We want your opinions

April 12, 2006

ISSUE:

The state is threatening to evict several nonprofit groups, including a regional food bank, drug treatment center and nursing home, in a dispute with Anne Arundel County over the disposition of the shuttered Crownsville state psychiatric hospital site.

Van T. Mitchell, deputy secretary for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, told Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens in a letter that the impasse over which party will pay an estimated $25 million for environmental cleanup may force the state to kick out the community organizations next year.

The county says it cannot afford to take over the 600-plus acre campus and that the cleanup is the state's responsibility.

YOUR VIEW:

Should the state kick out the nonprofit groups from the Crownsville hospital site? And whose responsibility is the environmental cleanup?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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