Federal stimulus for Plumpton Park Zoo

August 09, 2010

Where is the government support for the 24-year-old institution that provides community coalescence and a clean family environment for Maryland residents ("Zoo closing in Cecil Co. was cited by USDA," Aug. 7)?

While Baltimore's Druid Hill Park zoo receives millions in federal and state aid, Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun must close because the 82-year-old owner cannot single handedly carry the load any longer. I think it is shameful for both Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Benjamin L. Cardin to not step in and offer assistance to the residents and communities of North East, Maryland in their time of need.

These senators as well as congressmen and our governor were hot to trot when the Baltimore zoo needed assistance. Where are they now?

I have been to Plumpton Park Zoo and I was very impressed by the cleanliness and serenity of its bucolic environment. There was no army of armed security guards and warnings posted everywhere, no sense of danger in and around the parking lot. Ed Plumstead should be honored as a Maryland hero for providing his "labor of love" to the surrounding communities. Instead he is ignored and dismissed by our "representatives" here in Maryland.

What a pity.

Tim Caldwell

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