Post-election reflections for the new year Now that our...

LETTERS

January 07, 2001

Post-election reflections for the new year

Now that our long-count presidential contest is over, here are some things we all might ponder this coming year.

Won't George W. Bush be sitting in the White House at this time next year wishing that Vice President Al Gore had won? And if Mr. Gore had been elected, wouldn't he have said much the same thing about Mr. Bush?

Is there any other election, sport (except golf) or contest, except for U.S. president, where a person can win with fewer votes, points or runs?

And isn't it about time to get rid of the Electoral College and try to standardize voting methods in this country?

Isn't it time for both parties to try compromise to solve some major problems? Despite what Rush Limbaugh, Rep. Tom DeLay or the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson may say, did anyone actually get a mandate this year to ram through their agenda?

And despite the fact that Mr. Bush could well be a one-term president, does it follow that Mr. Gore will be elected in 2004?

How strange that liberals on the Supreme Court voted to uphold states rights and conservatives voted to federalize the election?

Locally, wasn't this the most interesting board of education race in a long time?

And didn't Tom Hiltz put together the broadest coalition ever seen in Carroll County?

Shouldn't Sue Holt offer thanks for Eldersburg? And shouldn't Lisa Breslin consider running again?

Wasn't it strange that Steve Nevin attributed his last place finish to the fact that he lives in Finksburg, the so-called Mason-Dixon Line of Carroll County?

Statewide weren't the biggest losers Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich and Baltimore County Executive C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger? And the big winner, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend?

And didn't Mr. Ehrlich endanger his own safe seat by sticking his nose into a Democratic intra-party fight between Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and Sen. Thomas L. Bromwell?

Now that Sen. P.J. Hogan has switched to the Democratic Party, how many other moderate-to-liberal Republicans are thinking of doing the same thing?

Finally, a note on local government: Now that we finally have a Master Plan, will these commissioners actually follow it?

Frank H. Rammes

Finksburg

New Year's wishes for county seniors

If three wishes for Carroll County elders were even remotely possible in the New Year, we would wish the following:

That our Carroll County state legislators get off their duffs and do something about the disappearance of HMOs in the county. Their indifference is a silence costly for many elderly county.

That our dear Carroll County Commissioners stop their dreadful and overt manipulation of county voters, elderly or otherwise. Such acts are disgrace to the county and embarrassing, to say the least;

That state legislators and county leaders work together with the new school board to find the monies needed (not wanted) for the Carroll County schools.

Any mention of a tax increase will be fought tooth and nail by older voters.

There is, of course, little possibility that any of these New Year's wishes will happen. Carroll countians seem to elect to office people who don't really care about voters -- elderly or otherwise.

G. David Nottingham

Westminster

Fruit sale helps scouts build memories

During the busiest time of the year Scout Troop 381, Westminster, would like to give a great big thank you to all the people and businesses that made our December fruit sale such a success.

First, of course is The Sun, especially Ellie Baublitz, who advised us on good and effective articles.

Others who helped us most effectively were the owners and employees of Baugher's Enterprises, who assisted us by unloading the tractor trailers with forklift trucks and allowed us to dispense the fruit from the firm's warehouses.

The Wal-Mart store in Westminster allowed us to have a "tailgate" sale in their parking lot -- and this was most effective for those who put off ordering fruit.

Parents of our scouts assisted their sons in making deliveries from the Pennsylvania border to Mount Airy, from Woodbine to Keymar. Thank you, for your support.

We also send our thanks to the Westminster post office employees who always assist us.

To those who purchased our navel oranges, pink grapefruit and tangerines, a tip of our scout hat. For those who failed to order, try us again in January and February, we will do our best for you.

Thank you for supporting our fund-raising. The purchases will help a scout earn his way to a summer camping experience, and that is part of what scouting is about.

We call it building memories.

John J. Rush, Sr.

Westminster

The writer is scoutmaster of Westminster's Scout Troop No. 381.

Volunteers, donors gave patients a special day

Our 2000 holiday season was a great success at Springfield Hospital Center, thanks to the many people who shared the joy of giving.

Our employees, along with many volunteers and donors, worked together to ensure our patients experienced a very nice holiday.

The gifts were extremely nice and practical. This made Dec. 25 a very special day for our patients.

We try, throughout the year and during the holidays, to provide for the needs of the patients, but this can only be accomplished when people like each of you are willing to share.

Again, many thanks. I hope that each of you had the best holiday ever and that the New Year will bring health, happiness, prosperity and your continued dedication to our patients.

They need to know that someone cares.

We would also like to let everyone know that 2001 is the International Year of the Volunteer.

We thank our volunteers, along with everyone else who shares their time and talents with others.

Betty Jean Maus

Sykesville

The writer is director of volunteer services for the Springfield Hospital Center.

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