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Carroll can be more welcoming

Your recent editorial about Carroll County's transportation issues ("Carroll's transit phobia," Oct. 30) was spot-on. It's time for the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to enter the real world.

The county commissioners don't speak for me or for many other Carroll residents in any way, shape or form. This board has consistently taken positions that have provided continuing embarrassment to this county. Recently, their out-of-touch views with the majority of Marylanders have included such issues as their stated opposition to same-sex marriage, their resistance to enforcing the gun restrictions that were voted on and approved by the state legislature and their disgracefully unsympathetic response to the issue of housing for immigrants who have fled violence in other countries. Now, they have rejected the opportunity to connect Carroll County with other jurisdictions via an improved transportation system because they fear that it might lead to an increase in crime.

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I have no desire to live in the isolated bubble that our commissioners seem determined to create. My family and I go to Baltimore and Washington on regular occasions and we would love to see a transit system built that would make it easier to get to these lively places. I've had enough of the "scared suburbanite" rhetoric that has been fostered by the county commissioners. These public officials need to understand that Carroll County is and should be a part of a larger world, not an entity unto itself.

There is a chance for a better political environment. In the November 4 election, Carroll County voters elected three new commissioners to the five-member board. I hope that this new group can strongly counter the two re-elected commissioners and bring fresh perspectives to the issues.

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But their first priority should be changing the toxic attitude toward "outsiders" that the current board has allowed to exist. I would love to see the return of the same welcoming atmosphere that my wife and I found when we moved here nearly 30 years ago.

Steve Jones, Sykesville

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