Dry at home, while stadium toilets gurgleRecently, the...


August 16, 1998

Dry at home, while stadium toilets gurgle

Recently, the Baltimore Ravens checked out the new stadium by flushing all the commodes at the same time: 100,000 gallons of water were flushed into Chesapeake Bay.

This may be a necessary step to ensure that the system will work when needed, but I raise the question of waste. As a resident of Manchester, I am not allowed to water my lawn, but the stadium authority can flush 100,000 gallons down the drain.

This aggravates me because Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who won by less than 6,000 votes, sent us a bill for a stadium that we did not necessarily need so that a big businessman could come to town and make a lot of money by charging big bucks for a ticket to see the Ravens play.

So how do we get big government out of our back pockets?

We elect representatives committed to giving us smaller government. We need to begin at the local level.

The people I will be voting for are W. David Blair for House of Delegates, Betty Smith for county commissioner, Ellen R. Sauerbrey for governor and anyone else who can convince me that his or her goal is to strip government of excessive power and excessive taxation. The governor does not share these ideals and local government has not seen a tax decrease in years.

Let's turn the tables and elect people who will give us a good strong local government that works for the local people.

Jim Richardson


A slate to guard sanctity of life

Among the staunch, courageous and consistent defenders of the sanctity of life in the Maryland General Assembly are Sen. Larry E. Haines (R) in District 5; Sen. Timothy R. Ferguson, (R) in District 4, and Del. Donald B. Elliott, (R), in District 4B.

They are leaders in efforts to ban partial birth abortions in Maryland.

The elected officials have been voices of reason in trying to outlaw this abortion procedure.

Pro Life Carroll County members offer their expression of deep gratitude to these three statesmen for standing up for what is right and decent.

Vincent Perticone


The writer is co-chairman of Pro Life Carroll County.

A victim of bullies still forgives

As a teen-ager in high school I was harassed like nobody else. My books were stolen, the other students looked over my shoulder and got the combination to my locker, and, once, as hard as this may be to believe, I was enjoying a slice of pizza one day at lunch when a orange, launched from about 30 feet away, crashed into the back of my head, driving my face into the hot food, burning my upper lip.

I played on the football team. The other players would harass me behind the coaches' back. The favorite name for me was "Moondog," which to this day I still don't understand. At practice each day, I always received the "special treatment" of being hit "extra" hard. I couldn't sit in the back of the team bus on away games because the harassment was so harsh.

One evening after an away game in Martinsburg, we stopped at a fast-food restaurant in Frederick. I was constantly pushed to the back of the line, by the time I got to the front, I barely had time to order, let alone eat. I got the same treatment in school at the drinking fountains.

In school, I was the brunt of everyone's jokes. I'll never forget what happened when the movie "ET" came out. One person (he knows who he is), started calling me "EG" and told me to "phone home" each time I passed him in the hall.

People would call fast food and pizza outlets, place an order, and leave my name and number, make obscene calls to my house at all hours of the day and night, and sneak up behind me and rip my clothes off in the lobby of the school, which was humiliating with the junior varsity cheerleading squad standing behind me.

I went to the vice principal. His advice was "ignore it," or "I can't do anything about it unless it was on school property," or, my personal favorite, "did a teacher witness this?"

I have grown up a lot since, and I can't really understand why these things happened to me. But there is one thing I can say: I forgive you.

Neil T. Ege


Pub Date: 8/16/98

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