Letters To The Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

July 11, 2006

Ocean may swamp the Shore's growth

Many valid reasons to limit Eastern Shore development were delineated in The Sun's editorial "Who's minding the Shore?" (July 5) and in Dan Rodricks' column "More is not necessarily better for the Shore" (July 6).

However, one aspect of the problem needs special attention.

Certainly, many of these new housing developments will be built in low-lying areas that are prone to the sort of flooding recently experienced by several local towns.

And many of the new homeowners will be commuting long distances to work, increasing their personal contribution to greenhouse gases.

The subsequent global warming will hasten the melting of Arctic ice and glaciers. And this will cause ocean levels to rise, and more flooding in low-lying areas.

As a result, not only are the new neighborhoods at risk, but all Maryland citizens will be affected.

The consequences of allowing each community to develop in a vacuum will be universal.

So of course we need regional planning.

Susan Feigelman

Baltimore

Smart Growth is key to our quality of life

The Sun's editorial "Who's minding the Shore?" (July 5) missed an important underlying fact: Maryland is an attractive place to live and will continue to grow.

Projections by the Maryland Department of Planning show the state's population increasing by 1.1 million residents over the next 25 years. Deciding where this growth will occur and properly planning for it should be a concern for all Marylanders.

Ensuring that this growth is directed toward existing population centers with infrastructure such as water and sewer facilities is key to maintaining the state's high quality of life.

These existing population centers, with infrastructure, are generally municipalities, particularly on the Eastern Shore.

That's one reason why the Maryland Municipal League and its member cities and towns are strong proponents of the principles of Smart Growth.

If the growth is not centered around cities and towns, it will have no choice but to spread to rural areas where large individual lots will be needed to accommodate wells and septic systems, creating sprawl and consuming acres and acres of precious open space.

I encourage The Sun to recognize that municipalities are indeed acting affirmatively to ensure that growth on the Shore is well-planned and fully in sync with the basic tenets of Smart Growth.

David E. Carey

Bel Air

The writer is president of the Maryland Municipal League and a Bel Air town commissioner.

Layoffs may doom county steel plant

Reading that about 150 workers will go on voluntary layoff at the Sparrows Point steel mill leaves me to wonder if this is just the beginning of the end of the Baltimore County plant ("Layoffs set at steel plant," July 8).

The reason I say that is that the plant's owner, Mittal Steel Co., intends to build a $9 billion steel plant in eastern India.

The politicians better take a very deep look into what's going on at Sparrows Point and remember that outsourcing our jobs to foreign countries is costing the American workers their livelihood.

LeRoy R. McClelland Sr.

Essex

Writer ignores limits of 14th Amendment

The writer of the letter "Everyone born here really is a citizen" (July 4) bases her contention on the first sentence of the Fourteenth Amendment but somehow misses the importance of the exclusionary phrase it contains: "and subject to the jurisdiction thereof."

What is that phrase doing in there if it has no limiting or restrictive function?

In fact, the phrase was added, back in 1868, so that black former slaves would be included in the meaning of the amendment while Indians, who were not taxed, would be excluded.

If that exclusion worked for American Indians then, it can certainly apply to illegal immigrants now.

Richard Tatlow

Marriottsville

Schaefer is right about immigration

It doesn't matter whether or not state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer offends immigrant groups: He is wise in his appraisal of what's evolving politically and culturally in Maryland ("Schaefer's words stir criticism," July 6).

If the United States of America is to remain united, we must adhere to our English heritage, laws, language and customs.

However, this is not a politically correct view across the land today, and as a result, the remarks of the comptroller are being vilified.

Sadly, multiculturalism encourages huge divides and animosity.

I concur with Mr. Schaefer that this philosophy is "crap." And I see eye to eye with him regarding the problem of open borders and the price we will pay for our largess.

Although I am a woman, I'm secure enough in my accomplishments to ignore the comptroller's questionable asides to women.

What I see is a man in his 80s who knows the score and has the courage to speak out when he perceives that "the emperor has no clothes."

I consider immigration, both legal and illegal, the juggernaut that will destroy our country and the blessings we enjoy today.

Rosalind Ellis

Baltimore

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