Double Standard in Ward One
Why is it that the Ward One commissars, who claim sidewalk cafes are an inappropriate use of city property, are silent about the hucksters who operate with a card table on the pavement between two businesses on Dock Street? Nor are they (or their Historic District Commission comrades) worried about the nearby soda-vending machine which is also a zoning violation.
Could this entrepreneur be another friend of the alder-family?
Sidewalk space is available at no cost with no restrictions for certain people, but not for tax-paying, licensed, regulated businesses.
Someday someone will have the courage to stand up to this mob and shout that selective enforcement is the most egregious form of discrimination and it will not be tolerated. Maybe then the public will realize how the Annapolis city government has been paralyzed by the hypocrisy of the Hammonites and their loyal bureaucrats who arbitrarily enforce the rules to suit their whims.
Maybe that person will be elected mayor of Annapolis. Maybe that person will make those badly needed changes in staff and commission members. Someday.
School Board Nominees
"Public confidence has been so shaken, it is hoped that the next Governor will restore confidence in the process by raising the school board appointments above partisan political and personal considerations."
It may sound familiar, but this quote is 30 years old. As reported in The Capital, circa 1966, Gov. Millard Tawes appointed a school board member whose name wasn't on the list sent to him by the nominating convention.
For the most part, the recommendations forwarded by the nominating convention have been recognized by the governors. Recent administrations, however, have ignored the list of candidates submitted by the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee.
This year, Gov. Parris Glendening has raised hopes that the nominating convention will again be able to play a role in fostering public discussion and participation in the selection of candidates.
As volunteer members of the School Board Nominating Convention Committee, we carry the mandate to manage, improve and protect this vital forum. . . .
The committee is currently preparing for the upcoming 1996 vacancy in District 33. We hope that we will continue to receive the interest and support from both the county executive and the governor, who have affirmed and reinforced the entire nominating convention process.
It remains increasingly important to maintain participation by all organizations and delegates countywide.
Charles J. Mosca
The writer is chairman of the nominating convention committee, whose other members also signed the letter.
Main Street Ideas
I think it is time for Annapolitans to consider making some old-fashioned lemonade.
Most of us agree that right now the utility vault at the base of BTC Main Street is right up there with the Edsel in the "yellow fruit" category.
But what it does is give us the opportunity, as a community, to put on our creative thinking caps and decide how we can make this platform a pedestal for something that is representative of the beauty and history of our city.
I have heard a number of suggestions thus far, from placing an anchor among planters, to linking the posts with heavy maritime chains, to wrapping the bollards in boater's rope like a piling.
Let's tap our talented residents who may offer more imaginative suggestions that will make this spot something significant and attractive.
Annapolis has a number of creative people with good ideas and the means to implement them. . . . When Main Street is finished, I know that it will be a project that gives us all pride. Our resourcefulness in time of adversity is what has made our city great.
The writer is alderman from Ward Seven.
A River Runs Cleaner
The article "Brothers Finish Excursion down Mississippi River" by Ed Brandt (Aug. 8) brought a flood of memories.
In the summer of 1950, a friend and I went down the Allegheny, Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans in a $5, 40-year-old canoe. We had many of the same experiences as the Gupman brothers with mosquitoes, pulling against the wind, tug boats and barges, going over dams and very kind people.
One thing not mentioned, which is an occasion for joy, is pollution.
George Freeland, my friend, often mentioned it in his account of our trip: "In the beautiful poem, 'The Lady of Shalott,' the fields of barley and rye on either side of the river lie. [B]ut on either side of our river commenced to lie factories, great and small, all having one thing in common, the dripping of odious excrement from the drab undress of their backsides into their communities' greatest asset, the river.
"And many an ugly house showed its ugly rear end to the river and drained its untreated sewage into our once beautiful lady. What a contrast to the beautiful view only two days north! Unsightly litter had begun to appear in masses. By the time we reached East Brady we described it as a cesspool."
After we passed Pittsburgh, the water was never the same. Let George describe it: "On the 17th of June we reached Pittsburgh and were immediately certain we were seeing water at its most incredibly foulest. The river at East Brady was spring water compared with this. Toilet paper, feces, carrion, old sanitary napkins, condoms, to name a few of the choicest items, and a thick, oily scum of municipal and factory waves (diminishing) the normal wavelets into greasy ripples, gave us an escort of sordid solemnity through the city. The only thing we didn't see floating down the river was the steadfast tin soldier."
The only reason we didn't see him was that he probably simply dissolved in the filth. The message of all this is that the Clean Water Act has worked wonderfully well. Please, let's not ruin our water yet again.