meager salaries on supplies and equipment for their classrooms. This happens not just in Howard, but also Prince George's County, Baltimore and across the state.

Education -- and how Howard County has been slighted by the governor -- is a legitimate issue this election year. Should Ms. Sauerbrey ignore Howard County so as not to appear controversial? Not only would that have been imprudent, had she done so, she would have been severely criticized -- and rightly so. It's tantamount to criticizing your political rivals for distributing campaign literature at the Preakness.

Sean P. Keller


Hollofield is name, not Hollifield

Little care was given in naming the new housing development and elementary school in northern Howard County off Route 99 in Ellicott City.

The nearby area has long been known as Hollofield, as denoted on state maps, the utility substation sign on Old Frederick Road and the transformer box located at the railroad tracks.

However, the name Hollifield Station has been selected for the new area. Please note the difference in spelling.

Through the years, local residents have been heard pronouncing Hollofield as if it did contain an "i." Perhaps this is how the incorrectly spelled name came to fruition.

However, laziness in speech does not justify laziness on the part of real estate developers and government agencies in choosing a name for a new area of development -- especially when all you have to do is look at a map.

Lynn Michaels


The writer is chairman of the board of the Howard County Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Recalling Miss Butler, commencements past

The other day I attended a high school graduation in Howard County. The same day , I read a letter to The Sun about bad behavior at graduation exercises in Howard County.

It proposed that security guards be hired to remove disruptive people who yell and scream during the proceedings.

I was shocked, to say the least.

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