from our readers
THE SAFE WAY
;anks for your recent article “Fighting
the Fear” (January/February 2017). It
powerfully and accurately described
daily life for many families, including
mine, that have severe food allergies.
An encouraging sign is the
Montgomery County Council recently
passing a bill by Hans Riemer (D-At
Large) to require restaurants in the
county to train employees on food
allergies. Modeled on successful laws in
other states, it will help many dine out
more frequently and more comfortably.
Not only will this improve the quality of
life for many families, but it will also be
good for local workers and businesses.
Kudos to Lou Peck on his well-researched, well-written article (“Over
the Top?” January/February 2017). Of
course, given its author, I am unsurprised
at how well-done the piece is.
I was legal counsel to the
Montgomery County Planning Board
at the time of the 1976 Downtown
Bethesda Plan. And I led the e;ort
as board chairman for the 1994 plan.
;ere was not a single argument or
issue raised in your article about the
new plan that was not thrown at us
in the ’70s and ’90s to try to defeat
those downtown plans. And so I ask—
Has Bethesda become an undesirable
place to live or work in over the past
40 years? Have property values fallen?
Are people fleeing the community?
Last time I looked, edge neighborhoods
like Edgemoor have only become more
desirable, expensive and exclusive. To
assert, as one longtime elected o;cial
does, that the county’s downtown plans
act to “degrade” people’s lives in our
existing neighborhoods is demagogic
hooey. Bethesda thrives because its
center thrives. ;e same with Silver
Spring. ;e naysayers may gain some
votes today. But they will never own
the future, unless that future is akin to
those of the Youngstowns of America.
In “Best of Bethesda,” in our January/
February 2017 issue, the names of
Best Insurance Agent runner-up
David Munson and Best Podiatrist
runner-up Steven Blanken, D.P.M.,
were spelled incorrectly.
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Dr. Paul Ross
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Bethesda Medical Building
8218 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite P- 14
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Readers’ Pick, Best Podiatrist