Trust Collapses in 'Tower Power Play'As one of the...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 02, 1994

Trust Collapses in 'Tower Power Play'

As one of the property owners involved in the Sykesville tower dispute, I am writing to thank you for the "Tower Power Play" editorial (Sept. 9) and to clarify several points.

I was not given the opportunity to refuse to sign the waiver which was one of the two prerequisites for site plan approval -- the attorney from Cellular One never even contacted me. Nor did the Planning Commission notify me that the site plan was on its agenda for Aug. 16. When, at that meeting, the attorney for Cellular One introduced himself, I asked him what would happen if I did not sign the papers, and he said: "The tower won't be built." A few minutes later, he asked the commission to dismiss the fall zone and that was that.

The next day, however, I learned that some planning commission members believed that a member who had abstained from voting should have recused himself instead. . . . Does this fact invalidate the vote? Does it make the decision not binding? I don't know, but I'll find out. In the meantime, it casts a shadow upon . . . the integrity of the Planning and Zoning Commission and those who appointed them.

This is an issue of principle, not mere NIMBYism. The planning and zoning commission drafted the zoning amendments which would make all towers conform to certain requirements; they should not approve any tower until those amendments have been approved. . . . When agencies and officials of county government, elected and/or appointed to act in the best interest of its citizens, allow Cellular One to bully its way around proper procedures and ethics, they abuse the authority given them by those citizens and they should be ousted.

Kathy Blanco Losado

Sykesville

It's Broke

Recently, my husband and I went through the judicial system in an attempt to get some "unfavorable" people out of a condo we rent. The occupants didn't pay rent for three months. During those months I had to appear in court four times, make at least 50 phone calls, spend hundreds of dollars in fees and court costs and endure the extreme inefficiency our government is famous for.

The clerks and judges had blatantly condescending and uncaring attitudes, which made us hard-working "contributing" citizens feel like the criminals. . . .

If this is what the very surface of our government is like, what is fTC underneath? . . . I did some research on the people in our state Senate, the ones making the state laws. I was disturbed at the power the liberal, special interest groups have. They have dominated our state's lawmaking process -- the laws that govern how we taxpaying, hard-working folks, have to live our lives. I implore you to please get involved and vote these people and their connected groups out.

I don't want to sound like a typical campaigner, but I am so impressed with Tim Ferguson, I can't help but tie him in with this experience. I can just imagine being able to pick up the phone and call Senator Ferguson and ask for help. . . . I hold no political clout, I'm just a stay-at-home mother of three, but I am very confident with Tim Ferguson representing us. . . .

Liz Dodson

Mt. Airy

Christian Coalition

In an article Sept. 18, Christian Coalition President Pat Robertson is quoted as saying, "We have no intention of surrendering our deeply held moral stands just to please a handful of timid moderates who don't stand for anything."

Robertson would be well-advised to consider there are more "moderates" than "conservatives" and we stand for a great deal more than the intransigent, selective interpretation of the scriptures his ilk represents.

One thing we don't stand for is the hypocrisy Robertson $H practices within his organization. Nepotism is prohibited there . . except, of course, for the father-son team of Pat and Tim Robertson. . . .

Gene Edwards

Sykesville

A Student of the Land

While reviewing back issues of local newspapers that had accumulated while on a short vacation in Ocean City, I was saddened to see that Tom Ford, an employee at the county extension office, was leaving for a job as an extension agent in North Carolina.

He is, without doubt, a master of horticultural studies. I have over the years used his expertise for many varied problems and was pleased to be in two of his master gardener classes. The walking around knowledge that he has of plants, predators, soil, seeds, herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers and the thousands of other ingredients that go into making up the fast-disappearing Carroll County way of life is astounding.

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