One reader's ponderings on '98 electionNow that the...


November 15, 1998

One reader's ponderings on '98 election

Now that the election is over, a few random thoughts come to mind. Maybe I'm the only one, but I wonder:

Did voters in Carroll County actually consider the issues or just decide to vote Republican? Would it really have mattered if the Democrats had run a full slate?

Is the slow growth movement dead? Despite Carolyn Fairbank's remarkable effort, two growth advocates were elected to the county board of commissioners.

And speaking of that outcome, will Julia Gouge have any say in policy in the next four years, or will the "soul mates" run the show?

Will Carroll get state money these next four years?

Didn't Sen. Larry E. Haines have a nice year? No primary or general opponent, and the way clear to be Senate minority leader? Yet he has to be a little concerned as the leader in the local Republican Party: Just what is the Barnes-Getty alliance up to?

Speaking of Jerry F. Barnes, isn't he wondering whose name, or names, were on the 500 write-in votes against him?

Will Joseph M. Getty honor his promise in 1994 to serve two terms, or will he change his mind like the Republicans in Congress?

Isn't Susan Krebs a rising star in Carroll County politics?

Is Ellen R. Sauerbrey a setting star? If so, who do Republicans have to replace her?

What the heck happened in Allegany County?

What the heck happened in Minnesota?

Isn't it time the Republicans put to bed (pardon the expression) the Monica matter? I would think the main goal is to prevent a President Al Gore.

In a more serious vein, I'd like to wish success to all those elected this year, even those I did not support.

The Republicans have been controlling this county for a number of years and have achieved complete control this year.

Ideological purity is all well and good, but now you have to govern. The commissioners face many problems, mostly stemming from residential growth, and will have to do what's needed to face the impact of that growth. The delegation will have to work with a slightly stronger Democratic General Assembly and a newly re-elected Democratic governor, and they are going to have to begin doing some compromising to get anything done.

The Republicans are not guaranteed perpetual rule in this county. If they don't believe that, just look at neighboring Howard County.

Frank H. Rammes


Pub Date: 11/15/98

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