After train, there's bound to be rezoningFrom:...


After train, there's bound to be rezoning

From: Kathleen Gardner

Ellicott City

Toot! Toot! Sounds like I hear a train, acomin', comin' down the tracks, 'cause this road sure is getting railroaded through.

Toot! Toot! When the county puts the finishing touches of a light-rail system smack down the middle of good ol' Route 100, we really will have our very own railroad.

Gee whiz, I can hardly wait for the rezoning that is bound to occur in this area because:

1. The county made a mistake on the General Plan; or

2. The nature of the area has changed so much that rezoning is in order.

Residents object to Patuxent 'sanctuary'

From: Ginger Wareham

Bill Wareham

Hammond Hills

We are writing in response to recent articles describing the Patuxent Springs development in Howard County as an "urban wildlife sanctuary." We must strongly disagree as a neighbor living to theimmediate east of this area.

Articles in your paper indicated that in order to qualify as a wildlife sanctuary, the developer must leave the land virtually undisturbed. But in fact, this developer came through with his bulldozer and completely decimated the wooded are which surrounded our development, Hammond Hills. The developer cleared all the trees, and along with them numerous animals, and then moved the dirt around to make new hills with no trees.

So much for creating a place for ducks and frogs. We would prefer the original inhabitants of the land: the deer, foxes, rabbits, turtles, beavers and owls that used to live in this wooded area with its natural stream, to the frogs and mosquitoes that invade the now man-made drainage ditch which they say will be turned into a pond.

Residents of Hammond Hills had to petition the developer to prevent him from bulldozing the entire woods behind our houses and from filling in a natural spring. This is the last mature stand of trees with a natural stream in the area and the main reason we moved to this neighborhood. As of this time, we do not know if the lack of building activity is a temporary situation. We will move when they tear down the rest of the woods.

We feel that these are not the "Save the Bay" kind of developers, but rather a group that had a piece of land with high-tension power lines and unsightly water towers in their back yards and used the "urban wildlife sanctuary" as a marketing tool for this otherwise economically unprofitable piece of real estate.

Why should county deal with cemetery?

From: Kevin Schaefer

Ellicott City

In a previous letter, I had congratulated the Howard County Council for refusing to use tax dollars to purchase St. Mary's Cemetery.

The day after I had written that letter, I read in The Sun that the county had agreed to a land swap instead. This sets the same dangerous precedent as if the county had written a check.

Although the cause to preserve the cemetery is a noble one, I cannot find any evidence that the government or the taxpayers of Howard County have any responsibility in this matter.

In fact, as far as I can tell, the party responsible for this fiasco is the Catholic Church for selling the cemetery in the first place. Since the church received the proceeds from the sale, why doesn't it write a refund check or donate the land?

The last I heard, the Catholic Church was financially a pretty solvent organization. Additionally, I would think that the Catholic Church should be responsible for holding the higher moral ground on this issue.

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