Not Hard Times, Just Different Times
Lately, it seems to be, that many people are talking about "healing the nation" or solving the terrible problems that we have today. I have heard many people say that we are currently living in "hard times."
I do not deny that our society has problems, from the recession to AIDS to the homeless. But haven't there always been problems as bad or worse than these throughout history? In the 1970s, there were economic problems; in the '60s, there were racial and warfare problems; in the '50s, the fear of nuclear war; in the '40s, there was Nazi Germany; in the '30s, there was the Great Depression. The list goes on and on.
. . . The only reason that the issues of today seem so difficult is because we don't know the solutions to them yet. . . . We are not living in "bad" times, just different times.
A Nun's Murder
I am writing to you to address the recent, unfortunate murder of Sister MaryAnn Glinka of Baltimore.
It is shocking that a woman who gave her life up to God had to die in such a violent way. This incident is particularly disturbing because I believe that the blame for this murder should not be placed solely on Melvin Jones. The blame for this murder should also be placed on the criminal justice system. . . .
How can we condone the actions of the North Carolina and Maryland court systems when the result is the death of a beloved, innocent citizen? How can any of us feel safe when a nun is brutally murdered in her own convent?
Birds and Bees
I would like to applaud PACT (Parents and Children Talking) for encouraging parents to discuss sexuality with their children on PACT Night March 25.
. . . If children are given straight, accurate answers to questions about sexuality, they will grow into better-informed and better-prepared teen-agers. . . .
Brian R. Kulak
No Way To Stay Out Of Fight About Growth
Recently, I saw "Shenandoah" at Toby's dinner theater. I couldn't help but draw parallels to the situation that faces Howard countians today. I felt that citizens of this county were the embodiment of Charlie Anderson, played wonderfully by Mr. Braxton Peters. In the story, he acknowledges the war between the states and the issue of slavery; however, he wants no part of it.
All he wanted was to remain isolated on his 500 acres that he had toiled on for 28 years with his family.
He didn't believe in slavery; therefore, it wasn't his fight, but someone else's.
As fate would have it, war beckoned at his door with a failed attempt to confiscate his horses and his sons, corpses on his land, and then the taking of his youngest son by the boys in blue.
The analogy to us: a rude and rocky awakening of Howard countians to a 1990 General Plan that adversely affects our roads, our schools and our wallets forevermore.
The very qualities of life that made us move here were to be threatened by a previous administration and carried out by another.
And like Mr. Anderson, we can no longer declare ourselves neutral. Once war reared its ugly head to his way of life, he fought for his personal sense of freedom.
Is this any different from the conflicts we have about the General Plan or Route 100 or school redistricting?
Besides a duty to God, the play ponders what we must ask ourselves: "Do we not have a duty to our neighbors and to ourselves?" Yes, we do.
A duty to our neighbors and ourselves to stand up and say what we believe in and what we expect from each other.
Still, many of us would prefer to ignore what is happening around us, just like Mr. Anderson. That is until your quality of life is threatened in your Shenandoah Valley.
All of this leads me to the Sun editorial March 23 entitled "Amnesia on Adequate Facilities." Propaganda that labels folks as "no-growthers" destroys the paper's credibility in its argument to the contrary.
The editorial's attempt to present the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance as a cure-all answer to major up-zoning in this county is like demanding the lame Anderson boy to walk exactly as he did before, only with a crutch. No harm done, he walks, right?
I think even the APFO task force admitted there was room for improvement. APFO legislation was a poor compromise. Its only laurel being that it was better than nothing at all. . . .
We, the county citizens, get a four-year delay in development at the end of which time we get a wham-bam price tag. I don't want these up-zonings that will cost me $2 to every $1 the developer pays for his mega-bucks present from the county. Sorry, guess I'm just plain stingy or hardheaded or both.
I'd rather barter than pay for something I don't want and the county doesn't need.
I hope there are more Mr. Andersons awake now to realize that they must take part in the process out of concern for their family, their neighbors and their qualify of life. It's worth fighting for, isn't it?