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Letters: Mayor talks about Union Bridge; praise for Kate Smith column; not a fan of medical marijuana

Mayor on the past, future of Union Bridge

To the residents and voters of Union Bridge, I am seeking re-election to the position of mayor because we are in critical time for the future of Union Bridge. In the past we have lost our grocery stores, our bank, and our gas stations because we have not had any growth to support these businesses.

The Mayor and Town Council have been working with developers for 20-plus years to get these projects started. These projects consist of new housing developments, and commercial and industrial development within the town. The most important thing to remember is that it is taking a long time to work out the details to make sure the residents will have a good product when finished and they will not have to foot the cost of the development.

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We have been working with planners and the Maryland Development of Environment on infrastructure and upgrades that need to be done. It is very important that everyone understands the town of Union Bridge cannot afford and will not put this cost onto the backs of the residents of Union Bridge.

Housing is needed for our younger residents that have grown up here and want to raise their families here, but they are leaving to find housing elsewhere because we have nothing to offer. We must grow to keep the town alive.

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I believe we are heading in the right direction at this time, now that all the stake holders know exactly what needs to be done. The Mayor and Town Council have been very cautious in helping with planning to make sure that these expenses are not going to impact our current residents. Development must pay for itself.

I have served the residents of Union Bridge from 1980 a 2002 as Town Council and Mayor, Carroll County Commissioner from 2002-2006, and was re-elected in 2010 to present as Mayor. I am asking for your vote on May 14 so that we can keep moving forward in making Union Bridge a great place to live and grow our families.

Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr.

Union Bridge

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Liked column, tired of PC police denigrating the past

I’d like to express my appreciation for [Bob Blubaugh’s column] re the removal of statues and playing of “Gold Bless America” regarding Kate Smith.

It’s sad, but all too frequent commentary, by the PC police, who generally have no concept of our country’s past and mores some 50 or more years ago. For two sports teams to so act is just another knee-jerk reaction to these folks.

Kate Smith did more positive things for this country and its soldiers during WWII than any of the not-yet-born PCers ever will. Her rendition of Irving Berlin’s beautiful hymn to America is without peer.

Your column also ties in nicely with the syndicated columnist Cal Smith in the Sunday Sun on the same subject.

It was a different time with different ideas and concepts and much was accepted then, which would not be now. That being said, the PC folks want to ignore history, say it was just “wrong” to denigrate anyone who actually lived in the past if their history doesn’t meet today’s standard.

History exists, our country’s past exists, and maybe we can learn from itr rather than trashing the reputations of some Americans we loved in the past.

Albert D. Taymans

Westminster

Disliked cartoon’s favorable portrayal of marijuana

The cartoon in the Times of May 1 which shows a grandmotherly type holding a prescription slip, inquiring about the value of marijuana as a pain relief substance is another slap in the face for big Pharma; represented by a skeletal-like hand holding a bag of opiods is another example of war on medications that have been proven to give pain relief vs. the most notorious gateway drug in the history of humankind. In case you don’t know the definition of a gateway drug, it’s one that while not necessarily addicting itself, can lead to use of drugs that are.

So now, chronic pain sufferers are being told that the answer to their pain is something called “medical marijuana.” Throw away those bad opiates, we’ve got something better. Medical marijuana will relieve your pain, and when your pain is gone, you can just stop taking it. Right! Well, maybe not.

If your pain doesn’t go away, if you still crave your medical marijuana, you might have to keep taking it. I admit, I don’t know if there is any difference between medical marijuana and regular. I also don’t know if medical marijuana is safe in all circumstances. But I do know this: If you take opiates for pain and you take the medication as prescribed by your doctor, your experience will be just as safe, if not safer, than medical marijuana. I also know if you’re a doctor shopper, whose daily routing consists of getting drugs to get high or to ward off withdrawal, you’re no different than any other “dope fiend” walking our city streets or the hills of West Virginia. I also know that punishing one group of people in order to “save” another is dead wrong.

Don Haines

Woodbine

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