Editor's note: With the fiscal woes facing the Carroll County Board of Education, officials have had to slice about $3.5 million from this year's $107 million budget. Some people have suggested cutting certain extracurricular activities and reducing the number of sports programs instead of slicing instructional expenses. We have been asking readers if they want school officials to cut some extracurricular activities and sports programs and leave money for academic programs intact. Here is another reply:
From: Robert B. Beyer
Do not cut sports or extracurricular activities.
Cut the top-heavy school board. Why do we need a superintendent andtwo assistants? There are more of them than teachers.
Eliminate all the unnecessary fat and keep things for our kids.
THANKS FOR SUPPORT
From: Robert L. Gebhart
Carroll County Career
and Technology Center
As principal of the CarrollCounty Career and Technology Center in Westminster, I want to publicly thank everyone who joined us to celebrate Vocational Education Week.
You helped make this special week a grand success. I sincerely hope that you, the taxpayers and general public attained a better insight to vocational education in Carroll County.
The media, including The Carroll County Sun, as always, did a very effective coverage of "telling the Career and Technology Story."
I want to thank the 1,600 residents of Carroll County who took time from their busy schedule on a cold evening to share the enthusiasm and pride of the Career and Technology students and staff on Feb. 12. Your cooperation and support of vocational education is greatly appreciated. I hope you in turn became more aware of the career opportunities available in Carroll County.
The Career and Technology students and staff put forth an extra effort in preparing for our annual Open House. I want to publicly thank them and assure them that their hard work is recognized.
The feedback from visitors as usual was positive. I feel it is extremely important that all citizens and taxpayers visit their schools and see just how their tax dollars are being spent to educate our future citizens and county leaders.
The 1992 national slogan, "Vocational Education -- Classroom of the Future," describes our precise intent. We in the Carroll County education system will continue to striveto stay abreast of modern technology and, furthermore, do our utmostto prepare our students to be productive citizens of Carroll County.
Thanks again to all who had any part in making Vocational Education Week '92 a grand success.
GIVE BYRON SUPPORT
From: Larry Wilhelm
I have never written a letter like this before. I would deeply appreciate it if you would take a moment to read it.
Ever since I have been in business, I have stayed neutral when it comes to politics. I wanted Republicans, Democrats and Independents as customers. I didn't want to "make waves."
However, in the time in which we live, I cannot sit by any longer and be uninvolved. When I see our elected representatives both at the state and national level continue to stick their noses in our business where it doesn't belong and their hand in our pockets as well as the pockets of our employees where they shouldn't, I could just scream.
I wanted to go on a campaign to unseat all politicians for re-election. As I began to think about that course of action, I said, "No."
Let's see who we have that votes for small business already and has common sense, and work to keep that person.
In researching this, one name consistently surfaced, Congresswoman Beverly B. Byron,D-6th. Without her pro-small-business votes, Maryland's federal delegates (two senators and eight representatives) would have the lowest pro-business voting record of any state in the union.
Byron gets a67 percent from Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a business watchdog group. The National Federation of Independent Business has awarded her four "Guardian of Small Business" awards.
She favors spending cuts across the board, opposes government mandating business to provide parental leave or health insurance. She has voted in the past to reduce the capital gains tax.
Yes, she is aware that health care needs reform, as well as other important programs, but not on the backs of small business, which she is aware is the foundation of the American economy.
I have even taken my involvement one step further. I invite and challenge you to come to my restaurant, Friendly Farm in Westminster, today from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet with, talk to and support, through a $30 donation, Congresswoman Beverly Byron.
It will be an informal setting with food and beverages. Please come, ask her tough questions, get a feeling for her common-sense approach to the issues.
I did. I spoke to her before writing this letter.
"Yes, America has problems," she admits, "but we cannot fix them overnight, and we cannot put the cost to fix them on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren."