Last time, we had open phones and let readers decide the topic. Dozens of third-graders from Ann Burdette's, Jen dePalma's and Adam Leader's classes at Hollifield Station Elementary School in Ellicott City wrote to The Sun in Howard County with their views. They range from opposition to Security Development Corp.'s proposal to build offices and possibly retail outlets on 2 acres across from their school, to suggestions of having the school day start earlier so they can eat lunch sooner (and have more time to study), to concerns about speeding and littering.
I believe that every school in Howard County should start earlier and end earlier. First, the kids get lunch earlier than just letting kids starve like 5th-graders. Also, the kids get more playtime and more homework time. Also, your supplies won't be used more than getting your pencils all shortened.
I believe that elementary schools should start at 8 and end at 2: 30. First is because then we would have more time to do our homework and to play. Second, we could have lunch earlier. Third, we could do soccer and other stuff.
I believe that the commercial development should not be built across from Hollifield Station. First, strangers could come into our school. Also, there would be more pollution and traffic around the school. Lastly, there needs to be more open space.
I believe that there should be only one mall across from Hollifield Station Elementary School. One reason is because I want to ride my bike to malls, but my parents will not let me ride a long way. Second, I want only one mall because I like my community having space and being the way it is.
I want to tell you Hollifield Station Elementary School does not need a mall next to it. Why? Because the beepers and noise will distract kids. We also do not need it because we will have too much traffic.
I believe that our school should have earlier times to begin school and be dismissed. For one reason, we would have more time to do our homework and to play and watch TV. Then we could eat our dinner, then go to bed.
I believe they shouldn't build the shopping center. One reason why they shouldn't build the shopping center is because there could be bad people with guns. A second reason why you shouldn't build the shopping center is because there are going to be too many people. A third reason why you shouldn't build the shopping center is that it takes up a lot of parking space.
I believe that elementary school should start earlier. First, we would have more time to do homework. Second, there would be more time to play. Third, we would get to go home sooner.
I disagree with the starting time of elementary school. First, third grade eats lunch too late. Second, if we start school and leave earlier, we kids can play before it gets dark. Third, kids will have more time to do homework.
I believe the YKAV [Young Kids Against Violence] campaign, started by Leon Little, will help people stop the violence. First, I think Leon started this campaign because sometimes it is very dangerous on the streets. Second, I think Leon started this campaign because he wants people to be safe. Third, he started this because he did not want anybody to be hurt.
I believe that elementary schools should start and leave earlier. First, the elementary students could have more time to do homework. Second, they could have more time to rest. Third, you also have more time to play.
Hai Yang (Sunny) Chen
I disagree that there should be commercial development across the street from Hollifield Station Elementary School. First, there will be too much noise for kids to work. Next, there will be too much pollution and littering, plus no empty space.
I believe that there should be earlier starting times for elementary kids. First, it should be earlier because the kids would get to play more. Second of all, they should start earlier because the kids get their homework done earlier. Thirdly, the times for elementary kids should change because the kids would get to eat lunch earlier.
From my point of view, teenagers should go to school later than elementary students. One reason is, teenagers don't get their sleep. Second, if elementary students go to school earlier we get lunch earlier. Finally, if elementary students get out earlier, we get more time to do our homework.
I'm concerned that lots of people litter. Also, it is very ugly. Someone could trip on garbage. I really hope that you put this in the newspaper. Please don't litter. That's all I want to say about littering.
Erin Jean-Marie Purnell
My opinion for my community is that there should not be smoking in the apartments. First, smoking is bad for children and children might smell it. Next, the only way for not smelling smoke is to cover up your nose and that causes most people not to smell when you cover up your nose. Last, you could choke and get ill or sick.
I am concerned about traffic, strangers and safety of kids. I'm concerned about strangers in my community because if strangers come in my community, they might take our things and our children and money. I am concerned about traffic when we go places and work. I am concerned about the safety of our kids because we do not want people to take them.
I want a playground in my community because the kids in the community are bored. The kids have nothing to do when the kids go outside. The kids have to go to a playground somewhere else and that's not fair. As you can see, I'm very concerned about this.
I'm concerned about speeding on the road. Someone could be walking across the road and he runs right over him. You could get in a car crash and get seriously hurt. Your car could break down and you would be stranded.
I think people shouldn't litter. I think they shouldn't litter because if somebody were to fall and there was glass on the ground, that person might get hurt. Also, I think they shouldn't litter because an animal might eat it and die or get sick. Another thing why people shouldn't litter is because a baby might eat it, and get sick or die.
I am concerned about people speeding. First, they might crash. Also, if they're not watching where they're going, they might crash into people. Also, if they're speeding they might crash into curbs and if people might think there's a curb there and they might trip. Also, if kids are riding their bike in the street they might get run over. That's why I don't want people speeding.
I am concerned about speeding in our neighborhood because some people will crash on the way to a different place out of our neighborhood. Also, people could get hurt really bad if you crash into someone.
On my street, Gudel Drive, lots of people speed and lots of kids run in the street to get a ball. Also, lots of people play in the street and once they see the kid and stop, the car might hit the kid like a car did to my friend's dog. Now it is half-dead.
People throw rocks on sides of roads. Some people smack little kids. Some people look both ways and a car comes speeding. Some go out of control because people throw rocks.
I have a concern about the use of land in Hollifield Station. I'm concerned about the safety of kids who walk to Hollifield Station Elementary School. I'm also concerned about kids who get to school early and don't go to before-care. My last concern is the traffic.
I think we should add more playground because the kids at my community want to play more. I also think we should lower the speed limit because at my court it looks like they are going 100 miles per hour. Last week they hit a dog when he was walking. Last, I think we should have a law for littering because the animals think it's really candy.
I am concerned about the use of land in Hollifield Station. There will be a lot of traffic. Also, there will be strangers and they would tell kids to go in their cars. I am very concerned about the safety of children by themselves.
I am concerned about people speeding in the neighborhood. I think that people should not speed because too many kids play in the street. Another reason is the speeding cars could hit cars coming out of their driveways. Last, the speeding cars could hurt other people.
Football stadium kids could play pass. Kids could kick field goals and play two-hand touch and real football.
I think the Howard County Council should build more science centers. If they do, more kids will be well educated.
I say we should keep the land there because I think there will be a lot of traffic and because it will cause pollution and the noise can be loud and kids are trying to do their work. That is why you should not build.
I think the Security Developers should leave the land alone. There will be lots of traffic. Also, it will be loud and there will be more smoke.
I think we should keep the land how it is! There might be a lot more traffic and smoke. The commercial buildings might distract the school. There might be a lot of pollution, too. The buildings might destroy any animal homes. That's why the land should stay!
I think the Security Developers should not build buildings for commercial use because there will be more pollution. Also, there will be more traffic. Another thing is it will be more noisy.
I don't think the Security Developers should build buildings for commercial use at the Hollifield property. I don't think they should build because it will be a lot of traffic and noise. They also shouldn't build because it might destroy animal homes.
I think that the Security Developers should not build on the Hollifield Station property. I think this because it will be a lot louder so it will be harder for the students to study their work, or the teacher. I also don't think that is a good idea because there will be more traffic and it will be very unsafe. Finally, I think it is a bad idea because there will be more pollution.
The Security Developers should leave the Hollifield land alone. If they build offices there, there will be a lot of noise and it will distract people. Also, there will be traffic if you build offices and children will not be able to ride their bikes. Last, there will be pollution and no one will want to live around there.
The Security Developers shouldn't build the commercial buildings on Hollifield property. They shouldn't do this because there would be more traffic. There would also be more pollution. Finally, there would be more noise.
I think Security Developers shouldn't build buildings for commercial use at the Hollifield property. I don't want that to happen because if you do, Hollifield Station community would be noisier and I like it to be the same way it is. We might have unsafe pollution. So please don't build buildings in that place.
I don't want the Security Developers to build buildings for commercial use at the Hollifield property, because pollution and traffic are going to cause a lot of trouble. It will also cause noise and coughing. So now you know what I mean.
I think that the Security Developers shouldn't build buildings for commercial use at the Hollifield property because it would be more noise here and the kids won't concentrate on their work and they might get an E-. Also, it might be more traffic so the kids that live here might come Rollerblade and a car might run them over. Also, if you build buildings, the buses might get in an accident.
I do not think the Security Developers should build commercial buildings on the Hollifield property. I think they should not because there will be too much traffic. I also do not think they should put buildings there because there is going to be too much noise and students are trying to work.
I don't want Security Developers to build buildings for commercial use at the Hollifield property. I think this because there will be a lot of pollution. And there will be a lot of traffic. And last there will be a lot of noise.
I think the Security Developers shouldn't build buildings at Hollifield because there will be traffic. I also think they shouldn't build it because there will be pollution. They also shouldn't build it there because we would hear horns beeping and lots of trucks.
Security Developers, I don't want the buildings used at the Hollifield property because there will be pollution where people ride their bikes. Also, it might get too noisy so when people at Hollifield are close to that area they might not hear the directions that the teacher is giving them.