Resident Trooper Program A Good FitAs a current saying...

LETTERS TO THE ECITORS

January 24, 1993

Resident Trooper Program A Good Fit

As a current saying goes, why confuse us with the facts when fiction will do? I refer to your Jan. 11 editorial, "Police Report Merits Action."

The facts of the matter are:

* No commitment has been made to "pony-up" $250,000 for 19 new police cruisers for Resident Troopers (and even if it were to be budgeted, that is peanuts compared to the alternative The Sun is advocating).

* There is no shrinking state subsidy -- there is no subsidy (Carroll County pays 100 percent of the cost of the Resident Troopers and has been for several years). Obviously, it follows that there are no available State Police resources for Carroll's growth to outstrip.

The simple truth of the matter is Carroll County is very fortunate to have its police services provided through the Resident Trooper Program. This arrangement is and will continue to be the best possible deal for police services well into the future.

Edmund R. Cueman

Westminster

The writer is Carroll County planning director.

Sanitized History

In order to illustrate for your more doubtful readers just what Sen. Larry Haines is focusing on in his recent legislative attempt, I'd like to pass on some information related to me by a Carroll parent recently. It concerned the teaching of the history of the Thanksgiving holiday to their child in elementary school here.

According to the school's account, it seems that the entirety of the holiday's origins are derived from the rapprochement

between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. . . . Now my limited knowledge on the subject of the "First Thanksgiving" in the Plymouth Colony in 1621 leads me to believe that the Pilgrims were a devoutly religious people. The Pilgrims present at the first feast had braved an arduous journey and cruel winter, during which a substantial percentage of their number were decimated by sickness and the elements. The preponderance of information I can lay my hands on confirms my suspicion that these brave and hardy survivors (who came to America in no small measure for religious freedom) were likely thanking and praising Almighty God for deliverance from the jaws of death and the myriad blessings they attributed to his providence.

After listening to the parent relate the school's account and discuss the materials provided, I am left wondering whether the revised version does justice to our heritage. . . .

I encourage Senator Haines to pursue his bill which, in specific instances, would protect accurate teaching of our country's culture and history. I don't believe the primary goal of our education system is to steer around important portions of history that a few may find politically sensitive. I wonder if our children would be well-educated and equipped if the school study calendar was to jump straight from Halloween to Groundhog's Day. . . .

Donald C. Frazier

Manchester

Short-Sighted

I'm not surprised that the narrow-minded, short-sighted mayor of Westminster . . . generated a council decision to not participate in providing a portion of funds needed to acquire a professional analysis for accurate requirements (traffic, streets, etc.) for long-term business/industrial development of an area within the city annexation.

The city wanted the area annexed to generate tax income in its behalf, but apparently is happy with its preference for the county spend several hundred thousand dollars for required infrastructure work, plus the cost of said professional analysis for the necessary proper development and traffic requirements.

The current assessable base in the city area is $5,283,000, which for 1992-93 will generate $43,850 for Westminster. Naturally, any additional development will produce more tax income. In addition, the city acquires the income from area developers for water and sewer.

As a long-time former resident of the incorporated city area, who served as a past-president of the City Council and who had experience with knowledgeable, cooperative mayors and council members, I can't understand that which I think is an erroneous, unrealistic attitude. . . .

The reason Ben Brown and his council want such action is to permit them to try being legitimate in a decision to not participate in some expenditure which obviously is needed soon and would benefit the city. I, along with all members of the County Industrial Development Authority, feel they are non-cooperative and wrong with their analysis and decision.

Russell A. Sellman

Westminster

The writer is chairman of the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority.

School Service Will Build Better Citizens

Student service, student volunteerism, mandatory volunteerism -- how easy it is for detractors to make the transition from the first to the last term and thus . . . cloud an issue that needs clarification for the majority of the public.

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.