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LETTERS

November 15, 1998

Georgia Ave. can relax about light rail extension

It is important to clear up any misunderstanding about Gov. Parris N. Glendening's position on an extension of Baltimore's light rail system to Glen Burnie, as stated in an Oct. 18 letter to the editor, "Can Georgia Avenue relax about light rail plan?"

The governor has made it clear that there will be no Glen Burnie extension during his administration.

In May, along with citizens and local elected leadership, he toured the Georgia Avenue neighborhood under consideration for a light rail alignment. Based on the input he received first-hand and a full review of the project, the governor announced in early October that an extension of light rail through Glen Burnie would "take an unacceptable toll" on the community and would not be built.

This decision is clearly in step with his transportation vision. In the Baltimore region, transit will continue to play an important role in reducing traffic congestion, improving the environment and enhancing the mobility of our citizens.

To improve our existing system, double-tracking the current light rail line will become the top priority. In addition, the Mass Transit Administration will continue to evaluate other ways to enhance transit in Anne Arundel County and work with communities in planning for future projects and services.

David L. Winstead

Linthicum

4 The writer is Maryland transportation secretary.

Thank you for the coverage and support that The Sun gave to the residents of Glen Burnie in our battle to prevent light rail from running through the middle of our neighborhood.

We wish to express our gratitude also to our state delegation -- delegates Mary Ann Love, Michael W. Burns, James E. Rzepkowski, Sen. Edward Middlebrooks and county Councilman Ed DeGrange. They courageously stood by us from the beginning and walked with us in our battle.

This is truly an example of the special spirit of community that has exemplified our town of Glen Burnie for more than 110 years.

Suzanne Dietz Patrick

Glen Burnie

Pro-track politicians all defeated

I cannot leave unchallenged certain statements expressed by Melissa Berge of Chesapeake Motorsports Development Corp. in her letter to the editor ("Arundel racetrack running on private dollars," Nov. 6). Mrs. Berge claims that the $73 million figure came a Deloitte and Touche report that was prepared when the racetrack was proposed in Essex.

The information she is disputing, which I supplied to Sun reporter Laura Sullivan, was clearly marked, "July 1998 Progress Report -- Chesapeake Motorsports Development Corporation," and was handed out by the corporation at a citizens advisory meeting.

Citizens Against the Racing Stadium Site has no need to misrepresent Chesapeake Motorsports Development Corp.: Its own documents distributed to citizens exposed its agenda.

Perhaps she did not notice, but the politicians who supported this racetrack -- Anne Arundel County Executive John G. Gary and council members Thomas W. Redmond Sr., Bert L. Rice and William C. Mulford II -- were soundly defeated in the September primary election or in this month's general election.

The Anne Arundel County executive-elect, Janet Owens, has made known her opposition to a racetrack on this site. In addition, the entire legislative slate elected by the citizens of the 31st Legislative District is on record opposing this racetrack.

It is time for Ms. Berge to find a site that is appropriate to accommodate a project of this magnitude. And perhaps this time, she should have all the financing in place so citizens can be assured that she is not just one more wealthy individual looking for a stadium handout.

Marcia Drenzyk

Baltimore

L The writer is with Citizens Against the Racing Stadium Site.

Mountain Road concerns shared

I read with interest the letter Marcia Conrad wrote in her complaint of the congestion occurring on Mountain Road in Pasadena.

I also read with interest the letter state Sen. Philip C. Jimeno took time in his very busy day to write, in reply to Ms. Conrad.

Both letters were full of concern and information. Since we are all very involved with the growth and congestion on Mountain Road, these letters speak for all of us.

Marge Griffith

Pasadena

Some finer points of Quaker history

It was good to read the recent article about the Quaker burial ground in southern Anne Arundel County ("Friends of Quaker history," Oct. 5). The tribute to the little band of trustees who have kept up this historic cemetery and preserved the history of early Friends (Quakers) is especially appropriate.

As the article pointed out, the longtime trustees are getting along in age and local Quakers have joined them as trustees. These include two from Annapolis and two from Baltimore.

Unfortunately, the article missed the fact that Friends in Anne Arundel County are alive and well.

We are indeed keeping up the religious practices and heritage that go back more than 320 years to when founder George Fox traveled from England to the Galesville site to begin what became Baltimore Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

We modern Friends have a beautiful new meeting house at the end of Dubois Road, off North Bestgate in Annapolis, where we "wait upon the Lord" in silent worship just as did the early Friends. We retain the belief that there is "that of God" in every person. This belief leads us to work for peace and social justice.

We are a vibrant, contemporary group of worshipers standing firmly on a long and precious tradition.

For information, call the meeting house at 410-573-0364.

Patience A. Schenck

Annapolis

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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