A commissioner ready to spend your money
Thank you for your Dec. 1 article about our county leaders' "secret meeting." Carroll County Commissioner Donald I. Dell just can't wait to start spending your tax dollars.
When he first came into office, he was heard to declare the job of commissioner should be worth $50,000 instead of the $32,000 it pays. So what does the resourceful retired farmer do to solve the pay deficit?
He gets his lame-duck buddy, Richard T. Yates, to help him raise the per diem for officials from $12 a day to $90 per day. At that outrageous rate, it won't take many days for Mr. Dell to make his goal.
This scandalous hike by Mr. Dell is nothing short of a money grab. I have long accused him of putting our tax dollars into the pockets of developers, but now, he wants to put them in his pockets, too.
Where are all those charter government opponents who complained that it would cost more than our weak commissioner form of government? Don't they care anymore about our tax dollars? What about it, Republican clubs? Your members were the ones who complained so loudly about expensive government?
Superficial ads and hasty votes
During the recent campaign for a number of offices, I kept looking for information showing what each candidate understood about our government and the ramifications of our laws and plans.
The vast majority of information to help us decide for whom to vote was advertising with the candidate's picture and a list of what the candidate wanted to see happen during his/her tenure.
In effect, these were wish lists. Unfortunately, information on "how" to accomplish those goals was not readily available.
Even those who claimed they would "cut waste in government" never gave any substance as to what waste would be cut and about how much could realistically be saved to pay for desired tax cuts.
So when a full page ad covering the "whats" and "hows" appeared in the Nov. 1 paper concerning Carolyn Fairbank, citizens finally had an opportunity to know what that one potential commissioner stood for, how she would direct the county and why she would do so. I hope that every citizen who voted for someone other than Ms. Fairbank did so after reading her page of questions and answers and then decided that they disagreed with her.
I wonder how many people just voted for the advertisement list of wishes without having knowledge of whether the candidate could, with any likelihood, fulfill those wishes. I hope that citizens will press candidates in future elections to explain how they hope to accomplish their goals. After all, who isn't in favor of
better schools, low crime and a big tax break along with more services and "keeping it country?"
Cat colonies help control rodents
Perhaps the key to solving the problem of rodent overpopulation lies in ending the war against feral cats and feral cat colonies. These cats are a product of our throwaway society, and are being systematically exterminated by public and private "humane" groups.
The extermination of cats in the Middle Ages caused an overpopulation of rodents, resulting in the Black Plague. Did this experience teach us nothing about the value of cats in controlling rodent populations? Organizations such as Alley Cat Allies, who advocate and assist in humane feral cat control through TTVSR (trap, test, vaccinate, sterilize, release) programs can help protect this valuable resource. Let us not forget history's lesson that cats are our most powerful and ecologically correct allies in rodent control.
Peggy A. Terl
Pub Date: 12/6/98