Cutting Up The PoliticiansI went to the barber shop today...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

November 22, 1992

Cutting Up The Politicians

I went to the barber shop today and there were several ahead of me and they were having a big laugh about something in the papers . . . What they were laughing about was the statement made by Commissioner Elmer Lippy, that when the school board submits its budget, he intends to withhold $9,000, the increase that Superintendent R. Edward Shilling and Deputy Superintendent Brian Lockard received -- Mr. Shilling getting $6,000 and Mr. Lockard, $3,000.

I heard one person say if he does this, they may have to close a couple of schools, being that $9,000 out of a $50 million to $60 million school budget will really make a dent in the budget request; these men were having a ball over the statement by Commissioner Lippy.

When the school budget was being considered, Mr. Shilling made all kinds of threats and suggestions that would take place . . . so the commissioners relented and approved the budget, even though the economy, as we all know, is in a very bad situation . . . and the roads are terrible in some sections, except around Genstar's Mining Co. So then Mr. Shilling and Mr. Lockard each received a raise totaling $9,000. Then about 20 days later, Mr. Shilling came out with a report of a surplus in excess of $1 million.

There was enough anger in Carroll County to hang the whole school board, and I would say they will eventually be replaced.

I live in a section of the county that is completely forgotten. There are two county roads that I can see from my home that have not been touched for any repairs since I moved there in 1952. . . .

I imagine those men at the barber shop are still laughing.

Harry Frizzill

Westminster

Invasion

I opened up the Carroll section of The Baltimore Sun, and looked forward to what I used to consider your balanced, straight-forward and ethi cal reporting. I was shocked to say the least to see a half-page picture and the story of the Schaeffer family divorce. (Nov. 3)

Undoubtedly, it is the most despicable invasion of privacy I have seen in any newspaper in years, much less in my county. . . . 5/8 Gail Reilly Cross

Eldersburg

Yes, The System Was Broke

To the voters of South Carroll County, I would like to thank you for your vote on charter government on Nov. 3. The South Carroll area, Sykesville and Mt. Airy voted to adopt charter, and as is often the case, South Carroll was outvoted by the northern Carroll political power base.

As our commissioners have been saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." They surely were not thinking of South Carroll when they said it. Was the form of government not broke when over the past four commissioner terms they allowed the water and sewer departments to plunge in debt to the tune of over $800,000? . . . And was the system not broke when it allowed Carroll's cost of government to grow to the second highest percent of budget in the state? . . . As one outspoken opponent of charter said of South Carroll, "If South Carroll wanted to be heard in Westminster, they would elect a commissioner from their own area. They haven't, so they must be satisfied."

I submit that the fact that South Carroll (Sykesville/Mt. Airy) voted for charter indicates that we are not satisfied. And as things go, we are going to be even less satisfied in the future. . . . . . . Those deficiencies in the commissioner form of government that charter was to fix are still there and unless they are corrected will surface and cause even bigger problems. . . . What can the citizens of South Carroll do about it? We can organize to combine our voting bloc to make sure we are represented in Westminster. One way to accomplish this is to establish a communication network between all of the organizations in South Carroll, such as the Freedom, Sykesville and Mt. Airy business associations, neighborhood civic associations and PTAs, for example. . . . The vote on charter was not about what is the best form of government for Carroll County, it was all about power, who has it and who wants to keep it. The other paper in Carroll County has plainly stated in its editorials that they believe the power should remain in the "good old boy" network. To dilute this power base, the citizens must communicate. This can be done with letters to The Sun editor. The South Carroll citizens can make a difference and we can use The Sun as our forum. Let's be heard.

Jon Buck

Sykesville

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