Some Goodness on Interstate 95On Monday evening, Aug. 15...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 04, 1994

Some Goodness on Interstate 95

On Monday evening, Aug. 15, while returning from New York with an elderly parent and handicapped friend, a flat tire disabled our car near the Maryland House on Interstate 95. Unable to loosen the tight lug nuts, we raised the hood, hung a white handkerchief to the aerial and hoped to attract the attention of a state trooper. We became quite concerned when we failed to see even one police car on the highway during the hour that passed.

Fortunately, a kind young man named Mark stopped to offer assistance. He was able to loosen the lug nuts and helped us change the tire. He directed us to the nearby Mobil station and even met us there a few minutes later to make sure everything was OK. Mark refused to accept money for his assistance, and wouldn't tell us his last name so that we could thank him personally. We know only that he lives nearby.

It's people like Mark who restore our faith in the goodness of humanity. We hope Mark sees this and understands how much we appreciated his kindness.

Fran Ludman

Sheldon Laskin

Baltimore

Special Delivery

Kudos for the fine human interest article by Sherry Joe concerning letter carrier Madge Jones and her "buddy," Chris Schoenbrodt. The front-page lead picture was very enticing for the reader to turn to the appropriate page. What was particularly exciting to read was how your writer identified Chris. Sherry Joe wrote about the person Chris first, followed by "who has Down's syndrome."

As a member of the inclusion team at our school we strive to identify students first with all their strong qualities, followed by their identified disability. Your paper's sensitivity in reporting is commendable. Again, kudos to The Sun, to Sherry Joe and congratulations to Madge and Chris. You both can deliver mail to my home anytime.

Jim Antol

Fallston

Fire Costs

After reading Phyllis Brill's article, "Auditor asks improvements in fire companies' reports" (Aug. 1), it raised a few questions in my mind.

The first questions would be asked of Councilwoman Joanne S. Parrott. In the article, she was credited with stating "it would cost Harford about $23 million to support a professional fire department." My question is, in reality, what is it actually costing the residents of Harford County to support the emergency services system.

I know that I am asked by each, Abingdon Fire and Abingdon Ambulance, to make an annual donation (which I do) to help them provide their essential services. What is the total amount donated voluntarily by residents of Harford County?

What percentage of households in each of the 12 fire companies donate? What are the total number of households and businesses in each fire district? I would like to believe that all households and businesses do their share by donating money to maintain and upgrade these services but in reality, and for whatever reason, this is probably not the case. So here lies an inequity.

Emergency services are there for the unexpected, whether they are caused by Mother Nature or are man-made, which means we all need them. A very careful and very lucky person goes through life never needing these services. It seems to me that we should all pitch in and share the costs. I do not fault the 12 fire companies for they utilize a wide variety of fund-raising events to generate the money necessary to maintain the costly life-saving equipment and tools used to protect us.

County Council Auditor Michael Treherne informed The Sun that "Harford is the largest metropolitan county completely dependent on an all-volunteer firefighting force." This was all well and good when Harford County was considered a predominately rural subdivision, but with the growth rate experienced in Harford over the last 10 years, it is now a bedroom community of the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Perhaps it is time for the county and the 12 independent fire companies to plan for at least part of the fire service to become professional as the other metropolitan counties have.

Perhaps the time has also come for our Harford County representatives to design a blueprint for a more equitable system for funding services for all who reside in our county. After all, we do depend on it as if it were life or death.

Joseph Machovec

Abingdon

Enough Already

To anyone planning on moving to Harford County to escape the hustle and bustle of the busier areas, let me give you some advice: Don't do it. The Harford County Council is run by developers, not the people we elected to look out for our interests.

Just drive down Routes 24 or 924 and you will see strip-mall heaven. The intersection of Routes 24 and 924 is so busy that in the morning rush you will wait two or three lights before moving. Do they try to correct the problem? No, their solution is to give permission to build a hospital near the intersection.

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