Endorsement wronged Robert SchaefferOn the same morning...

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August 23, 1998

Endorsement wronged Robert Schaeffer

On the same morning that the candidates for delegate from District 31 were being interviewed on issues by the Annapolis Capital, The Sun published its endorsements for that district with no knowledge of the non-incumbent candidates.

Singled out for particular vitriol was Robert Schaeffer, the citizen-activist who personally relieved rather than added to the tax burden of residents in Anne Arundel. This action enraged The Sun editors then, and apparently still rankles.

Mr. Schaeffer was portrayed in The Sun endorsement as an "anti-government ranter." In fact, Commander Schaeffer wore the uniform of this country for 29 years, and even fought in Vietnam for this government when the '60s era socialists at The Sun editorial board were themselves chanting anti-government slogans. Moreover, based on his advanced degrees in government, Commander Schaeffer was for years a respected member of the political science department at the U.S. Naval Academy, teaching midshipmen about American government.

Commander Schaeffer's campaign chairmen include former U.S. Senator and Commerce Secretary Bill Brock and current Clerk of the Court for Anne Arundel County Robert Duckworth. It strains credulity to think that these gentlemen would be endorsing an "anti-government" radical.

Clearly, The Sun's endorsements were partisan and agenda-driven. The Sun certainly doesn't owe Commander Schaeffer an endorsement. But it does owe him an apology.

Peter A. Castruccio

Gambrills

Russell better choice in 33rd

Do I detect a bit of whimsy in your normally well-reasoned set of Republican endorsements for the Maryland General Assembly's 33rd District ("Neall's a leader for District 33," August 14).

Consider:

Thumbs up to Sen. Robert R. Neall for doing a good job. Check.

Thumbs down to delegates Robert C. Baldwin and Janet Greenip for "not distinguishing themselves in four years of service." Check.

And then not a word, nary a phrase about "Robert P. Russell," save a mention of his name at the very end.

Yoo hoo, Bob Russell is the guy who was Anne Arundel County's problem-solving police chief from 1990 to 1994 (after 24 years on the force), a problem-solving business executive, a long-time community service champ and a hometown boy. And now he can't even get arrested in your "town" (my turn at whimsy)?

Come on, now. Time to retire the elves and the not-ready-for-the-millenium incumbents. Time to let people know there is a person in the 33rd District who can do the job: Bob Russell.

Signy S. Ellerton-Cale

Severna Park

1999 a sad year facing Pasadena

1999 will be the saddest time in the history of Pasadena. Next year, comprehensive re-zoning begins for Anne Arundel County. Comprehensive re-zoning is when every housing developer, marina operator and many of the incumbents' supporters will be looking for a higher zoning classification on their land.

The news media has so far kept this fact a secret. The majority of the population is definitely against rampant, uncontrolled growth.

Catherine Goeski

Pasadena

The Jurassic Park of land-use politics

In Anne Arundel County, that overdeveloper's paradise, the most prominent land-use consulting firm is Green, Hearing, Inne, Broadpipe and Sludgemore. Its foyer is dominated by a shield on the main wall that features a dinosaur's head with a mild, benign smile.

Seymour Green is the boss and also is in charge of "incumbent relations." In a quiet way, he is a very important man during election years. Somehow, he looks like the dinosaur.

Dodge A. Hearing is the conditional-use specialist. He helps raceway and mall builders get their projects made into a conditional use by the County Council. This means that only the approval of the zoning chief (who is under the county executive's thumb) is required.

These intense-use projects should instead be made special exceptions requiring approval by the hearing officer and Board of Appeals. This means hearings in which citizens can challenge the market need for the projects and present concerns of the neighbors.

Paque M. Inne (AKA "school stuffer") is the waivers specialist. She helps builders avoid the law requiring that their projects not overwhelm public facilities such as roads and schools.

Barclay Broadpipe and Sterling Sludgemore are the diameter specialists. They "encourage" public works and zoning to "correct" (enlarge) the diameter of a sanitary sewer pipe for an "error" in the project as passed by the County Council. A recent law allows this without hearing or council approval. Right now, Broady and Sludgy are trying to get the council to save another hearing-dodger, the "suburban community center," which will sunset next May.

The dinosaur on the shield in the foyer is surrounded by "De Aedificatore Solo Curat Lex," meaning "the law cares only about the developer." It could be Anne Arundel's official motto.

James A. Hoage

Severna Park

School support is vital

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