November 12, 2006

LAST WEEK'S ISSUE: -- A poll conducted last month by Anne Arundel Community College's Center for the Study of Local Issues found that 60 percent of respondents reported being not very informed about the stances of the two candidates for county executive.

Now that the election is over, did you feel informed about where Sheriff George F. Johnson IV and Del. John R. Leopold stand on the issues?

Voters worried about traffic

The candidates are sincere about reflecting what they hear from constituents in that they want to manage growth. However, the electorate is concerned not with growth itself but with the traffic it brings.

None of us likes to spend time in traffic, and thus we expect to move as quickly as we do on the Internet. The solution is to solve the traffic challenge. This can be done with the proper investment in infrastructure. The challenge is that our governments at all levels are not spending the money that needs to be spent in this vital infrastructure area.

As the most technologically advanced nation, we have the know-how of installing sensors in roads, reversing traffic, traffic control centers and other methods of getting us from point A to point B. In addition, we also need to invest in improving and widening roads and building new roads when necessary.

Recent growth has generated billions of dollars in revenues for governments at all levels, which has improved schools, services and of course the always popular reduction of the tax rate.

If we want to solve the traffic challenge, we should take some of those revenues which growth created and put them back into the infrastructure.

After the election, contact your elected officials and tell them you want to spend less time in traffic and are willing to pay for it.

It's really that simple.

John S. Pantelides Annapolis

Leopold got his message out better

I believe now that the election is over, that the CSLI survey was probably correct leading up to the election. However, by Election Day it seems as one candidate more portrayed who he is and what he stands for. That candidate would be John Leopold. He didn't say to the public what he was going to do if elected, which most people want to hear, but did say where he stands on issues. That helped people decide.

George Johnson, while a great person, did not do as well. He did a lot of mailings and such, but did not address newspaper articles and other such information where it was showing him flip-flopping on issues, such as taxes. That led to uncertainty about the candidate.

Either way you look at it, both candidates ran a good race, just in my opinion, which may mean very little, only one candidate got out his message excellently.

Victor Henderson Glen Burnie

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