Piqued by Patronizing Piece on Piggyback
I read the piece by Carroll County Commissioner Benjamin Brown that The Sun for Carroll County published on June 25 ("Raising the Piggyback Tax for the Public Good"). While I support his entitlement to an opinion, I neither support his vote nor perspective. . . .
What I truly resent is his audacity to tell me all of this is in my "best interest." The father chastising the irresponsible child. How dare he tell me or others that it is in our best interests to do with less so that he can do with more.
I found the piece tedious and ripe for picking apart. Indeed, the political cartoon in that same edition had more relevance as it depicted someone portraying a patriot trying to cover his butt. Mr. Brown attacks the vocal minority (Patrick Henry was part of the vocal minority), while suggesting the silent majority supports him. I don't think that's the case. He even attacked the Carroll County Times' "Hotline" as people spreading a "sour view." While I don't always understand or support comments in the "Hotline," those people certainly have the right to a view, and for him to tell them to "get a life" belittles him as a public official.
The lovely Carroll County that I knew for too short a time has disappeared. In its place, there are more than five actual or proposed shopping centers, downsized lots, atrocious affiliated charges which keep getting increased to cover deficits and horrendous traffic problems. All brought about by commissioners the name of the "public good." I do agree with him on one item. "Carroll deserves better."
avid M. Berman
Far From Olympian
This letter is in response to Brian Sullam's column entitled "County's Decision Far From Olympian" (May 7).
I believe a tremendously exciting event bringing world-class athletes to Carroll County has been greatly misunderstood by the county commissioners. I was very disappointed to discover our elected officials rejected this event, especially given the reasons for their decision. Denying cycling enthusiasts, spectators and local businesses the opportunity to experience a pre-Olympic event was narrow-minded and short-sighted. . . .
John W. Bowers Jr.
A Special Citizen Gone
Hampstead has lost one of its most colorful citizens: Ruby H. Pauley, in a timely, unique fashion, painted the town.
For many years -- lately, assisted by her family -- the friendly, 74-year-old lady, who passed away recently, presented decorative seasonal displays in the yard of her Main Street home. Whether crossing the railroad tracks and entering Hampstead from the north or heading north and slowing for the upcoming train thoroughfare, one could not miss her tributes to the special holidays and seasons of the year. They provided a "welcome home" or "see you soon" to residents and a pleasant, eye-appealing surprise to passersby.
Like a perpetual calendar, a manger scene accompanied by a lighted Santa made room for a purple cloth-draped cross and plastic Easter bunnies. Profusely blossoming hanging baskets and earthen containers overflowing with geraniums, petunias and impatiens in late spring and early summer became patriotic with the addition of myriad tiny American flags, along with a full-sized Old Glory, to celebrate the Fourth of July. The flags and flowers remained for Labor Day. Black cats and bats, ghouls and goblins, as well as jack-o-lanterns and spiders, ushered in Halloween.
As the saying goes, "What goes around, comes around," yet the creative craftswoman's exhibits changed from year to year. . . .
What was Mrs. Pauley's favorite holiday? "Christmas," she enthused. Treasuring family and friends, this vivid lady not only exhibited friendship and love through her festive decorations, but demonstrated sincere interest, caring and encouragement to kinfolk and neighbor alike. The member of Littlestown Chapel, Littlestown, Pa., witnessed of her Christian faith, emphasizing, "I couldn't get along without Jesus."
Ruby Pauley, whose sparkle -- like the luminous jewel of the same name -- came from within, will be missed. But, the glow of her faith in God, spirit of wonder and delight in beauty lingers on.