People kept in dark
From: Laura Suter
I agree with Katherine J. Jenkins, ("A trio of gripes"), Harford County Sun, June 14.
I too am very mad that we were not told about the water problem. Due to the fact the government did not tell us about the water, I wonder what else they are not telling us, and if they will wait until they are forced to tell? Good or bad, we should know what happens that concerns the residents of Harford County. I do not drink the water; I have been buying water ever since we moved here 11 years ago. My main concern is the children and what it may do to them.
And next the recycling. It is really not a problem, but service-wise and price-wise it stinks, again we get less for our money. And last but not least, the condition of Willoughby Beach Road; you know, the one the county forgot was here. If the county does not have the money to build a bridge for a safe exit from here, how do we have money to extend our road across Edgewood Road to Trimble Road? How many County Council people or politicians will prosper by that extended road? Do they pay more taxes across the road or yell louder?
It seems that after the school board yelled loud enough our county executives found money for their raises. Do you think if we yell louder, the county executive can find another hidden treasure, like that old saying "the squeaky wheel gets the grease"? So come on, people of Willoughby Beach, get together, and let your voices be heard. Maybe this time it might work, and pray that instead of help we don't get another housing development. We have about all of them we can handle on this little forgotten road.
Support is offered
From: Betty Romano
Families of Murdered Loved Ones
It has been over four years since our only daughter, Dawn, was murdered.
Dawn did not know her killer. We believe the only reason Steven H. Olsen brutally murdered her was that she could have identified him.
One year after Dawn's death I founded a support group for the "Families of Murdered Loved Ones." Our group has been in existence since Nov. 10, 1988.
Our support group was the first of this kind in the state of Maryland. I feel we have been able to help many. We have clients from Harford as well as Baltimore County, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
The Families of Murdered Loved Ones meets the first Monday of every month. Please call for more information; let our group help you if you are suffering from the loss of a loved one because of murder.
Our group is self-supporting, there is no fee to become a member. Our support group will be holding it's first Bull Roast at Martin's Eastwind on Oct. 11 from 2-6 p.m. If you are interested in helping us sell tickets, please call. All proceeds are turned over to the Stephanie Roper Committee and Foundation Inc., Maryland's Victim's Rights leader. Please call 893-8939. Thank you.
PS: Get involved before "it's too late."
Patriotism stirs violence
From: Gunther Bienes
Havre de Grace
Why not put more stress on the age of vitriolic "isms" that are at the root of the present killings go ing on in our world: Tribalism, racism, ethnocentrism, nationalism and patriotism, to name only a few? With regard to the latter two, some very appropriate quotations spring to one's mind, namely:
"This heroism at command, this senseless violence, this accursed bombast of patriotism -- how intensely I despise them!" -- Einstein.
"You'll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race." -- George Bernard Shaw.
"Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissension and distress." -- Thorstein Veblen.
"It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets." -- Voltaire.