Cutting funds for the 4-H program would be a loss to the...

Letters

March 10, 1996

Cutting funds for the 4-H program would be a loss to the 0) whole county

The Carroll County commissioners are considering cutting funds to the 4-H program in Carroll. These cuts would mean the end to the 4-H program as of July 1, which means no Carroll County Fair and also could mean possible effects on the Maryland State Fair.

The Carroll County 4-H is one of the largest and most successful 4-H programs in Maryland. Their members support the State Fair with fine exhibits of livestock. I know for a fact the Carroll County 4-H Rabbit Club is responsible for most of the rabbit exhibit and I am sure this is true for the rest of the animal exhibits at the State Fair as well.

What does the Maryland State Fair become without the Carroll County 4-H members to support it? I think an overgrown carnival.

Shirley DeLuca

Finksburg

It has come to light that Carroll County's 1997 recommended budget includes no appropriation for the Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Program. Cries of support will come forth for 4-H. Alumni testimonials will pull at the heart strings, validating 4-H as an unequaled, life-changing youth development organization. Concerns will be voiced about the deterioration of Carroll County's neighborly flavor, to which no 4-H and no county fair would contribute. And youth developers will ask how we can afford the loss of the county's most significant mixed-gender youth education program.

Each of these reasons are well-grounded, but what does Carroll County receive for the $108,000 investment in 4-H? The state and federal government contribute comparable funding, currently placing an additional $143,000 into the county 4-H program -- monies that would surely decrease, and possibly evaporate, if the county does not support the program.

Next, look at the economic investment in youth development made by the 700 adult volunteers. If paid as professional educators -- which essentially they are -- and for personal resources invested, could we venture a guess of the phenomenal cost of what is being provided as free services?

Additionally, knowing that service projects are a major focus of each community club, what would be the county's economic loss of all 50 clubs' service work within each of the individual club's local communities? And finally, how would the loss of the county's major informal youth education program impact the county's major industry and wealth source, agriculture?

Where else does Carroll County get so much economic investment at such a small cost -- and outstanding young people as the result?

Jeff Myers

Westminster

Commissioners: Three are better than five

I much prefer not to disagree with my respected delegate, Don Elliott, but with his proposal to enlarge our Board of Commissioners from three to five members, I have no choice. I can see nothing positive that would ensue from such a move.

It would mean two more salaries, two more secretaries, more travel costs, the need for two more offices in an already crowded building, more bureaucracy, more conflict in decision-making, doubling the cost of county administration, meaning more taxes for all.

There just does not seem to be much to recommend such a move and under no circumstances should it be considered without a referendum.

Over the years, our county has thrived. It is fiscally sound and must be kept that way. It has never been scarred by scandal or dishonesty. People in growing numbers want to come here to live. That says a lot for our three-commissioner government. We only have to look within the halls of our Congress today to realize that no form of government at any level is likely to be perfect. However, as long as we have a commissioner form of county government, let's keep a three-person board.

Willard L. Hawkins Sr.

New Windsor

With endorsements like these

In reading The Sun's endorsements for the 6th District (Feb. 29), I was reminded how much of a spin the paper puts on these races. In trying to attack the incumbent's record, The Sun refers to his "simple-minded ideological beliefs." Actually, these tenets are what made this nation great.

Perhaps had The Sun followed a more responsible course over the years in its discussions of the "pressing problems of the nation," including Baltimore, we would not be in such a decline. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's views deserve a chance after following Democratic ideology for so long.

Mr. Bartlett has already been in office for two terms, but The Sun is still wondering why. From the text of the editorial, is there any doubt whom The Sun will endorse in the regular election?

R. D. Bush

Columbia

Bombers? Uncivilized even for football

Bombers! It is distressing that this name is still under consideration for the new football team in town. Bombers refer either to the aircraft or to their crew responsible for the death of millions and destruction of many of the world's cities.

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