From: Roger W. Lambie Sr.
Once again, law-abiding gun owners in Maryland will be under attack in the state legislature and from within the governor's mansion.
According to newspaper reports -- Washington Post, Dec. 22, 1990; The Sun, Nov. 22, 1990; Montgomery Journal, Dec. 24, 1990 -- Gov. William Donald Schaefer and other "gun grabbers" will propose a bill, if passed, that would ban the sale, possession or transfer of approximately 60 rifles in the state of Maryland.
Its chief sponsor and leading the charge in the house will be Delegate Peter Franchot, D-Montgomery. Franchot is a liberal activist, whose ambition stops nothing short of total prohibition of firearms, directed at law-abiding citizens here in the state of Maryland and the rest of the United States.
Gun grabbers continue to attack inanimate objects, but never focus toward the concept of individual responsibility. They remain steadfaston defeating any attempts to restructure our revolving door justice system, hamper use of the death penalty, build a stadium not prisons,and deny victim's rights legislation.
Be assured that with their overwhelming defeat on Capital Hill (1990 U.S. Congress) in their bidto ban the so-called assault rifle, gungrabbers here will receive all the assistance they feel necessary from outsiders as they did in 1988 for the handgun ban.
Citizens who want to preserve our great republic -- and the freedoms and liberties it provides -- need to standup and be counted.
After all, the second amendment is the keystone of the constitution; without it, "We the People" would be rendered defenseless from subversion and tyranny from either within or withoutour borders. Who knows, one day we may be faced with a Saddam, Adolf, or Gorby of our own.
FARMERS DO SHARE FOR BAY CLEANUP
From: Jimmie D. Miller
Recently, there has been a lot of negative press related to the work farmers do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. As a farmer,supervisor of the Harford Soil Conservation District, and member of the State Soil Conservation Committee, I am concerned about the picture painted.
I suggest that anyone who takes the time to view the agricultural landscape over the past five years,will witness impressive changes. In Harford County, farmers have implemented more than 4,000 Best Management Practices and protected morethan 17,600 acres of farmland. Statewide, more than 940,000 acres ofland have been protected with Best Management Practices.
These results have been achieved through voluntary programs. Although farmershave received financial assistance, their share of the expense for cost-shared BMPs statewide has been approximately $2.6 million. This does not include practices not state cost-shared, estimated to make up89 percent of those installed in Maryland.
Criticism has been made that no measurable results currently prove how effective these BMPs are. Likewise, the actual non-point source contribution from agriculture was never "measured." Current nutrient loading data takes an average estimate of agricultural run-off and multiplies this by the acresof agricultural land in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Since agriculture still represents the largest land use category, the equation logically shows agriculture as the greatest source of non-point source pollution.
I am not arguing that farmers don't have a large part of play in
the cleanup. I am arguing for a better accounting system on both sides of the issue. Those who are quick to call for more regulationof agriculture should examine how far we have come in five short years.
The Chesapeake Bay was degraded as a result of decades of abuse;its restoration is also a long-term effort not to be measured by political life spans. Regulation is a costly "fix" for the short-term thinker. We need programs that emphasize cooperation and education for the long-term and are flexible enough so that farmers can buy into them.