North County addicts walk to Annapolis?In response to your...


July 12, 1998

North County addicts walk to Annapolis?

In response to your June 21 front-page article titled "Drugs: the city-suburban connection," the Anne Arundel Board of Health executives who closed Glen Burnie's "open door" methadone clinic are responsible for contributing to and accelerating the demand for heroin in Baltimore.

My methadone clinic work experience leads me to reach two conclusions about heroin addicts:

1) Few own a car and the legal right to drive it.

2) Few have the resources to afford a private methadone clinic.

Consolidating Anne Arundel County's methadone facilities in Annapolis has irrefutably forced virtually all north Anne Arundel County/South Baltimore heroin addicts back to the streets to get their fix.

It's absurd to expect a Glen Burnie addict to begin walking to Annapolis at 3: 30 a.m., so he can reach Annapolis by 6: 30 a.m. for his once-a-day dose of methadone.

Yet absurdity and wasteful spending seem to be what Anne Arundel County does best.

Passing through any Anne Arundel County sobriety checkpoint proves this fact.

Why does it take 10 Anne Arundel County police officers to arrest drunken drivers, when law enforcement officers in Boston, Detroit, Toronto and Los Angeles nab just as many offenders with half as many officers?

Anne Arundel taxpayers need to pay more attention to fiscal waste their officials perpetuate.

Their failure to do is precisely why I moved to Baltimore City.

T. Rolf


French immersion at others' expense

On June 17, the Board of Education of Anne Arundel County began cutting $9 million from the instructional budget. However, it voted to protect the French immersion program at Crofton Woods Elementary, though Superintendent Carol Parham recommended the program be cut.

Once again, the plan is to steal from the poor and give to the rich. The program started with private money will now be funded by further cutting basic necessities from less affluent schools to pay for their French lessons, which require private classroom aides.

When is the board going to tell us why it is willing to help this little group's test scores rise at the expense of other children -- who do not have adequate facilities, let alone private aides.

S. Erwetowski

Severna Park

Story on Stevensville infant deaths overlooked several facts on licensing

I am writing in response to the June 24 article in The Sun, "Grief spurs mothers to action," regarding the deaths of two infants in Stevensville.

Dawn Denny was quoted, "As it is now, there are strict rules for getting a license, but no follow-up." This is not true.

Not only are we inspected when we apply for our day-care licenses, but also every two years thereafter when we renew the licenses. Social workers and the county Fire Department conduct the inspections.

Our registration manual states that "the provider shall ensure that: (1) the home has clean linen and adequate furnishings for rest periods, such as cribs, cots, beds, sleeping bags or mats, that are comfortable, durable, safe and appropriate to the ages of the children for whom the care is provided; and (2) each child has an individual place to rest not used by any other child or resident unless the linens are changed between users."

Also, on page 37, "Each child is provided an individual, age-appropriate resting place. Age-appropriate spaces for children under the age of 18 months are cribs and playpens. Children 18 months or older may use cots, beds, mats, cribs or sleeping bags."

Although this is a very unfortunate tragedy, I still have to question why those two babies were on the same bed. Had their parents asked to see their babies' sleeping quarters?

No amount of increased inspections on the state of Maryland's part will change what has happened, now or in the future.

It is quite clear that the regulations in the family day care registration manual were not upheld.

Having been providing licensed day care services in Anne Arundel County for 11 years, I get very frustrated when the media do not have all the facts.

Having myself provided care to one child for the past 10 years, it goes without saying that "parents do and have felt safe when placing their children in day care."

Roxanne L. Fouts

Glen Burnie

Pub Date: 7/12/98

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