Changes Allowed In Historic DistrictsAppearing in your...


August 08, 1993

Changes Allowed In Historic Districts

Appearing in your paper of July 23 was an article that reports on an opinion of the attorney general that confirmed my opinion with respect to the law relating to historic districts. Unfortunately, both the opinion of the attorney general and my opinion were misinterpreted in the article.

Both the attorney general and I agree that Maryland law prohibits unapproved changes to the exterior appearance of a property within an historic district; however, we both agree that ordinary maintenance that does not change the exterior appearance such as repainting with the same color, and changing the exterior by replacing old shutters with identical new ones are allowed without district approval. In addition, "de minimis" unapproved changes are also allowed under the law.

In short, the law is intended to prevent intrusion by the historic hTC district into ordinary maintenance of properties, and to protect the historic neighborhoods and communities. Nothing in the opinion of the attorney general or in my opinion thwarts either purpose. . . .

Charles W. Thompson, Jr.


The writer is Carroll County attorney.

Right To Boo

Our family has read letters to the editor from Toronto fans. It is the fans' game and they can boo if they want. Fans have a right to boo at the Toronto Blue Jays' coach because the fans picked Mike Mussina for the All-Star team.

Mike Stecker (Age 9)

Mt. Airy

On Bartlett

I have read with keen interest the letters published in The Sun (July 25) in defense of one Roscoe Bartlett and all I can say is there are some of us in the Sixth District who don't hold Mr. Bartlett in such high esteem.

In fact, the electorate of the Sixth District deserves better than a man like this. It seems like every two years the legions of the unwashed and uneducated come rivering out of the backwoods of the Sixth District to cast their votes for any PAC-sponsored stooge. . . .

Look at his predecessor, Beverly Byron. This woman stuffed her purse with taxpayers' money for seven terms, went on countless taxpayer-paid junkets to exotic countries, voted for a nice big raise for herself and now has joined the board of directors of Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., a utility she passed legislation on while in office. . . .

It's time for the people of the Sixth District to elect someone genuinely interested in the problems facing this wonderful country of ours and not some puppet concerned with their own personal gain. . . . Rick Lintner


Jimmy Clinton

Your Columbia correspondent Raymond P. Frankewich (Letters to the Editor, July 8) needs to go back to the '80s and do some review. First, the $300 billion annual budget deficit he says is the largest threat to our economy belongs to the Democratic-controlled Congress. It, after all, spends the money. President Reagan's budget called for rebuilding the nation's defense forces, which President Carter had decimated. Apparently, Congress agreed.

Second, the proposed Clinton budget is practically a carbon copy of the 1990 budget that made a liar out of President Bush ("No new taxes."), and which the Democratic-controlled Congress did not implement except for the taxing part. . . .

Third, the Reagan-Bush years were the best times I can remember, and I am far from wealthy. I saw interest rates come down from double digits to a point where they were when I bought my house more than 20 years ago. I saw businesses expand. I saw wages go up. And I saw more new building than I have since the end of World War II. I also saw the rich paying more tax dollars than they ever had before despite the fact their rate was lower than the present occupant of the White House wants. . . .

If Mr. Frankewich thinks a second Carter term would have done anything other than lead us further into inflation, then he'll love Clinton's four years. I hope it will only be a single term because Americans will have had enough of this waffling president who has yet to tell the truth on even one issue.

Gene Edwards


Denny's Won't Be The First

In your editorial entitled "Carroll's Culinary Culture Shock" (July 23) you made an error that reflects the lack of history that comes with being the "new kid on the block" with no "old hands" around. In addition, the "culture shock" smacks of condescension to natives like myself who may be sensitive to being portrayed as the country bumpkins of the Baltimore metro area.

Denny's will not be Carroll's "first 24-hour restaurant." It will simply be the newest.

Two restaurants, long since closed, were once open for 24 hours. Sharkey's Drive-In restaurant on Route 140 (across from the state police barracks) was open 24 hours for about 20 years during the '50s, '60s and '70s. Sharkey's opened the year "the new road" was built and they cornered the 24-hour market from their opening day.

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