Weighing Choices to Lead CouncilThe citizens of Harford...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

October 09, 1994

Weighing Choices to Lead Council

The citizens of Harford County will have to make a choice in the November election. We have a distinct choice in which candidate we elect for County Council president.

Theresa Pierno is one of our choices. I like to compare Mrs. Pierno to the federal government. In her first term in office, she wanted to make her position a full-time job with a big pay increase. The federal government is run by full-time politicians, and the deficit just keeps growing by billions.

Another problem with full-time politicians is that they are always concerned with getting re-elected so they make political grandstands. A good example of that is the balanced-budget amendment before Congress. Mrs. Pierno's political grandstand was the tree bill. The state legislators were already working on a statewide tree preservation bill. But instead of waiting for the state bill, Mrs. Pierno pushed a similar bill through the County Council . . . a political grandstand.

Last, but not least, Mrs. Pierno does not understand the importance of working with the business community in developing a strong fiscal policy. . . .

Joanne Parrott is my choice for County Council president because she listens to the people in the community. She realizes the County Council is a part-time job. . . . Mrs. Parrott also realizes the importance of a strong business community and a good working relationship with the County Council. This will ensure a strong and healthy economic environment in Harford County for years to come.

Samuel B. Fielder III

Jarrettsville

Harford's Future

I am writing to express my sincere appreciation for the work of the Futures Commission of Harford County. I have reviewed the survey data and found it most informative.

The information collected in the survey reinforces the perception that growth is an overriding issue for the majority of Harford County citizens. Over 90 percent of the nearly 111,000 surveys indicated farmland should be preserved.

Moreover, a majority indicated facilities, roads and services are inadequate to support growth. While other areas of concern are evident, none speak louder about citizen interest than the issues relating to growth.

I am hopeful that the recommendations of the Futures Commission will reflect citizen sentiment on the issue of growth. Regardless, the work of the commission is noble. I applaud the efforts of the commission's members and look forward to their final report.

Bud DeLucien

Bel Air

Baseball Escalator

Baseball owners wildly bid the salaries of stars up into the multi-millions, which in turn escalated the salaries of marginal players way above $1 million.

Now three or more owners are bidding against each other for Tony LaRussa as manager. Guess the baseball group that is listening very carefully to LaRussa's final price?

What the owners need more than a $50 million salary cap is a fifth-grade thinking cap.

Quentin D. Davis

Aberdeen

Media's Agenda

If Ellen Sauerbrey loses the gubernatorial race, one party she could thank would be the Baltimore Sun for its anti-Sauerbrey propaganda. Thank goodness I have the Baltimore Sun, which apparently has picked its candidate, to guide me through the quagmire of Maryland politics by illuminating Mr. Glendening's candidacy. The Sun has done well in pushing its agenda, measured easily by the number of articles and cartoons against Mrs. Sauerbrey.

How strange it is that KAL's cartoon of Sept. 30 chastening Mrs. Sauerbrey's leniency on gun control and various articles written by Sun staff attacking her plan to cut taxes perfectly mimic Mr. Glendening's ads on television. . . .

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To the media in Baltimore: Do us a favor, act responsibly and report the news and this race in a fair and impartial manner instead of pushing the agenda of the politicians. If the media dies as the public watchdog, someday there may never be any more elections.

Richard F. Perry III

Belcamp

Hospital Plan

It has come to my attention that Upper Chesapeake Health System has requested an exemption from a certificate of need to expedite a replacement of Fallston General Hospital with a new hospital and to transfer most functions of Harford Memorial Hospital to Fallston's replacement.

I have a number of concerns regarding UCHS's application for exemption from the certificate of need process.

My first is the loss of hospital services at Harford Memorial. Harford County has been served by two hospitals for several decades during a rapid expansion in population. Our county's master plan continues to project substantial growth in population. In addition, the average age of our citizens is increasing. Yet, UCHS asserts that by substantially reducing its employment, which is obviously a de facto reduction in services, the total citizenry of Harford County will benefit. I strongly question this conclusion.

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