Thanks to Good Samaritan at Baugher’s Restaurant

I am a senior lady who lives in Hampstead. After misplacing my birth certificate, the library told me the Health Department in Westminster would help me get a new one, since I needed it to renew my driver’s license. My friend, Marie, drove me there, and I had no problem having it done.

To show Marie my appreciation, I offered to take her to lunch at Baugher’s Restaurant. We love to go there on Wednesdays, like we used to do with our friend and neighbor, Ellen. She always reminded us that Wednesdays are fried chicken specials and we have to go! (We miss her.)


We sat in a booth by the window and had our pleasant waitress who we’ve known for a long time. When we asked for our check, she said it had been paid. The man and lady who sat in the booth behind us had paid it.

We didn’t know them, and as they left, looked up at our window and smiled.

We hope they will read their paper so we can say “thank you.” They made both of us surprised and happy. Being grateful, we wrote this story for everyone who reads it, to put a smile on their face too, like it did for Marie and me.

Bobbie Gordon


Senator: What we’re working on this session

Last week, the 439th Session of the Maryland General Assembly began in Annapolis. I was honored to take the oath of office to continue serving in the State Senate. In November, I was elected to that office for the first time after serving as an appointee during the previous term. I look forward to working with our District 5 team (including Dels. Krebs, Rose and Shoemaker) and most importantly, being a strong voice for Carroll County residents and our values.

This session, we will be tackling many of the important issues our state faces; fair congressional and legislative redistricting, combating record crime in Baltimore City and surrounding regions, bolstering Maryland’s economy through tax relief and further regulatory reform, and continuing to confront the opioid epidemic head on.

In the Senate committee I serve on, Judicial Proceedings, my committee colleagues and I will have the opportunity to evaluate legislation that impacts criminal justice firsthand. It is important that in the context of cracking down on violent crime, we focus on ensuring that people convicted of committing violent crimes — including those involving firearms obtained illegally or used in a crime — receive the sentence time that is allowed for by law. Right now, police are making arrests and those charged are having the more serious offenses waived or pleaded down. Criminals, particularly those who commit crimes with guns, aren’t serving any real time until the crimes get very, very serious. This must change. We need to send a message to those who commit violent crimes in Maryland; if you do the crime, you will do hard time.

Additionally, this session, I plan to reintroduce Laura and Reid’s Law. Currently in Maryland, killers of pregnant women can only be charged with two homicides if the child was viable outside the womb. If someone knowingly targets a pregnant woman to kill both her and the unborn child, that should be treated as two homicides, not one. This bill stems from an awful case that was brought to me by the Wallen family who lost their daughter Laura, and her 14-week unborn son Reid — murdered by her boyfriend. Over 30 other states offer this protection — it’s time Maryland did as well.

Finally, I’ve been proud to work with Gov. Hogan to fight for tax relief to bring down the high cost-of-living for working families in our state. Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to get the kind of broad-based tax relief that we would both like to see. I will be co-sponsoring measures to reduce the business and individual tax burden this session as well.

Justin Ready


The writer is a Republican state senator, representing District 5.