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November 22, 1998

South Carroll didn't realize what it had

I wish to make an observation on the results of the election. I can only say good-bye to my beloved South Carroll. What have we voters done? We had a representative from this area, Commissioner Richard T. Yates. We allowed the builders and the local NIMBYs to defeat him.

Mr. Yates has lived in this area for more than 30 years. He raised his family here, and now he has grandchildren growing up also.

He had only one vote on the board of commissioners, but he did his best to control growth, especially in South Carroll.

Mr. Yates voted for the interim development control ordinance, which drove developers wild with anger. Housing permits went from more than 1,400 a year to 700 per year. He voted "no" to the property tax increase.

He voted "no" to the piggyback income tax increase. He fought to keep the Mass Transit Administration buses out of here.

He fought to keep the City of Hope "boondoggle" from becoming a reality at the former Henryton Hospital.

He was the only commissioner to face the angry 600 protesters at Carrolltowne Elementary School.

He told them he would try to avoid the 600 proposed low-income apartments slated for the Eldersburg area because he knew that the children who would come from those apartments would fill our schools over capacity.

He fought the Merriweather Post-type theater proposed for the Route 32 corridor because of the traffic and trash which would come from the project.

What have the developers and NIMBYs brought us in Mr. Yates' defeat? More of what we had before we had a representative from this area.

Before Mr. Yates was elected, three commissioners lived within 10 miles of Westminster and within 10 miles of each other.

What do we have now? Three commissioners who live within 10 miles of Westminster and within 10 miles of each other.

We have another four years of uncontrolled growth, with the builders laughing all the way to the bank.

We have three policy-makers who do not live here, probably do not shop here due to our crowded roads, and who don't even have to come through here except to ask us to vote for them the next time. We in South Carroll can't get out of our own way.

We allowed our golden chance to slip by because a small vocal group (which the negative press adores) proposed that we vote for a candidate who could not get elected in the Democratic primary. She had to run as an independent.

If only some of those votes had gone to Mr. Yates, we would have our representative working for us.

Frances Thurber

Sykesville

Billboard ugliness not only on Rt. 140

Your article, "Billboard jungle on Route 140" (Nov. 4), stated a problem not only for Carroll County, but for Baltimore and other places in Maryland.

When I go to Baltimore, the signs are ugly and some show negative actions such as smoking.

In Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont, they don't have these signs.

We could follow their footsteps and make it illegal in Maryland to show these signs. The states that don't have these signs have higher amounts of tourism.

One place in Maryland that doesn't have billboards is Columbia. Or we could make a law that signs have to be a certain size.

Gordon Naumburg

Columbia

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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