More traffic signals are not the answer
Apparently, The Sun has decided to step into the fray on whether a new post office on Route 32 is best for the Eldersburg/Sykesville area.
The intersection of Bennett Road and Route 32 is poorly designed. The increased volume of trucks and other vehicles added to this intersection would have exacerbated the situation. The unfortunate fact is that nothing was going to change the mind of the Postal Service.
Supposedly, the U.S. Postal Service was given a list of six sites in the area to consider for its new office. I would like to have seen that list before I passed final judgment on the merits of its decision. Now the proposed solution is, surprise, another traffic signal. First, it was Wal-Mart, then Food Lion and now the post office.
I know the owners and developers of every supermarket, quickie mart and pizza shop in the area would be glad if the county put a traffic signal at their intersection. How many more traffic lights can we add before traffic comes to a complete halt? Residents of South Carroll deserve to know if this solution will be our elected officials' answer to all our traffic problems. For all our county commissioners talk about the inequities of alternative forms of government, i.e. charter, we must have a better way to address the random decision-making that currently goes on in our planning department.
For those of us in the Eldersburg/Sykesville area, all we have at stake is our quality of life.
A Beltway story worthy of the season
Recently, I had a tire blow out as I was traveling the Baltimore Beltway at about 7 p.m. I had been following my husband and felt comfortable that at some point my husband would realize that I was not following him and ultimately come searching for me.
I waited for about 15 minutes in the dark as the busy Beltway traffic sped by. A vehicle pulled up behind me and a young man exited his car, immediately holding his badge for me to see he was an officer. The noise was so loud that I could not hear his name.
He stated that he had seen me from the opposite side of the Beltway and turned at the next exit to come back and assist. Even though I stated that I felt confident my husband would be along to help me soon, this young man stated he would start changing the tire.
Before my husband determined I was no longer following him and finally returned, this officer had assisted me in removing all the Christmas bundles from my truck, removed the spare and had nearly completed changing the tire.
He emphatically refused an offer of money for his assistance, stating that we all should take better care of one another.
It was noisy, I was cold and I thoughtlessly didn't ask that he write his name down. He did tell me that he worked for the Baltimore County Department of Corrections in Towson. My inability to recall his name prohibits me from calling his supervisor to report his kindness.
The man's concern for my safety, his generous efforts in changing the tire and his refusal to accept money for the good deed are reminders of the true meaning of the holidays we celebrate this month.
Next assignment for Rep. Ehrlich
In The Sun on Dec. 8, Rep. Robert Ehrlich responded to a column by Michael Olesker concerning his office's involvement in a dispute about homework with a special needs student.
Mr. Ehrlich stated "this is perhaps the first time in recorded memory that elected officeholders have been publicly assailed for being too responsive to a constituent request." Pardon the expression, but let's get real, Bob.
I am delighted Mr. Ehrlich has chosen to tackle the immense problems in our education system with constituent responsiveness and congressional power. Now that he has slain the homework dragon, I've got a real problem for him: Our public schools are impacted to a significant degree by disruptive students who interfere with the vast majority of students' education. Any chance of being "too responsive" again?
Pub Date: 12/29/96