Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor

February 17, 1991


From: Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr.

Town Council members


To: Gov. William Donald Schaefer


The mayor and Town Council, at the Jan. 14, 1991, meeting, voted unanimously to oppose the recommendation of the 2020 Commission.

Although we recognize and appreciate the commission's quest to seek solutions to the bay's pollution and growth-related problems, allowing a state agency to control land-use decisions at thelocal level is not warranted.

The town of Sykesville and Carroll County already are very successfully implementing most of these measures.

But we do recognize a serious need for an expanded statewide effort regarding the protection of sensitive areas, including waterways, steep slopes, critical habitats for endangered species, stream buffers, forested areas, and future park lands for hiking, fishing and other recreational activities.

We are especially interested in preventing possible pollutants from entering the south branch of the Patapsco River, which runs the full distance of the town's southernmost boundary.

If the state would be willing to construct a water-quality testing station along the Patapsco River in Sykesville, we would be more than happy to staff the facility with volunteers from the town.

We are also keenly interested in the protection of forested areas and in providing wildlife habitats. We have required developers to deed forested areas and stream valleys to the mayor and Town Council to be kept as a natural resource protection area.

With the state'shelp, we would like to develop plans to safeguard these areas for future generations.

Anything further the town of Sykesville can do to assist the state in implementing these measures will be done to thebest of our ability and resources.

If we can further clarify or assist you in any way, please let us know. Thank you.


From: Richard N. Dixon


The Former Students

of Robert Moton School

New Windsor

Thank you for the excellent coverage (Jan. 23 Carroll County Sun) of the Fourth Annual Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at Martin's Westminster on Jan. 19 sponsored by The Former Students of Robert Moton School Inc.

Your coverage was very thorough and articulate. I especially appreciated your opening comparison to Psalm 66. We were proud to remember in a special way the life and contributions of Dr. King.

As you correctlynoted, we started out very small. This function has continued to grow each year.

Thanks again for your coverage and your joining in the spiritual uplifting brought about by the Morgan State University Gospel Choir.


EDITOR'S NOTE: Abortion once again is before the state legislature. Proposals range from Del.Lawrence A. LaMotte's bill to affirm the U.S. Supreme Court's 1973 legalization of abortion, to bills co-sponsored by Sen. Larry E. Haines that would restrict abortions except under extreme circumstances and prevent abortions on minors without parental consent. We have been asking readers if they think abortions should be legal and readily available in Carroll, if parents should be notified if children plan anabortion, and if minors should be required to undergo counseling first. Here are some of the replies we have received so far:

From: Art Grodkiewicz


Parents should be notified if children plan an abortion.

Minors should be required to undergo counseling first.

Abortion should be neither legal or illegal. Government should not be involved -- this is a moral decision.

A woman desiring an abortion would pay all costs, no public assistance, and doctorsshould not be obligated to perform abortions.

If a woman does not desire children, she should stop being promiscuous or get fixed.

* From: Carolyn A. Blaszczyk


Abortion should not be legal for the simple fact that it ends the life of an unborn child.

Parents should be advised before an abortion practitioner intervenes to end their grandchild's life. If parental consent is required for a school nurse to administer an aspirin or for a girl to get her ears pierced, what aberration in logic seeks to "protect" a girl from her parents' influence before an abortion?

Yes, minors and every woman should receive counseling before an abortion is performed. A lifeis being terminated, and the woman has been a victim of the abortionindustry and our society's failure to support her.

I worked in a pregnancy center as a volunteer in an inner city in New Jersey. I wasalways impressed by the assistance available and the love and concern shown to the women who came there.

But, the sad realities are that many women have hardened their hearts, find no choice other than abortion, and deny life.

The abortion-rights groups have an unrealistic fear of parental notification. One grandmother insisted her granddaughter, whom she was raising, abort her child because she could not be responsible for both of them.

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