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Letters: Commissioners fix Freedom plan; partisanship showing in Kavanaugh hearings

Commissioners got Freedom plan right

I read with great interest commissioner candidate Paul Johnson’s comment that the “new proposed Freedom Plan” does “not consider the needs and wants of our citizens.” No one has followed the latest revision of this plan more diligently than me and I can unequivocally state he is incorrect.

Citizens spoke out loud and clear at public forums, town halls, planning and zoning meetings, and commissioner meetings. Our elected officials listened. Led by Commissioners Rothschild and Howard, the Board of County Commissioners recently made excellent revisions to the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan that reflect the desires of our community with predicable, well thought out, sustainable growth.


The coming decade will  be a pivotal time for South Carroll with Warfield at Historic Sykesville finally coming to fruition and increasing demand for development. With the looming  probability of residential build out putting increased strain on our overtaxed schools, water and sewer service and safety forces, we must move forward with the long overdue state-mandated 10-year revision of the Freedom Plan. To delay would be a disservice to residents, landowners and businesses alike.

I ask the commissioners to ensure that the update of county zoning codes  are completed with the same vigor and intensity they  demonstrated with the plan update before the current term is over. And I encourage my fellow citizens to join me on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. at the South Carroll Senior Center, 5928 Mineral Hill Road in Eldersburg, for the  final public hearing before the adoption of the Freedom Area Comprehensive Plan. We stood together as a community and made our voices heard. Job well done!


Kimberly Madeja


In this file photo taken on September 4, 2018 US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington

Kavanaugh hearings nothing more than partisan show

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While viewing the inquisition now taking place in Washington, D.C., I couldn’t help be reminded of another debacle some decades ago where another good man sat in the spotlight while some United States politicians hammered away at him. They maintained that they were only doing their job when in actuality they were trying to keep this good man from getting a position whereby he would participate in decisions they disagreed with. The good man stood up to them and defeated them. That’s why I cheered when Clarence Thomas went on the Supreme Court. They’re at it again, different hate mongers, same methods.

With Thomas they dug deep, came up with a person from his past who declared that essentially he was a horrible person who had psychologically harassed her for years; despite these lurid charges, she had the curious habit of following him around from position to position. With Brett Kavanaugh, there is a similar charge.

From his past (high school in fact) comes a charge which I suppose could be characterized as attempted rape. His supposed victim who is now an educator with advanced degrees says she is still traumatized by the event though another person who is mentioned as present and a participant in the attack says he has no recollection. Sen. Dianne Feinstein says the accuser sent her a letter describing the happening in July though she saw no need of showing her committee chairman. Apparently Feinstein wanted to see how the hearings went before this ammunition would be used. It obviously made no difference to the Senator that scores of members of the same sex as the accuser describe Kavanaugh as a gentleman who always treated them with respect, nor did they believe he would disrespect anyone else. But of course that makes no difference to liberal Democrats — the greatest disrespector of the fair sex in the history of human kind. Perhaps it’s time for a few words from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

She found the hearings “distasteful” compared to hers and “were a purely partisan show.”

Ginsburg, who won her vote 96-3 despite the fact that much of her career was “litigating cases” under the auspices of the ACLU and was even on the board of the ACLU; adding that she wasn’t asked one question on that subject. Ginsburg went on. “I wish I could wave a magic wand and have it go back to the way it was.” All people of good faith feel the same way.

Don Haines