Big-band tunes to serenade inept officialsWhen Carroll...

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August 29, 1999

Big-band tunes to serenade inept officials

When Carroll County school superintendent William H. Hyde made a statement to the press in reference to appointments to the audit committee, it should have been printed on the comics page.

I quote, "Absent from the committee is Assistant Superintendent Vernon Smith." Mr. Hyde said he decided it was more important to include a parent and a principal. Mr. Hyde also said that having a high-ranking administrator might have created "the perception of a conflict of interest."

I laughed so hard I fell out of my chair. Mr. Hyde has the temerity to mention Mr. Smith as an earlier candidate for directing the audit into performances by him and his group who now have more than $40 million in lawsuits and mistakes hanging over their heads?

Last month, I attended a school board meeting disguised as a peaceful taxpayer. The board (but not Susan Krebs, who is a breath of fresh air) should form a rap group and call themselves, "The Constipations." The simile is self-evident if you watch them operate at mind-clogging and boggling ennui. I can't remember a new or winning idea put forth by this group.

For my fellow senior citizens, I would like to play a game of nostalgia. The following big-band song titles and their very apparent application to the school system should bring a tear to your eye -- as they have put a hole in your pocketbook.

"I'm sorry" or "Two little words": Uttering these words to a construction firm would have saved a costly lawsuit.

"Is that all there is?": Haunting words from the school administration budget to the county commissioners.

"I'll never smile again": The taxpaying public.

"It's so easy": Building without permits and impinging on private land.

"I should care" or "Call me irresponsible": For the school construction staff. Also, perhaps the board and superintendent if they should be held accountable, too.

"It seems to me I've heard that song before" and "Release me": Thank you commissioners Julia Gouge and Robin Bartlett Frazier for cutting off the money train to the school board.

Jack E. Winder, Westminster

Sponsor a road, don't `adopt' it

I read your article about the citizens in Columbia who were using the word adoption for groups who wanted to pick up trash along paths (Villages consider putting pathways up for `adoption,'" Aug. 9).

I think they should only use the word adoption for adopting a person, not a road because adoption is a serious thing.

It is not to be made fun of. I feel a little mad because I was adopted, and it tooks lots of paperwork, money, time, patience, and love for me to get adopted. Adopting a path would not be as hard as that.

I will give you a suggestion for a word. You could maybe use "sponsoring" instead of "adopt" for a path or road.

I do think it is right that you are picking up trash and helping the earth. I think you should get all of the world to pick up the trash and help the planet.

Velizar Dell (age 9), Westminster

Artrain's visit inspires Taneytown

I want to thank the following for their support, which made it possible for Artrain to visit Taneytown: The Carroll County commissioners who assisted us with the site preparation; business and industry sponsors who contributed in-kind services as well as financial support; the media who wrote stories and provided public service announcements; greeters and tour guides who gave their time; the Arts Council and local artists; the Taneytown Fire Company that provided on site EMS services; and citizens of Taneytown and Carroll County who visited the exhibit.

Can we measure how successful Artrain was? Yes, about 4,500 people visited while it was in Taneytown. What we cannot measure is the effect that exposure to the exhibit will have on visitors. What child/adult may be inspired to become an artist or seek a career in the space program?

Again, thank you to all who made Artrain's visit to Taneytown possible.

Henry C. Heine, Jr., Taneytown

The writer is mayor of Taneytown.

Carroll Republicians' successful corn roast

On Aug. 8, the West Carroll Republican Club celebrated its eighth-annual corn roast at the Union Bridge Community Center. This event is our major fund-raiser for the year and is open to all members of the general public.

I would like to thank all of those people who came out to enjoy good food and fellowship, which made this event another success. I also want to thank club members and workers, who combined their talents and cooperated to again host a fun, roll-up-your-sleeves and eat event, while raising money for the club.

Our silent auction was again a success, owing to contributions and donated items from local businesses, club members and supporters. Our bake sale was also very popular and contributed its fair share to blown diets and the sweet tooth cravings of all.

As anyone who has ever worked on an event like this knows, absolutely nothing can be accomplished unless you have the help and dedication of a lot of individuals coming together for a common purpose.

See you all next year.

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