From: Frank Soltis
With election day not too far away, apathetic voters should loosen up.
Taxpayers are mad as hell.
Even though there is not much of a choice between the brain-dead incumbents and the comical challengers, this is an opportunity to get rid of the rascals.
Take seedy Delegate Bill Cox, he almost got caught with his hand in the cookie jar over his investment in the rubble fill. Thanks to Eileen Rehrmann, the candidate who lies about her education, she feels that Cox didn't do anything wrong.
And then we have Delegate Joe Lutz, who is telling us "Lutz Listens."
Lutz is the epitome of incompetence, he has done nothing to serve the citizens of Harford County.
The one incumbent who I find most entertaining is Councilwoman Joanne Parrott -- she wants to slither back for another four years because she already served four years in office.
Why is it that these political hacks think they should be re-elected just because they served four years? I hope for the sake of good government that Parrott and the bird she uses as a logo on her campaign signs get put back in the cage.
It's time that these creatures of special interests and deal-makers be tossed out of office.
We are all reminded that there has been a failure of government at county and state levels that has been happening for a long time -- incompetence and corruption are at a dangerous level.
Dump the incumbents.
QUESTIONS GILCHREST'S 'FAMILY VALUES'
From: Rosaline Thorne
The media concedes that Wayne Gilchrest won the GOP primary in September on the strength of name recognition and his pro-abortion stance. Did he also, I wonder, win because of a glaring inconsistency published in campaign ads -- "traditional family values?"
If so, then I suspect that many in our district were hoodwinked into voting for him.
Contrary to his claims, Gilchrest is clearly no family traditionalist.
How can he be when he espouses abortion and other liberal issues that are neither "traditional" nor "values"? In truth, these issues are, of their very nature, totally destructive of the family unit.
Since when did abortion become a family value? And how long has it been a tradition? It may have something to do with "family," all right, in the sense that millions of tiny prospective family members never live to see the light of day. But "family" in its very essence? Not on your life!
How can Gilchrest tout "traditional family values" and also spout "abortion rights" without running the risk of damaging his credibility? If he can so blithely juxtapose two completely disparate views and set them up as companion pieces to the truth, think what he could do with the truth itself.
Can we trust this person? Is he the individual we voters want to voice our concerns in Congress? I think not.
In Roy Dyson we already have a representative who has served our district faithfully and well. He's not perfect, goodness knows. He has stumbled over his own two feet, but it seems he has learned from his mishaps and is the stronger for having experienced them.
It is now up to us voters. If we are wise, we will see to it that Dyson is elected to another term in the House of Representatives.
AGREES THAT PARENTS HELP WITH EDUCATION
From: Dona Faber
This is in response to the letter written by Ray Hofmann of Baltimore (The Harford County Sun, Sept. 12).
In his letter he was concerned with parents being responsible for their children's education. I agree very much with Mr. Hofmann's letter.
I'm a student in middle school. I enjoy having my mother show an interest in my homework. She takes me to the library to work on projects, helps me study for tests, then wants to know how I've done and helps me understand my mistakes.
I feel very lucky to have my mother show an interest in my school work.
Because of her constant help and encouragement, I get straight "A's" in my classes in school.
I think if more students had parents who are interested in school work and encourage them, they too would be better students and we'd have a better school experience.
SPEND THRIFT REHRMANN CAN'T MANAGE BUDGETS
From: Sally Rogers
Candidate Eileen Rehrmann's latest campaign literature cites her state-level budget experience as a qualification for her candidacy for Harford County Executive.
In part, her flyer states that, as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, "she was involved in allocating funds and influencing a budget process."
This is an interesting statement in light of this morning's news that the budget process, which Rehrmann claims major involvement with, has taken this state, in four years, from a $400 million budget surplus to a $320 million budget deficit.
Now Rehrmann wants to be Harford County Executive and manage Harford County's budget.
Harford County currently has a program of strong fiscal management with no debt. It boggles the mind what Rehrmann, with her involvement with the spendthrift Schaefer administration, could do to Harford County's finances.
A look at her first campaign spending report suggests that the spendthrift ways of Annapolis have rubbed off on Rehrmann. Among her campaign expenditures are: $1,100 a month rental for campaign headquarters, purchase of a car phone, monthly car phone payments, purchase of a television and videocassette recorder, rental and/or purchase of computer equipment and supplies. Most local political candidates either borrow, use their own or do without most, if not all, of these items. But Rehrmann had a huge campaign war chest (as the state had a budget surplus), and spent it.
With the current budget problems of the federal and state governments, the citizens of Harford County are probably facing major tax increases. We certainly don't want financial problems, with the accompanying tax increases, on the county level as well.
CYNICAL VOTE-GETTING EXERCISE BY POLITICIANS?
From: Lois K. Kelly
The governor's and Delegate Rehrmann's involvement in the Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation's proposed natural gas compressor station two weeks prior to the general election is rather late in the game -- or does this issue fit nicely into the political arena?
Columbia Gas wants to construct a 6,000-square-foot compressor building in the agricultural district off Rutledge Road between Fallston and Baldwin Hill roads, south of Jarrettsville.
If Delegate Rehrmann and the governor truly cared about the problem, wouldn't they have become involved long ago? And is Delegate Rehrmann trying to gain votes rather than be concerned for the citizens of Fallston?
This is a very important issue for the citizens of Harford County and Fallston and we need someone who will remain with us through this debate.
Will Delegate Rehrmann really stick with this issue or is this only a vote-gaining maneuver?
VET SAYS DYSON'S ACTIONS MERIT OUSTER
From: Milton R. Copulos
As a 20-year resident of Maryland, I have followed the career of Representative Roy Dyson with great interest.
Recent revelations concerning his relationships with defense contractors, his votes on behalf of special interests and his violations of campaign finance laws are grounds enough to oppose his candidacy.
For a disabled veteran who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, Dyson's blatant efforts to avoid military service are just too much to bear.
I am, in short, outraged!
I know that my sentiments are shared by countless other veterans in the First Congressional District and throughout the state.