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Growth in the eastern corridor

The Evening Sun, in its editorial "What the Time-Warner deal means" (July 25) presents a fascinating and exciting perspective of future development plans in Baltimore County.

Specifically, the editorial highlights Time-Warner Inc.'s plan to build a huge distribution center for its movie and TV-related merchandise. The beauty of this huge project is not only that it is one of the largest private developments in the county, but that this $16 million project could result in bringing 400 jobs to the area.

Even more exciting and fascinating, in retrospect, is that this project near White Marsh, together with the huge Honeygo development, could, as the editorial makes clear, be the catalysts for rejuvenation of the county's eastern corridor.

As a member of the Baltimore County Planning Board I am elated and pleased to know that I along with others will have the opportunity to participate in some facet of this huge project.

The Time-Warner distribution center to be built just east of Interstate 95 at White Marsh, coupled with the huge Honeygo residential plan, which was approved in July by the Baltimore County Council, could mean expansion of the Baltimore County tax base, not to mention the related development projects that ++ would result from both these endeavors.

Certainly, the addition of 400 jobs, in relationship to the Time-Warner project, makes this a positive project for the entire county and the related general area.

Certainly, environmental and human social concerns will be taken into consideration, in relationship to both the Honeygo and Time-Warner projects.

I feel all of those involved in developing and procuring both the Honeygo project and Time-Warner project, are to be commended -- specifically, the county government and citizens.

John A. Micklos


11 drunk drivers

On July 22, the Baltimore City Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Eastern Avenue to screen for drivers under the influence of alcohol.

This project was a success, with 11 drivers arrested and 1,378 vehicles checked in just a few hours of operation.

This project took extraordinary effort and coordination by the Police Department and numerous other agencies. For this reason, I offer my sincere appreciation to the officers who not only performed their assigned task but did it with enthusiasm and professionalism.

Next, I would like to thank the media for their outstanding attendance and coverage.

Organizations like Mothers Against Drunk Driving need this support to reach the public with their educational message about the dangers of drunk driving.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the motorists for their patience and understanding for the inconvenience while they were briefly detained at the sobriety checkpoint.

Many of then will wonder if the effort was worth the expense and time. This question may never be completely answered but consider this: One of the cars in front of them or behind them may have been one of the 11 with a drunk driver.

This one car may have unexpectedly crashed into one of them several miles down the road causing severe injury or even death. Their safe arrival at home following what was probably an enjoyable evening may have been made possible by one of the 11 arrests.

For their safety, this checkpoint may have made a difference.

ark F. Hubbard


The writer is president, Northern Maryland Chapter, Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Flag flap

Regarding the NAACP's threat to boycott South Carolina (news article, July 24), please let me advise the NAACP to let the issue drop.

If we were to ban all flags that represent "the worst of racism, the worst of exploitation," then what nation, including the United States, England and France would be allowed to fly any flag?

I believe this Confederate flag flap a non-issue. Just wait a century or two and this offensive flag will have gone naturally the way of the Phrygian cap, and it will take all the ensuing hoopla with it.

Bill Newhall


Reconsider moving the Flower Mart

I want to express my concern about the decision to move the Flower Mart from its long-time location at Mount Vernon Square to the War Memorial Plaza.

As stated in The Evening Sun (July 19), the Flower Mart has been held around the Washington Monument for over 75 years, with the exception of a few years during a time of tension and unrest, when it was moved to Charles Center.

Much emphasis has been put toward making the area around Mount Vernon Place a place where people will want to come from all over the city and surrounding area. The Flower Mart brings life and vitality to the area.

If the Flower Mart is moved to War Memorial Plaza, it will lose its neighborhood atmosphere, where people can come and enjoy the open space in the park area.

The general tone of the newspaper article was that the almighty dollar is far more important than tradition and the festive atmosphere, which can only be found when the Flower Mart is held "around the monument." It is imperative that this matter be reconsidered and that the Flower Mart remain at Mount Vernon Place.

Margaret E. Beatty


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