From: William Sraver Jr.


When I sat down to write this letter, I said to Maureen, "How in the world can I express my thanks to the many people who worked so hard to try to get me elected to the post of County Commissioner?"

At such a time words don't come easily to me and the work put into my campaign by old and new friends makes it more difficult.

Winning would have been sweet, however, I gained something of greater value than winning an election -- I gained the experience of witnessing many people telling me in many ways -- "Bill, I am your true friend."

I believe friendship is felt and does not necessarily have to be proven. But, when a person sees his friends more than prove their friendship, he has already won. The actual winning of an election, then, is at best only an anticlimax.

I have won the sweetest victory of all -- that of many true friendships. I hope that one day I can better express my gratitude by being such a friend to all those who made me their friend.

You can be sure that I will continue to be involved in the community as I have been for 40 years and I'll be there next election time.


From: William R. Linthicum


I take umbrage at sections of the Page 9 article on Nov. 11, 1990, by Amy Miller about Steve Mednick, a "psychotherapist" charged with fraud.

Ms. Miller quotes William Dugan, criminal inspector for the Carroll State's Attorney's Office, in two gratuitous paragraphs as saying that patients often do not check their statements, "making it easy for doctors to overcharge" and that "doctors rely on that to take money from Blue Cross/Blue Shield."

As a reader I could deduce from those statements that Mr. Mednick is a doctor (which he is not) and that doctors in general fraudulently bill insurance companies (which they do not).

Nowhere does Ms. Miller list Mr. Mednick's actual credentials, nor is there qualification of the statements about dishonest "doctors."

Ms. Miller would probably be distressed to read that reporters never get complete or accurate information; and Mr. Dugan, if quoted correctly, would not like to hear that criminal inspectors always make thoughtless generalizations.

They would rightly object to such unfounded and unqualified generalizations. So do I!


From: Jo Anne Leatherman

Bazaar chairwoman

Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren


On behalf of the members of the Sam's Creek Church of the Brethren, Marston Road, near New Windsor, I would like to thank all who supported our recent holiday bazaar by purchasing our handcrafted items, bake table goodies and lunch foods.

The community response to this project is wonderful and inspires us to endeavor to, in turn, respond to local needs.

I also have appreciated all the hours of work by those who baked, cooked, ran errands, put out publicity and created the crafts that we sold.

It was truly a total church effort.

We are also grateful to local radio stations and newspapers helping to spread the word about the bazaar through their public service announcements.

We wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas season; all to God's glory.


From: Sharon L. Baker


I give my heartfelt thanks to all those who put their trust and confidence in me.

Running for commissioner was one of the most difficult, yet rewarding endeavors that I have ever undertaken.

I have learned what great human and natural resources we have, and nothing can take these benefits from me.

Again, thanks to all who voted for me on Nov. 6.


From: Marian Carr


Literacy Council of Carroll County Inc.

Thank you for the excellent coverage you gave the literacy movement, particularly the volunteer component, in your Oct. 14 issue.

Both Adam Sachs and Greg Tasker are to be commended for the thorough and compassionate manner in which they handled the sensitive subject of illiteracy.

Adults are not illiterate because they are unintelligent or because they chose to be, but because of reasons beyond their control. Dysfunctional homes, undetected learning disabilities, fear of failure and ridicule, or a host of other situations encountered in childhood contribute to their problem.

It generally takes a great deal of courage for an adult to make that initial phone call to ask for help.

Thanks to more than 100 caring and sympathetic Carroll countians, there is light at the end of the tunnel for the non-reader. In each of the past two calendar years, we have tutored more than 100 adult students.

A good tutor is not just a good teacher, but a person who cares, who is understanding, creative, motivating and sensitive to another's needs. Their encouragement changes lives.

The article generated quite a response from readers inquiring how they could become involved as tutors. We also have received a number of calls from prospective students, which means many who read the article related the information contained therein to non-reading friends.

The Carroll County Sun performed an invaluable service for a great many neighbors when those articles were run. We are grateful to you for addressing this sensitive problem.

On behalf of those who benefit from our services and for all of our dedicated tutors, please accept our heartfelt thanks.

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