Letter: Commissioner candidate offers late-summer musings

I decided as a follow up to my July 16 mid-summer musings, some late-summer musings were in order.

School is about to start the day after Labor Day for public school students across Maryland. Many families are very happy with this start date, others not so much. What I find interesting is that our current politicians who are usually strong advocates for local control seem perfectly fine with the state taking away local decision-making powers and issuing a statewide mandate. I guess because it's a mandate they happen to agree with, all is good.


One of our state delegates has been a vocal opponent of sanctuary states and counties. But did you know that as a county commissioner he signed Resolution No. 884-2013 declaring Carroll a sanctuary county and that this resolution remains in place? It can be found via a link on the front page of the county's website. The commissioners declared Carroll a "Second Amendment Sanctuary County," which among other things, allows for "discretionary enforcement" of State law if the Sheriff's office so chooses. It seems just a bit hypocritical to rail against sanctuary counties on one hand but actually declare us one with the other.

Many thanks are in order to the all the county and municipal road crews, the Sheriff's Office, and other emergency responders for their work during the recent heavy rainstorms. The loss of Cascade Lake, just a few miles from my home, was heartbreaking, but thanks to the work of our local crews with oversight by the Maryland Department of the Environment, the pond was safely drained with little downstream harm.

All candidates running for public office in Carroll were invited by the Islamic Society of Carroll County to participate in its celebration of Eid-al-Adha on Aug. 21. The day honors and celebrates Abraham's commitment to his faith. I am thankful that I was able to take part in the morning celebration, which included a prayer service followed by food and fellowship. It was a wonderful occasion that hopefully will inspire more dialogue and community spirit.

Lastly, to quote the late Sen. John McCain "I hope we can again rely on humility, on our need to cooperate, on our dependence on each other to learn how to trust each other again and by so doing better serve the people who elected us." That is one of my promises as your next commissioner.

Maria Warburton


The writer is a Democratic candidate for county commissioner representing District 3.