Citizens in the Fourth Councilmanic District in Anne Arundel County are fortunate to have the chance to elect a dedicated civic leader with a good grasp of government and a balanced, fair approach to the complex issues facing this area: Republican Bert L. Rice.
A retired U.S. Army colonel and Odenton resident since 1976, Mr. Rice is the strong representative West County needs as it grapples with some of Anne Arundel's most important issues: the strains caused by rapid development; the future of the Millersville landfill; the continuing struggle over the proposed Redskins stadium in Laurel, and the revitalization of Odenton.
Mr. Rice is a director of the Greater Odenton Improvement Association. As co-chair of its planning and zoning subcommittee since 1992, he is well-acquainted with the workings of the council, the zoning administrative hearing process and the Board of Appeals. He serves on the Odenton Town Center Growth Management Committee. He was president the Maple Ridge Homeowners' Association from 1991 to 1993 and has been involved in the PTA, Boy Scouts, military organizations and other civic groups.
True, Democratic opponent Bill D. Burlison of Odenton possesses the elective experience that Mr. Rice lacks. Mr. Burlison was a U.S. congressman from Missouri for 12 years and a state's attorney for six years, and twice was a candidate for Maryland's House of Delegates.
But Mr. Rice shows a greater knowledge of local issues and a less parochial view than Mr. Burlison. Regarding the Millersville landfill, for example, Mr. Burlison opposes any further expansion, meaning the landfill will be full in 1997, meaning the county has virtually no time to figure out what to do with its trash. Mr. Rice takes a more reasonable view: complete "Cell 9" at the landfill using state-of-the-art measures, thereby extending the landfill's life until 2008. That provides time to organize increased recycling and composting operations, study the economic and environmental feasibility of a Baltimore area regional incinerator and develop waste-reduction methods.
Mr. Rice would be a mature voice on the County Council. We strongly endorse him.
4( Tomorrow: County Council District 5.