School board hopeful's charges were disturbingI would like...

LETTERS

May 24, 1998

School board hopeful's charges were disturbing

I would like to respond to the article about Thelma P. Smith's ill treatment in the Carroll County school system ("School board hopeful makes race an issue," May 10). I was stunned when I read her allegations.

My son attends a Carroll County public school. Its key personnel are black women.

They are treated with respect, not because of or in spite of their skin color, but because they treat everyone equally. They perform their jobs in an effective, professional manner, and treat parents, students and fellow staff members with respect, compassion and a positive mental attitude.

Ms. Smith might think of her students as a race unto themselves.

Children are often treated as lower-class citizens by adults who feel they are somehow superior because of their age.

As for Ms. Smith's depression, it is easier to blame others for your unhappiness than to reflect on your own actions, which may have precipitated such animosity. I have learned that each person is ultimately responsible for his or her own happiness. By employing a more positive mental attitude and the Golden Rule, she may find the rest of the problems no longer exist.

Claudia DeBoy

Westminster

CHANGE aided fitness facility

I read with great interest the May 12 article in The Sun in Carroll regarding the opening of the Outdoor Fitness Facility. We are very excited that this project has come to fruition. The Woman's Club of Westminster did a magnificent job of developing the idea, raising the funds and coordinating the efforts of many individuals and agencies to see this project through completion.

We are pleased that we were able to play a part in this project. CHANGE, Inc. gave the land for the fitness course to Carroll County government. The Carroll County Department of Recreation and Parks installed the course, and the Woman's Club raised the funds.

CHANGE provides services to more than 140 people with developmental disabilities. This course is accessible to persons with disabilities and will be an important resource to our clients and to other citizens of Carroll County.

We were somewhat disappointed that the article made no mention of the contribution of CHANGE to the project. The building seen behind the fitness course is CHANGE.

Richard Glaser

Westminster

The writer is executive director of CHANGE Inc. (Carroll Haven Achieving New Growth Experiences).

Shop local merchants or they'll disappear

Our daughter married a few days ago in our front yard. The reception was catered by Giulianova Groceria on Main Street in Westminster. Vast amounts of delicious food impressed even the folks from the Bronx.

Giulianova is one of those local businesses that make our community special. Everyone across the county is eating at the same chain restaurants as those lined up on Route 140. When we shop and eat at the chains, we help kill the small local businesses. And they are not likely to be replaced.

So do something as important as it is a pleasure. Eat breakfast and get fresh produce from Baugher's. Dine out at Chameleon Maggie's. Get fresh ground peanut butter from Harvestin'. Select lasting gifts from Locust Books. Buy gorgeous, inexpensive wedding bouquets at the Cutting Garden in the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market. There are wedding gowns at reasonable prices at Cecelia's Bridals, invitations at Rhoten's Printing, rentals at Kay-Lyn's. Come to the summertime farmers' market in the Winchester Exchange parking lot. Trust a beloved pet to Feathers, Scales and Tails.

Try out other locals still too numerous to mention. But first and foremost, visit Giulianova Groceria for the finest Italian food on the East Coast. Thanks, Tony, for a wonderful party.

Kathryn J. Henderson

Westminster

Residents are still far from last word on charter

It never ceases to amaze. The same folks who disdain intolerance of any social or moral bias seem to have no problem engaging in intolerant rhetoric when it comes to describing political conservatives.

Take Elise Armacost's column on the Opinion Commentary page ("New residents keep old ideas in Carroll," May 11), bemoaning the failure of Carroll County to adopt charter government. Her reasoning for this outcome: Carroll County is "rabidly conservative."

Rabid is a rather hostile word, usually reserved for describing madness or, at the very least, for condemning views that are violent, extreme and unreasonable.

It is certainly not a word consistent with the enlightened perspectives usually demanded of Sun editorial contributors nor does it reflect a tolerance of political views that differ from the author.

Why is it so difficult to grasp the notion that perhaps people look around at the situation in neighboring jurisdictions and are not necessarily eager to embrace the same form of government?

It is just possible that these folks made a thoughtful decision and, more importantly, they may not be mad, foaming-at-the-mouth extremists on the brink of bringing down the republic.

Bill Eber

Hampstead

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