From: Carolyn Roeding
Anne Arundel County PTAs
Last year, over 75 local PTA and Council PTA members attended.The enthusiastic "give and take" discussions reminded them that PTA does monitor the bills and their positions on them to ensure equity and quality of care and education for all children.
Although funding is the major worry for this session, we must continue to remind them that child protection and education issues are equally important.
Call Wanda at the MCPT office to give an approximate number of PTA attendees so that packets will be available (685-0865).
To ensure the attendance of your own delegates and senator, call (800) 492-7122.
LEGISLATORS WILL PAY FOR ABORTION VOTES
From: Margaretta G. Bruce
Thank you, legislators, for SHAMING the beautiful state of Maryland with the label of the "Most Liberal Abortion Bill in the Country."
Maryland . . . the colony which was founded on religion, more than any other. The home of the first Catholic church in America. The state which prided itself on having the toughest divorce laws in the country because of our strong belief in home and family.
I pity you poor souls who, so you say, felt one way "in yourheart" but had to vote another way.
I know how I'm going to "feelin my heart," when it comes time for your re-election. Be assured, if you don't get kicked out at the polls, you will at the "pearly gates."
THEIR PARENTING EARNS TEENS RESPECT
From: Julie Jabaay
I am writing to thank you for the interesting and encouraging article in the Feb. 17 Anne Arundel County Sun, entitled "Bucking stereotype, some teen dads take to parenting," by Elise Armacost.
It deeply saddens me that unmarried persons (particularly teen-agers)have sex. I agree with God, who designed sex for marriage partners only (I happen to be single). However, I sincerely respect the teens profiled in your article.
I respected the girls -- Danielle and Yolanda -- for not allowing their precious children, Yolanda Laneice andAnthony, to be murdered in their wombs (abortion).
I also respectthe boys -- Miles and Kenny -- for taking their parenting as a responsibility and a privilege. It takes courage, love and strength to "dothe right thing."
God bless y'all.
ABORTION LAW UNDOES U.S. CIVILIZATION
From: Harry S. Valentine
As the pro-abortion "freight train" steams through the Maryland legislature, it is time to reflect on what we are allowing to be done to the state of Maryland and to ourselves. By officially sanctioning what would be the most liberal abortion law in the nation, we are telling the world thatthe citizens of our state condone the unfettered destruction of human life in the womb.
History is replete with examples of nations which degenerated into abortion and child sacrifice to appease their gods and which no longer exist because of these practices. Personal freedom at the expense of unborn children is fast becoming a "god" in this country, and its continued "worship" will lead the United States into the same oblivion as past civilizations.
The legislature is allowing pressure from self-serving and shortsighted interests to "railroad" it into doing something for which we will all suffer in the future. Don't allow the leadership, and dubious private interests, to dosomething for which we or our children will suffer.
'REPRESENTATIVES'DEAF TO VOTER'S VIEW
From: Lennis C. Vogelsang
On Monday, the 18th of February, I tried to reach either Delegate JoanCadden or (Ray) Huff at 841-3217 from 10:40 until 11:40 a.m. The phone either rang without answer or answered busy. This does not inspirea voter who wishes to express an opinion with confidence.
Since these are our representatives in this area, we were trying to reach them to let them know voters' views in this area. Was this a deliberateattempt to remain ignorant of voters' opinions? It seems true. Legislators are always claiming that we do not inform them of our views onissues before the Assembly. How can you inform representatives (and I use that term loosely) if they refuse to listen to the voice of thepeople?
Mr. Huff wrote me a beautifully worded letter in which hedeclared himself to be a Christian. Considering Bill (SB) 162, all Ican say is, "Really?"
BISSETT ALONE HAS RIGHT TO FILL ALLEN'S SEAT
From: H. Richard Williamson
The purpose of thisletter is to express my sincere belief as to why Phillip Bissett deserves the opportunity to represent the citizens of District 30. Like many of the citizens in Anne Arundel County, I too mourn the death ofDr. Aris Allen. He was a wonderful and very talented person and our community has suffered a great loss. Dr. Allen was elected to the General Assembly by over 16,000 votes last November and he deserved the right to represent District 30.
Among the many qualified candidates currently seeking to full his position, only one has also earned this prestigious right. That someone is Phillip Bissett. It was Mr. Bissett who met time again with the constituents of District 30. It was Mr. Bissett who debated and addressed the issues before the voters. It was Mr. Bissett who endured the year-long campaign through the primaries and the general election. It was Phil Bissett who went to the voters' homes and won their confidence. And it was Phil Bissett who received over 13,000 votes to finished a close second to Dr. Allen.
There are many difficult issues facing the General Assembly in today's uncertain and changing economic times. Now more than ever, District 30 needs and deserves quality representation.
It needs someone the voters have expressed their confidence and insured trust in. To myknowledge, no other candidate has earned the right and gained the trust except Phillip Bissett.
He has earned and deserves the right to represent the constituents of District 30.
SAVE THE TREES; KILL THEGAS TAX INCREASE
From: Emily Skop, president
Thirty-three members of the
Severn School Environmental
All Marylanders need to oppose any increase in state taxes that would raise the cost of gasoline to the consumer. Not only would an increase hurt the working poor, but also the trees.
Gasoline tax revenue is automatically earmarked for transportation projects. The lion'sshare does not go to light rail or other mass transit, but rather tothe State Highway Administration for more roads.
The constructionof more roads means destruction of many more acres of trees. As evidenced by the recent Bethesda Chain-saw Massacre, the SHA doesn't knowmuch about trees and cares even less about them, to say nothing of replacing them.
Without gas tax increases, the road-building will decline by 18.6 percent. That means a lot of trees will live a little longer.
NO ONE HAS RIGHT TO APPROVE ABORTION
From: Maureen Czbotar
As a nurse and mother of three teen-age daughters, I write concerning the abortion bill. This bill calls for the certain destruction of thousands of lives of unborn children. The parental notification compromise, meant to palliate pro-lifers, leaves the decision as to inform parents that a major medical procedure is to be performed on their teen-age daughter up to the abortionist who profits from the operation.
I have personally seen women who have been psychologically devastated by the aftermath of abortion. For years they arehaunted by the thoughts of what their child would have looked like and what that child could have become if it had a chance to live. As apractical matter, an abortion can leave the girl unable to bear children in the future, and in extreme cases, can result in death.
To call abortion a woman's right is incorrect. No one has the right to end the life of another and that is what abortion does, end the life of a living organism that has the genetic blueprint of what you and I are today, a human being. You and I started at conception, when the cells began to reproduce into the form, and organs, of what we are today. Abortion ends that growth process, thus ending a life.
The legislature, the Supreme Court, the abortionist, and even the woman in whom that child spends its first nine months of life, do not have the right to end that life.
FEBRUARY COVERAGE OF BLACKS COMMENDED
From: Kenneth L. Webster
Community relations officer
Department of Housing
and Community Development
I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Anne Arundel County Sun for the outstandingjob that you have done during Black History Month. The features thatyou have done on the Honorable Sarah Carter, Captain Norman Randall,community activist Elizamae Robinson, Alderman Carl Snowden, and others were great.
I was very pleased to read about the history and contributions that these African-Americans have made.
In addition, I want to take this opportunity to thank staff writer Dianne Williams-Hayes, who provided our agency with coverage of our Black History celebration. A special thanks to Denice Sanchez, your photographer, whowas most helpful to me at our event at Banneker-Douglas Museum on Feb. 16.
A good community newspaper provides inclusive and comprehensive coverage. Your paper has demonstrated this month why it is becoming the most read daily in our county. Keep up the good work.
BWI'S NEIGHBORS ARE FIGHTING BACK
From: John Kovarick
Thank you, Sun papers, for publishing my late January letter to the editor -- especially thank you for taking the trouble to publish it in its entirety.
I wish to compliment Mr. James Edmiston, whose letter was carried last week under the banner "Keep up the pressure on BWI," for his activities on behalf of Elmhurst and all communities southwest of Baltimore-Washington International Airport. I admit that those of us who did not see how BWI's July 1990 15R departure procedures would affect us were indeed distracted and short-sighted.
However, now we are making up for lost time. Community association leadersfrom throughout the areas affected by these 15R procedures inaugurated in July 1990 have been meeting for several weeks to develop focused plan of civic action against them. This last week, representation from communities totaling over 1,200 homes southwest of BWI wrote state and federal officials to document our united stand against this latest example of BWI's attempts to expel its noise at the expense of Anne Arundel homeowners. We agree with (the Airport Coordinating Team's) charges that BWI abuses the noise zone system.
We will accept nocompromise. We seek the complete repeal of these July 1990 15R departure procedures. We have formed a new organization, called C.A.N. (Communities Against Noise), which includes representatives from Parke West Community Association, Elmhurst Improvement Association, New Cut Farms Improvement Association and Meyers Estates Improvement Associates, among others. Any other communities wishing to see an end to the BWI 15R departure procedures begun in July 1990 are invited to attendour meetings and join our new concerted efforts.
I believe BWI planners have erred in trying to continue with these noise distributionprocedures. The July 1990 15R procedures do little, save pave the way for BWI to expand the noise zone and prepare new takeoff and landing patterns to accommodate their continued dream to build a dual runway system at BWI. Inexplicably, BWI is planning expansion when the economy is in a slump and airlines are going bankrupt.
Further increased use of BWI is no longer the easy way to bring in new employers tothe state -- it merely moves some airport jobs from Dulles or National to BWI. The distance to the airport is not sufficient to cause major employers to leave their old locations just because they fly through BWI instead of Dulles or National. Yet we homeowners southwest of BWI are being forced to pay the price for this poor planning.
BWI told us we can't make them reverse these July 1990 15R procedures. But now we say we C.A.N. and we will.