Radio towers don't constitute job developmentWhoa! How can...

LETTERS

November 05, 1995

Radio towers don't constitute job development

Whoa! How can a radio towers "farm" in the county's southernmost parts, intended to enhance the signal of a Baltimore radio station so that it can reach more people to the south and east of Carroll County and which brings no jobs and only scant increase in tax revenues, be termed an "economic development" issue?

The attorney for the applicant does protest too much when he says, "Anybody interested in putting commercial or industrial businesses in this county who sees this kind of thing happen [speaking of my efforts to block the towers] is going to write it off."

In my book, true "economic development" must work both ways -- for both corporate and public benefit. Clearly, there is no significant benefit to us in attracting such industry as the proposed radio towers.

This is one deal we can refuse without sending a message that Carroll is anti-business.

W. Benjamin Brown

Westminster

The writer is vice president of the Carroll County Board of Commissioners.

Judges must be held accountable

I do not share your sense of relief that now judges are going to be held accountable. As you reported Oct. 5, "They now can be made to explain their outrageous comments from the bench, questionable sentences or bizarre behavior."

What concerns me is the incidents of clients spending their savings to have a legal document prepared for the court and the only feedback is a flat, unaccountable "no" from the judge and neither the clients nor attorneys are given any reason.

When a local judge says "no," that judge should be made accountable and explain why. After all, one of the reasons for bringing an alleged wrongdoer before the judge is to explain one's actions. Why can't the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities demand the same of judges?

A. Ray Drolsum

Taneytown

Media love to play the race card

Two things are obvious from your editorial of Oct. 25 ("Polarization in Louisiana"). The first is that you don't know what you are talking about. The second is that The Sun, as so much of the rest of the media, cannot let an opportunity pass to turn something, anything, into a racial issue.

You sanctimoniously preach about the "political structure of the South," as if places like Maryland had a lock on electoral equity and purity. You whine that in the South, and particularly in Louisiana, "liberal black candidates simply cannot truly compete for the big offices." When you write stupid, meaningless things like that, you show your ignorance and bias. It also reveals your race-mongering underbelly (not to mention your nasty swipe at the conservative white candidate Mike Foster by gratuitously tossing in David Duke's name in the same sentence). I don't recall hearing about any black governors, let alone any other major statewide elected officials, of such northern bastions of political correctness as Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware or New York. No, don't blame Louisiana or the South for racial polarization. Look to yourself first.

There is no other jurisdiction in the United States of which I am aware that is in fact as open to all "comers" as Louisiana with its open primary. We lived there for more than 10 years.

The good and wise citizens of Louisiana laugh at the notion, pushed by many northern commentators (apparently including The Sun), that the much more restrictive ballot access laws and party rules of enlightened places like Maryland are actually good for democracy. There are no party primaries in Louisiana as there are here, that only serve the elitist power structure of the parties and act as gatekepers to determine who can run and who cannot in the general election. Louisiana's open primary is the most democratic system in the country, where anyone (even liberal blacks) can toss his or her hat in the ring regardless of party affiliation and run before the state's entire electorate. Assuming no candidate receives a majority of the vote, the two top vote-getters face each other in a runoff.

Does anyone here, or maybe at The Sun, think that black candidate Cleo Fields would have fared anywhere near as well by making it to the general election (Louisiana's runoff) had he been running in, say, Maryland?

Could it be that the 32-year old black liberal candidate Cleo Fields has no business being governor to begin with, black or not, liberal or not?

Yup. He is unqualified, pure and simple. It has nothing to do with Louisiana's political system (or white racism for that matter) that he doesn't stand much of a chance of getting elected. But perish the thought that we should damage his self-esteem by so suggesting.

And the fact that he is out of touch politically with the vast majority of Louisianians almost seems to bother you more than anything else. How dare they not be liberal? Plus, the entire Louisiana election scene is clouded right now with the fallout of the federal investigation into the gambling kickbacks, payoffs and other improprieties.

No, you're right. None of these other considerations matter.

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