Editor's note: With the fiscal woes facing the Carroll County Board of Education, officials have had to slice about $3.5 million from this year's $107 million budget. Some people have suggested cutting certain extracurricular activities and reducing the number of sports programs instead of slicing instructional expenses. We have been asking readers if they want school officials to cut extracurricular activities and sports programs and leave money for academic programs intact. Here are some of their replies:
From: Melvin W. Collins
We would like teachers salaries cut.
Also, too many administrative positions.
From: Asbury Joe Francis
I believe all bureaucrats' salaries are too high on the top end and that teachers and their administrators' salaries are allowed too much escalation for their true marketplace value.
Starting salaries are reasonable, so reduce maximum pay scales.
From: Christine Paull
I would not like to see funds cut for sports or extracurricular activities.
There is little to nothingfor young people to do after school or on weekends in Carroll County. Additionally, sports builds school unity, increases community and parent involvement, motivates students to keep grades up and initiateslifelong habits to maintain physical fitness.
COMMUNITY IS THANKED
From: Donald I. Dell
On behalf of the members of Carroll's Circle of Caring, we want to thank the community for its support during the Neighbors in Need campaign.
The circle, which consists of Carroll Food Sunday, ESCAPE, Human Services Programs, NESAP, Salvation Army, Taneytown Caring and Sharing and the Shepherd's Staff, is an informal coalition of human-service providers dedicated to assessing and meeting the needs people cannot attain elsewhere.
We were astounded at the outpouring of food, clothing, toys and money donated by individuals and businesses. Others donated their time for wrapping gifts and distributing the items. Such tremendous support by community members truly gladdened our hearts.
The holiday season is over. However,there are families and individuals in need throughout the year. Eachmember of Carroll's Circle of Caring works daily to met the increasing and often critical needs for food, prescriptions, clothing and housing.
Through networking, these organizations avoid duplication and serve as partners to fulfill the needs of those people requesting assistance.
The Circle of Caring Campaign will continue throughout 1992. Your help is needed to provide for those less fortunate than ourselves. All members of the Circle need volunteer assistance as well as donations of materials and money. There is a way for all of us to contribute.
For more information on how you can help, please call 857-2999.
THE CASE FOR A CHARTER
From: W. V. Lauterbach Jr.
It has been said often that the government closest to the people is the best.
Home rule should certainly be considered closer to the people than action by state legislators in lieu of a local council.
Action can be taken 12 months a year rather than only while the state legislature is in session.
A case in point: the countydelegation asks that any request for bonding be given to them prior to January. This means the capital budget requests have to be given to the Planning Commission in September for bonds that wouldn't be sold till the next July.
I'm sure that you can see problems that thiscauses.
Any emergencies would face the same problem. There is no assurance that the delegation will introduce legislation requested bythe commissioners. In one year, only three items out of 11 requests were introduced and became law.
This year, the score will be worse.
Sometimes, legislation is introduced in spite of commissioners' objections (the tower, water rates).
Sometimes, members of the delegation play politics with other counties on legislative issues (winefestival).
The county delegation is not aware of local problems as are the commissioners or a council. Sometimes, a delegation will oppose a county regulation for personal reasons, a case in point being the quarry regulations.
Suggestions to be included in charter:
* In order to have the best-qualified persons serving in certain government offices, they should be appointed and not elected. The ones that come to attention are: chief of police, school boards, county administrators.
Voters elect popular ones and not always the best. Jobdescriptions can be developed to make for the best operations.
* Unlimited taxing powers now enjoyed should not be allowed. Attention should be given to the constant yield figure.
* I would like to see a County Council president elected at large and six council memberselected by district, or elected at large and required to live in districts.
This council would only meet once a week for legislative and policy business and the day-to-day operations would be conducted by the county administrator.
Salaries of the council would be minimal, but the administrator would be paid according to the going rate.
* The duties and responsibilities of each of the above would be spelled out in the charter. Salaries of the elected officials would be set by the council, but not during their term of office.
* The Planning and Zoning Commission would operate under Article 66B of the state statute.
The budget would be prepared by the administrator andapproved by the council.
HOW TO SAVE WATER
From: Vernon R. Simpson
I was interested in reading about Hampstead's water shortage and how the town's people are not buying the shower devices that could help save water.
I am interested because Hampstead's problem today could be
Mount Airy's tomorrow.
I want to purchase one of your shower devices when I get over Hampstead way. I would also like to suggest some other ways of saving water that your citizens could use to help solve the problem.
Some ways to save water:
* Turn the faucet off while you brush your teeth or shave with a blade razor. You can save up to five gallons for each brushing or shaving.
* Cut down on the number of showers per week. Most people do not require a shower a day, except perhaps in the heat of summer.
* Be economical with your washing machine. Most items of clothing can be hung up and worn a secondtime instead of going immediately into the hamper.
Set your machine for the least amount of water needed.
* Be economical with yourdishwasher. Wash only with a full load. Rinse dirty dishes before placing them in the washer by using a small amount of water in the sink, not by a constant flow from the faucet.
* Wash your car less. Most Americans have a love affair with their automobiles. They don't need to be washed so often, especially in an area which gets 40 inches of rainfall a year to wash off the road dust.
* Use a first-floor shower if you have an option. It takes a lot of water running throughthe faucet to get hot water from a basement heater to a second-floorshower.
Many townsfolk probably are already using these suggestions and some more of their own. This is a dire problem and won't get any better as time goes on. We must all use any means and the discipline required to help solve it.