Letters: Support for Judge Titus, BOE's Bob Lord; and more questions about behavioral health

Vote to retain Judge Richard Titus

On June 26, I had the opportunity to do some electioneering in the primary to retain Judge Richard R. Titus for the Circuit Court of Carroll County. My post was the Hampstead Elementary School. On that morning, I observed an elder man park in the handicap spot and open his trunk. I watched him use the car as a brace as he headed to the rear. I could see a metal walker in the truck so I walked over and asked if I could help him get it out. The gentleman politely responded that “It was a one-man job” and that he could handle it. He did thank me.

As he headed up the sidewalk to vote, I asked him to retain Judge Titus on the Circuit Court bench because he had proven over the last two years that he was the right person for the job.


When the gentleman returned to his car, he gave me a smile and a nod of the head to show his support for the judge.

To that fine gentleman and the many other voters I saw that day, I am respectfully asking that you return to the voting booth one more time and vote for Judge Titus. As a retired law enforcement officer and court employee, I can tell you that we have some excellent judges in the District and Circuit courts here in our county. Judge Richard R. Titus is one of them.


During the primary and now in the general election, Judge Titus has shown the respect and dignity the position of judge in our county demands. While on the bench, he has adjudicated all cases professionally, fairly and honestly. These attitudes are displayed every day in his character.

On Nov. 6, please vote to retain Judge Richard R. Titus on the bench for the Carroll County Circuit Court. Thank you!

William E. Vogel


BOE candidate Lord has long history of service

Lord for the Board! Lord is Bob Lord, the current board of education president, looking to continue his service to Carroll County Public Schools. Bob has a long history of service, his participation with MABE (the Maryland Association of Boards of Education) at the state and national level, various advisory councils and many other school issues. He enjoys this service.

It’s been a real pleasure to watch my son-in-law, Bob Lord. Bob also runs his own business. In addition, he is involved with his kids and their activities.

A true multi-tasker.

Further, he gets done whatever is needed while helping me with the doctors and tests I need. I’m living with the Lord family while I have some health issues treated.

Bob Lord, my son-in-law, who I now call Bob Lord, my son.

Frank Gibson


Behavioral health in older adults not being discussed

As we approach Election Day, I’ve been listening to our local candidates discuss many important topics, but I haven’t heard much about issues relating to behavioral health and substance abuse disorders in older adults. As Americans live longer and baby boomers age, we are seeing unprecedented growth in our senior population.


Here in Carroll County, older adults now make up approximately 16 percent of all residents, and that percentage is expected to grow.It’s estimated that 20-25 percent of older adults suffer from some form of mental illness, including depression, anxiety disorders, and dementia. Approximately 15-17 percent suffer from substance abuse disorders. Only a fraction of those receive treatment.

Sadly, mental illness in older adults remains a largely underdiagnosed and undertreated problem, which is particularly unfortunate given that mental health disorders in this population have a high treatment rate. Failure to diagnose and treat disorders in our older adults leaves our neighbors and loved ones vulnerable to many issues: diminished quality of life, increased mortality, higher risk of suicide, and increased caregiver stress.

Seniors with mental disorders are also at higher risk for becoming victims of elder abuse.Let’s make caring for the mental health of our older adult population in Carroll County a priority.

Please ask your commissioner and representatives to support programs tailored to the needs of older adults when funding and creating local programs for mental health and substance abuse needs in our county.

If you, a friend, neighbor, or loved one are in need of help, please contact one of the service coordinators at the Carroll County Department of Health at 410-876-4449 or go online to access additional information: https://cchd.maryland.gov/behavioral-health/.

Mary Stanley


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