Bus Stop Contested

Carroll Capsule

September 01, 1991

The county commissioners will relay a Detour parent's concerns abouta bus stop change on Middleburg Road to the Board of Education.

During a brief meeting Thursday, the commissioners told Herman Steffenthat bus stop policies, set by the school board and its staff, were outside their jurisdiction.

"It's primarily a school board problem," Commissioner Elmer Lippysaid.

Steffen told commissioners that a school staff decision to move a bus stop from his driveway to a spot several yards down the road was unfair. He said his daughters, who attend Francis Scott Key High School an Northwest Middle School, had been picked up outside his home for years.

School officials confirmed the bus stop had been moved but declined to comment further on the case.

Earlier this year, Steffen appealed the bus stop change to Superintendent R. Edward Shilling, who declined to overrule his staff. Steffen has not yet appealed to the school board but, after meeting with the commissioners, said he planned to do so.

Lippy told Steffen that he always advisespeople with gripes to practice their constitutional right to petition.

"It's worked in so many cases I've seen," Lippy said.

GAG RULE STANCE WANTED

BOONSBORO -- State Delegate Tom Hattery, D-Frederick, a candidate for Congress in the 6th District, has called on Democratic Representative Beverly B. Byron to state her position on the so-called "gag rule."

In an address to the South County Democratic Club here, Hattery challenged Byron to join the nine other members of Maryland's congressional delegation in declaring her opposition to the "gag rule" even in the face of an expected Bush administration veto.

"The people deserve to know where Beverly Byron stands on this issue," Hattery said. "The 'Gag Rule' is just another example of the federal government intruding into people's personal lives. The 'gag rule' is an insult to freedom in America and it is an intrusion into the personal freedoms of women and medical professionals everywhere."

The "gag rule" prohibits physicians in a facilities that receives federal money, including private facilities that receive federal money, from mentioning abortion as an alternative to pregnant women.

Failure to abide by the rule could result in medical practitioners losingtheir licenses and facing prosecution or even jail.

"Why won't Bev come out and state her position on this issue?" Hattery asked. "Thecitizens of this district have a right to know where she stands. Though she has never voted pro-choice, I encourage, I challenge Beverly Byron to vote pro-choice on this issue. Every other congressperson inMaryland has voiced their support."

On June 28, Congress passed an appropriations bill effectively blocking funding for the "Gag Rule." The Waxman bill, which will go to the House floor in this month, would overturn the "gag rule" altogether.

Of Maryland's eight congressmen and two senators, only Byron has failed to state her position to the "gag rule" if faced with an expected presidential veto.

TOWN HOUSES PLANNED

MOUNT AIRY -- Builders revealed to town planners Monday preliminary plans for a town house development behind the Mount Airy Shopping Center.

At the meeting of the Planning Commission on Monday, a representative of Ron Cohen Management Co. said the 14-acre property needed to be rezoned from commercial to residential to allowa 112-unit development. An official proposal will not be ready for several months.

28 WAIT ON SHELTER LIST

Twenty-eight women and children are on the Human Services Program of Carroll County Inc.'s waiting list for homeless shelter space, said Lynda Gainor, HSP deputy director.

The backlog is the biggest ever for the one shelter in Carroll available for women and children operated by HSP, Gainor told a gathering of human services professionals at the monthly Community Services Council of Carroll County meeting Wednesday.

Some on the waiting list are spending nights in detoxification centers, on the streets or in cars, she said. The shelter has 14 beds.

No money is available to expand shelter space, she said.

Gainor said women are staying in the shelter for longer periods because apartments for the low-income renters are difficult to find in Carroll. Also, the sluggish economy has caused more women to lose housing, she said.

Gainor requested that any landlords who have apartments they'd be willing to rent to low-income occupants call Kathy Bitzer at HSP at 857-2999.

HEALTH CARD IS WANTED

The Community Services Council of Carroll County will write a letter to the county school superintendent urging thata "teen health card" be produced for high school students for the 1991-1992 school year, members decided at a Wednesday meeting.

The Board of Education voted not to use a card notifying students that free condoms were available and that parental permission is not requiredto receive services for birth control or venereal diseases. The information card, distributed by the county Health Department, also listshealth services and phone numbers.

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