April 24, 1998
Sheriff John Brown, rebuffed by fire code regulations in his effort to obtain a building permit to house prisoners in an army tent behind his crowded jail, says the county has offered him two options to house inmates away from the Carroll County Detention Center.Those options -- a portion of the Multi-Purpose Center just west of the County Government Office and the old Roadway warehouse behind the Winchester Building to the east of the jail -- are not acceptable, Brown said.Commissioner Donald I. Dell made the offer, and Brown said, "Thanks, but no thanks.
April 7, 1998
BEWARE, should you suggest that the Carroll County sheriff obey the law.When county officials told Sheriff John H. Brown this month that he needed a building permit to construct a wooden platform on which to place a tent to house inmates at the county jail, he accused two county commissioners of being "soft on crime and soft on public safety."That political-slogan polemic against Donald I. Dell and W. Benjamin Brown was unwarranted.Both men appear to support Sheriff Brown's plan to house up to 30 work-release inmates in the tent this spring, confined by the compound's chain-link fence.
February 15, 1998
DALLAS -- Picture Big Bird. Now picture Big Bird careening toward your oncoming car at 30 miles an hour."It's not so funny when Big Bird is an emu and he's coming at you," said Johnny Waldrip, chief deputy sheriff in Grayson County (Sherman), Texas. "When you've got a wild emu running down a major highway, you've got a problem."He and other law enforcement officials said stray emus spooking horses, chasing cattle into fences, startling rural homeowners and sending cars swerving on backwoods roads have become common occurrences from the Houston suburbs to the Red River and in the rolling ranch country west of Fort Worth.
December 30, 1997
SHERIFF John Brown's plan to erect a tent city at the Carroll County jail and deputize an unarmed volunteer posse to help guard the 60 minimum-security inmates there is another of his ideas that show little thought for the consequences.Fortunately, the county commissioners are more attuned to reality, and suggest they won't approve funding for an outdoor confinement facility in winter. They are rightly concerned about county liability. Fires from tent heaters, frostbite of inmates, injury to posse volunteers (including 300-pound Baltimore Ravens linemen)
December 14, 1997
Reader praises Bartlett stand on porn billMany years ago, I went to a drug store that had sexually explicit magazines displayed on a low rack, where it directly faced my small children at the check-out counter.At the same time, the postcard rack was on the wall at adult height. I suggested to the store manager that he reverse the placement of the two racks. He was receptive to the suggestion and thanked me.Over the 30-some years since then, we have become too tolerant of such blatant sexual material being shoved in our children's faces.
November 16, 1997
Cell phones on school buses are a wasteA cell phone on a school bus is not a safety issue, it is frivolous. Although your editorial ("Cell phones on school buses," Nov. 7) was quick to suggest possible emergencies in which cell phones on school buses would help, I believe they are an unnecessary expenditure of Carroll countians' tax monies.Also, I'm not sure your $50,000 figure is accurate. Even if it is, does that in and of itself make cell phones on buses a good idea?All a school bus really needs is a radio connected to the contractor.