Arundel Mills would be a boon to the countyI was shocked...

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August 01, 1999

Arundel Mills would be a boon to the county

I was shocked and amazed to read the article by Jackie Powder "Residents try to stop mega-mall" (June 27) concerning the proposed Arundel Mills mall project.

Instead of hurting Anne Arundel County, the Arundel Mills mall will bring hundreds of jobs to the area, bring added revenue to the county and provide a much-needed shopping area for people such as myself who have to travel 10 minutes just to go to the grocery store.

For example, Franklin Mills mall, just outside of Philadelphia, has now become a major tourist attraction for tour buses leaving New York.

The mall attracts nearly 4,000 tour buses and nearly 18 million people annually.

Arundel Mills will give other businesses in Anne Arundel County the opportunity to reach new customers.

Margie Christian

Harmans

`Sewer creep' drives development

"Sewer drives development," admits the man from Anne Arundel's public works department.

How true. And how necessary it is to keep sewer creep from overwhelming us with development.

But sewer plant capacity creep will speed up sharply if the Water/Sewer Master Plan Update Bill 57-99 is passed in August as it stands.

People in the Great Central block and the Lake Shore block should be specially alert. These are the only two large blocks of land in the county north of U.S. 50 that we are likely to save from intense development.

They really should be downzoned to qualify for County Executive Janet S. Owens' excellent agricultural preservation plan.

The Great Central block consists of east Odenton, lower Millersville, southeast Gambrills, all of Crownsville, easternmost Crofton and westernmost Annapolis. It is threatened by a great pincer movement: The update would increase the Patuxent (Crofton) plant by 50 percent, from 6 million gallons per day to 9 million gallons per day and would increase the Annapolis plan by 30 percent, from 10 million to 13 million gallons per day.

The update would also divert some sewage from the Cox Creek plant to the Broadneck plant and begin another plant further up the Patapsco, allowing sewer lines to be built in from Lake Shore.

While the Small Area Plans (SAP) are useful for the next decade, the long-term real engine of development is this nearly annual update of the water/sewer plan.

The developers know that boards and courts pay no mind to roads and schools, but they do require sewer to be available.

Write or phone your council member. Speak at the hearing tomorrow. Insist the bill be postponed until fall.

Argue a compromise, that water go forward while sewer is put on hold, at least until the SAPs in the plant service areas are made law.

Let's stop sewer creep.

James A. Hoage

Severna Park

South County placed at risk

I am astounded at the disregard the Anne Arundel County administration has toward South County seniors, the sick and disabled.

The elimination of just one professional firefighter position every day at the Deale Fire Station leaves South County unprotected for transporation in an emergency ambulance.

The ambulance from Shady Side must provide the transportation for all residents in South County, which eliminates protection against emergencies in Deale, Shady Side, Churchton, West River, Tracy's Landing, Friendship and Fairhaven.

Janet Owens' commitment to education is commendable, but public safety protects 100 percent of our population. Is this another subversive way to get the public to agree to pay for a ambulance service that will only be another hidden tax increase?

I pay the same taxes as they do in the North County. I want the same service.

Terri Simpson

Shady Side

Germans weren't all for Nazis

I'm a German-born citizen who has lived in Maryland for 33 years and consider it my home.

I read articles in The Sun about Germany's Nazi past, such as "A Haunting Ultimatum: Work or Die" (July 14) about one man's lawsuit against German and American companies because he was made to work as a slave by the Nazis.

Words cannot describe the sorrow I feel toward people who were killed, hurt or humiliated during the Nazi regime.

However, what I find aggravating is the assumption that Germans were unified in their support of Hitler.

Men and women who opposed the regime were persecuted. The country suffered total destruction.

When I was 4 years old, my German grandparents' house was bombed while we were inside.

Two of my father's brothers were killed in the war. One starved to death in a prison camp.

You might say the Germans started the war and committed deplorable atrocities and therefore deserve punishment then and now.

But how much can one demand of Germany and people who were only children or not even born at the time?

Could state Sen. Perry Sfikas, who is championing the lawsuit, tell me whom my German cousin should sue because her father was picked up by the SS because he made degrading remarks about Hitler and never returned again?

And from whom shall my German friend request compensation because her father was shot to death for helping Jewish people?

Helga Althoff

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