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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 10, 1993

Drinking And Driving: An Ounce Of Prevention

The popularity of an annual event in Carroll County has again accentuated the important role that the Maryland State Police play in our county. On Sept. 18 and 19, an estimated 18,500 patrons paid a $12 admission fee to attend the Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.

MADD's policy is not to persecute people who drink, but we have a severe concern about state encouragement of drinking and driving. While MADD does not support a doctrine that would have government promoting the consumption of alcoholic beverage, we take solace in knowing that the state has taken steps to reduce the potential for disaster.

A recent newspaper account indicated that Maryland State Troopers were on hand at the festival and were "at least as busy as any of the booths inside the festival ground." Troopers monitored individuals for intoxication by offering patrons voluntary breath tests. While no arrests were made that Saturday, troopers are said to have advised three people to find another driver.

In keeping with the spirit of this event, members of the Carroll County chapter of MADD are suggesting that you consider renaming the state police booth next year. Rather than refer to your booth as a sobriety check booth, why not call it "the ounce of prevention" booth.

I want to commend you, Lt. Roy Neigh and his fine staff for their responsiveness to community needs.

Shirley Hampt

Westminster

The writer is president of the Carroll County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. This is a copy of a letter sent to Col. Larry W. Tolliver, superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

A Commuter's Trek

I am writing regarding an article that appeared Sept. 20 in The Sun entitled "Caroline to Carroll: one commuter's trek," written by Kerry O'Rourke. The story is about me and my family and I want to compliment Ms. O'Rourke for a very professional and sensitive piece. It was Ms. O'Rourke's idea to write the article, about which I had many misgivings when she first approached me.

When I discussed my concerns with Ms. O'Rourke, I realized that she was going to take the time to actually commute with me to my home and find out what motivates me to travel so far every day. I want you to know how very pleased my husband and I are with the article and how well Ms. O'Rourke sifted through a lot of personal information in order to decipher my motivation and my husband's support for the long commute.

Since the story appeared, I have had many positive remarks regarding the article from colleagues and Carroll County citizens alike. Although many are still amazed that I actually do the commute, there is more of an understanding as to why I do it which, of course, is very important to me and Ms. O'Rourke's article presented it very well.

I want to thank you for having such a fine writer on staff in the Carroll County bureau and look forward to continuing my relationship with Ms. O'Rourke on a professional and personal basis.

Helen M. Spinelli

Westminster

School Beepers

A student is arrested for possessing a beeper in a Carroll County school. Though the prosecutor admits that no illegal activity is associated with the possession, she seeks a conviction.

What's wrong with this picture? Where are the so-called scales of justice? Why was mercy and compassion absent? Where is the concept of "another chance"? Why is the law banning beepers on school grounds seemingly a secret in Carroll County?

McNair Taylor

Baltimore

Water Quality

In your article "Water Quality Faulted," (Sept. 28) it is reassuring that local sanitarians are confident of the safety of our water supply.

There should, however, be a nationwide goal of developing alternative strategies to waterborne sanitation, which requires each user to pollute 36,000 gallons of clean water per year. In this scenario, Milwaukee-type epidemics will be commonplace when our population doubles in a few years. What is needed is a system independent of water supplies that recovers and processes all of the nutrients in human residuals, and pollutes nothing. Maryland's relatively successful water quality rating may have something to do with the fact that it is mostly fish that live downstream from us. Fish can not complain. They die of nitrogen eutrophication.

eremy F. Criss

Sykesville

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