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Gazette Readers Write

October 8, 2008

Slots vote

To those of you who are old enough to remember back when the Lotto/Lottery was sold to the voters as a way to help schools and educational needs, where has the money gone?

How come after about 38 years and all the new types of tickets to take your money, Maryland stil has a serious backlog of school construction and renovations?

Has there ever been any kind of report showing how much of the lottery money actually goes for educational needs and schools, and exactly where it all goes? Or is it just called the general fund?

Now that Gov. Martin O’Malley has changed the need for slots from the horses to the school children, he wants us to believe it wil help our schools. I don’t believe it now and didn’t then. It will only lead to more and more legalized gambling.

Voters, don’t be conned again.

HILDA E. EDWARDS

Pasadena

Critical confusion

Del. Don Dwyer wrote a letter to the editor entitled “Critical confusion” (Maryland Gazette, Oct. 1) The critical area buffer that he references in his letter as 200 feet is actually 100 feet.

As a state delegate, he should know that the new state law passed by the General Assembly required that a 200 foot buffer be established only on property newly subdivided in the Resource Conservation Area of the critical area.

Anne Arundel County, through a cooperative agreement with the Maryland Board of Realtors, has been distributing a pamphlet entitled “The Critical Area Buffer” to all new waterfront property owners for more than 10 years. This is a simple, easy to read brochure that describes the importance of the 100 foot buffer and what the homeowner can do within the buffer.

Del. Dwyer says that he did not receive a response to a letter he wrote to the Maryland Gazette on Aug. 13. We do not make a habit of responding to every letter that is written to the media in this fashion.

All of the information that Del. Dwyer references is already located on the county’s Web site and has been there for more than five years. You can find the Vegetative Management Plan forms and information on what can and cannot be done in the 100′ buffer at www.aacounty.org/IP/EnvironmentalPrograms/index.cfm. The State Critical Area Law can be found at www.dnr.state.md.us/criticalarea.

These sites contain the correct, factual information on the new state law. Del. Dwyer would be well advised to consult these sites before disseminating false information.

ELIZABETH DIXON

Director, Department of Inspections and Permits

Anne Arundel County

Linthicum memorial

While Conrad Bladey certainly has a right to his opinion, how sad it would be if his desire to allow liquor to be legally consumed in the J. Charles Linthicum Memorial Park were to be granted (Maryland Gazette, Oct. 1).

A beautiful memorial and a lovely park, which was suggested and came to fruition through the efforts of Ted Sophocles, would be desecrated. I don’t believe Mr. Bladey can deny that the legality of liquor being allowed in the park would bring debris and probably unwelcome behavior in a family oriented park.

Two members of the community, Ken and Carol Glendening, along with many other members of the community have spent hours cleaning and beautifying Benton Avenue Park. This work is done on a purely volunteer basis. What an insult it would be to imply that here is another park for them to clean.

The fact that J. Charles Linthicum was not in favor of Prohibition is not synonymous with his being in favor of the public use and abuse of alcohol. I have faith that Frank Marzuco, county director of recreation and parks, will use his wisdom to keep this park free of alcoholic beverages. To allow liquor to be legally consumed in this park would be a travesty.

I would also like to address the fact that Ella Virginia Houck Holloway encouraged the congressman to submit the bill on the National Anthem. She certainly did and whenever the “Star Spangled Banner” was mentioned in the family, Mrs. Holloway was always credited with having been the one who encouraged “Uncle Charlie” to submit this bill

Again, I respect Mr. Bladey’s right to his opinion. I just ask that he not try to impose that opinion on the rest of us.

VERENA VOLL LINTHICUM

Linthicum

School salaries

My husband scans your newspaper for hours and some times he suggests for me to read an article. This morning it was the one on school officials salary raises (Maryland Gazette, Sept. 10).

Very interesting to see who gives them selves what they think they are worth.

As I was cleaning some really good Maryland corn for dinner in one ear there was a worm. It would be foolish to get rid of that sweet corn for one nasty worm but it would be seriously foolish not to chop out the worm and the damage he was doing.

Are we smart or are we lazy?

GRACE BROWN

Pasadena {Corrections:} {Status:}

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