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LETTERS

April 20, 1997

Yates dismissal of Baltimore was embarrassment

The article in The Sun on March 20, entitled, "Officials bypass area event discussing racial problems" by Mary Gail Hare, was well-written and addressed clearly the crucial need for citizens of Carroll County to join with our sisters and brothers from the city to address the issue of racism.

"If Baltimore City dies, it dies. Maybe we will dig it up and make farmland out of it."

"Why should we bail Baltimore out or be drawn into its problems? We have no race relations problems here."

These comments by Commissioner Richard Yates were an embarrassment not only to him as a public official, but to every citizen of Carroll County. The fact that he would make those comments insinuates that a closed-minded attitude of racism does exist in Carroll and needs to be addressed.

"Call to Community: An Honest Conversation about Race, Reconciliation and Responsibility," is an attempt to face our differences in a life giving way. We call upon the citizens of Carroll County to communicate with Commissioner Yates that his comments are unacceptable and that indeed we do have racial attitudes which need to be addressed.

Mary B. Pulick

Westminster

Commissioner Yates, were you serious?

This is in the form of an open letter sent to Richard Yates, president of the Board of Commissioners, in response to the application to be appointed to the charter board sent to me on April 1:

When I received your letter, I thought at first it was an April Fool's prank, given the date it was sent. Then I realized you were quite serious that I should fill out this application, even though my name had been submitted when the charter petitions were turned in. I thought, "What a waste of taxpayers' money to print an application in the paper, though the commissioners did have the foresight to print it only once in one paper, and to waste printing costs and postage to mail this to me, when they already know I am willing to be appointed."

Then I reviewed the application and wondered why it was so detailed, asking for personal information having no bearing on my ability to be on the board. So I answered the questions relevant to this volunteer position and returned it.

I fail to see the need for my Social Security number, unless you want to run a credit check, in which case it is none of your business. It is also not relevant how long I have lived in Carroll County, though it has been more than 35 years. My previous address is also not relevant. Previous political/public interest activity is also not relevant. It should suffice that I am a registered voter in this county, willing to serve and pro-charter. Oops! There's the kiss of death. Of course, I've known you for years and even worked on your 1990 campaign, but that too is not relevant to my ability to be on the charter board.

I sincerely hope you appoint pro-charter people to write the charter, thus giving the voters the choice they want. But given your recent actions, I doubt you will. Prove me wrong.

Frank H. Rammes

Finksburg

Separating fallacy from fact on growth

Libraries and theaters, who needs them? All one needs to satisfy an appetite for fiction is the March 16 edition of The Sun in Carroll with Edward Primoff's litany of preconceived fallacies of everyone in the growth grudge-match

Fallacy: In his letter, he refers to "the same small handful of citizens who have done nothing except whine, complain and personally attack the farmers and individuals who don't agree with their no-growth agenda, almost all of whom have moved into the Eldersburg area in the past few years."

Fact: That "handful" may not be as small or as populated by newcomers as Mr. Primoff would like to believe. I am reminded of a quote from the Nov. 9, 1994, edition of The Sun, "What you want is not what you are getting in Carroll County." The article continued: "[His] hard line on growth also included a pledge to impose a building moratorium if facilities such as schools, roads and water and sewer are not in place to handle the growth." And who was this whining, no-growth extremist? None other than the redoubtable Commissioner Richard Yates, giddy over his election victory.

Fallacy: So-called "no-growth" people contribute nothing to the county. "They call themselves activists," Mr. Primoff wrote, "but has anyone ever seen any of them helping?"

Fact: Yes, I have seen them working at Farm Museum activities, fire department carnivals, craft shows and in county government forums. I did not realize that Mr. Primoff kept such meticulous statistics of county volunteerism. And let's stop applying this "no growth" term to people who simply want to see an intelligent county growth plan just because we are not members of the "growth at any cost gang."

Major fallacy: "According to statistics provided by state and county planning offices, our growth has been less than 2 percent (among the lowest in the state)."

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