From: Frances Jones, President,
Arundel Improvement Association
As president of one of the largest community associations in the North County (Arundel Improvement Association), I am constantly attending meetings and making observations of the speakers, the content of their presentations and how good or bad their representation of their constituents is, as opposed to special interest groups.
In this day and age of corruption, it is virtually impossible to get good clean concerned candidates elected, because of the lack of money--that being the root of all evil. If they run independently and manage to survive the primaries, they are immediately picked up by a team that would not commit themselves before the primary, leaving one to ponder, 'is this candidate going to be an independent thinker, or will they run with the pack?'.
We have two very capable people running for County Executive and also the senate. It's a shame a clean campaign cannot be conducted. They would all do good to remember that for every handful of mud they sling, they will lose a foot of ground.
My congratulations to all the winners in the primary. Good luck and best wishes to you all, but whomever wins in November, my fervent advise is, get government off our backs. We don't need a law for all ills--that only serves to make instant criminals. Concentrate on the laws already on the books and throw out those that are obsolete.
Both State and local government would do well to listen to the people on reducing tax money. Doesn't it amaze you that our Governor can't find money for the elderly shut-ins and the homeless of the State of Maryland, but in an election year when he hears of plane loads of foreigners and their families coming here from Kuwait, the money and a welcoming committee pop up overnight? Our boys returning from World War II, Korea and Vietnam didn't get a welcoming committee, much less free housing.
Two people come to mind when I think of clean honest candidates and I would hope everyone will vote for them. George Nutwell Jr., the current Register of Wills is one. Under his guidance and expertise, there has been a physical change in the office structure from cubicle maze to a well functioning business office with up-to-date phone service, a good rapport with staff and the general public making for total efficiency. He gets out to the communities to pass along pertinent information on living wills, etc.
The other candidate that deserves your vote is Janet Owens. Janet is a newcomer to the campaign trail, but is very familiar with the office of Judge of the Orphans Court. She also knows the pressures of everyday life for the poor, since being the director of the Anne Arundel County Housing Authority, she learned first hand how important it is to communicate with people under stress. Janet also has the expertise to work and help the elderly, having a large conscientious staff to assist her in her job as Director of the Department of Aging. She was a working director, out there in the field, visiting and learning first hand about the problems of the shut-ins. Lack of funding to help them was a major problem.
I have learned and observed a lot about these two candidates that don't have big bucks to advertise, so do yourself a favor, vote Duckett and Owens in November--you will be glad you did.
SEEING A STANDOUT
From: Jim Perkins
One candidate stands out in my mind for House of Delegates, District 33 --Bill Burlison.
I have received a position letter, personal call at my home and a follow-up letter regarding the visit from Mr. Burlison. No other candidate to date has informed me as to their positions on the issues as effectively.
Bill Burlison has my vote. he has shown me that he is a tireless worker and would represent District 33 well.
LET'S REACTIVATE THE STATE DEATH PENALTY
From: Bill D. Burlison
Candidate, House of Delegates District 33
Over a year ago I put together an issue which included a section on capital punishment. The Criswell and other recent cold-blooded murders in our county have brought the issue to the fore.
Please permit me to quote from page five of my paper. There is also a section on drugs which we perhaps can address at a later time:
"Crime and Punishment:
As a former state's attorney and former assistant attorney general, I have ideas on law enforcement. Let me give two examples.
Technically, we have capital punishment in Maryland. In practice, we do not. It has been almost 30 years since a verdict of capital punishment has been carried out. the principal reason is scores of pages of Maryland statutes (Art. 27, Sec. 413) and rules (Rule 4-343) requiring juries to jump through hoops and climb obstacles that are impossible. If they do, then the appeals process is endless. I will propose that Maryland join many other states in giving the jury discretion in applying the death sentence for selected heinous crimes. The jury should have the option but not be required to so determine."