Commissioners' correct call on United Way
As a resident of south Carroll County, I often disagree with decisions made by the county Board of Commissioners. However, I wholeheartedly agree with their decision regarding the United Way campaign for county employees.
My husband and I have worked for four different companies that held United Way campaigns that left employees feeling pressured to give. In each instance, the United Way obtained a full listing of company employees and then distributed "personalized" employee donation cards.
Employees were also given a "suggested giving guide" with percentages based on the employee's annual salary. The employee was required to fill out the card even when they chose not to give and return it in an unsealed envelope to their supervisor, ostensibly so that the employer could ensure that all employees had been given the "opportunity" to give.
With these tactics obviously the employee will feel pressured to give (and to give the "suggested" percentage), knowing that his supervisor will review the donation card.
Giving to charity, and choosing the charity you want to give to, is a deeply personal decision. I applaud the Carroll County Board of Commissioners for its decision to protect county employees from this type of solicitation.
Sara Totushek, Eldersburg
Krebs is only member looking out for us
I have been a resident of Carroll County for only three years and am ashamed to say I was not as educated on the last election day as I should have been.
I foolishly collected the candidates' literature, read it and based my decision on what I read. Now, with the disputes arising among the Carroll County school board members, I am learning much more about the candidates than I could ever have read in a promotional flyer.
It appears that the other four board members view Susan Krebs, the outspoken newcomer, as a thorn in their sides. Ms. Krebs' desire to talk about and to resolve the issues is apparently disfavored by her fellow board members. In the article, "Rough-edged reformer," by David L. Greene (Sept. 14), school board President Gary W. Bauer said, "We need either for the four of us to change or change Susan in some way."
I have another suggestion: The people of Carroll County can make a change next election day. It's time that the board realize that it is not an elected social club but an organization that is to represent the county and address issues.
Susan Krebs appears to be the only board member who has those goals. To Ms. Krebs, thank you for your hard work and dedication. To Mr. Bauer and the other three board members I say the next election can't come soon enough. I agree with Mr. Bauer. Change is needed.
Maria Ruark, Eldersburg
What Rash rezoning really means
The Carroll County Landowners Association has done a better job of spreading propaganda about the rezoning of the Rash brothers' farm than some of Washington's finest lobbyists. It is time that the public is informed about what is really happening.
First, agricultural zoning allows one house to be built for every 20 acres. Therefore, if you owned 400 acres of agriculturally zoned land, you could only build 20 duplex units or 20 single-family homes and not the 48 duplex units that Ed Primoff, president of the Landowners Association, described.
Second, the public has been led to believe that the county rezoned 145 acres of the Rash brothers farm for 50 upscale homes and part of a golf course.
In reality, the 145 acres has been rezoned to R-40 which allows one home per acre. This means they could potentially build as many as 145 homes in any price range they wish. They also could build the golf course and clubhouse on any part of the remaining 255 acres. Nothing locks them into a golf course community of upscale homes.
And while it is true a golf course community would be a nice addition to the county, conceivably creating a few jobs, 145 new homes would be a burden to the taxpayers. That many new homes would put 300 additional cars on Route 97 at least two times a day. It also would mean about 300 new children in crowded schools.
It could also add to our tax woes. On average, for every dollar received by the county for new housing each year, it costs the county $1.22 to provide services.
This has set a precedent that cannot be rescinded. When neighboring farms request rezoning, what plausible or legal excuse could be used to turn them down?
Before anyone starts to praise county commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier for voting for this rezoning, check the facts.
Nimrod Davis, Eldersburg