Letters: Elected women shatter barriers; 'despicable' behavior no surprise from Carroll; a plea to pardon the turkey

As women are elected, barriers and divisions are shattered

Women in government positions are beginning to increase after our most recent election. As a woman from Maryland, it is rewarding to know that our numbers of women in power are on the rise.

Sarah Elfreth works as an advocate to help create a more diverse system after she was elected into the state Senate to represent Anne Arundel County. I believe she should continue to be recognized for her hard work and dedication. Elfreth is benefiting our community by helping to create a system with equal opportunities for women who decide to run in an election not only in Carroll County but in the surrounding counties in Maryland as well. The fact that she pushes for balance between men and women in government positions will help the government system as a whole.


It will also help to appeal to more people in the community by reaching as many of their different needs as possible. As more women are elected, the more barriers and divisions are shattered, not only between genders but race and religion as well. Looking beyond Maryland and the United States as a whole, as we intentionally elect more women into office, it can lead to bigger changes that have the power to impact the world around us. I believe that this is a huge success for Carroll County, Maryland, our country and the world.

Karlie Pruitt


Treatment of football program another case of ‘despicable’ behavior

I am ashamed but not surprised at the actions of those who chose to not allow the Reisterstown Mustangs to participate in the football program offered to all the other teams. To assume that there might be a problem speaks volumes that it’s not the Mustangs’ behavior they are worried about but the narrowminded hateful white bigots who would start trouble. It’s no coincidence that the team eliminated is predominately minority children.

I know firsthand how hateful people can be. I lived in Finksburg for nine years before we moved to Florida. When my biracial grandson would visit me we took him many places and we were treated like trash — a restaurant that brought our meal and conveniently “forgot” my grandson’s, being followed around in stores assuming that because he was black he was a threat somehow and, the worst, when he got on a ride at a fireman’s carnival with a couple of white children and the parents of the white children made them get off the ride when my grandson got on. Despicable, hateful behavior that is allowed to fester in an area where there is still a KKK presence.

Had I not encountered the inexcusable behavior firsthand I would have never believed it could still be going on in this day and age. Shame on all those who would perpetuate the hate by denying children a chance to play a game they love. Refusing to answer their phone is telling everyone that they know what they did was wrong and that there is nothing they could say to convince anyone that their actions were anything except hateful, narrowminded prejudice. I am so glad that we no longer live in such a toxic area. I don’t want my grandsons to be subject to such hateful behavior.

Barbara Hutchison

Ellenton, Florida

This Thanksgiving, let’s all pardon the turkey

While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercize that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance.

And here are some other good reasons:

• You can brag about pardoning a turkey like Trump (or not).

• You will stay awake for your entire favorite football game.

• Your sensible vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

• Plant-based holiday roasts don’t have to carry government warning labels.


• You won’t have to call Poultry Hotline to keep your family out of the hospital.

• Your body will appreciate a holiday from the fat, cholesterol, and hormones.

• You won’t sweat the environment and food resources devastation guilt trip.

• You won’t spend a sleepless night wondering how the turkey lived and died.

Seriously, this Thanksgiving, let’s give thanks for our good fortune, health, and happiness with a life-affirming, cruelty-free feast of plant-based holiday roast, vegetables, fruits, and grains.

Our own dinner will feature a store-bought plant-based holiday roast, mashed potatoes, stuffed squash, candied yams, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. An internet search on “vegetarian Thanksgiving” is getting us more recipes than we could possibly use.

Chester Conzelman