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Carroll County's fantasy fortress

I was very pleased to read your recent editorial on gun control opponents in Carroll County ("Carroll Co.'s nullification fantasy," May 24).

Carroll Country is an integral part of the Baltimore metropolitan area, and despite the current state of denial our five county commissioners are in, Carroll is also connected to the Chesapeake Bay and regional environmental concerns.

Despite the moat that the current commissioners have built around their make-believe fortress, the vast majority of Carroll County citizens are embarrassed by efforts such as the commissioners' recent, meaningless resolution to declare Carroll a weapons sanctuary; deprive public schools of funding while creating an unmanageable slush fund for fundamentalist home-schoolers; ignore state ethics law requirements for elected officials and attempt to avoid state planning mandates for responsible growth.

The so-called Second Amendment Preservation Resolution is an obvious political ploy to play to an easily identifiable base that dreams of uniformed boogeymen invading their homes without warrants to take away their precious assault weapons and ammunition magazines.

That resolution was crafted and adopted in the commissioners' typical manner of holding closed meetings; even the vote was orchestrated, with one of the commissioners, Dave Roush, submitting his vote in advance by letter.

At the only public hearing on the issue, the commissioners allowed those who opposed this silly resolution to be shouted down and denied an opportunity to state their reasons for opposing it.

I hope The Sun will continue to shine a light on the goings-on in Carroll County. Many of us here are quite tired of the political shenanigans and closed meetings that the current board of commissioners uses to isolate the county from the rest of the state and from reality.

Neil Ridgely

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