I have a secret to share with you, folks. Gov. Glendening doesn't read the newspaper. He didn't see The Post's Sept. 21 editorial pointing out the urgent need for approval of the ICC to relieve the terrible congestion on the Beltway. Apparently he didn't read the letters from Doug Duncan or Wayne Curry or hear any of the radio broadcasts by the board of trade on the need for it. He didn't listen to the conclusions of his task force, which studied it for a year. So he says sell the ICC right of way. Then the developers can put more town houses on it.
Since the commuters who fight Rte. 495 for an hour to travel 20 miles have not made their sentiments known loudly, nothing has been done. It's getting worse every day. Certainly there are environmental concerns, but the stop-and-go traffic, accidents and productive time lost on the Beltway are not contributing to our quality of life in the area. We need easy car access to jobs, airports, shopping and recreational areas.
An outer loop needs to be built in Maryland, and the environmental effects need to be mitigated with proper design. I think the Fairfax Parkway provides an excellent example for us. Doug Duncan exhibited some leadership in proposing an intercounty parkway plan that seems to be a good compromise, and Wayne Curry says Prince George's needs it. We need political leadership at the Maryland state level with the courage to move ahead and solve the highway problems.
W. J. BILLERBECK
It was with relief that I read The Post's front-page headline on Sept. 23: "Glendening Kills Intercounty Connector." However, that relief soon gave way to apprehension after reading the reaction of Montgomery County Executive Douglas Duncan -- who wants my county to purchase the right-of-way land (fortunately the county council is against it) -- and Comptroller William Donald Schaefer's powerful veto "black-balling" of the state's selling off the reserved land.
The county executive and comptroller seem to have as their priority attracting and keeping business concerns. An ICC would attract business -- and more large developments, more people and more cars. Mr. Duncan has demonstrated his proclivity to pander to businessmen in his "pay-as-you-go" regulations (stopped by the council), which resulted in the massive cutting of greenland and conference-center development on Nicholson Lane near Rockville Pike. At the time, he said we are being surpassed by Fairfax County and to be competitive, we need to encourage business growth.
If I wanted to live in Fairfax County, I would move there.
The ICC would not have attenuated the traffic congestion. It would have attracted more traffic and added to congestion. But this issue isn't dead; the east and west segments that the governor has approved do not thrill me, and I fear that if the sale of the midportion is permanently blocked, some future governor will complete the midsection. I am disappointed in former governor Schaefer's veto.
And I am tired of The Post endorsing the ICC with editorials lamenting a foresighted governor's courageous decision.