Schools need more than cash to succeed
We are writing in response to the May 1 article "Questions of money, politics in Howard."
As former school administrators, teachers and students, we have been a part of the educational system in Howard County and in Maryland for decades.
We have seen, experienced and played primary roles in the evolution of the superb Howard County educational system. As a result, we recognize the criteria and persons that are required to maintain and promote such a school system.
The success comes from a number of factors.
It is not a single, simple item. It is not just money, money, money. It is families that instill pride and strong work ethics into their children. It is communities made up of such families, that offer incentives, recognition and support. And it is government and leaders such as County Executive Charles I. Ecker who foster such an environment.
Mr. Ecker is not only a former administrator, teacher and student, but also a grandfather of nine.
He has run this county with determination, prudence and care, and done more for Howard than any predecessor to date.
As a leader, he has incorporated the concept of balance into public policy. Such policy involves funding programs, but also fostering environments so that such programs can succeed.
This means allocating sufficient funds for programs, but not exorbitant amounts. He did not make a cut, unless "cut" has come to mean a 7 percent increase from last year.
Access plan works for Worthington
Uncontrolled development and its attendant traffic burden increasingly threatens the Worthington community.
With the dramatic increase in traffic throughout the community and on Route 103, the situation is becoming increasingly hazardous, especially at peak commuting times.
Our community has only two outlets: Worthington Way and Orchard Drive.
They connect to Route 103 and are fed by Roundhill Road.
The Worthington Access Task Force has proposed two additional outlets to balance traffic flow in the neighborhood: a connection between Hale Haven Drive and Doncaster Road, and a new road between Chews Vineyard and New Cut Road.
In addition, a developer-funded outlet between Doncaster Road and College Avenue is under construction.
Opponents of the Hale Haven connection argue that the New Cut Road and College Avenue outlets would be sufficient.
Unfortunately, the College Avenue and New Cut Road connections would draw only a small percentage of local traffic because neither provides direct access to Route 103.
The connection between Hale Haven Drive and Doncaster Avenue is the only alternative that provides a safe exit (at an existing traffic light) to Route 103. It would balance the flow of traffic in the community.
The task force addressed the safety concerns raised by Hale Haven residents by adding traffic-slowing devices and sidewalks. This should make Hale Haven Drive significantly safer than Roundhill Road, Worthington Way and Orchard Drive.
The task force's recommendation is the most equitable solution for a problem confronting the entire community.
I urge all members of the community to support it.
Pub Date: 5/10/98