No special vote on charter, Yates contendsYour Aug. 22...

LETTERS

September 07, 1997

No special vote on charter, Yates contends

Your Aug. 22 editorial entitled, "Charter question should stand alone," gives the usual liberal slant that all you editors espouse for some reason. I can't understand why all editors seem to think your way. I thought newspapers were to spread the truth. Your ilk always seem to travel 180 degrees the other way.

You claim that "whining about the cost of a special election is pettiness, the kind of myopia that hobbles the current commissioner form of governance."

You use this as a smoke screen. You know the real reason that the liberals want a special election is that they will keep the mass of voters at home during the special election.

You don't want the masses voting. You want the election controlled by a few, the typical liberal way of doing business.

I believe that the public will see through this ruse and demand that all the voters get a chance to cast their votes in an election that they control, and not an election controlled by the few.

Richard T. Yates

Westminster

The writer is a Carroll County commissioner.

A hoax played on county businesses

In reference to the article on Aug. 20 by James M. Coram concerning the planning commission approval of the 30-day, start-to-finish time period for business approval for Carroll County, I am convinced that it is a hoax or a joke played on the business community.

After two years of the present county commissioners and the planning commission, the Interim Development Control Ordinance and the anti-business climate, only a fool would be interested in locating in a community that on one hand says, "Come, we want you as a business," but on the other hand says, "You cannot build homes for your employees to live in, but please come so you can pay high property taxes."

Many businesses will either go bankrupt within the next year or will leave the state and re-locate to a place where some sense of sanity exists.

As a businessman in Carroll County since 1973, I have come to the reality that Carroll is not the place to stake your future and not a good place to make investments of large amounts of money, as the unstable political climate will only deteriorate further.

The Carroll County commissioners, planning commission members and the economic development commission would do themselves and the public a favor by surveying businesses with the following three questions: Are your sales better now than two years ago? Are you more or less profitable now than two years ago? Do you have plans to expand in Carroll County?

These people would do well to try to preserve and protect the businesses that already exist before trying to lure new ones to this area.

James E. Harris Sr.

Westminster

Outrageous attack on Sacred Places

I regret your editorial did not point out the outrageous attempt by the Carroll County Landowners Association to scuttle the Sacred Places program ("The search for sacred places," The Sun, Aug. 28).

Led by wannabee commissioner Patricia Holbert and Board of Zoning Appeals member Hoby Wolf, the two presented a rude, disrespectful representation of Carroll County to a visitor who was, after all, merely presenting a program we could accept or reject.

Of five organizations which spoke, only the landowners opposed Sacred Places. This group claims a large number of people who portend to believe in "property rights." However, its members have never been queried on their views of zoning laws.

Property rights and zoning laws are not compatible. With full property rights, any home in a development can become a used car lot, a convenience store, or, for that matter, any legal business including a porn shop. Zoning laws and covenants would be out the window.

Sacred Places is probably a good idea. Were it not for people whose sense of community and responsibility go beyond a dollar sign, there would be no old Wye Oak, no Stone Chapel, no covered bridges in Maryland. My largest fear is that there isn't much in South Carroll one might want to consider "sacred."

Gene Edwards

Eldersburg

Pub Date: 9/07/97

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