EDITOR'S NOTE: The state is planning to widen East Main Street in Westminster. To accomplish that, most of the trees along the street will have to be removed. A number of citizens oppose the project, especially if the trees -- part of the city's historic setting -- are removed. We have been asking readers whether they think the street should be widened. And if so, is it acceptable to remove the trees? Weare also asking if they would prefer to see parking limited to onlyone side of the street as an alternative to the widening. Here are some of the replies we have received:
SAVE WESTMINSTER TREES
From: Patricia Wall
Don't cut down the trees!
Westminster is an areaof historical significance.
In cutting down trees and widening the road, much is lost.
Westminster has managed to retain a quaint, small-town image in the midst of urban blight.
Main Street in Westminster usually means someone has a specific task in a store or business in the area.
Take your books back to the library, send your letters out at the post office, then fly out to 140 where you can drive45 miles per hour and fight the crowds to do your shopping at the mall.
Leave Westminster alone.
From: Phil Bankard
Why not do what Frederick has done and make streets one-way?
More consideration should be given to what purpose downtown serves -- people or traffic.
Some trees have an odd shape from growing at an odd angle -- replace these.
Downtown charm would be increased if power lines could be relocated at a reasonable cost. I don't think theCity Council has that cost.
From: Win Morin
Let's compromise and just limit parking to one side of Main Street.
The trees are beneficial for much more than just their beauty.
Ask any naturalist!
From: Nancy H. Vest
I would rathersee parking on one side only than to have the trees removed.
Environmentally, every tree is important.
Historically, it will changethe character of the town.
SUPPORT CANCER SOCIETY
From: FrancesR. Conaway
Carroll County Unit
American Cancer Society
For 11 years, the Carroll County unit of the American Cancer Society has raised funds for cancer research, education and patient services by selling freshly cut daffodils to community residents and businesses.
In 1990, Carroll County raised over $22,000 from this event. This noteworthy accomplishment is due to the generous efforts of many volunteers who organize and promote advance sales of daffodils throughout Carroll County.
If your club or organization is interested in this public service project, please contact me.
This year, advance sales will take place during January and February, with all orders being finalized on Feb. 18.
I urge the community to welcome these volunteers by ordering now so that during Daffodil Days, March 14 to 17, Carroll County will be blanketed with the golden flowerof hope and life.
Daffodils are available in bunches of 10 flowers for a $4 donation. Volunteers are available to deliver flowers to nursing homes and hospitals when large donations are received.
Information: 875-2252, 795-4462 or 239-3702.
OPTION D A BAD CHOICE
From: Patty Wall
It was with concern and trepidation that I read the Board of Education was meeting to decide the fate of students from the Manchester area who fell under the auspices of "Option D" as pertains to the situation of school overcrowding.
Maybe the code name was assigned to add even more to the confusion of this situation and the steps being taken to alleviate the problem.
As the general public, we have been told there is nothing except redistricting that can stem the overflow of children at the elementary schoollevel in Carroll County.
It seems the Board of Education has several other options open that they have neglected to address. If, by working in cooperation with other offices of the county, more attentionwas paid to the adequate facilities law which limits growth until such time services can be provided to accommodate growth, the board could have a more substantial effect on growth control.
In the Manchester area in particular, the logic of redistricting 180 children to the Hampstead school district serves no purpose when the Zoning Department has given approval to the construction of 160 affordable housingunits.
Numbers being what they are, if each of the families in these new dwellings has one child, Manchester School is back once againto being overcrowded, and children have been uprooted from their community to no avail.
The Board of Education could decide to build more elementary schools in our area (and in their typically short-sighted approach that seems to be precisely the plan) but the problem exists at all levels.
Where will these children attend middle and senior high school? There is presently one middle school and one senior high school that will serve the 1,700-plus children presently enrolled in elementary school.
A middle or high school "projected" for 1995 does nothing to curb the present growth trend.
Growth should not have to mean increasing taxes, filling the coffers of a few chosen developers, overcrowded schools, minimal services and poorly maintained and impassable major roadways.
When managed with thought and foresight, growth can make us more than a bedroom community for Baltimore business. Our goal should be to provide our children with the besteducation possible, and upon completion of that education, these same children will return to our community with pride as the leaders of tomorrow.
Stop growth from the outside until we have a chance to overcome the present shortages. Unbridled growth and overpopulation can only have a detrimental effect on our community.
Let all our growth occur from within for the time being -- by improving our schools and services to meet the present demand, we will be more prepared to open our community to positive growth in the future.