When Herald-Mail editors and reporters met with Gov. Parris Glendening last month, the polls showed him a dead heat with Republican opponent Ellen Sauerbrey, despite what seems to us a solid record of achievement for Maryland and Washington County. He seemed genuinely puzzled by the lack of affection many in the state have for him, saying that he guessed he just didn't have the "warm and fuzzy personality" that people seem to be looking for.
We suggest that people look beyond Glendening's stiff manner and focus on his record. Unlike the financial roller-coaster Maryland faced under William Donald Schaefer, the Glendening administration has been fiscally prudent, enacting a tax cut only after the governor was sure funds were available. The welfare rolls have been cut, and a new health care program enacted to take care of youngsters whose parents' jopbs don't provide medical benefits.
To battle crime, Glendening's administration put together the "HotSpots" program, which features additional parole and probation officers to counsel and check up on ex-offenders and bi-weekly drug testing for former addicts. A report issued earlier this month shows the program has reduced violent crime in Hagerstown's "HotSpots" by 20 percent in the first half of this year.