Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

July 30, 2006

A supporter for Shoemaker

Over the course of the past two years, we voters have significantly lowered our expectations of our legislative delegation, and true to form, they have not disappointed us.

Their total inability and failure to enact legislation that we voters have mandated (Commissioner Districts, Option two, etc.) is tantamount to an employee telling their boss "I'm not going to do what you want, but I still want my paycheck."

To compound this total disregard of the voters' wishes, we get "the blame game" played for us. Delegate Shewell's recent transparent attacks on Hampstead Mayor Haven N. Shoemaker Jr. are a prime example.

Why can't our elected delegation (I prefer not to call them leaders) simply be responsible for their failures and let it go at that. Do they really think that by transferring blame to others that we are going to be foolish enough to grant them another term in which to hibernate in Annapolis, disregard the mandates of their constituents and simply pick up a paycheck? I think not.

Exercise your right to vote in this year's primary and elect a delegation with strong fiscal conservatism, and above all, the ability to listen to their constituents, and deliver a package of tangible goods (road improvements, school funding and no hidden taxes in the form of mandates) to their district.

Mayor Shoemaker, a Republican running for the House of Delegates in District 5A, is the kind of individual that can deliver on that platform. His experience in both the executive and legislative branches of local government is without parallel. He delivers on every level, be it the long-awaited Hampstead bypass or the renovation of the old Hampstead school.

Leave the moral legislation and antique car bills to those just hanging around collecting a paycheck.

Christopher C. Esgar Westminster

School employees endorse Stone

The Carroll Association of School Employees (CASE) endorses C. Scott Stone for the Maryland House of Delegates District 5A. CASE believes that public education must remain a major issue during the campaign season.

In interviews and questionnaires conducted by CASE, Stone demonstrated support for public education and a desire to work with educators for the benefit of all children in Carroll County public schools. Stone has an excellent track record in advocating progressive and meaningful action to meet the demands and challenges of delivering a quality public school education. Stone identifies education as a major priority on his agenda.

In our experience, we have found the candidate willing to listen to all sides of an issue. We have found him willing to research information dealing with the issue and make the best decision for education.

Sometimes we agree with his decision and sometimes not. But we always know that he had what was best for education as his first priority when making his decision. We feel that Stone will do his "homework" and make the best decision on every issue for the community that he represents.

I urge you to join in our support of C. Scott Stone for the House of Delegates District 5A.

Sharon E. Fischer Westminster

The writer is president of CASE.

Hearing loss as a work injury

Recently I had the opportunity to attend the National Farm Safety Institute's Conference as a part of my job serving on the Maryland Cooperative Extension's Ag Safety Focus team. A very sad fact is that too many farmers and farm workers are injured and hurt on our farms.

One way that farmers experience injuries is through hearing loss. This can directly be attributed to long hours where your ears are exposed to loud tractor and farm equipment noises. Use of ear protection is encouraged. Noise induced hearing loss accumulates over the years. Hearing impairment adds to the risk of injury or causing injury to others.

An example was shared where a farmer backed his pick-up over his grandchild who was yelling to him to not back over her bicycle. He never heard her shouts to stop. He ran over the bike and the little girl. This tragedy could have been avoided.

There are numerous sources of noises we experience daily. Running the lawn mower is one job that exposes us to loud noises. It is suggested that a farmer consider the use of ear plugs (they can be bought in bulk) and place them in your pocket or in the tool box to keep them handy. Ear muffs also provide protection.

This safety blurb is not to be taken as a sermon. It is intended to raise awareness and help one think ahead about how to make your future even better. May each one reading this have a safe and prosperous year.

Sharon Pahlman

The writer is Extension Educator with the Caroline County 4-H.

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