Why did voters return Bartlett to Congress?Why Rep. Roscoe...

Letters

December 01, 1996

Why did voters return Bartlett to Congress?

Why Rep. Roscoe Bartlett? Why do voters of the 6th District insist on sending such an extremist back to Congress? Do his values reflect the majority of this district? Here's a man who has had militia backing in his campaign, doesn't believe in a minimum wage, wanted to close the national parks and is against women's reproductive rights, for starters.

He voted against the Family and Medical Leave Act, saw no problem with companies who had massive layoffs of workers while the CEOs got fatter and voted to cut Medicare. He has one of the worst environmental voting records in Congress as well.

Recently, he backed a bill that would regulate the types of reading matter that would be allowed to be sold on military bases. It would start with men's magazines, but where would it stop? This is a guy who claims to always carry a copy of the U.S. Constitution in his pocket. Yet he is perfectly willing to rework it or ignore it to make it conform to his own distorted views.

Conservatives such as Mr. Bartlett think government is evil, yet benefit from it disproportionately. They want government off our backs, they say, but are quick to pass restrictive laws which take away individual rights when something offends them personally.

If you examine a typical conservative Republican's voting record, you will see that they are tools of the big corporations. Why vote for someone who is not looking out for the people and natural resources of this country?

Russ Mullaly

Ellicott City

Why Republicans fared well locally

Before the election, there were many letters written to the editor about Republicans. Some were favorable, others were not. I want to say that I am proud to be a Republican. I believe in the

conservative values that are the foundation of the Republican Party. Good government is based on the individual and each person's ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized. Government exists to serve the people, not for people to serve government.

As the local Bob Dole/Jack Kemp campaign coordinator, I would like to recognize all those who assisted with both the Dole/Kemp presidential and Bartlett for Congress campaigns. Although the evening of Nov. 5 brought some disappointment for Republicans nationally, Republicans in Carroll can take great satisfaction that we did our part to retain Republican control of Congress.

It is not possible to list the names of everyone who volunteered. However, I would like to mention a few who made both campaigns here in Carroll successful. Without the help of Koreen Hughes, who gave nearly every waking hour to coordinate the door-to-door and phone calling, much of the work would not have been done. Jim Harris Sr. and his sons, Mike and Jim, did a fantastic job in putting up the campaign signs. I want to thank the ladies from the Carroll County Women's Republican Club and the Taneytown Women's Republican Club for manning the headquarters and doing the phone calling. And thanks to Joyce Brown, Margie Strassman, Frank Crowson, Pat Holbert and Adam Forester, president of the Young Republicans, who all put in many hours of hard work.

Needless to say, there were others who gave a tremendous amount of time. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed and are greatly appreciated.

W. David Blair

Manchester

The writer was the Dole/Kemp coordinator in Carroll County.

Building a pavilion at Springfield without consulting the people? Why?

Dear Commissioner W. Benjamin Brown:

I am naive. As your appointed citizen representative to the Springfield Hospital Task Force committee, I have disregarded the rumor circulating in South Carroll concerning pursuit of Cellar Door Productions interest in the Warfield complex on the site of Springfield Hospital Center.

Do you remember appointing me? Back in September 1995, I attended the first meeting of the task force. Our responsibility was to develop viable and appropriate uses for the excess land )) at Springfield Hospital Center.

Our goal was to convince the state that Carroll County could ingeniously create a business and community environment on the excess lands of Springfield that would be sensitive to and compatible with the hospital. Hopefully, the state would recognize our efforts and commitment and identify one of the other state psychiatric hospitals for closure.

When I left that meeting on Sept. 26, 1995, I was optimistic and energized. You seemed to have a vision. I called the following day to submit my name to work on two subcommittees. Unfortunately, I never heard from you again. I called several times to find out when the subcommittee was meeting. No one in your office seemed to know the details.

As the months passed, your attentions seemed to be directed at attending to the myriad complex issues facing our county: overcrowded schools, inadequate facilities and diminished revenue problems.

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