Noise pollutes area
From: R. H. Penney
I have just read the July 22 edition of the Carroll County Sun. How ironic that you have chosen to feature a photo and accompanying article about an ultra-light powered parachute.
The article portrays the riders of these vehicles in such a nice perspective. The irony is that my neighbors and I consider these people to be a consummate nuisance.
I have the misfortune of living in the flight path of their weekend jaunts surveying the more scenic parts of the Carroll County. On many occasions, they have flown directly over my house, at an alti tude of about 50 feet, not the quoted 300 feet which they mention as Ms. Young's favorite vantage point.
Imagine the annoyance of having a peaceful day interrupted by the scream of this nuisance directly overhead. Then, at the whims of the operator, it doesn't merely pass, but circles, subjecting all below to noise levels which prevent normal conversation between people on the ground.
At a recent community association meeting, one neighbor mentioned the subject of these obnoxious overflights. Everyone commenting objected to the noise and loss of privacy.
Haven't the Youngs heard of noise pollution? Haven't they learned to respect their neighbors' back yard privacy?
We enjoy the peace and quiet afforded by living in a still somewhat rural South Carroll neighborhood. It is unfortunate that some people feel that they can pursue their hobbies without consideration of others.
From: Gary W. and Dena V. Bauer
The work of the "Citizens for Sensible Sex Education" under the leadership of Melvin Arbaugh is a sign of the movement in America of citizens taking back control of government and their agencies.
Because of the inflation of the '70s, the economic growth of the '80s and the recession of the '90s, married couples have been forced to become two-worker households in order to cope with these economic times. During times such as this, we, as parents, have abnegated our responsibility to teach our children about sex based on our morals and values and relinquished them to the public education system.
The video "Teen Aids in Focus" has awakened a sleeping giant. The giant is parents' concern about their children's education and who is really running the system.
It is a sign that parents are no longer going to allow bureaucrats to spoon feed committees selected information to achieve the results the administrators desire; then pass to the Board of Education the committee's recommendation as if they (the bureaucrats) had not influenced the committee's decision.
It has been made clear that education has to be based on the morals and values of the community. Without an education that includes morals and values, our society will continue the downward spiral we have experienced since the courts and the NEA established a humanistic educational system.
An example of the change that is occurring is in Chicago. Instead of administration from the top down, schools are being operated on the local level. A committee composed of the principal, six parents, two community leaders and two teachers is formed in each school.
The administration sets goals for what is to be achieved by the students in each subject area. The school committee selects the methods to achieve the goals.
The administration allocates funds to the schools and the committee decides how it is to be spent in order to operate the schools and achieve the goals.
If money is left over, it is used by the schools to meet the additional needs agreed upon by the committee. These committees also set mutually agreed-upon standards for the teachers in the individual schools.
For our children to compete in this information-based and highly technical society, they need a complete command of English, reading, grammar and composition. They need strong mathematic and scientific skills and finally, they need computer literacy.
These skills are not only needed for the college bound, but for all students. Without these skills, it is impossible to function in this rapidly changing society.
The action of Mel Arbaugh and his group has clearly demonstrated that the parents are watching the Board of Education and the administrators so that our children receive the kind of education that will prepare them to face the challenges of the 21st Century.
Children lose out again
From: C. Scott Stone
Board of Education candidate
Bureaucrats: 2; Children: 0.
The recent salary increases approved by the Board of Education for their top two administrators are an insult to the citizens of Carroll County!
In times of such extraordinary financial difficulty, times when school system employees did not receive a general salary increase for the second year in a row, times when the state of Maryland is predicting additional budget cuts due to the lingering recession, it is unconscionable that the board would agree to increase the superintendent's salary by $19,500 over three years.
As a result of the board's recent decisions, Carroll County is spending in excess of $270,000 in salaries for three employees: the superintendent, the deputy superintendent and the assistant superintendent.
Unfortunately, the casualties of the board's clumsy handling of the continuing budget crisis will be our children.
I doubt that the board's decision to increase the superintendent's salary will enhance their standing with the county commissioners next spring when the 1993-1994 budget is submitted.
To the contrary, the commissioners would be foolish to cast anything but a wary eye toward the board's future budget requests. All of the rhetoric about trust and cooperation has been jeopardized for the salary of one superintendent.
The Board of Education is directly accountable to the citizens
of Carroll County, and it is time we demanded a proper accounting from those board members.
To demand anything less is to implicitly approve their behavior and encourage more of the same.
Pay raise not merited
From: Norman E. Shipley
It is with great disappointment that I read that Mr. Shilling received a $6,000 pay raise for the coming fiscal year, but worse yet, that he will receive a raise for the next two years.
There seems to be a need for the public to learn more about what our bureaucratic pay scales are, not less as Cheryl McFalls states.
When you work for the bureaucratic system and the public pays you, I don't feel that it is any personal secret. After all, you are not in a private corporate system.
The sad part about these raises is that the teachers will have to get raises in order for Mr. Shilling to get his. This is not only dumb, but very foolish, that you would grant the whole system raises so that a so-called executive can get a raise.
Maybe we had better let the school board representatives come up with a way to pay these raises instead of them thinking that it falls out of the sky.
This pay scale is probably as much or more than all three of our county commissioners get to help run the whole county. It looks like maybe the public had better be allowed to vote for more of the so-called key positions in our county, if we are going to make them so-called long-term contracts, instead of having all of these so-called personal secrets as Cheryl McFalls feels are needed.
I would like the public to learn if she gets paid and what she gets for helping to make such big spending decisions.
Editor's note: County and school employees were told this year to take several furlough days to help balance the budget. Employees already have been denied salary increases because of the fiscal woes. However, recently the commissioners and school board reversed their decision, canceling any remaining furlough days and refunding the money lost for those already taken. However, it's doubtful at this point that they will receive pay raises. We asked readers if they agree with the original furlough policy or if it should have been canceled. Should employees receive pay raises? Here are some of their replies:
From: Mary H. Ottaviano
County workers all should get furlough pay without having to give back vacation.
They should get raises because they have families and the cost of living keeps going higher and higher. People in all walks of life and other jobs should also receive pay raises.
I don't understand how employers expect people to live without decent raises. They raise the prices of their services and goods and expect people to afford them on the same pay.
I think this should be a question about everyone working. Pay scales are extremely low for most people unless you are a professional or in special fields.
I think employers should ask themselves, "If I were doing this job or position, would I accept the verdict on pay or not?"
C7 If not, why should the other people be expected to?
How should we recycle?
Editor's Note: The county commissioners have ordered private trash haulers to pick up recyclable material from residential customers starting July 1. Apart from some towns, residents are encouraged but not required to sort out recyclables. The immediate aim is to begin complying with state law, which requires counties to recycle a percentage of their solid waste. The commissioners also want to reduce the amount of trash going to county landfills. We have asked our readers if they think recycling is a good idea, if they recycle, if recycling should be mandatory and if the commissioners should contract for countywide trash pickup. Here are some of their responses:
From: Mary Mackley
Recycling is a good idea.
I do recycle -- I have for years from the time there was a recycling barn near where Carrolltowne Mall is now.
It should be encouraged, but not mandatory.
I think the commissioners could make recycling much more efficient.
Recycling needs leaders
From: Gail Reilly Cross
Recycling, like every other issue in the county, requires leadership, which we do not seem to have a lot of at any level of government.
After a careful survey of most of the people I know, yes, recycling is a good idea. Yes, people are willing to do it. Yes, there are benefits.
Shoving or shoveling the problem off on the haulers and the casual attitude of the county commissioners about how we do it, whether or not, etc., is in my opinion lack of leadership.
To date, there has been little effort on the part of the commissioners to afford the citizens with easy access to recycling bins . . . and those that have been placed (specifically the ones at George's in Eldersburg and the one at Piney Run Park) are filled to the brim in two days. . . . no one comes to empty them.
I always met a crowd at the recycling facility in Finksburg. That tells me plain and simple that, yes, Carroll countians are willing to recycle.
I suggested to a commissioner that we place the Public Works dump trucks at the high schools on Saturdays (we have 28 of them) and mark them for paper, cardboard, glass, plastic, aluminum, and then they would be filled and taken off on Sunday or Monday.
That way, we would be using the trucks (no money spent) and they could easily be dumped. I was told that there would be a vandalism problem. I seriously doubt it, and if that is a concern, have the Resident Troopers watch them overnight.
Secondly, if this suggestion is not a good one, why not place bins at the schools in the parking lots. A very large percentage of Carroll's population goes by a school every single day.
I believe that the commissioners gave up without ever giving Carroll countians the chance to show that we could do it, and further, I think that they did not provide us with a little help and a little leadership.
I was recently in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., . . . every community and every shopping center has a recycling unit.
In 1971, over 20 years ago, I started a recycling program (curbside) in the little town of Berwyn Heights, Md.
What is the problem here, folks? Why should I make the haulers pay more tipping fees? Why should I have to pay more for trash pickup, when recycling could be reducing the cost of collecting trash and dumping trash?
;/ It really does not make any sense or cents.
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