The Carroll County commissioners unanimously passed a noise ordinance last week that might curtail the riding pleasure of some all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts.
"We are better off with a noise ordinance, rather than zoning for ATV riding," said Commissioner Perry L. Jones Jr. But Commissioner Julia Walsh Gouge said, "If people were only reasonable, they could have worked these issues out themselves."
To which Commissioner Dean L. Minnich replied, "If people were reasonable, we would not need governments or maybe police forces."
In the audience, Maj. Tom Long of county Sheriff's Office bristled slightly at Minnich's assessment.
"Sir, I would not go that far," Long said.
-- Mary Gail Hare
Maybe ask an anatomist
When state Sen. Lisa A. Gladden set out recently to find someone to serve on the Baltimore City Board of Liquor License Commissioners, she didn't realize how difficult it would be.
Although her final pick, a software engineer named Jeffrey B. Pope, won appointment to the three-member board last month, Gladden said she had to burn through a list of possible nominees first.
Her first call was to a judge.
"I wanted someone honest," Gladden said, noting recent allegations of political collusion and corruption leveled against two board members by the agency's chief liquor inspector. "I needed someone who would be above reproach."
So when the man of the bench declined, Gladden turned to a man of the cloth.
Unfortunately, the priest was a no-go as well.
"He told me he couldn't go into strip bars," Gladden said.
-- Lynn Anderson