Commissioners' disinformation on charter driveThe good...


April 13, 1997

Commissioners' disinformation on charter drive

The good people of Carroll County have petitioned the government as required by the law. The leadership responded with, "We will pick a commission that will assure failure."

What should we expect, that they would trust us and do the right thing? The disinformation highway starts today, until the "charter movement" is crushed.

The state delegation is pushing the "five commissioners" diversion to cloud the issue. Commissioner Richard T. Yates has started the "too expensive" mantra.

Mr. Yates, just back from the "Save A Dime, Limit Free Speech" campaign, will now spend whatever it takes to defeat the charter movement.

"Local control" of government will be described as a "bad thing," while across this country conservative Republicans are crying for local control. Here in Carroll County, Republicans will try to keep control in Annapolis.

Michael Willinger


Wolf is wrong on activists

In his latest attack on local concerned citizens, Hoby Wolf has tried to redefine the term "community activist" to mean a person whose only goal is to get published in the paper. This is a very sad insight into a man whose new role is to sit on the Board of Zoning Appeals and judge the merits and disadvantages of development based on impartiality.

Mr. Wolf is not off to a good start. After nearly 20 years as a professional planner, I can securely say that the development process was intended to include citizen input into county decision-making, and that those of us who choose to attend night or day meetings of the planning commission to speak up on matters affecting the county's quality-of-life are to be commended. The media's interest in publishing citizens opinions and comments has been to provide a balance to the issue of managing growth in Carroll (or lack thereof), and the media has done an excellent job.

But Mr. Wolf has a different view. Apparently, the whole planning process is a popularity contest, where the winner is the one who lets our government say and do whatever it must, with as little input from citizens as possible. So, for 18 planning commission meetings, Mr. Wolf has spent his days listening to the tapes and counting the number of times citizens have spoken. And he has extracted data that says that a few citizens have spoken more often than others. Big deal.

All the mudslinging is a way to divert attention from the main issue. The South Carroll activists have not advocated stopping development. Our No. 1 issue has been that the provision of adequate facilities and services has not kept up with the rate of residential growth, and that the Freedom area has not received its fair share of the capital budget to alleviate the situation. We have been demanding a slowing of the rate of residential growth until a more reasonable formula and accountability for the facility and service deficiencies can be achieved.

Our arguments have little to do with hurting the farmer, unless you interpret that farmers should be able to develop without contributing to the funding for facilities and services (Senate Bill 649). Unfortunately, Mr. Yates and Mr. Wolf are bent on waiting for the next election to find out that the very door-to-door responses that put Mr. Yates in office will be the ones that vote him out for not living up to his promise of managed growth. Then, and only then, the popularity contest will be for real.

Wayne Schuster


We need to outlaw male mutilation, too

This is in response to Ellen Goodman's column March 26 titled, "Some call it 'culture,' we call it illegal."

It is high time we had a law against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation in this country. I believe it is also high time our own culture examined its practice of what is euphemistically called routine male circumcision, and what some are starting to call male genital mutilation.

If girls are entitled to protection under the law from forced genital surgery, then why should boys not be similarly protected?

After all, our reasons for cutting our boys are similar to theirs for cutting their girls: it's cleaner; so he'll look like the others, etc. The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse neonatal male circumcision, and the surgery is not without risk. Then why do we do it? Culture. Tradition. Ignorance.

Deborah Kenny


Thanks for supporting Daffodil Days

On behalf of the Carroll County unit of the American Cancer Society, I would like to thank everyone who helped make Daffodil Days '97 a tremendous success. The donations received for daffodils will be used toward cancer prevention, early detection and treatment, and research.

I would like to extend my special thanks to Jim Bruer and the staff at the Westminster Riding Club for their support to the American Cancer Society.

Also, I would like to thank Jim Mathius and the drivers of Carroll Transportation Services for donating their time to deliver daffodils to Carroll County schools.

With ongoing support of the many volunteers, businesses, schools, churches, organizations and individuals of Carroll County, Daffodil Days will continue to be an important event in the fight against cancer.

Kimberly M. Allen


The writer is with the Carroll County unit of the American Cancer Society.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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