Drought requires change in priorities
Last night I received a phone call from a neighbor who was concerned that her close neighbor was watering his lawn extensively. In response I gave the neighbor a copy of the Governor's Executive Order on Anne Arundel County water restrictions, dated Sept. 3, that was mailed to Andorick Acres Community Association.
While the restrictions do not apply to private wells, the notice stated, "And while not directly impacted, those businesses and residents who obtain their water from private wells must be aware that, no matter what the depth of your well, the water supply is limited and should not be wasted. Regardless of whether you are a public water customer or a private well user, conservation by all our citizens and businesses cannot be emphasized enough at this time. We all need to use this limited resource prudently."
I was shocked and alarmed at the neighbor's response and viewpoint on watering his lawn. He told me that "you (meaning anyone attempting to educate) will never succeed in getting people to accept brown spots in their lawn."
I know that many people, including my neighbors, do not share this view. But to those who may, I feel the need to express my view based on information have learned from legitimate and reliable sources.
This is our third season of drought. This means that plant material such as trees and shrubs, as well as crops, are already impacted by drought that weakens the ability to fight off disease or pests. The evidence of such decline occurs slowly and sporadically on large trees and shrubs and we do not tend to associate the problem with the past drought conditions.
Should this drought continue (as I have read is predicted) the impact on lawns is very low on the list of concerns. Starting at the top of the pyramid so to speak, consider the impact on food production, the economic impact on businesses that rely on plant material; consider the impact on trees and foundation plantings around homes, and the impact on private wells.
I have been told that a large percentage of persons who call a local horticultural hot line are apathetic toward the current drought regulations. I believe when we become so conditioned to specific life styles and conveniences, we do not look at the big picture.
We are failing to see the long term effect of this drought. We are far too slow to recognize when it is time to re-prioritize and adopt change.
The writer is secretary of the Andorick Acres Community Association.
Slot machines were bad for state
So Bob Ehrlich wants to take Anne Arundel County and the State of Maryland back to the good old days of slot machines?
He is obviously too young to remember what slots did to Maryland the last time they were legal. Slots were great for some and bad for others. They were great for corrupt politicians, pawn shops, bars and liquor stores. They were bad for the families that were torn apart by gambling addiction, abuse, alcoholism, and bankruptcy.
Either Mr. Ehrlich is uninformed about the consequences of slot machines, or demonstrates callous disregard for the well-being of our neighborhoods.
The writer is state coordinator for the National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion.