Condition of golf links not that important Donald Dunn...

LETTERS

May 13, 2001

Condition of golf links not that important

Donald Dunn, the self-appointed golf course critic for Howard County, seems to be more upset about his falling out with the Columbia Association than with the condition of Hobbit's Glen golf course ("Hobbit's Glen greens not up to par, asserts one critical observer," May 6). His comments sound snippy and vindictive at best.

I played Turf Valley on Friday, May 4, 2001 and Hobbit's Glen on Sunday, May 6, 2001. I found Hobbit's to be in fine shape for this time of year.

The greens were not especially pretty to look at but they were true and while I was amazed at my ability to read the lines on those interesting greens I did have difficulty, leaving far too many putts short of the hole.

Turf Valley, on the other hand, looked like you might expect a poorly maintained county course to look. The greens were recently aerated and the grass everywhere was far too high.

Turf Valley is a venue where it is far more expensive to play than the cost of Package Plan Plus in Columbia, which makes Hobbit's much more enjoyable and a much better value. For whatever reason they are no longer there, the professionals have only played one course in Howard County, Hobbit's Glen.

I believe that says something.

If Mr. Dunn wants to do county golfers a favor, he would do well to visit Timbers at Troy, a true disaster. What happened to that course? A couple of years ago it was a pleasure to play. Today it seems as though no one cares about the place. It's looking old, haggard and very unkempt.

It never ceases to amaze me how high-handicappers and even good players take the GAME of golf so seriously. We forget that this is a game, recreation, a chance to be with friends and meet new folks.

We would have everyone believe that the condition of the course is going to have a dramatic effect on our Sunday-afternoon game and is a matter of life and death. Being so concerned about minor imperfections, maybe Mr. Dunn should take up philately.

Frank Bell

Columbia

Outsized septic systems a threat to ground water

It has not been too long since the closing of the Marriottsville landfill contaminated the wells of surrounding homeowners. Has everyone forgotten? Now we hear of a developer ... planning to create a lake-size, common septic system for 147 homes in the same general area. How long will it take before that size system contaminates the ground waters so many us depend on in this area? To approve such a system is a dangerous precedent, and it will lead to the waste of valuable land.

I hope the Health Department, Councilman Kittleman and other county departments will act to stop this and all other septic proposals of this nature. It is time for Planning and Zoning to exercise more authority over land use in the western county. If there are no immediate plans to extend water and sewer service to that area, the proposed development should be delayed until the potential environmental and health issues are resolved.

Clean water is essential to all life; 147 homes using an oversized septic system will not assure local residents that their wells will remain uncontaminated.

Dr. Steward H. Frazier, Jr.

Ellicott City

More than one view of reality in Columbia

... but it hasn't bitten Jessica Bacharach ("Reality bites Rouse's Columbia dream," Metro Journal, May 9).

I would suggest she talk to the other Columbians who live in and around federally subsidized housing and other "affordable housing." She may even see that she is part of the problem, along with the other Volvo Liberals who would rather accuse others of intolerance from their own nice neighborhoods, unsubstantiated by reason or data, than deal with the reality. Many of us longtime Columbians have been witness to the destruction of our older neighborhoods, by fatally flawed federal entitlements, where the few bring down the neighborhood while being protected by political correctness and institutionalized ignorance.

This isn't about prejudice and intolerance; this is about the rape of our cities and neighborhoods fueled by our collective unwillingness to face the ugly realities of the impact of our social welfare programs on the fabric of our society.

Good writing style Jessica, but please stick to the truth. It will serve you, the Sun papers, and our country much, much better.

Rick Burk

Columbia

Time to return to respect and values

The dumbing down of our culture and society has been going on for over 40 years and it is time to bring it to a halt. The liberals and bleeding hearts have been tearing down what has made our country great. It started with removing prayer from our schools and all things related to God, our creator.

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