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Council follows Royal Farms' bidding

The Royal Farms people once again succeeded in getting their way ("Over neighbors objections, Baltimore County Council advances plan for Towson gas station, retail center," Dec. 19). The same people were in the Overlea-Fullerton area pushing for county approval of a location that formerly served as a supermarket and was later used as a bingo hall. At a local meeting, representatives of Royal Farms gleefully told everyone how their new location would be a benefit to area residents and passed out free food tickets. Much to my chagrin, the location was later approved by the County Council members. No noticeable construction has yet started.

The Overlea area is already congested and plagued with traffic backups at rush hours that just seem to accelerate on a daily basis. It is so dangerous that the shopping center next to the Royal Farms acquisition placed signage forbidding a left turn. It is my contention that serious auto accidents will follow as drivers ignore the notice.

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It is my humble opinion that something strange is going on with our Baltimore County government in thumbing their noses at the will of the people, and it should be addressed at the ballot box by the voters.

Bernard Helinski

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