Carroll Countians Don't Want Mass Transit
I think it's awful presumptuous of The Sun, a newspaper that barely acknowledges the existence of news in Carroll County, to tell Carroll residents and employers what their needs and views should be concerning mass transit in the county (editorial, "Carroll's Mass Transit Future," April 10). Even the section of the paper you have the audacity to label "Carroll County" is dominated by articles about the state and other regions and counties with only a few token articles and news briefs centered on Carroll County.
I have been a Carroll County resident for 19 years and feel I have a better idea than The Sun of what Carroll residents want and do not want with regard to mass transit. Most long-time Carroll residents like their rural lifestyle and wish to maintain it. The majority of people who have more recently moved here do so to escape the urban sprawl and the resulting lifestyle that mass transit brings. If they wanted to live in a geographic area with mass transit, they would have moved into an area with mass transit.
Maybe the Baltimore Sun should stick to editorializing on the geographic areas that it chooses to focus its reporting on.
Carolyn J. Cheezum
Taxed to Death
Shortly after my husband died more than 19 years ago, I moved from the congestion of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville to a more peaceful environment in Carroll County after buying a house in Sykesville.
In addition to the aspect of rural living, one of the attractions that Carroll County offered was lower taxes. It's a fact of life that prices of just about everything are always increasing, but I feel that taxes and water/waste charges have risen to astronomical heights since I've been out here.
As a matter of fact, waste/water charges have tripled in two to three years. Being a widow and senior citizen who is retired, my income is limited. My situation is not unique and I'm sure there are others who share my feeling. My faith in our local elected officials has long since gone out the window . . . or more appropriately, down the drain.
Do Something About Drug Use
What does it take to wake up people in Carroll County? We have a real big problem. It is killing our children, it is ruining our families and making the crime rate go up.
. . . What do you do when you hear about the drug problem in Carroll County? Some people read the newspaper and say, "That's too bad," or just ignore the problem because . . . their kids will never do drugs. Get real. People call drug addicts scum, no-good lazy bums, trash, etc. For sure, this will not help a drug addict.
Some of that no-good, lazy trash may be your children, spouse, parents, friends or co-workers. . . . I talk to parents and they say, "My kids will never use drugs." How do you know? Do you check their coat pockets, search their room or your house for drugs or signs of drug use? Parents have that right, so use it. You may be saving your son or daughter's life.
Do your children wear long-sleeved shirts all the time? Do they wear coats in the summer? What about children sneaking out at night? . . . We have to get angry, we have to fight back and fight back hard. This is a matter of life and death, because drugs are a slow suicide. Your children are not supposed to die before you. The schools, churches, judges, law officials, politicians and every man and woman who gives a darn about their kids has to fight this problem. . . .
And, as far as the media in Carroll County, stop tearing apart North Carroll High School. Every time the media writes or talks about the drug problem, it always mentions North Carroll. The drug problem is in all of the schools; it has even been found in elementary schools. People tell me that the drug problem is getting better in Carroll County; not in my lifetime.
It can happen to your family. I know. My son is a drug addict and I have come to realize that I may have to bury him. . . . Does it scare you? I hope so, because maybe then you just might want to get involved and do something.
Cellular One Defends Plans for Tower
We felt compelled to write this letter in response to Mary Gail Hare's article, "Opponents In Tower Debate Dig In," which appeared in your paper April 9.
Cellular One is committed to providing the best quality wireless service to Carroll County. . . . In order for us to honor this commitment, we need to provide additional coverage in areas where it is lacking.
The value that cellular communications brings to the community is quite substantial. Not just for current cellular customers, but for everyone in the surrounding neighborhoods. The fire and police departments in Carroll County use wireless communications daily to protect and serve the community, and it has been publicly stated at zoning hearings by Howard "Buddy" Redman, director of emergency management, that better coverage is needed for the county's own communication system.
In fact, . . . Mr. Redman testified that these weaknesses caused situations in which emergency crews and dispatchers were unable to communicate with one another. This has been documented in several articles in your paper about the county's own plans to build a new radio system. And while the county is planning that system, Cellular One will be there to help in any way it can. . . . We appreciate the community's concern over the locations of the proposed Hollenberry Road site. However, it is our goal and has always been our goal to provide quality service with the least impact to the community. That is why we are committed to the Hollenberry Road site. The tower would be lower and less visible than the alternative sites. . . . And, it is strategically located to prevent the need for additional communications facilities . . . in the near future.
Cellular One prides itself in being a caring member of the community and will continue to work with Carroll County to provide wireless quality service. Our customers, the county and its residents deserve it.
The writer is president of Cellular One.