From: Frank W. Soltis
Councilman Philip J. Barker's panel is trying to determine "what exactly is an adult book store."
Why not ask the people who patronize adult bookstores what they are to them?
An adult bookstore to some individuals may be a place to go for them to fantasize. To others, it could be a place to relieve themselves of sexual frustrations, to others a place of sin and evil.
My point is that people who patronize adult book stores do it on their own volition, the same as someone who goes to church or a library.
If adult book stores are going to be regulated, then so should churches, libraries or any other place of business. No one has a right to police morality. If we did, the majority of the members of Congress would have been put away a long time ago.
Society is already over-regulated by government. If weallow our elected representatives to impose their personal or religious beliefs upon us, we may as well burn the Constitution and become a nation of sheep.
Councilman Barker and his committee should get out of our personal lives and let us decide where we want to go and what we do.
What will it be next Councilman Barker? Burning books and censorship?
This is America, Councilman Barker, "Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave." There are many of us who intend to keep it this way.
KEEP TREATMENT OPEN
From: Jacqueline Eaton
Last week, your front-page story ("County's sole halfway house for female addicts to close") concerned the closing of the only women's halfway house in Harford County. Some excellent points were madeby (county Drug and Alcohol Impact Program Director) Sue Henry, and I would like to elaborate on them.
It took years for the public torealize that women suffer from addiction to the same extent as men. Why, when treatment for women finally becomes available, is it the first to go when economic times are hard?
I did some checking and found out that the very high rent David Creed (director of the Marty Mann House and Mann House) claimed was charged for the Marty Mann Houseis $250 per month. It would be hard to rent a garage in Bel Air for that.
Harford County government is to be congratulated, not condemned, for offering this facility for such a low rent.
Maybe some changes need to be made in the way the program is operated, but please,do not let this vital service disappear. If the Marty Mann House closes, there will probably never be another program like it in Harford County.
I hope that the community and the Harford County government will support the life-saving work done on Hickory Avenue.