Whose Claims are Correct in State's Attorney's Race?
I read with interest the article in The Sun for Anne Arundel County titled "Greiber says arrests rose but prosecutions dropped" (Spet. 18). Questions have been raised about the effectiveness of our state's attorney's office, and I thought this issue would be objectively and thoroughly covered in the article. Instead, I feel the central questions were never answered:
Are prosecutions in Anne Arundel County falling behind crimes committed? Is this indicative of a problem?
Challenger John Greiber submitted data showing prosecutions in the last four years have fallen 40 percent while arrests are up 30 percent. The incumbent Frank Weathersbee countered by saying Greiber excluded state and city police arrests and included county arrests that never made it to Circuit Court.
Wouldn't the additional arrest numbers make his record even worse? And is he trying to say that suddenly a lot of cases are not making it to Circuit Court? Who's right?
I thought journalists were supposed to investigate these things. Instead, I'm left with the impression the issue was left to die. Now I am afraid that a "frightening lack of understanding of the criminal system" by Anne Arundel voters may lead them to re-elect an ineffective state's attorney.
Michael L. Dye
Dozens of Anne Arundel County children have learned how to cope with the death of a loved one after sharing a unique weekend experience known as Camp Nabe.
Camp Nabe, a free bereavement camp organized by Hospice of the Chesapeake's Bereavement Center, brought 50 children ages six to 14 to Arlington Echo Outdoor Educational Center in Millersville. Campers came from a variety of social and economic backgrounds, whose loved ones have been victims of homicide, suicide, disease or other sudden or natural deaths.
Camp Nabe combines fun, recreation and activities to understand feelings associated with grief, and group sessions aimed at helping children feel comfortable about sharing their feelings.
For many children, the weekend brought new friendships, revelations, even tears. But, most importantly, they now realize that grief is natural and surmountable, and that they are by no means alone.
Volunteer adult "big buddies" accompanied each child through Camp Nabe. Those buddies will stay in close touch with their campers for at least six months to reinforce lessons or perhaps just to listen to what the children need to say.
Hospice of the Chesapeake is grateful to all of the volunteers and staff who made Camp Nabe such a success. Thank you.
Hospice would like to thank the following Camp Nabe '94 sponsors: York Children's Foundation, Parole Rotary Club, Junior League of Annapolis, the Jermaine L. Jefferson Memorial Fund, the Children's Therapy Center, Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation, Eastern Medical Supplies, Anne Arundel Medical Center Hospice (which does not operate a bereavement camp) and St. Martin's Community Theatre.
Also, the Aid Association for Lutherans, Hospice of the &r; Chesapeake Auxiliary Tree of Lights, Evergreen Gene Nursery, Aurora Florist, Dr. and Mrs. Hilary O'Herlihy, Children Helping Children Program, Girl Scout Troop 381, St. Andrew's By the Bay Church, First Baptist Church of Edgewater, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Millersville Elementary School and private donations.
By reaching out, you have made a priceless difference in the lives and futures of our children.
Allison L. Alexander
The writer is director of community relations for Hospice of the Chesapeake.
Relief from 'Selling Out'
Several simple facts are clear:
L * Our area is suffering many ill-effects of overdevelopment.
* There are ongoing financial pressures on landowners to subdivide and develop, or to sell their lands to those who would.
* Our government does not have enough money to buy up all the "environmentally sensitive" land in our area.
* We are not undertaxed.
It is therefore welcome news, indeed, to hear of efforts, both public and private, to relieve some of the pressures on those individuals who have had the foresight to preserve their lands in their natural states for the benefit of themselves, the environment and the community at large.
The Anne Arundel County Council and sponsor Virginia Clagett in particular are to be commended for Bill 52-49 "Real Property Tax Credit -- Conservation Land," passed earlier this summer.
This legislation grants landowners an annual property tax credit on "conservation land," as long as it remains undeveloped, all the while enjoying the benefits of private land ownership.
Over the coming year, the Severn River Land Trust will be making a major effort to educate landowners of the federal, state and now county tax advantages of not "selling out."
Dr. Clifford G. Andrew
L The writer is president of the Severn River Land Trust, Inc.
Here we go again . . . more development on the Broadneck Peninsula. The once-off, now-maybe-on Lighthouse Landing project is trying to be resurrected. How many times do we need to be taught the same lesson?
The Broadneck does not need another development project; what it needs is time to catch up. Windsor Farms Elementary is overcrowded, Magothy River Middle is overcrowded and Broadneck High School is at critical mass.
On the Broadneck Peninsula, I think a temporary moratorium on building should be put in place to give the county time to catch up. The area doesn't need more housing. It needs classroom space for children, street lights, sidewalks, and, in some areas, road repairs. It needs greater police presence.
Let's take care of the citizens we have before we worry about adding more. Enough is enough.
The writer is a candidate for Anne Arundel County Council in the 5th District.