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It is the time of year when all the candidates challenging for office tell us how they are going to be different. Remember "Hope & Change?" That hasn't worked out so well now has it?

Locally we see Dorothy Scanlan's campaign writing to the paper telling us how she will be different, how she will work across the aisle and how she will represent all of Carroll County. The problem is that in the Sept. 10 paper we see her already promising special favors to special interest groups.

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Scanlan's own letter promised to make sure the folks who already sell beer and liquor are protected from other businesses entering the market. The premise is to protect small businesses.

The last time I read the U.S. and Maryland constitutions there is nothing in them about protecting businesses from competition. I presume she has made promises to the Maryland Beverage Association too, which represents the existing businesses. Just last week her campaign manager said Scanlan would not be representing special interests, but yet her own Sept. 10 letter lays out a different plan. There appears to be some communication troubles in Scanlan's campaign.

If Scanlan is already promising action for special interests before she is in office, imagine the influence they will have once they start funding her re-election and fact-finding trips. I would imagine if we checked her campaign finance reports we may see the special interest funding already starting to roll in.

I will be voting for folks who don't make any promises, since they have no idea what they are up against until they sit in the seat.

Andy Smith

Westminster

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