Before Carroll Was DiscoveredIn 1973, my family and I...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

March 05, 1995

Before Carroll Was Discovered

In 1973, my family and I moved to Eldersburg from a very nice, but busy part of Baltimore County. At night, the only thing that could be seen on our block was the light from the doorbell, unless, of course, someone had the porch light on. I had found heaven. Behind us and to the left of us were corn fields. You could hear the cows from a nearby farm where a farmer and his family had lived long before anyone ever heard of the development called Carroll Square.

The fields were plowed, crops were harvested, farm machinery used the road behind us and fertilizer was spread. Now the road behind us is much too busy and instead of the farm machinery, we hear radios from passing cars that would stir the dead.

It would seem to me that if any complaints were made, they would come from the farmers. . . .

. . . I know that country living is not for everyone. That's why we're all individuals. But the arrogance of people moving in to a rural area and grumbling about farm smells, farm machinery, the natural sounds from animals and "the deer are eating my shrubbery" and so and so on and so on, it seems endless.

For those people, I say please stay in the cities. . . .

Stephanie Shirey

Sykesville

No Tolerance for Drugs

After reading Brian Sullam's column of Feb. 19, I proceeded two pages only to find a full ad from the governor's Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission which contradicts -- and fully defines -- my feelings on Mr. Sullam's opinion.

The ad accurately projects why today's drug use and enforcement efforts should not be compared to the 1960s, as Mr. Sullam suggests. At its conclusion, the ad states, "The '90s are not the '60s . . . If you smoked pot in the '60s, or have friends who did, you know that a drug that makes you sluggish, apathetic and forgetful has no place in a world like this one." Apathetic attitudes such as Mr. Sullam's have allowed the drug trade to get out of hand. Why is it that stepped-up drug enforcement efforts are met with trepidation from the press? Furthermore, why must Mr. Sullam confuse genuine community concern with "panic"?

I do, however, agree with Mr. Sullam on expulsion. It would be commendable if the public school system could institute . . . expulsion for drug offenders. But, the operative word is public and because everyone is entitled to a free education, unfortunately, this will not be possible.

I recall the recent news about the prominent Baltimore private boys school, Gilman, wherein many were expelled from the school for drug activity. Some of these students were juniors and seniors who had spent their entire school career at Gilman -- the sons of parents who worked hard and spent thousands of dollars for their children to graduate from this highly respected institution. Their dreams were shattered when the kids were thrown out on their ears. But their dismay was to the fortune of other parents who also are paying top dollar for their children's private formal education.

Should we tolerate any less of our tax dollars? We must lower our tolerance level on drug activity in our schools. Our students ,, deserve the opportunity to learn in a safe environment free of drugs and potential serious drug-related crimes. . . .

Carmen M. Amedori

Westminster

The writer is the wife of the Carroll County state's attorney.

I find it interesting that you equate concern by parents, elected officials and the school system about substance abuse by students with hysteria. It is neither hysterical nor unusual for the school system to revisit our policy on abuse of substances by students.

It is not hysteria for a newly elected official to review policy and procedures as they relate to different agencies, as the state's attorney and Board of Education are doing.

It is refreshing and most welcome when a community group links with agencies to address a concern.

No one has suggested that bringing dogs into the schools to scan the lockers or parking lots is going to solve the problem of student abuse of alcohol and other drugs. . . .

For most of the people with whom I work, the loss of just one child or just one family being devastated is one too many. We need to work together, continually seeking to improve and enhance our efforts. It would be helpful if the media cooperated with us. . . .

oanne M. Hayes

Westminster

The writer is substance abuse prevention, school community coordinator for the Carroll County Public Schools.

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