Your Opinions

October 02, 2005

Concert helps hurricane survivors

Last Friday, The Big Easy Benefit Concert was held at the House of Rock to raise money for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

Because of the great response from businesses, bands and the people of Harford County, we raised almost $6,000 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

I would like to thank the following Harford businesses for their support of this cause: Allsigns, attorney Christian Wilson, the Bel Air Athletic Club, Christmas DM-icor of Darlington, Computer Renaissance, Full House Press, Peppi's Meat Store, Sean Bolan's Irish Restaurant, and Wine World of Abingdon.

I also want to thank the local bands that dedicated their time: Burn, Fire Within, The Gonzo Circus, Hectic Red, Ryan "Cat in the Hat" Klingmeyer, Never Never, No Pets for Noah and Whiskey Train.

Lastly, a special thanks to another Harford native - Stash of WIYY-FM radio - for helping broadcast the event.

Without this support, the benefit would not have been so successful.

Thanks again, Harford County!

Rob LaPin Bel Air

Speak Out!

ISSUE: Harford Mall, the county's only enclosed shopping center, is planning an expansion and facelift that would attract higher-end clientele and alter the aesthetics of the facility, according to Bel Air and county officials.

"I think retail's an industry that is constantly reinventing itself - there's constantly a need to freshen up the offerings," said J. Thomas Sadowski, the county's director of economic development. "New stores come onto the scene and generate interest and sales. This looks like a repositioning to better serve those needs."

The plan is to be presented to the Bel Air Planning Commission on Thursday. What do you think needs to be done to improve Harford Mall?

Parking, traffic are key issues

In your Sept. 25, 2005, article re: the Harford Mall, "Mall plans to go upscale," it states that "According to the plans submitted to the city, an additional 20 parking spots would be added, though the ratio of spots per square feet would drop slightly."

This is just what the Harford Mall does not need!

If plans are in the works to attract high-end upscale stores, the last thing the mall needs is less parking spaces. If anything, it will need more Joppa

Add levels, bring in stores

My suggestion for Harford Mall would to add additional levels (similar to White Marsh Mall) and this would be a "boom" for Harford County.

We would not have to travel all the way to White Marsh Mall. (It would save gas also.)

Hopefully, they will consider adding levels onto the existing mall and bringing in more stores.

Anna Marie Murphy Bel Air

We want your opinions

ISSUE

At four town hall-style meetings this month, the county school board will conduct a review of the redistricting process, during which about 1,600 students will need to be shuffled to fill the Patterson Mill middle and high school complex when it opens in 2007. The discussion are expected to be general in nature, because no specific recommendations have been made. But the meetings will give citizens the opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns on the process. Recommendations are due in mid-November from a committee established by the superintendent.

YOUR VIEW

What do you think some of the key elements of the redistricting plan should be? Tell us what you think. Send e-mail responses by Thursday to harford.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published next Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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