EDITOR'S NOTE: The state is planning to widen E. Main Street in Westminster. To accomplish that, most of the trees along the street will have to be removed. A number of citizens oppose the project, especially if the trees -- part of the city's historic nature -- are removed.We have been asking readers if they think the street should be widened and, if so, is it acceptable to remove the trees; we also are asking if they would prefer to see parking limited to only one side of the street as an alternative to the widening. Here are some of the replies we received so far:
From: Joan E. Brothers
Don't take away the trees.
Use another idea for traffic problems. Westminster will look uglyif you widen the streets and take away the trees.
THANKS FOR COVERAGE
From: Paul LeValley
Carroll Community Television
Thank you for your recent coverage (Feb. 27) of Carroll Community Television's Vollie awards.
We appreciate your effort and the continued support The Carroll County Sun has given to Channel 55.
We feel the strong media coverage CCTV has received duringthe past year has been instrumental in the continued growth of Channel 55 in our community.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Rising costs, fewer state and federaldollars, and falling county revenue have pushed Carroll's deficit more than $5 million, spurring immediate cutbacks, reduced work forces and, for the first time, talk of possible layoffs. The Budget Office has directed all county agencies to cut their budgets by 1 percent for fiscal 1991, which ends June 30, and by 2percent for fiscal 1992. For the first time in more than a decade, Carroll will experience actual cuts in programs. We have been asking readers where cuts should be made, should taxes be increased and related questions. Here are some of the replies we received:
From:Thomas E. Hess
Cut all social welfare costs in half.
Inform all welfare participants they are off the program next year. Allow one year on welfare help, then it stops.
No longer willgeneration after generation be allowed on welfare.
Education by taxation is not a constitutional guarantee. Give the basics, then parents with children in school must put up any of the extra cost.
Allgovernment jobs must be cost effective or abolished.
Over all, social programs holding the tax payer's paycheck or earnings hostage must be abolished except for the one-year welfare help.
I, for one, have had it with supporting people who will not work, stay home producing babies at my expense while living with their boyfriends and husbands.
They have all the pleasure while I must work hard to pay forit. I raised my family not on the dole, now give me my just rights.
From: Willam E. Alcorn Sr.
Cut the school budget in half -- cut teacher salaries.
Cut all special programs andfringe benefits for all county employees.
Balance the budget.
From: John Fernandez
I do not support any increase in the tax rate for any reason.
There are too many social programs.
From: Mrs. Kenneth Munshaur
I do notsupport any increase in the tax rate for any reason.
The spendinghas to stop.
We have allowed too much growth in Carroll County, and now we have to pay for services.
As retired folks, we cannot live on a limited income and have the federal government, state government, county government and possibly our town government wanting more.
We don't want to see anyone lose jobs. All agencies must tighten their belts as we have had to do personally in the past years.
From: Jay E. Peters
I do not support any increase in the tax rate for any reason.
I am retired and on a fixed incomeand things are tough enough.
I don't need any increased or new taxes.
VETERANS DESERVE JOBS
From: Beverly B. Byron
Our success in the Persian Gulf war is justifiably a moment of great pride for America.
We should rejoice in our victory and be thankful that its price was not greater than it was. We must also not forget the superb men and women who wear our nation's uniform.
There is no doubt that it was our quality people who made the difference.
While it is my responsibility as chairman of the Military and Personnel and Compensation Subcommittee to look after the welfareof all the armed forces, there is a group of men and women I believedeserve a special vote of thanks.
I refer to America's citizen soldiers who did not hesitate when called to serve, despite the likelihood of personal and family hardships. More than 190,000 reservists have been called to active duty during the crisis.
Approximately 15percent of the service members fighting in the Persian Gulf are reservists performing every conceivable duty, including front line combatroles.
In many cases, the reserve components offered essential capabilities that were either nonexistent or insufficient within the active duty forces.
Although Congress will be doing much to enhance the welfare of returning reservists, the one overriding fear they express is the absence of a job upon returning home.
I recognize thatthe country has fallen on difficult economic times, but I would remind employers of something that our reservists already know: There is a price for freedom.
I would suggest that our reservists have already sacrificed enough and it is up to us to tighten our belts.
Employers must live up to the spirit of the law to ensure that our reservists share the joy and pride of victory along with the rest of the nation.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORT
From: West Middle Instrumental
The Westminster West Middle Instrumental Music Department had a fund-raiser record hop and fun night during February.
A number of area merchants were generous enough to donate merchandise and gift certificates as incentives and door prizes for our event. The students really looked forward to the drawing for these prizes, and I'm sure it helped our attendance.
We would like to sincerely thank the following for their generosity:
Beauty Supply Shop, Bobby's Hobby Lobby, Coffey Music, Flower Box, Forget-Me-Not, Harvestin' Natural Foods, Locust Books, Peppermint Mill Farm, Scharon's Black Eagle, Schmitt's Rexall Drugs Inc., Time-ly Gifts, Westminster Lighting and Furniture Center, and Woolworth.
We have started a new ballot question on the county budget and property tax rate (see budget coupon below).
Please do not send in any more replies to the two earlier coupon questions on abortion and the debate over removing trees for the widening of Westminster's Main Street.