Amedori does not plan to work for NRA
As campaign manager and good friend of Del. Carmen Amedori, I want to set the record straight. Del. Amedori has never had any intention of leaving office and working for the National Rifle Association, as asserted in a recent letter to your paper ("No warm reception for Carmen Amedori," Jan. 20).
While Del. Amedori is a patriotic supporter of the Second Amendment, she is not a voice of the NRA. Rather, she is the voice of many in Carroll County who believe in the principles of the United States Constitution. Del. Amedori will continue to fight for all Amendments in that document which represents our freedoms in the same manner that she defends our God-given right to keep and bear arms.
Sandra M. Gover
Decision on drive-in is one for the people
As a Carroll County resident for a little over a year, I have been amazed to see the way the political machine works here. The collusion which is obvious to everyone in the county, except for those few very large and wealthy landowners who directly benefit, is unbelievable (and unbearable). I sat on the sidelines for the first year and stared in disbelief as I read about Piney Run and other situations.
Then, in October, I was made aware of the Bumpers Drive-In plan. The fact that the complex was to be located very near my home sparked me into action this time. At the first of three hearings, I was told by many "people in the know," including lawyers and longtime county activists, that this approval was a "rubber-stamp," a "slam dunk." I was dumbfounded! After reading and rereading the zoning ordinances, it seemed obvious that it could not be a "done deal," regardless of what the developer was saying.[Then] something amazing happened. The zoning commissioners did the right thing! It turns out that common sense does play a role in this process.
These gentlemen stepped out of the box that many people had placed them in (the pro-business, anti-South Carroll box), and listened to the hundreds of residents who came and spoke at the hearings, to Julia Gouge (who is a very classy and principled lady), and to the thousands of petition signers.
We couldn't afford all the big expensive experts, but we were fortunate to be able to afford a good lawyer who fought what even she thought may be a losing battle. But, in the end, common sense and what was right prevailed ... right here in Carroll County. I'm not so sure that this would have occurred without huge public outcry and a great effort by all of the affected neighborhoods and countless others. This type of effort does seem to be noticed by those making the decisions.
This government was designed for the people, if we choose to be involved, and this time it worked for the people who got involved. Maybe we can have a little faith after all.