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Letters to the Editor 10/5

October 04, 2000

Letters to the Editor 10/5



County meowing up wrong tree



To the editor:

I must say I am very troubled by our local government trying to tell people how many cats and dogs they can have and where they can have them. The only possible reasons I can imagine that the government has any right to interfere with your pets on your own private property would be if there was (1) abuse to the animals (2) a health problem or (3) the animals were interfering with your neighbors.

If the problem is abuse, I'm all for strong punitive action whether a person has two cats or 200 cats. If this proposal is about abuse and health problems, based on the homes that had 45, 60 and 200 cats, why was the number allowed set at eight by the Planning Commission?

And why are farms and towns excluded? The worst case of animal abuse I ever saw happened to be on a farm with many sickly, unloved cats. This proposed policy is not only unfair it is being implemented unfairly to tax paying citizens.

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What is most troubling is the sad irony of this whole thing. The county government wants to punish the people they should really be thanking. The reason a lot of these people have large cat families is simply because they care! They see the suffering of many unloved and unwanted animals and they take them in. Then, at their own expense, they spay and neuter them, care for them and love them.

What if they didn't care and just left them out there to keep multiplying and creating more and more unwanted animals? Then the Humane Society would be overwhelmed and county animal expenses would skyrocket.

If a person loves their animals, cares for them properly, keeps them clean and they don't interfere with neighbors, how does anyone have the right to take them away from you? This is America.

It's not how many that matters - rather how much love and care is given. If the Planning Commission is concerned about abuse or health problems, each household needs to be looked at individually to be fair.

Robert Bowen

Hagerstown

Problems with ice rink persist



To the editor:

My son and a couple of his friends decided that they wanted to go skating at the ice rink Friday night. They considered their experience to be less than enjoyable. Problems which have existed in the past still persist. The person playing the music had the level so high that no one could communicate on the ice without yelling at each other. There's nothing wrong with loud music.

I like loud music. That's not the issue. The sound pressure was well past permanent hearing damage level. I sat in the bleachers for 20 minutes and my ears were in so much pain that I had to leave. They ached for several hours. Several others people came in to watch from the bleachers and left after a few minutes complaining of the same problem.

After the ice was resurfaced part way through the skating session two people returned to the ice with hearing protection. One man had a headset protector on (it wasn't to keep his ears warm) and another man put a set of foam earplugs in.

I was standing by the door as he was putting them in and I jokingly asked him "What are those for?" His reply was "Are you kidding? I have to go to work in a couple of hours, I don't need a headache!" Perhaps the reason why management never listens is because they can't hear.

Michael Koch

Hagerstown

Voice your displeasure with Bartlett



To the editor:

I am a concerned parent and taxpayer in Washington County. I truly feel it is time for the parents of this county to stand up and call for Superintendent Herman Bartlett's resignation before he causes all teachers and administrators to leave the school system.a

Morale is at its lowest since I have been involved with the system. He is not a truly concerned leader. He appears to be a power hungry person who will do whatever he feels he has to do to have things his own way. Intimidation keeps some people from speaking out but I'm not one of his employees, so there's no way he can do that to me.

Washington County students mean nothing to this man. We are already losing good quality people early because of Bartlett putting them down. Is this professionalism? I think not. I say come on parents and let the elected board members know how you feel. You can receive a list of names, phone numbers and addresses by calling Central Office at 301-766-2800 - just ask for it.

Our system is headed for disaster under his leadership. When it fails he will be gone and Washington County will still have to put the pieces back together and work it out. Let's get rid of him before it is too late.

I urge you to write all board members with all issues so they will know, since Bartlett has a problem with communication. (It is non-existent). Board members only know what we as parents tell them directly, so let's flood their mailboxes.

I feel our system is in much worse condition since he has been here than when he arrived two years ago. We are not headed in the right direction under the current leadership.

Parents. please write letters now.

J.M. Unger

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