Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

September 03, 2006

Too small is better than not at all

I had to laugh when I read Giant's explanation for closing its store at Wilde Lake Village Center. Giant officials claim that the store is "too small to meet the needs of the community." They may feel it is too small, but exactly how are they better meeting the needs of the community by closing it?

Roger Reynolds

Columbia

Back your candidate - with a check

The recent filing of campaign finance reports has generated a spate of articles and quotes bemoaning the large number of substantial donations to candidates from business and out-of-county contributors.

It is important to scrutinize these numbers, but at the same time, county residents should look at themselves as part of the problem. How many voters in Howard County have bothered to make a campaign contribution to any candidate, particularly those running for Board of Education, County Council or other local offices? A yard sign costs about $2. Printing costs are high. A mailing runs hundreds of dollars. The candidates with a lot of cash are those who can tap businesses, special interests or family money for contributions. If you don't want to limit holders of public office to those who can finance their own campaigns, then get out your checkbook and contribute to the campaigns of candidates in whom you believe.

Joan Lancos

Columbia

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