Letters: Save your seeds; a vote of confidence for Democratic commissioner candidate

Now's the time to save seeds

Do you have plants drooping with seeds? Some, like the coneflowers and Joe Pye weed, could be left for the birds to feast on during the cold, saving on birdfeeders and special bird food. Others like basil and zinnias could have their seeds harvested and saved for ourselves or for sharing.

Last year at January's Seed Swap program at the Westminster branch library, our extension agent Courtney Coddington offered the opportunity to do just that. Tables were covered with company seed packets as well as envelopes of seeds harvested by home gardeners. Courtney talked about the necessity of saving seeds since so many plant species have been lost through the years. One story concerned a particularly sweet type of watermelon that was popular many years ago but it had a soft rind that provided shipping problems. It was no longer sold or grown, supposedly. Luckily, a man heard about this story and came forward, saying that his family grew that watermelon, having saved the seeds every year as a tradition. Through this family's efforts, this watermelon is grown again and, with improved shipping, can be sold and enjoyed again. Another story involved the poisoning of beloved oak trees in Auburn, Alabama, that dated back to colonial times. This was devastating, but luckily, since the community loved those trees so much, their saved acorns provided the means to grow those unique trees again.


Recently I dropped off some of my saved, labeled seeds at the extension office for the master gardeners to package for 2019's Seed Swap Day. This is a great way to meet other gardeners, pick up free seeds and get your questions answered. I had a great time last year and judging by the numbers of pollinators who still visit, they've enjoyed the fruits of that meeting too.

Dee Krasnansky


A vote of confidence for candidate Paul Johnson

Allow me to put in a few good words for our good friend Paul Johnson, who is running for commissioner in District 4.

Is it possible for a Democrat to win in Carroll County? I hope so, because character and vision are more important than party, especially on the local level.

Paul Johnson is a family man with integrity, intelligence, kindness and wit who loves Carroll County and has a strong desire to serve.

With his degree and experience as an engineer, Paul is a problem-solver who is used to thinking outside the box. He is practical and level-headed. He would bring a fresh perspective to the job of commissioner.

And he would be a team player. He has no rancor toward others who do not share his political views. He would work with the other commissioners and government officials to figure out what is best for Carroll County and how to implement it.

Paul is aware that two of the most important issues in Carroll County are education and the budget. He and his wife Michele raised their children here, and Paul is keenly interested in maintaining Carroll County’s reputation for excellent education, solving teacher salary gaps, and working with the Board of Education to improve opportunities.

He knows that economic development is the path to a better life for all of us, and he already has some good ideas for avenues to pursue.

Please vote for Paul Johnson on November 6. You won’t be sorry.

Judy Hake

Union Bridge