1990 Quotes Of The Year

December 30, 1990

"Some people think homeless people are drunks or are taking drugs," said Carlos Garcia, a 10-year-old student at Magnolia Elementary School. "But some are not like that, some are people just like us."

Carlos and his classmates wrote and produced a play about a fictional homeless family as part of a pilot educational program. Then the class worked with other students in the school to raise money to help the homeless.

April 1 *

"I can honestly say I never tried a beer I didn't like."

-- Stanley H. Pettingill of Fallston. Pettingill wants to run a brew pub in Harford, but still needs permission from the state General Assembly.

April 15 *

"Our success is smothering us."

-- Robert Chance, director of the Susquehannock Environmental Center.

Chance was lamenting the fact that the recent upsurge in recycling also has its down side; Susquehannock needed more money and more volunteers to operate in 1999 than it did in 1989, and the trash was almost more than they could handle.

In 1989, the center collected 1.9 million pounds of aluminum cans, aluminum scrap, glass, newspaper and steel cans. In the first four months of 1990, the center had collected 641,188 pounds of recyclables.

April 22 *

The Community Coalition of Harford County became one of the prominent citizens' activist groups in the county in 1990, due in part to the actions of the group's former president, Theresa M. Pierno, a Democrat who now represents District C on the County Council. The group's hard work earned its members the grudging respect of some developers whose projects they had opposed.

"I even had one (developer) tell me, 'I see you don't have any horns, after all,' " Pierno said.

April 29 *

"You don't have to be a hoodlum to be a rapper."

-- Rapper Dwight Williams of Edgewood. Williams, 16, uses rap to convey messages of black pride and racial harmony.

May 6 *

"If the next Donald Trump was a former member of my class, I wouldn't be surprised."

-- Claudia Sconion, an applied economics teacher at Edgewood High School. Sconion teaches her students the ins and outs of the financial world by having them form their own companies to make and market products such as squeegees.

May 13 *

"Right now, I don't have a choice -- the only people who can educate my child are at John Archer and I thank God that they're there," said Julia Sheets of Churchville. "But if (mainstreaming and integration) works, I want it. And don't tell me you can't afford it."

Sheets is one of many parents concerned over the future of special education services in Harford. They are concerned by a state Department of Education statement that said all school systems should offer special education services in neighborhood schools, instead of busing students to centers. Changes in special education are still being discussed.

June 10 *

"It's a relief to know that she's not out there being hurt or hungry," said 29-year-old Sondra L. Swope, the day after state police divers discovered the body of her sister, Lisa D. Swope, who had been missing nearly nine years. State police divers, acting on a tip, found Lisa Swope's body in car submerged near the Lapidum Boat Landing in Susquehanna State Park.

"But it's a deep sadness, too, to not have her here or hear her laugh.

She was my pride and joy."

June 24 *

"They wanted us to lay down and play dead," said Winifred Jonas, who was sued by Maryland Reclamation Associates Inc. after Jonas, her husband and others fought the company's plan for a rubble fill in the Webster area.

That kind of lawsuit is known as a SLAPP suit -- which is an acronym that stands for "strategic lawsuits against public participation." The Jonases filed their own counterclaim seeking $6.7 million in damages from Maryland Reclamation and its president, Richard D. Schafer of Churchville.

July 8 *

"We had an image as fumblers. I think that's changed. We're considered efficient, and we're considered to be tough competitors who could steal your industry away. To have a government that's effective, that's the thing I'm most proud of."

-- Former County Executive Habern W. Freeman, reflecting on his eight years in office.

Dec. 2 *

"Seeing that we always had these nice surpluses, certainly it was a surprise to find the surplus had been taken for pay-as-you-go projects and there was zero or less than zero left."

-- County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann, after calling for spending cuts and scrapping capital improvements to avoid a deficit.

Dec. 9 *

"It was his decision to continue living. He persevered. . . . He would not be defeated."

-- The Rev. Nick McDonald on Thomas Weeks, a Level firefighter who was killed in the line of duty. Weeks had a heart condition, but continued working for the volunteer fire company.

August *

"(A write-in campaign) has never been done before for sheriff. We don't think it's going to work this time. . . . But I still need the people's votes."

-- Robert E. Comes on former Sheriff Dominick J. Mele's write-in campaign. Comes defeated Mele in the Democratic primary and again in November.

Nov. 4 *

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