March 12, 2006

County politics rooted in money

County Council member Lance Miller's quote in the Harford Section of The Sun on March 5 - "The administration needs to learn real quick the county isn't run by the executive branch" - is partially correct.

Here's a news flash, Lance: Neither does the council that you serve on. It's run by all of your development cronies, and those of Roni Chenowith, Dick Slutzky and Cecelia Stepp.

Just let the people look at your campaign contributions and they will see it's mostly made up of a "Who's Who" of the development industry in Harford County.

We need to elect people who will truly represent the citizens of the county and not special interest groups.

Tony Oleszczuk Bel Air

Democratic effort politically motivated

In a Feb. 27 editorial, The Sun voiced strong support for Democratic efforts in the General Assembly to pass legislation restoring the voting rights of convicted felons. A legislative analyst estimates that the voting rights of about 150,000 people would be restored if the bill becomes law.

Restoring the voting rights is necessary to make ex-offenders feel as though they have been accepted back into society and are full participants in the community, the editorial reasoned. I find this justification unsettling and disingenuous.

If this is indeed the rationale, why not repeal the laws prohibiting convicted felons from possessing regulated firearms? It seems to me equally persuasive (and absurd) that an ex-offender may not feel accepted back into society if he does not have the same access to firearms as everyone else under the Second Amendment.

And why stop at a felon's right to vote and ability to possess firearms? It can also by argued that they are not given a second chance unless they have the right to serve on a jury. In this case, people charged with a serious crime could truly face a jury of their peers.

Perhaps the real reason for so much interest this year in such a measure was suggested by Democratic Del. Jill P. Carter. Asked if the motive for filing the bill was to defeat Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, she replied, "Of course that's the reason."

Bill Christoforo

The writer is chairman of the Republican Central Committee of Harford County.

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