A "Rally for Peace and Justice," featuring a variety of local speakers from religious and secular backgrounds, will be conducted at 5:30 p.m. today at Western Maryland College.
The rally, free and open to the public, takes place outside of Baker Memorial Chapel and is setto last about one hour.
Also, Fran Donnelan, a representative of the American Friends Service Committee, will discuss the registration procedure for conscientious-objector status. This event, also free and open to the public, is scheduled at 7 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge.
These events are sponsored by the Coalition for Peace and Justice, a campus organization. Information: 857-2277.
BYRON GETTING MANY REQUESTS
WASHINGTON -- Since the Persian Gulf war began, Maryland's congressional delegation has been flooded with pleas for help from frustrated military families.
Unfortunately, about all they can do is lend a sympathetic ear.
Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, has received more than 700 calls from constituents. The bulk of the problems are related to emergency discharges and child care, say legislative aides.
Congressional aides said they are able to alleviate some bureaucratic hassles facing military families. Staffers depend on liaison offices for each branch of the service to answer constituent claims, which must be replied to within 24 hours. Legislators' offices also have been flooded with questions of policy, from women receiving combat pay to the number of blacks in the military.
Countians with more than one family member in the military have been seeking discharges. But the exemption only applies to a family that already has lost an immediate relative during wartime or who has been 100 percent disabled in combat.
PERSIAN GULF WAR IS IN STORES
The effects ofthe Persian Gulf war on the U.S. economy can be seen in what is selling and what's not selling in area stores.
A sampling by The Carroll County Sun found certain items moving a bit faster than normal andothers that have slowed down.
At the Ames Department Store in North Carroll Plaza, Manager George Bracken said models of airplanes andbattleships have been selling well. Perhaps surprisingly, the popular G.I. Joe hasn't been moving.
In Westminster, however, neither the K mart in Englar Shopping Center nor Woolworth in Westminster Shopping Center has seen any noticeable sales increase of war toys. But Mount Airy's Toy and Hobby World has been selling a lot of models.
"We've sold a whole bunch of models of tanks, guns and planes," said clerk Mike Toni. "Usually we don't sell very much, but people are coming and buying models of things they're using over there."
He addedthe store is set to receive a shipment of Scud missile models.
Gas masks are not available in Carroll, and the few stores that have any camouflage wear say it's not selling.
Also, video rentals are down in some area stores.
"They're not renting as much because they're staying home and watching TV, and when they do come in, they're looking for something light to watch, so our comedy section is going," said Carolyn Holland, owner of Taneytown Video and mother of a serviceman in the war.
At the Sound Odyssey in Carrolltowne Mall, Eldersburg, clerk Melissa Bachmann said many war movies as well as comediesare moving, but that business has been slower than usual since the war started.
Rentals are also down in Mount Airy.
"Rentals have decreased; they're way down," said Carolyn Flory, owner of the Video Den. "I haven't seen any trends. Mostly, they want new releases."
Erol's Video in Westminster agreed that new releases were the most popular rentals, but the store has not noticed any drop-off in businesssince mid-January, said Scott Hileman, part-time manager.
COUNTIANS SHOWING THE COLORS
They're all around Carroll County -- the red,white and blue flags, flying gracefully in the winter breeze, dangling from doorways, mailboxes and car antennas.
And the yellow ribbons. Some are attached to the staff of the flag. Others, big yellow bows, are tied around trees, more mailboxes, more car antennas, side-view mirrors and door handles.
The stores, in fact, can't keep enough flags or yellow ribbon, and many note that even the wholesalers have run out and are struggling to fill back orders.
"We've been running out of yellow ribbon. We can't keep it in stock," said Robert MacBride, manager of the Card-O-Rama in Cranberry Mall, Westminster. He added that the store probably has sold 100 rolls of the material.
A sampling by The Carroll County Sun of stores in all areas of the county found the same tale. Only a few scattered businesses said they had either ribbon or flags.
"We have yellow ribbons and bows on special order," said Kenneth Finn, assistant manager of the Westminster K mart. "We were sold within a week."
A large number of flags leftover from last year's holidays also sold out within a week of the war declaration, he said.