Hsp Thanks Donors

Letters to the editor

August 18, 1991

From: Sylvia V. Canon

Executive director

Human Services Programs

On July 24, 1991, Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc. received a large number of small handmade bags filled with items necessary for personal hygiene.

The bags were made, filled and donated by the Finksburg Senior Citizens group, which meets at the Deer Park Methodist Church.

HSP would like to express our gratitude to the Finksburg Senior Citizen group for their labor of love in connection with their donation. The bags will be given to those in shelters or to others in need.

HSP would also like to thank those who donated the items that filled the bags, including: SuperFresh, Weis Markets, Mars Supermarkets, Giant, Vipont Pharmaceutical Inc. and individuals of the Finksburg Senior Citizen group.

It is greatly appreciated that in an area such as this, where there isa growing number of people in need, there are people and companies who still want to reach out. Each person who helps another makes things better for all.

DEAD POL ACTED RASHLY

From: Peggy T. Gordon

Sykesville

This is in response to the Dialogue column, regarding the "Dead Pol," which appeared in the Aug. 4 Carroll County Sun:

Howsadly we perceive him now -- "our one-time favorite son."

He would become a great leader, when all was said and done.

With expectations high, we chose him to represent us -- one and all,

But then, somehow things began to go awry, and he from grace would fall!

Howsad such a "promising one" should simply shrivel up and die!

Evensadder is the thought that he never understood the reason why.

Tosucceed, one needs self-confidence; the "Dead Pol" had his goodly share,

But to keep it within reason -- that's a quality which reallyis quite rare.

The line between self-confidence and arrogance is so very thin,

It's sometimes hard to tell where one stops and the other does begin.

Let's not judge the "Dead Pol" too harshly -- wecan't possibly contemplate

What made the "Dead Pol" act so rashly. Is that what sealed his fate?

How the citizens did rejoice! Truly 'twas so sad; yet not a tear was shed --

That after eight endless years of service, they would pronounce him dead.

So please be understanding of the "Dead Pol" -- though it may sometimes be hard

And allow him to pursue his brand new career -- that of the "Babbling Bard."

Consider the "Dead Pol" with a little compassion, it's the kindly thing to do,

And try to remember that "but for the grace ofGod," that could be me or you.

Thank you for your indulgence.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Carroll commissioners have reorganized county government, demoting some departments and directors to office and/or bureau status. Environmentalists complained as the fledgling Department of Natural Resource Protection was abolished, its responsibilities reassigned to four separate agencies. And developers worry about the commissioners' tampering with the development review process, which theysay had improved considerably in recent years. Despite the complaints and reservations from Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, the plan was adopted, subject to review over a six-month period. We have been asking readers if they agree with the changes, especially splitting up environmental concerns, and if they believe the commissioners should have had a hearing to allow public input before adoption. Here are some ofthe replies we received:

PROTECT ENVIRONMENT

From: Mary K. Mackley

Woodbine

The extent of the reorganization is a very poor idea.

The population and orientation of this county are changing rapidly. Our natural resources and environment need to be protected.

A couple of our commissioners are not very progressive. This county is not the same as it was 25-30 years ago and it never will be again.

The developers need to know for sure what and where development can take place. Keep our county beautiful.

CHANGES QUESTIONED

From: Arthur H. Peck

Westminster

To: County commissioners

Westminster

When I was appointed to the Environmental Affairs Advisory Board, I was delighted to accept and looked forward to the opportunity to participate in the development of the environmental future of CarrollCounty.

Our initial meetings have been organizational and instructive. Jim Slater and his department heads have given us information to digest and have solicited input on a solid waste management plan and on a guide to a golf course development assessment impact plan, among other issues.

I am a firm believer that "if it works, don't fixit." My question is therefore, how does the reorganization table benefit Carroll County?

Specifically, what good has ensued by taking the Sediment and Erosion Control people out of DNRP? The same question on Recycling and Solid Waste Management.

Informed opinion would seem to hold that these last two teams should interact for the good of our landfills. To my knowledge, no one has a better handle on wastemanagement than Jim Slater.

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