Founders clear on limiting governmentIn these days of...

LETTERS

September 20, 1998

Founders clear on limiting government

In these days of moral relativism, it might help all of us if we examined our own consciences and beliefs. The late Barry Goldwater said, "Extremism in the pursuit of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue."

We cannot be halfhearted in our acceptance and adherence of the whole Constitution if our republic is to survive.

The Constitution states in Article 10: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively or to the people."

If everyone believed this and insisted that the Congress adhere strictly to this, we would have no Department of Education dictating what our children learn in school, no Department of Energy making us dependent on foreign oil, no Environmental Protection Agency ruling that the snail darter and owl are more important than people and a host of other agencies funding questionable and unconstitutional causes such as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our forefathers provided for a government of strictly limited powers. Are we insisting on limited government? Or do we just believe in a "moderately" limited government?

To learn more about the Constitution, see the William Winchester chapter of the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution's exhibit at Coffee's Music Store, 31 E. Main St., Westminster.

Ruth Shriver

Westminster

Thanks to helpers for ALPHA concert

I am writing to publicly acknowledge the work of numerous volunteers and the contributions of more than 50 local businesses that helped make the recent ALPHA (Active Locals Preventing Heroin Addiction) concert a tremendous success.

Because of their efforts, more than $13,000 was raised to benefit organizations promoting prevention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse.

The young people who developed the idea for the concert -- Matt Crum, John Purvis and Steve Bohli -- paid fitting tribute to their friend, Liam O'Hara, by encouraging their peers to learn from his death. They communicated their message through music, and they definitely reached their audience.

Reaching the audience is our challenge as a community and as individuals. We must communicate our concern and our values more effectively to our young people. We must drown out the voices that would lead them to drugs and alcohol.

Allowing our young people to reach us is also our challenge. We must be available to them. We must listen to them.

The ALPHA concert offered an opportunity to face these challenges.

I am looking forward to being part of more events like this, which bring caring members of the community together to fight against drug and alcohol addiction in our youth.

Ellen Willis Miller

Westminster

The writer is a state delegate in the 5th Legislative District.

Veterans hurt by cuts as funds go to scandal

One of the things Congress voted to cut was the veterans programs by $815 billion to use on highways. Meanwhile, more than $40 million gets wasted on a scandal and millions more get sent overseas.

The cuts are hurting health care and veterans. The Sun reported Sept. 8 that military men and women are having to go to welfare to get food stamps so their families can have food on the table. What is this country coming to?

William B. Rau III

Westminster

Pat Holbert active in war on drugs

I love living and working in this country. I feel so blessed to be raising my family here. So I feel very angry when I hear people outside Carroll call our home, "The rural drug capital of the United States."

But I am immensely reassured to know that there are citizens such as my neighbor Patricia Holbert who are so dedicated and active in making Carroll County a safe and prosperous place for all of us to live and raise our families.

She has visited every part of our county and met with mayors and community leaders. She has gone on ride-alongs with firefighters, local police, sheriffs and state police. She utilizes this knowledge to help individuals and organizations connect with resources. She also helps build diverse groups in the community.

Ms. Holbert has practical teamwork experience on the Land-use Committee to Update the Master Plan as well as in-depth knowledge of county issues and workable solutions. As a vice president of Residents Attacking Drugs (RAD) and board member of the Good Samaritan Network, she is actively involved in preventing substance abuse among our children and protecting their lives.

Last month, she was a key organizer of the ALPHA concert (Active Locals Preventing Heroin Abuse). On Oct. 10, she will host the Prevention of Substance Abuse Art Show and Auction, in part to establish a scholarship fund for the Reality Program, a "scared straight" approach for youthful substance abuse offenders supported solely with donated funds.

As a substitute teacher and mother of three boys in Carroll schools, she knows firsthand the concerns and issues of public education.

Most of all, Patricia Holbert is an inspiration to those who know and work with her. Long before this election, late one night the nursing home near us caught fire. While my husband and I said, "isn't that awful," Ms. Holbert went to the victims, offering them comfort and assistance. When other people see a problem and say "tsk, tsk," Pat mobilizes people and resources to solve the problem.

Kathleen A. Bassford

Westminster

The writer is director of the Good Samaritan Network Inc.

Pub Date: 9/20/98

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