Urge lawmakers to help protect the environment It seems...


March 11, 2001

Urge lawmakers to help protect the environment

It seems that so many local citizens hate suburban sprawl, mourn the loss of open space, value opportunities to enjoy Maryland's natural resources, want sufficient energy without sacrificing clean air and water, and have a real concern about sufficient, safe drinking water and food free of pesticides and antibiotics. All want a healthy environment for their children.

With a number of bills in front of the Maryland General Assembly that deal with the environment, I would think that our own local delegates and senator would favor these bills since they are in Annapolis to represent us. And possibly they will vote favorably for those bills.

But if history repeats itself, the chances are slim. According to the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, the legislative "scorecard" for voting in favor of pro-environment bills for Sen. Larry Haines has been a dismal 0 percent since 1997, whereas Delegates Carmen Armedori, Joseph Getty and Nancy Stocksdale have voted only 17 percent of the time in favor of the environment.

Obviously, if citizens who favor these bills truly want to be represented, they must contact their state representatives and tell them their views now -- and then remember at the next election whether or not their wishes were represented.

James G. Clark


No need for police to drive cars home

I am writing in reference to the recent letters about police officers driving their cars home. I live in Carroll County, and I used to have to drive my car to work in Baltimore City every day. I see no reason for a Baltimore County police officer to drive his police car to Carroll County since he has no jurisdiction here anyway.

I believe the higher-ranking officers should be able to do this but for other officers it seem to me the extra expense of gasoline and the wear on the vehicles is a burden on taxpayers.

Granvel Robertson


Everyone isn't in favor of school's Project Tips

As a student of Westminster High School in Carroll County, I felt the need to respond to the column ("Cash reward turns every teen into a suspect," Feb. 20) by Michael Olesker. This column was in reference to Project Tips, going on now at my school.

I do not back this project, as he would have you believe. In fact, many students of Westminster High despise this project. There are only two or three people who actually back this and believe it to be a good thing. The rest of the student body believes it to be a waste of time as well as money.

Today, for instance, at lunch a piece of paper was being passed from table to table regarding Project Tips. The paper had T-shirt fronts on them with a variety of messages speaking out against the project. Among them were: "get paid to rat on your friends ... just like they did in the good old days," with a picture of Hitler.

Kristen Scheffel


Let it snow ... let it snow

Nothing stings as much as dangling a leisurely, three-day weekend in front of your face, and then taking it away. Sorry, but that is how it felt this past weekend when for several days we were warned of the impending snow. Then, the no-show of the snow.

I don't particularly like snow -- I would be just as happy if it never snowed again -- but there is something exciting and fun about getting two or three feet of it! Being snowed in, I mean really snowed in ... not able to get out of the driveway ... having to go into the basement to get that extra box of something from the storage cabinet ... having to cancel appointments you would rather not keep in the first place ... putting off homework ... having a day to hang out at home and do nothing -- just spend time with the kids, bake some cookies and shovel some snow. How often does that happen?

All week, everyone was in a funk ... that kind of funk that you get into when you feel ripped off.

Let me wake to my radio in the morning, to that odd brightness in my room, that strange, magical quiet that only a blanket of snow can produce ... next time, if it's all the same to you, I'd rather be surprised.

Bridget Jones


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