October 08, 2006

Caution urged on Town Center

I'm a senior who has lived in Columbia's Town Center for the past seven years. We seniors like to take things slow. I've been greatly concerned about the rush to overdevelop my neighborhood and inadvertently turn it into Silver Spring. The charrette is just out of control and must be stopped or at least slowed.

Carpenters used to say "measure twice, cut once." With so much at stake in Town Center, I must insist that we measure the traffic and other impacts twice before we cut down one tree.

Josephine Serra


Several issues face next county leaders

Recent candidate forums for county executive and County Council have raised strong citizen concerns about unbridled growth and development.

Is this the primary issue the new county executive and council will face? The question of growth has dominated most all forums.

There are other issues equally important, but are not being addressed publicly:

There is a local transportation system not friendly to those who depend on it for traveling throughout the county. What will be done to make traveling easier for those who do not have access to an automobile?

There is disparity in health services for citizens in need of those services. There is need for a more effective health education network system so health care can be improved for all.

The continued widening of Route 32 is a decision the next county executive and council will have to address. If there is no agreement between the state highway division and county government, the widening will not proceed. Everyone who travels that highway understands the traffic problems.

There is a continuous growth in the school population, meaning more renovation and newer buildings. Financing these budget needs is a future concern.

Housing availability for all citizens remains an issue. Don't forget that River Hill is the only Columbia village with no provisions for low-income housing.

The next county executive should be an administrator with demonstrated experience who knows how to bring people together and understands the needs of the citizen. Last-minute promises not fully thought out serve no one well over a long period of time. The future of the county should not be traded for short-term gains that serve just a few.

The whole picture must be looked at. When something is given, something is lost. Those planning future forums, let potential voters hear the candidates' views on issues other than growth.

Steward H. Frazier Jr.

Ellicott City

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