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Letters: Hampstead mayor makes his case; Mother's Day plea for cows; racial equality event lauded

Hampstead mayor states his case for re-election

I am running to be re-elected as mayor of Hampstead. I still have a deep passion for serving our town and we have unfinished business in working with the state to complete Main Street and developing a long-term plan for the North Carroll High School site, which will benefit the entire community.

As has been done in the past, I am running on a ticket — this time with Jim Roark and Dave Unglesbee; two men who have served us well on the Town Council. Hampstead has long benefited from this team approach which has helped us avoid divisive partisan politics. If you have attended our meetings or watched them on TV, there is no fighting or grandstanding and the atmosphere is professional with a genuine respect for each other. I have enjoyed being surrounded by intelligent, strong-willed people who have our town’s long-term best interests at heart and I do everything possible to make sure their good ideas are implemented. Running on a ticket clearly shows voters who shares the same ideas for moving Hampstead forward, resulting in less time debating and more time getting projects done.

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We reject short-term politically expedient options and the results are obvious. The bypass is finished and now our Main Street is in the process of being revitalized. The 1935 water main was replaced with a significant savings in water pumped from our wells. The old Hampstead School on Main Street is now an apartment complex for seniors. The police department long ago moved out of a back room in Town Hall into their own building on Main Street after that building was completely rehabbed. Community projects such as the Farmers Market, Christmas Village and Military Banner Program are a success. Tax rates are low and the quality of services is high — a first rate police department keeping us safe and a hardworking public works department who plow and open roads after snow storms before neighboring areas serve as prime examples.

I see the good in our town and how we have positively impacted the quality of life very directly. People have been very supportive of our team through the years. That support and team work has resulted in Hampstead being voted as one of the Best Places to Raise a Family and the Safest Town in Maryland by independent third parties. We are doing many things well and I ask for your continued support so we can keep Hampstead Moving Forward in the same positive direction.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on May 14 at Town Hall.

Chris Nevin

Hampstead

Think of the cows this Mother’s Day

Mother's Day, on May 12, celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child. But mother cows, very icons of motherhood, never get to see their own babies. Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that was meant for them. The grief-stricken mother cows bellow for days, calling in vain for their return.

Dairy cows spend their lives chained on concrete floors, with no access to the outdoors. Each year, they are impregnated artificially, to maintain production, and milked by machines twice a day. When production drops, around 4 years of age, they are ground into hamburgers. Dairy products are laden with cholesterol, saturated fats, hormones, pathogens, and antibiotics, leading to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

But help is on the way. Food manufacturers throughout the world are developing excellent nut and grain-based dairy products. U.S. sales alone are expected to exceed $2 billion.

This Mother's Day, let's honor motherhood and compassion. Let's replace the products of cow misery with delicious, healthful, cruelty-free plant-based milk, cheese, and ice cream products offered by our supermarket.

Chester Conzelman

Westminster

Inspiring event by Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality

On Friday I attended a local event that offered an opportunity to listen and learn, and I left feeling informed and inspired.

Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality sponsored a community gathering designed to promote conversations to address bridging gaps about race in our county. This years topic centered around "Taking a Knee" and how this protest was viewed from different perspectives. The speakers included articulate high school students who courageously expressed their views, as well as passionate members of the military who shared their complicated feelings about patriotism and racism.

The emerging theme was that the only way we can move forward is by having these difficult conversations and actively listening to others' views, especially those with which we disagree.

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Thank you to Carroll Citizens for Racial Equality. Your conference showed me that although there is much work to be done, there is hope for the future.

Terry Greenberg

Manchester

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