Carroll's leading lights indulge in wishful thinking

December 21, 1992|By Amy L. Miller and Mary Gail Hare | Amy L. Miller and Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writers

Everybody had a Christmas wish.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said he was hoping, but didn't expect, the county would receive a "nice big present from the state."

"Something to lift our fiscal restraint," he said.

For himself, however, Mr. Dell had more altruistic desires.

"When you get to my age, you stop wishing for material things," he said. "I want to have a nice time with my family and enjoy my children and grandchildren. And, I want everyone in the county and across the country to have a very happy holiday."

For Commissioner Julia W. Gouge, a new camera would be perfect.

"I simply want to have a chance to take candid shots of my grandson," she said. "The camera I have right now is not too good."

On the more ethereal side, she said she would like to see a "better working relationship than there is between the commissioners and the staff."

And Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy, always quick with a joke, said he wanted more than his two front teeth for Christmas.

"They're not mine," he said. "They're just like the stars -- they come out at night."

On a more serious note, he said he would like to have his health for at least as long as his wife, Mabel, has hers.

"It's pretty good right now," he said. "Not many 72-year-olds go roller-skating with their grandchildren."

When asked the question 'what would you like for Christmas?' Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks, replied, "The first thing off the top of my head would be world peace and harmony and then an uptrend in national economy -- more jobs for the citizens of the United States."

Edward Shilling, superintendent of Carroll County Public Schools, had the most brief wish. He asked for "less press."

Sylvia Canon, executive director of the county's Human Services Programs, wants a greater supply of affordable housing, for buyers and renters.

The Rev. Paul Fitzpatrick would like peace between all warring factions in the world. "All over the world, people are trying to kill each other," said the priest from St. Joseph Catholic Community in Sykesville. "We should all strive for peace."

The Rev. Keith R. Hardy of Trinity Lutheran Church in Gamber agreed with the need for peace. "It might sound trite, but if we could have anything on Earth, it should be peace on all the Earth."

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