Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

July 23, 2006

Shewell's challenge is misinformed

Delegate candidate Tanya Shewell's letter taking challenger Haven Shoemaker to task for pointing out facts in state funding is at best misinformed, and at worst, disingenuous.

She uses faulty comparisons to discredit Shoemaker. The fact is, Shoemaker is right, while Shewell is spouting politics. Yes, state funding to counties (and towns, which are topics Mayor Shoemaker knows and the appointed Shewell does not) increased in this, an election year. And yes, Gov. Ehrlich did a good job of cutting spending in his first year in office. So good, in fact, that after that first year of reductions to towns and counties, the next couple of years do, indeed, show relative increases.

Shoemaker's point is that those early cuts left towns and counties behind where they would have been and should be - particularly in school construction - so please don't try to tout the cuts on one hand, then take credit at the same time for increases. It's one or the other - cuts or increases.

Gov. Ehrlich may deserve credit for his fiscal policies and willingness to make tough choices - you can call that leadership. But Shewell's self-serving interpretation of simplistic ideology, including her off-the-mark characterization of the county commissioners' fiscal policies as we attempt to govern both conservatively AND responsibly, is nothing more than political rhetoric, and an attempt to ride the governor's coattails.

Shoemaker's experience and candor shows an understanding of the complexities of government, and displays leadership qualities that better serve the public.

Dean Minnich Carroll County Commissioner

Westminster

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