Letters: Give bicyclists enough room; Hogan supporters shouldn't be complacent after poll

Letters: Give bicyclists enough room; Hogan supporters shouldn't be complacent after poll
Marty and Carolyn Burns, of Eldersburg, approach the end of their 12-mile run during the "I've Ridden Every Day This Year!" ride at Mt. Airy Bicycles on Sunday, January 1st, 2017. (Alan White / Carroll County Times)
Give cyclists safe passing distance

I recently read your coverage regarding the county working to address “safe cycling” in Carroll County. I was glad to hear that there are discussions taking place regarding developing a plan to make our area safer for people riding bicycles.

However, I was shocked that there was no mention of the current law regarding the required feet that a motorist must give to a cyclist that they are passing. See below:


“A driver of a motor vehicle shall not overtake or pass a bicycle proceeding in the same direction on a highway at a distance of less than three (3) feet between any part of the motor vehicle and any part of the bicycle or its operator.” — Md. Transportation Code Ann. 21-1209.

And, while we are talking about saving lives, remember when you do move into the other lane to pass a cyclist, you also need to watch for oncoming cars. Over the years, I have been shocked at just how many cars may pass me safely, only to run on-coming cars off the road.

Please note, Pennsylvania has a 4-foot passing law.

You don’t need to learn CPR or know how to call 911 to save a life, just give cyclists the safe passing distance and you may just save a life … or two.

Tracy Lea


Delegate: Don’t get complacent with Hogan’s big lead

I know that the most recent Goucher poll shows that Gov. Hogan holds a significant lead over socialist Ben Jealous. However, to make sure folks don’t get complacent and decide to sit this one out, here is what Jealous is proposing to spend should he win:

Single-payer health care program — $24 billion annually

Loss of Medicare Waiver under the Maryland model contract — $1.9 billion annually

Free community college for all Marylanders — $366 million annually

Free undergraduate degrees at public four-year colleges and universities of all Marylanders — $600 million annually

Free graduate degrees for Marylanders — $245 million annually

Implementing recommendations proposed by consultants advising the Kirwan Commission —$2.9 billion annually

29 percent pay increases for teachers — $1.9 billion over five years (average of $380 million a year)


Pre-K for 80 percent of 4-year-olds — $440 million

Baltimore City Red Line — $3 billion

HBCU settlement — $2 billion

Now, lets talk about his crime plan of releasing prisoners and getting rid of cops and correctional officers. And then there’s gerrymandering.

So you see, there’s a lot more at stake.

Nowhere does Jealous indicate how he’s going to pay for this. I guess he intends to redistribute the wealth. Unfortunately, for folks like him, the wealthy is anybody with a job.

This is all the more reason that I am proud to be endorsed by Gov. Hogan. He’s done this because I have helped to implement his agenda.

In fact, the entire District 5 delegation of Sen. Ready, Dels. Krebs, Rose and myself are proud to receive the endorsement of the second-most popular governor in the nation. In stark contrast, our opponent, who is Ben Jealous-lite, has received the endorsement of Brian Frosh, the worst attorney general in the nation. Ultimately though, the only endorsement that matters is that of the people of Carroll County. I would appreciate your support.

Haven N. Shoemaker, Jr.


The writer is a Republican state delegate representing District 5 who is seeking re-election.