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Letters: Announcing candidacy for mayor of Westminster; Tax needed to pay down national debt; How exactly was the election rigged? | READER COMMENTARY

Announcing candidacy for mayor of Westminster

I have called Westminster my home since 2003. When I was younger, I remember driving through Westminster (from southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) to visit family in Germantown. We would pass by Johanssons with the iconic British telephone box on the corner, stop at Baugher’s, and continue south.

As I grew up, and moved away, I always knew that my ideal place to relocate would be somewhere in northern Maryland, and Westminster became that Somewhere. We live in a city with a growing downtown, restaurants and bars, retail shopping, a phenomenal arts center, gigabit fiber, festivals and parades, and Civil War history all set in a rural area but yet close to International airports and larger cities. We are close to the mountains and we have a relatively short drive to the Chesapeake Bay. I truly believe Westminster is a phenomenal place to live, work, eat, and relax.

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Westminster is home to fantastic people; I was honored and proud to serve our community from 2015-2019 as a member of the Common Council. It was a busy four years, during which we finished installation of the gigabit fiber, finalized our partnership with Ting, the City planned for the long-term future by purchasing a building for their administrative offices, the enhanced nitrogen removal (ENR) project broke ground for increased environmental protection of the area, and searches for new water sources — to allow for new economic growth — continued. Westminster continues growing; there are new businesses opening, the gigabit fiber is being extended outside the city limits, and new housing for residents is under construction.

As a city we are poised to make great strides toward the future. I have always believed that when the opportunity to give back to the community presents itself, one should take advantage of it; therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy for the mayor of the City of Westminster. I enjoyed my time on the council and I ask city residents once more to place their faith in me as we move forward into 2021. I promise to focus on: 1. downtown engagement and growth, including a revision of the current zoning regulations in the city which can stifle growth; 2. continued improvement in securing of water resources for the future of the city; 3. financial oversight as we are more than likely going to approach some lean times; and 4. maintaining a safe environment that can be enjoyed by all residents.

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As we put the hardships of 2020 behind us, it’s time to turn our vision to the future for Westminster and plan, as a community, how we want our city to grow and to continue to thrive.

Mona Becker

Westminster

Tax needed to pay down national debt

Recently, Justin Ready in his Community Voices column wrote, “... higher taxes, the last thing struggling businesses and individuals need right now.” Several commentators on the right have said that since the election of Joe Biden — expect tax increases.

I am a registered Democrat but my votes are generally anti-incumbent in that I generally vote for anyone running against an incumbent, my version of terms limits. This COVID-19 virus has stirred my fiscal conservative side.

Biden, the Congress and probably 1-2 governments into the future have to really take responsibility for how we as a country have got to start down a governmental policy road to address the approximately $3-4 trillion that has been added to the national debt. The right’s answer to these problems has typically been tax cuts to stimulate the economy that will increase government revenue.

We probably do not have the political courage to enact a very broad-based tax and to politically decide that this tax is to be for one purpose only — start to pay down our national debt. Most probably, no one in the present government has the courage to propose this unpardonable sin.

Ronald Graham

New Windsor

How exactly was the election rigged?

Many people have said, or affirmed, that our recent election was “rigged” ... without stating how this rigging was accomplished. Has anyone even tried to explain how “rigging” was done? How do you “rig” an election, especially when there is absolutely no concrete evidence? 

The various states have been studied and studied and nothing has been found. The election has been studied by many qualified persons of both parties, and many Judges have been involved and have ended concluding that the state’s elections were/are accurate. 

Unless someone can explain “how” this recent presidential election was rigged (or even “how it might have been rigged”) I don’t feel anyone should use the term “a rigged election.”

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Wallace Wolff

Westminster

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