Speakout

December 18, 2005

THE ISSUE: -- Republican Christopher J. Merdon has taken the chairmanship of the majority Democratic Howard County Council --the first time a minority party member has been chosen to lead the council. What policy changes would you expect to see under a Republican chairman?

Expecting dictates from Washington

Based on previous experiences, I would expect the Republican chair to follow orders precisely from the Bush administration rather than from the people of Howard County, to try to merge state and church together, to attack the other person instead of the issue when in a debate, to send others into dangerous situations while they sit on the sidelines and root, to tell falsehoods and spin stories, to fire everyone who is not a Republican, to vote for more money for big corporations and millionaires, to take money from the poor, education and health, to track people who oppose their ideas and try to fill Howard citizens with fear instead of concern. And to say Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays to whomever they meet.

B.A. Zalesky Columbia

We want your opinions

THE ISSUE:

Howard County Executive James N. Robey wants to have "affordable housing" as a part of urbanizing Columbia's Town Center. Between 2,000 and 5,000 living units are expected to be built over the next several decades, including a high-rise that will feature prices from $500,000 to more than $1 million per unit. What do you feel is the right mix of housing stock for this showpiece area of Columbia?

YOUR VIEW:

Send e-mail responses by Thursday to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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