Scouts Say ThanksThe Scouts and leaders of Scout Troop 381...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 27, 1993

Scouts Say Thanks

The Scouts and leaders of Scout Troop 381 would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those persons who so willingly helped us march in Westminster's Memorial Day Parade.

In our effort to teach good citizenship and recognition of all of our veterans from all wars, Scout Troop 381 has been part of these ceremonies since 1962. The year 1993 will always be remembered as the year we marched down Main Street with an American flag that was 20-by-30 feet in size and was carried by 46 of our active Scouts.

Thanks to The Sun for recognition of this parade, which was given front-page coverage on June 1. Other persons who helped us do this were Al Packer Ford of Baltimore, who lent us their special flag, and Modern Ideal Cleaners of Westminster. To clean a flag of this huge dimension and a weight of over 60 pounds was no small task and we especially want to thank the Zincon family, owners of Modern Ideal. . . . We also want to thank those hundreds of people who witnessed the Memorial Day parade. As a last thought, wouldn't it be great if we could have a Fourth of July parade every year like we had in 1976. . . . I think we need it. . . . John J. Rush Sr.

Westminster

The writer is Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 381, First United ** Presbyterian Church.

Hickman Decries Editorial Criticism

In your editorial of June 1, entitled "More Abuse of Prosecutorial Power," you wrote that "when Carroll's state's attorney asked Springfield Hospital Center for the records" of a former patient, "the prosecutors knowingly obtained his medical file under false pretenses."

Later . . . you used such phrases as, "this use of deceit to cynically circumvent the state's privacy law" and "abusive and underhanded use of prosecutorial powers."

You well knew when you wrote those words that I was in Annapolis trying the Bryson murder case all during the time in question. You knew there were no "false pretenses" or "use of deceit" or "underhanded use of prosecutorial powers" by me or anyone else in my office. If anything, a subpoena in the wrong format was issued in error by one of our support personnel -- no one had any of the malevolent intentions you relate. Stating otherwise was a lie.

Since one of your reporters interviewed me on the facts of this subpoena, and was present with me in Annapolis when the subpoena was prepared and served, one can only conclude that you knowingly lied. In accusing me of "false pretenses" and "deceit," you are in effect accusing me of crimes. How you can do that to a public employee of nearly 20 years of faithful service is remarkable and says a great deal more about you than me.

On June 16, in an editorial entitled, "Task Force Audit Long Overdue," you stated that at a meeting with county commissioners, "State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman, who sits on the task force's four-member board of directors, quickly assured the commissioners the task force had not secreted away tens of thousands of dollars, but neither did he offer to open the books for the commissioners." . . . This is, again, an outright lie. I made it very clear to all present at that meeting that we would be happy for their staff to review and audit our books. We welcomed such a review. Another of your reporters was present and will confirm this. . . . It is obvious from the last six editorials you have written on the task force or the state's attorney's office that you are now pursuing a personal vendetta against us. When you knowingly and intentionally lie to the public in the factual portions of your editorials to support the opinion positions of the editorial, that is intolerable dirty pool. You owe the public an explanation and the officers of the task force and myself an apology.

Thomas E. Hickman

Westminster

The writer is Carroll County state's attorney.

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