Anne Arundel residents must be able to afford to live and work here; The Annapolis Council must address the issues raised by HACA

‘Housing for All’ assembly set for April 30

There is an acute shortage of reasonably priced housing in Anne Arundel County. Teachers, firefighters, healthcare workers, grocers, retirees, young people and many more are still unable to find a good place to live in our province.

At Anne Arundel Connecting Together (ACT), an interfaith community power organization, we have held hundreds of listening sessions with county residents, and attainable housing has consistently risen as the No. 1 issue.

Last fall, ACT supported the Essential Worker Housing Bill, which would reserve a percentage of units in each new development for moderately priced housing units (MPDUs). Although the bill did not pass by one vote, we in ACT are continuing the campaign to ensure that residents of the province have the opportunity to live and work here.

The ACT is encouraged that additional workforce housing legislation was introduced by Council President Allison M. Pickard and passed by the County Council in April. This legislation and others that have been passed are an important part of the solution, but they are not enough!

Now, in April, we need the province to introduce a new version of the MPDU (Moderately Priced Dwelling Unit) legislation and address zoning for missing middle housing options.

On April 30 at 7 p.m., the ACT will host a “Housing for All” meeting to build momentum for a new moderate housing unit law and advance other strategies for achieving affordable housing and stability for renters.

Shane Phillips, a nationally recognized expert on affordable housing strategies, will be a featured speaker. Council members and others have the opportunity to make commitments in leading these strategies to ensure housing is attainable for county residents.

Solving the province’s housing crisis must be an integrated approach, with all planning areas participating in this drive for affordable housing. We will continue to act until people of all walks of life, professions and backgrounds can afford to live in quality housing in our province.

Linda Hanifin Bonner, Annapolis

The municipality must tackle the home inspection backlog

The essay by Melissa Maddox-Evans, Executive Director of HACA, provided a very stark and disturbing account of the financial challenges she and her organization face.

It exposed the bureaucratic quagmire created by city, state, and federal regulations, while those regulations unfairly favor and protect those who choose not to take personal responsibility for their rental obligations. That costs about $750,000 and it’s still growing.

Maddox-Evans’ challenges are compounded by rules recently enacted by state lawmakers that essentially require landlords to underwrite funding for a system that extends the time it takes to evict unsteady tenants.

Perhaps our City Council could focus on addressing the dysfunctional inspection process and backlogs and give HACA the power to initiate evictions and collect back rents. It would be much better for the city than spending time and tax money on fountains and pavilions at City Dock.

Rob Scanlon, Oostpoort

Croquet is not ‘outdated’; it blooms

Your headline calling the game of croquet “outdated” (front page, Sunday Capital) is misleading. Croquet has indeed been around for centuries, but it is still alive and well in the United States and Anne Arundel County.

The history of the game dates back to 14th century France, where the game was called ‘jeu de mail’ and involved peasants using willow branches to make hoops and shepherds outlaws to hit balls.

The British borrowed the game around 1300 and modified it over the centuries. The Scots turned it into golf and the Irish turned it into croquet. It was imported to the US in the 1950s and the six-wicket American croquet, the ‘new’ croquet, was born.

Today it is governed by the United States Croquet Association and is played regularly by 5,000 to 10,000 people in the US and Canada at more than 600 locations. The complex and strategic game is a combination of golf, billiards and chess.

West River Wickets, with grass courts in Harwood and Edgewater, was born in 2005. The players quickly made an impression at tournaments up and down the East Coast and shocked the croquet world in 2018 by winning the USCA National Club Teams Championship in West Palm Beach. , Florida. Two of the former players, Stephen Morgan and Tom Baldwin, a Johnnie, are members of the eight-man team that represents the US at tournaments around the world.

Croquet is a game for men, women and young people of all levels. For those who want to learn more, free instruction is offered on Saturday mornings on a WRW lawn in Edgewater. For more information, email [email protected].

Rodney Calver, Galesville
Calver is district president of the American Croquet Association

A crucial reminder of the importance of responsibility

I would like to express my appreciation for your recent reporting on the developments surrounding the Capitol Breach Case, especially the article detailing Scott Miller’s guilty plea. Your reporting serves as a crucial reminder of the importance of accountability and the rule of law in protecting American democracy.

The description of Miller’s actions on January 6, 2021 paints a picture of the chaos and violence that unfolded that day. By pleading guilty to assaulting law enforcement officers and obstructing the lawful proceedings of Congress, Miller has acknowledged his role in undermining the foundations of democracy.

This may be a small step, but it is quite an important step toward ensuring justice for the victims of the January 6 attack.

As we reflect on the events of January 6, it is critical that we remain vigilant in defending the values ​​of democracy, equality and justice. Your reporting on this important issue plays a critical role in promoting public awareness and engagement.

Thank you for your commitment to providing insightful reporting on matters of national importance. I look forward to further updates as the legal proceedings progress.

Elijah Donnelly

Vote to keep these two sitting judges

Two distinguished Circuit Court Judges for Anne Arundel County, currently sitting and serving county citizens, are slated for election in our upcoming election. Judge Christine Celeste was appointed by then-Gov. Larry Hogan and Judge Ginina Jackson-Stevenson, appointed by Governor Wes Moore. Both were attentive and made excellent arrangements.

These two sitting judges are experienced attorneys who have been vetted and approved by multiple bar associations and are considered highly qualified by the Judicial Nominating Commission. They have the bipartisan support of many members of the Anne Arundel County state delegation and numerous bipartisan state and local elected officials.

Please vote for our two sitting judges in the upcoming contested judicial elections by ballot or in person. They have earned and deserve the support of all Anne Arundel County residents.

James P. Nolan, Annapolis

Study the issues and candidates before casting your vote

When I read Armstrong Williams’ April 14 article published in “The Owner’s Box” series, I wanted to scream, yes, yes, yes! Williams rightly points to the small percentage of voters who know their constituencies, let alone the pros and cons of important issues.

Many voters defend a party instead of taking the time to learn what they need to know to participate in democracy. He touched on issues known to weaken and destroy democracy: extreme partisanship, political paralysis, lack of civil discourse, systematic organization of hate, gerrymandering, and the dishonoring of democratic processes.

For 80 years, the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County, in partnership with the state LWV and national LWV levels, has promoted civic engagement and voter education. The league’s popular Voter Guide, featuring verbatim candidate submissions, is a place voters can start if they want to understand candidates’ positions and choose a candidate based on the candidate’s record and potential to be fair. to govern.

The guide is available at VOTE411.org or in print at county public libraries. The State Board of Elections and the AAC BOE, which are among the most efficient in the country by national standards, work tirelessly to make voting understandable and efficient.

Now voters must do their part and study the issues and candidates, then vote for who and what they think is best for the country, regardless of party.

Amanda SubbaRao
SubbaRao is president of the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County

Recognition of Hospice of the Chesapeake Volunteers

This year, Hospice of the Chesapeake is celebrating 45 years of caring for families. Our organization was founded by a small group of volunteers who planted the seeds for a nonprofit that would impact the lives of thousands of families. Their work as volunteers has forever changed healthcare in our community.

Imagine the strength of commitment it took for the original volunteers to decide to challenge the norm; to walk a new and different path. I spoke to one of the founders, Martha O’Herlihy, and she assures me that they had no idea that 45 years later, their radical ideas would touch the lives of more than 7,000 patients every year, and have a direct impact on the way where we care for the people in our community. living with an advanced illness and dealing with loss every day.

During Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 21 to 27, we honor the thousands of people who have given selflessly to create moments that matter for individuals and families during a difficult but sacred time in their lives.

Many who read this have volunteered for us in one way or another during these historic years and have helped us become who we are today. Thank you, each of you, for your role in caring for life throughout the journey with illness and loss. Your gifts of time, talent and treasures are cherished every day, but especially during this week of national recognition and in our 45th year.

Becky Molenaar
Miller is president and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake