Letters: Endorsement for Tomlin; win for 2nd Amendment; kudos to dog rescuers

Endorsing Tomlin for mayor of Hampstead

The citizens of Hampstead have a unique opportunity. Too often politicians have more interest in being in office than serving the best interest of the community. I acknowledge that’s a generalization (I have friends who are wonderful public servants), but that doesn’t make it any less true.

Zach Tomlin is the opposite. He is a serve-first, non-political being, with a huge heart for his community. I’m quite certain if Zach felt he could serve the community better not being in office, he would choose that path.


Over the last several months, I have worked closely with Zach. As we worked together in the business arena, inevitably the conversation would come around to his concern for the well-being of the community he raises his children in.

I observed up close his progression from active and involved citizen to someone who felt like he had no choice but to become formally involved. I remember asking him, “Are you sure you want to do this?”


He understood it would be a big investment of time. He knew he would be subject to negativity and mud-slinging. He knew it would be a major sacrifice in all corners of his life, especially given that he has no long-term political aspirations. He said “yes.”

Not for his own self-aggrandizement, but to truly make a difference.

He is a passionate, humble, high-integrity leader. He is interested in doing what is right first, not necessarily what is popular. He understands that leadership has nothing to do with position, and everything to do with serving people.

He is an initiator who follows through. And the best part? He doesn’t have a personal agenda in this election. He has a Hampstead agenda.

It used to be that if you think what you’ve always thought, you would get what you’ve always got. That is no longer true. The world is changing too fast.

If you want change to be positive, you have to be proactive. Zach Tomlin is proactive.

Todd Burrier

New Bern, NC (25-year Carroll County resident)

A win for Maryland’s Second Amendment advocates

On April 2, the Times published an article penned by the Baltimore Sun’s Luke Broadwater about the supposed “winners and losers” in the 2019 Maryland legislative session. Broadwater prematurely included “the gun lobby” among the losers, including those Maryland citizens and Second Amendment advocates who wore “We Will Not Comply” shirts while picketing, lobbying, and testifying against proposed new firearm restrictions in Annapolis during the session.

Broadwater’s bubble surely must have burst on April 8 when the heavily Democrat-dominated legislature adjourned for the year without passing any of the proposed infringements with one exception, that being the dissolution of the citizen Handgun Permit Review Board. Gov. Hogan could still veto that bill, and with a recently reconstituted Supreme Court, there is renewed hope among constitutionalists that Maryland’s effective ban on concealed carry permits for ordinary citizens will also be overturned.

But back in Annapolis, patriots who wore those shirts to forecast the citizenry’s non-compliance with unconstitutional infringements, and who flew a “We Will Not Comply” banner over the state capital during the last day of the session, in fact won considerable victories. The General Assembly was unable, in the face of citizen opposition, to pass proposed laws that would have made instant criminals out of law-abiding citizens who: transfer long guns to family members and other law-abiding citizens without a so-called “background check”; hobbyists who build their own firearms for their own personal use; adult household members whose firearms are accessible to other household adults; and anyone who owns an AR-15 style sporting rifle purchased after October 1, 2013.

The Constitution and its Second Amendment got away fairly unscathed in spite of Broadwater’s fake news about Second Amendment advocates’ presumed losses in the Maryland General Assembly this year. He should stick with reporting the news.


Steve Kranz


Thanks to those involved with rescuing dogs

Kudos to the Animal Control Officers, the entire staff of the Humane Society of Carroll County, and all other county agencies involved in the recent rescue of over two dozen neglected and abandoned dogs in our county. Sadly, [27] additional animals were dead. Currently there are 51 charges against the perpetrators.

Every day the HSCC is prepared to take action. Their training and experience made for a well-executed removal of the animals and a timely assessment of their needs. Relationships across the state and beyond were utilized to “farm out” current animals waiting for their forever home so the abused dogs had space at the HSCC. This is not easy work and each staff member is dedicated to the goals of the HSCC. Good job. As the CCT said ... "monetary donations to assist in the care and and rehab of the rescued dogs can be made through the HSCC at their website, hscarroll.org.”

Carol Coley


The author is a member of the HSCC Board.

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