Letters: McConnell hurting chances of ending shutdown; thoughts on Jefferson and Christianity, and charter government

Why is McConnell allowing us to live under authoritarian rule?

Let me get this straight ...

We live in a democracy, not under authoritarian rule.


Our leader wanted (wants) a wall.

He had two years to get a wall with his party controlling both houses of Congress.

He did not get a wall.

We now have a divided Congress.

We also have a partial government shutdown which is harmful to Americans in a number of ways.

No one wants a shutdown.

Both houses can pass a bill opening up the government.

The president can veto the bill.

Both houses can override the veto and open government because that is what we all want.

This is because we don’t live under authoritarian rule.

So why is Mitch McConnell allowing us to live under authoritarian rule? Bring the bills to a vote so we can see what our people want.

Granville Hibberd

New Windsor

What Jefferson might’ve thought of today’s Christianity

I enjoy Joe Vigliotti’s columns, which are well-written and thoughtful even if my own views are sometimes rather different. Indeed the thrust of his column on Jan. 4, regarding the criticality of Carroll’s farms has my complete endorsement. Growing up on the border between Wicomico County and Delaware’s Sussex County, I found Carroll’s environment an excellent match when work brought me north after my Army service. It should be not only preserved, but fostered.


I do believe, however, that the column may well lead many Carroll residents astray in its reference to Thomas Jefferson’s agrarian thoughts. It is true that Jefferson argued for an agrarian society taking its values and moral sense from Christianity, but not a Christianity today’s adherents would recognize. Jefferson was an enthusiastic believer in the worth of Jesus’ teachings, so much so that most of his usage of the term Christian arises solely from just that. he did not believe in the Trinity, Virgin Birth, and the Resurrection or even in the divinity of Jesus and thought much of the New Testament mere charlatanism. Beyond this he regarded Christianity as practiced in the America of his time as corrupt in large part due to the “rags” wrapped around it by the clergy. He would not see today’s Christianity as an improvement.

So when Jefferson urges the use of Christianity as the moral compass for an agrarian-based America into the future, he restricts that guidance to Jesus’ ethical positions — “...the outlines of the most sublime morality which has ever fallen from the lips of man.”

John Van Walker


We want better government, not efficient government

I want good government for Carroll County, not efficient government and disagree completely with some of our county commissioners who seem to think efficient government is good government. The decisions our county commissioners make affect a lot of people, and often have broader reaching tentacles than initially evident. I have attended several of the Carroll County open commissioner's meetings and was heartened by the debates and dialogue between the commissioners as the discussion always resulted in a better, more thoughtful decision about the issue. Efficient? No. Better!

Do we need our county’s elected executives to do more or do the most important? I’m reminded of the book “Procrastinate on Purpose” by Rory Vaden, which illustrates a seven-layer funnel of decision-making to identify the most important tasks. Obviously time is the currency at play here and time management books and theories abound. Good executives aren’t defined by the number of tasks they do, but by defining which tasks need their attention when and completing these tasks well. I don’t recall charter government being part of any of our newly elected commissioner’s campaigns but three of them seem to believe its now the highest priority issue Carroll County faces.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who read the Carroll County Times article on Wednesday night, Jan 9, and saw for the first time the request for public comment on forming a charter government. It was requested at the commissioner's meeting on Thursday, Jan. 10, and I’m curious how much public comment was heard. So, on this very contentious issue of charter government, which the county has said no to on multiple occasions, our commissioners announced that they are requesting public comment at a meeting attended by only a few on Tuesday. In addition, the request was published on Wednesday and they expected quick public comment by Thursday. On an important issue like charter government, what is the rush? This is not the type of efficient government Carroll County needs and deserves!

Robin Warren