Stop Picking On BillboardsIn his column of Feb. 28, Brian...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

April 25, 1993

Stop Picking On Billboards

In his column of Feb. 28, Brian Sullam took an unfair shot at an industry that is struggling to survive in an unfriendly political environment.

He would suggest that permit fees should increase every year so that the billboards become unprofitable to the operators and would be removed. Why don't we do this with every business someone does not like? . . . I do not believe that this would be the way to keep our economy moving. . . .

Apparently, Mr. Sullam does not see that without these signs many local businesses (i.e., fast food outlets, hotels, etc.) will not survive. . . . The outdoor advertising industry is being bombarded on all sides by restrictive zoning for existing and new structures, restrictions on content (which violate the First Amendment) and the constant reduction of sign structures due to property development and road construction. . . . I feel that Mr. Sullam's time and column space would be better spent commenting on important issues that really affect the citizens of Carroll County.

Charles M. Marino

Washington, D.C.

The writer is with the Maryland Outdoor Advertising Association.

Poetry In School

Although I appreciated Traci Johnson's spirited article (March 25) about the poet-in-the-schools program at New Windsor Middle School, I wouldn't want any reader to infer that the program was exclusive in providing a creative outlet in the language arts program.

One has only to enter the doors of New Windsor Middle and see the students' vivid wall paintings of book covers to realize the creative opportunities the language arts teachers have provided for their students. The teachers also generously shared the creative writing activities that had worked well for their students in the past.

My thanks to Lehigh Portland Cement for funding the program, and to The Sun for its coverage.

Colleen Hoffmeister

Sykesville

Dell Defends His Growth Plans

"Keep It Country" -- While that certainly paints a picture of farms dotted with cows, wide-open spaces, fields of corn and flowers blowing in the wind along a hillside, my campaign slogan had a deeper meaning. Keeping it country means being a good neighbor and friend, maintaining high standards for our communities, helping those in need, maintaining our excellent education system, scrutinizing bureaucratic red tape and so much more that Carroll County represents.

While "Keep It Country" sounds rather simple, all of the above "small town" concepts that we love and which attract others to Carroll County must be achieved while maintaining and managing our inevitable growth.

My proposals for the expansion of the Northwest Expressway (Interstate 795), industrial zone development, public water and sewer service and waste management along the Finksburg corridor of Route 140 are solutions to problems that this county now faces and will become increasingly worse if we do not take off the blinders and advance solutions. . . .

* Extension of I-795: Carroll's charm attracts many visitors. This is good for our economy. Their visits to local shops, restaurants and other attractions helps to boost our tax base, allowing residential taxes to remain at their "country" or small town rate. My proposed extension will accommodate interstate traffic, diminishing the impact on our small towns by allowing industrial transporters to move rapidly in and out of Carroll County. . . . The traffic problem, as each and every one of us face daily, whether on Routes 140, 30, 97, 91 or 32, will only get worse if we don't open our minds and tackle it through technology. . . .

* Industrial development: This again will increase our tax base and leave our "small town" taxes intact. Consensus shows, if common sense does not, that we need business and industrial growth to provide tax revenue and employment to our residents. In addition, this will help alleviate the flow of traffic in and out of Carroll County as we will no longer have to be a "bedroom community." All of this, of course, has to be done in moderation. While itmay seem that more jobs mean the possibility of more residential growth, we must be realistic. We cannot ask the last ++ person coming into Carroll County to pull the bridge up behind them. Because future residential growth is unavoidable, we must be concerned enough to take forward steps ensuring residents the enjoyment of the country living we were raised with or that which has attracted, and continues to attract, so many new residents. . . .

* Waste-to-energy: You've heard the saying, "One man's trash is another man's gold." Waste-to-energy is incoming revenue, through trash removal. And even if there was a place for another landfill, where would it go? . . .

* Public water and sewer: Because sewage obviously cannot be released into streams, etc., our industrial growth is severely limited without this forward step. . . .

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