Speak out!

December 18, 2005

The issue: -- Last week, we asked readers what, if any, taxpayer-financed help should be provided to outfit historic buildings with sprinklers? A five-alarm fire last month tore through three commercial buildings in Annapolis' historic district, where many buildings do not have sprinklers. Here is the sole response:

Responsibility lies with the owner

Surely you jest! Installing sprinklers in old (read historic) buildings is the owner's responsibility, not the taxpayers'. Whose lame idea was this, anyhow? Isn't it about time some common sense is applied to politics and spending of tax dollars?

Mike Hricik


we want your opinions


A county commission is recommending a 2-percent-a-year salary increase for Anne Arundel County Council members. The proposal calls for the pay for the council chairman to go from $40,500 now to $43,829 in 2010. The vice chairman's salary would rise from $37,000 to $40,050, and other council members would see an increase from $36,000 to $38,968.


Do you think the cost-of-living increase is appropriate for these elected officials? Too much? Not enough? Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun.com by Thursday. Please keep your response short and include your name, address and daytime phone number. A selection of responses will be published next Sunday.

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