Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

March 25, 2007

Columbia Association displays hypocrisy

In the story titled "Columbia prepares to party" that ran in the Howard section of The Sun on March 18, I found that the Columbia Association displayed significant hypocrisy.

As I understand it, this year will be a celebration of the success, prosperity and growth that Columbia has enjoyed since it began 40 years ago. I am guessing that much of that success is the result of Columbia-based businesses over the years.

Why then did the Columbia Association retain companies based in Bowie and Silver Spring to handle this celebration? I have to imagine that there are many qualified companies in Columbia that contribute to the city's economic growth that would have done an outstanding job. And had Columbia not been home to an appropriate vendor, I am guessing that somewhere in Howard County several qualified candidates could have been found.

Now, according to the story, "the committee is seeking businesses that want to hold or sponsor an event during the 40-day window." Perhaps some businesses in Bowie and Silver Spring will sponsor events since they are the business communities experiencing economic growth as a result of Columbia's 40th anniversary.

Columbia is turning 40, and Howard County is one of the most attractive counties in the country because of the people who live there and the businesses that lay down roots there. That should and needs to be recognized.

John Maroon President, Maroon PR

Building height rules limit Rouse's vision

When James Rouse envisioned Columbia as a "New City," his vision was to develop an environment that, among other things, helped to grow people. Hopefully, that vision did not mean that The Mall of Columbia should be our New City. Enclosed malls, another creation of James Rouse, define suburbia. However, there is nothing to suggest that Mr. Rouse intended to limit Columbia's downtown to The Mall.

Instead, Mr. Rouse's vision was large enough to foresee a downtown that would serve as the centerpiece for a community of 300,000 to 500,000 people.

Attempts to limit, arbitrarily, heights of buildings in downtown Columbia will necessarily limit Mr. Rouse's vision for Columbia's future. Please don't let that happen.

Michael Davis Columbia

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