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What is the Harford County Council really afraid of?

When you begin to fear your own citizens and the press, it may be time for the Harford County Council to talk about who and why people in the audience might be carrying guns and would want to harm them ("New Harford Council security policy continues to provoke questions, public criticism," Dec. 11). I seriously doubt if a terrorist attack in Harford County is the issue. The real issue is that because guns are now available to just about anybody, it is an irate or mentally ill citizen who has been allowed the "right" to carry a gum just about anywhere that they most fear.

But, instead of addressing this more pressing concern, the council has chosen to seal itself off from the public. This is just an extension of the trend for the rich to seal themselves off in gated communities as the gap between the rich and the desperate gets wider and wider. In fact, isolating themselves from the public makes the situation even worse and is certainly no solution for public servants. Dealing with the real issues and inviting public discourse to solve these problems is what makes democracy work. Let's talk about the real issues and concerns in Harford County and elsewhere in Maryland, rather then hiding behind invisible walls.

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Robert Jervis, Pasadena

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