Land swap could solve Waverly Mansion threatJustifiable...

LETTERS

June 20, 1999

Land swap could solve Waverly Mansion threat

Justifiable opposition exists to locating a gas station adjacent to Waverly Mansion.

A suggestion to the Howard County Council: Why not trade 3 or 4 acres of county property adjacent to the Alpha Ridge Landfill entrance in return for the county receiving title to the presently proposed gas station location.

It could be maintained as parkland adjacent to Waverly Mansion.

This trade would provide a more appropriate gas station location while preserving the historic Waverly Mansion location from unnecessary adjacent commercial development.

Ted Warfield, Woodstock

Parents the ultimate child-safety lock

Enough on gun control and child safety locks. Safety isn't about more governmental control. It is about better parenting.

There aren't enough laws or safety devices to defray just being a parent. These days, it seems, parents are too busy looking for someone else to blame for their inadequacies at home.

Statistics show that more children drown in a bucket of water than are killed by guns. Are we to assume we need to child proof all the buckets? Where are the parents and why aren't they doing their jobs?

The reality is we can't save every child from some sort of accident but we surely shouldn't believe the government should take over for the parents.

Spend more time with your children and you'll know what they're doing.

Dawn N. Bach, Ellicott City

Wal-Mart took a courageous stand

Regarding Susan Reimer's column on May 30 ("Wal-Mart and the business of contraception"): Why should Christian mothers object so strongly that Wal-Mart no longer carries the newest pregnancy prevention pill?

Are mothers today teaching their girls that pre-marital sex is OK as long as they have protection? Aren't they concerned about their daughters (or sons) contracting AIDS or other venereal diseases?

We do believe the bottom line was a moral issue with Wal-Mart. They lost a lot of business from the general public.

I'll shop Wal-Mart when I can. It deserves support. More power to them.

Alice J. Wickman, Ellicott City

Questions about current events

1) The front-page headline on June 13, "NATO rolls into Pristina," was atop a sub heading, "Serbs flee their villages." We know that when Albanians fled their villages it was called "ethnic cleansing." What's it called now that Serbs are fleeing?

2) How can President Clinton be so smug? The United States and 18 other nations (aka NATO) initiated an air war against a country that's smaller than Ohio. The U.S. alone had ample airpower to bomb Yugoslavia back to the dark ages. How could NATO possibly lose? After 78 days of relentless bombing, the tiny country couldn't take it anymore. The only surprise is that it took so long. Does that make the commander-in-chief, who was a draft-dodging, military-loather in his youth, a military hero now? I don't think so.

3) Emergency spending bills can use the money in the Social Security trust fund. Emergency spending bills provide billions of dollars to pay for the 78 days of bombing Yugoslavia and will provide billions of additional dollars to rebuild what we blew up in Yugoslavia.

So we might think of the 78 days of bombing and the years of rebuilding Yugoslavia as "our Social Security dollars at work."

William J. Scanlon Jr., Ellicott City

Looking forward to a new Ellicott Mills

On behalf of the Worthington Elementary School PTA, we would like to thank publicly the Howard County Board of Education, county executive and council for authorizing funds for the replacement of Ellicott Mills Middle School.

Many parents and citizens advocated on behalf of this project. They are pleased that our elected representatives acknowledge the educational efficacy of providing a modern, accessible and fully functional facility to the population served by Ellicott Mills.

We look forward to occupying the superior structure designed by the accommodating architects at Tom Clark Associates.

Elizabeth M. Haynes

Karen B. Potter, Ellicott City

The writers co-chair the Ellicott Mills Middle School improvement committee of the Worthington Elementary School PTA.

Easing the pressure for quality day care

On May 13, Gov. Parris N. Glendening signed legislation into law to strengthen oversight of Maryland's day care. The new law, which becomes effective Oct. 1, requires the state to make unannounced inspections of home-based day care facilities.

Under current law, the state is required to conduct an announced inspection of a home-based day care facility when the providers permit is up for renewal every other year. The unannounced inspection will be conducted the year the permit is not up for renewal.

The bill was lobbied into law by the grief-stricken parents of 6-month old Ivan Denny and 5-month old Matthew Harrison, who suffocated last year in a Kent Island day care home when a quilt accidentally fell over their faces.

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