What about a raise for state workers?The motto of The Sun...

LETTERS

December 07, 1997

What about a raise for state workers?

The motto of The Sun is "Light For All," yet it seems you are forgetting that. Once more, you call for a pay raise for the governor, but nothing about state employees.

You say if that person doesn't want it, give it to charity; nothing about if they don't want it, they shouldn't get it to begin with. Previously, The Sun speaks of giving the state budget surplus to education. Once more, state employees are ignored. When the idea of collective bargaining for state workers came along, it was attacked as being costly and causing problems. How can The Sun profess "Light For All" if it seems biased toward management's side?

Daniel E. Withey

Sykesville

Dannelly witch hunt is un-American

Re: County commissioners' inquiry into planning commission member Grant S. Dannelly is private.

Let the witch hunt begin. I'm embarrassed for all the citizens of Carroll County.

Again, the commissioners are dragging us down to new depths. With the Bob Lennon fiasco behind us, we now move on to destroying another citizen who has offered his time to public service.

The concept of holding a public meeting and asking a certain "citizen" to not attend, while the same citizen is the topic of the meeting, is wholly un-American. Forget that this was an illegal act, what does it bode for the rest of us?

The commissioners again wish government to operate in secret. The right to confront one's accusers is a basic American right, yet the leadership wishes less for us.

We have a set of leaders who at every turn have told us we are not to be considered. Richard T. Yates considers some of us "aliens," or worse, liberals. W. Benjamin Brown screams the state wants to shove this down our throat, while doing the same thing. Donald I. Dell could care less; we are just malcontents.

Mr. Dannelly, I apologize to you for the despicable actions of the three stooges.

Michael Willinger

Sykesville

Democrats should embrace labor

On Nov. 24, The Sun printed an editorial and a column both predicting dim prospects for the Democratic Party in the next few years.

The future for Democrats would be much brighter if they would become more of a European-style labor party. The efforts of labor parties in France, Britain and other countries have won benefits for all workers that are reserved for a minority of executive types here.

Workers typically have shorter work weeks, at least one month's vacation, full medical coverage and better unemployment coverage. If Democrats would submit and support these kinds of benefits, rather than supporting things such as affirmative action that hurt most workers, they could gain the strong and committed support of a majority.

David Garmer

Hampstead

Adoption is wonderful, but take it seriously

In the wake of the signing of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, U.S. Sen. John Chafee urged Americans in a radio address to consider adopting a child as we celebrate this Thanksgiving season.

Please be aware that adopting a child is not just adding another potato to the proverbial pot. Neither should we view adoption as a casual method of giving assistance to neglected or abused children.

Adoption is really about parenting.

The decision to parent is a private and personal one. Prospective adoptive parents usually first explore their options with a social worker. We should not advocate the adoption of children in the same way that we promote the "adoption" of pets, grandparents, highways, etc.

People might return an unruly or destructive pet, but adoptive families commit themselves to providing permanency for their adoptive children. Those who adopt special needs children often face tremendous challenges and require special support services. Do not forget that adoption affects all family members, from grandparents to siblings.

I heartily support educating Americans about adoption choices. However, let us not wholesale the idea and thus trivialize the special joys and challenges that adoptive families experience.

Ann Dell

Westminster

Citizens deserve to vote on land transfer tax

I urge the Carroll County legislative delegation to honor the county commissioners' request to allow our citizens a vote on the land transfer tax, which would provide funds for a county agricultural land preservation program. This vote will determine if the people in Carroll County are really serious about slowing growth and preserving agriculture and open space.

Recently, much has been said about slowing growth, crowded schools, agricultural land preservation and open spaces in beautiful Carroll County, which has a great agricultural tradition.

Preserving agricultural land preserves open space and removes a farm from future development. There is significant cost (loss of equity) associated with setting aside land on a permanent basis. The question is, who is going to pay for it -- the farmers or the public? If this action is for public benefit, it would seem reasonable that the public should help pay for it.

Any land owner who places his farm in an Ag Preservation program will never recoup full equity when compared to development value, but it would go a long way toward preserving equity for the landowner. At the same time, it would reduce development and thus, the associated cost of added roads, schools and other public services needed for a growing population.

This program, if passed, could help ensure the setting aside of 100,000 acres, which is a minimum, needed to preserve Carroll County's vital agricultural industry.

If it is defeated, we will know that the citizens have had a chance to decide.

I have abiding faith in the intelligence of county citizens when they understand the options and have an opportunity to speak.

Robert L. Jones

Westminster

The writer is a retired Carroll County agricultural extension agent.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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