DEPEND ON EVANS FOR COUNTY COUNCIL
From: Shirley Holmes
I've known Diane Evans since she moved here 16 years ago. From the week she arrived, she began volunteering in the community and hasn't stopped since.
Not only does she know state and local government, but she's actively worked for a healthier environment, housing for senior citizens, scholarships for high school students, a gypsy-moth suppression program and better programs for the developmentally disabled.
Diane isn't afraid to speak her mind. Her independence and energy will serve us well. My family and friends are voting for Diane Evans for the County Council in the 5th District. We can depend on her!
EVANS: WHY I SEEK YOUR VOTE NOV. 6
From: Diane Evans
County Council candidate
As I campaign door to door, voters ask me why I'm running for the County Council in the Fifth District and what I want to accomplish when elected.
To answer the first question, I'm running because I want to serve and because I know the county can provide high quality services at a reasonable price. As a Republican, I will work to slow the rate of growth in government spending without jeopardizing essential services. As the economy slows down and revenues decline, it is imperative the county streamline its spending habits and concentrate on providing the basics and doing them well.
To answer the second question, during the next four years I would like to accomplish four major objectives. They include establishing a countywide, easily accessible, cost-effective recycling program; developing a comprehensive, countywide gypsy-moth suppression program; ensuring that our educational system, including the human resources as well as our physical plants, is the best our county can afford; and constructing the East-West Boulevard as a two-lane road built to county standards.
To lessen the burden on the county taxpayer, we must explore every avenue of state and federal funding. To further this objective, the private sector should be utilized whenever it can deliver the same or better service at a lower cost.
With creativity and responsible restraint, I believe the county can maintain a high level of services without risking the financial health of the taxpayer.
I look forward to hearing from the voters on these issues as I continue to visit their neighborhoods.
TAX ROLLBACK BEEN REPEALED ELSEWHERE
From: Michael H. Johnson
AATRG (Anne Arundel Taxpayers for Responsive Government) and the supporters of the proposed tax rollback are refusing to talk about the terrible experiences that Prince George's and Talbot counties had after passing similar measures several years ago.
They won't talk about how police response time leaped from an average of four to six minutes after the TRIM (tax measure) passed in Prince George's, or how the county resorted to a road maintenance schedule that called for repaving streets only once every 120 years. They won't talk about how Talbot has had to raise other taxes just to keep up, including raising the piggyback income tax from 35 to 45 percent.
AATRG also doesn't like to talk about the fact that the voters of Prince George's County reversed TRIM in 1984 and restored the county's ability to collect property taxes.
They certainly don't want to talk about how the Talbot County Commission voted four to one this summer to put their limitation on the ballot for reconsideration by the voters this November.
If this is such a great idea, why is everyone who has tried it changing their mind?
JIMENO ROAD SCENE SHOWS POOR JUDGMENT
From: L. Mooney
Pasadena, On Friday, Oct. 12, at approximately 5:45 p.m., I was coming home from work on Route 100 toward Gibson Island. Traffic started braking in front of me at the Ritchie Highway overpass. I thought, there must be an accident on Route 100 since traffic had slowed so considerably.
As I approached the Catherine Avenue exit, I was angered to find the cause of the traffic jam. Just prior to Redmond's, a very large group of Jimeno supporters had placed lots and lots of Jimeno signs in the fence paralleling Route 100. Some of these supporters were standing on their hood waving to traffic.
The entire scene was circus-like. Cars slowed to gawk.
While I have read that the Jimeno/Leopold race is a heated battle and must applaud the enthusiasm of Jimeno supporters, I feel they exercised poor judgment in staging their roadside fiasco. Not only did they make my commute take longer, they showed a disregard for the safety of the many voters traveling on Route 100 during rush hour.
After hearing Jimeno state that "while Leopold is out waving to motorists, I will be at home with my family," such hypocrisy on his part is inexcusable.