Tell O'Malley to kill the ICC

The article, "Judge rules that long-planned Maryland highway can go ahead" (December 2007), said that the Intercounty Connector "was supported by Gov. Martin O'Malley" and "is slated to open by early 2012." I note that the verb tenses of these two statement aren't the same.

But if O'Malley's support was truly in the past tense, then the road wouldn't be opening in 2012. O'Malley could kill the ICC if he wanted to, just as Glendenning did before him.

If O'Malley valued transit over highways, the Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway would now be on the fast track and the ICC would sit unfunded. If he valued forests over pavement, reinvestment in existing cities over sprawl, or climate stability over global warming, then the ICC would be dead.

The governor is quoted as saying he feels bad about the destruction the ICC will cause. That cognitive dissonance shows that there is some hope that the governor can be brought around.

I urge readers to contact him at www.gov.state.md.us/mail/.

The ICC is only moving forward because it has Governor O'Malley's continuing strong support.

Let him know that this is a catastrophic mistake.

Carl Henn
Rockville, MD

Menhaden need love, too

Most environmentalists know the important service oysters provide the Bay as filter feeders removing algae from the water. Menhaden are also important filter feeders that the Bay sorely needs in the fight against eutrophication, but they don't get as much recognition for this important function.

At certain points in their life cycle, menhaden swim in enormous schools in the lower Bay. They are an important food source for rockfish, bluefish and other game fish.

Unfortunately one company, Omega Protein of Reedville, VA, harvests such enormous quantities of menhaden with their fleet of trawlers and spotter planes that some experts believe the fishery is in danger. Omega Protein renders the menhaden into a variety of products including animal feed, fish oil and fertilizer.

Rep. Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland's 1st Congressional District, introduced a bill, HR 3841, to close the reduction fishery for menhaden in state and federal waters. It would require the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission to report to Congress within five years on the health of the menhaden fishery and to make recommendations regarding the long-term management of the resource.

Please urge your congressional representative to co-sponsor this legislation.

Edward Sabin
Pasadena, MD