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Letters to the Editor 12/27

January 02, 2002

Letters to the Editor 12/27



Ahoy, here come the sea containers



To the editor:

It is inconceivable that our county government spends our tax dollars to continually update our communication systems, yet, when the Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals meets, the microphones/PA system is never used, thus denying the citizenry the right to enter into or hear any discussion.

Perhaps this board has a reason, since their actions really appear to take place in a courtroom and they do not want to hear from the public. Lawyers appear to be able to talk forever while interrogating the applicant/s for a special exception while the multitude of people who were attending in opposition had two representatives treated discourteously, as though they didn't know what they were talking about.

Now, since this Zoning Appeals Board has made a magnanimous decision that a "sea container" is not the same as a mini-warehouse because it can be moved, then it should become apparent to the taxpayers of this county that they can tear down their storage sheds, get a tax refund and a tax break and then purchase a sea container for storage and not be taxed. The board approved this at their meeting on Dec. 12 when they granted this and other exceptions to the Bowman Group. Can you visualize these "sea containers" spotted all over Washington County, or stacked up high in an historical farm surrounded by neighbors in Williamsport?

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Are our County Commissioners looking forward to this tax break? Is this going to help the County Treasurer? Someone is not watching the cash register.

I consider this decision of the Zoning Appeals Board to be atrocious.

Richard A. Young
Williamsport




Administrative salaries aren't keeping up



To the editor:

At the recent joint meeting of the Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Education of Washington County, which was unfortunately reported in an incomplete manner by The Herald-Mail, I delivered a presentation regarding administrative salaries. In my opinion, some important facts that were included in the presentation were missing from the published reports of this joint board meeting.

After researching salaries for staff from across the State of Maryland, I presented a summary of Washington County salary A & S scale rankings for the past three years.

The WCPS rankings for nine different administrative positions including superintendent, deputy superintendent, director, principal, assistant principal, pupil personnel worker, school psychologist, and instructional coordinator, have decreased over the course of the past two years when compared to the salaries paid by all other Maryland districts. Eight of the nine positions have dropped two or more places in the state ranking system.

The inclusion of this additional information would have given the report of the meeting more balance.

The public needs to realize that we are not paying inordinately high wages to our school administrators and we are right in line, if not lower, than what Washington County can afford, given its per pupil wealth.

Robert Brown
Supervisor of Statistical Assessment and Testing
Hagerstown




Politicians don't know our needs



To the editor:

As I watched the Sunday morning talk shows, I found that the people running our government don't know what we , as a country, want. They claim to represent us, but do they? Or are they representing their own best intresents?

Tom Daschle seems to think that we want unemployment checks. In reality, I would hope that unemployed Americans would want a job.

With the way businesses are treated, it's no wonder they lay off workers every chance they get. Look at Microsoft - they make the best software and are now being charged with being a monopoly. It's called competition! As the old saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen!"

The Democratic Party should re-evaluate the candidates who are in office now. Some of them are blocking appointments and other bills just to confound the president, just to advance their own agenda. There are several Democrats who are doing that. Take Senator Daschle, for an example. He has bragged that he is considering a procedural move to block the appointment of Eugene Scalia as Labor Department solicitor. He won't allow a up-or-down vote, he says , because there aren't the votes there. How does he know unless he has a vote? At this time when we are at war , candidates should not be padding their political agendas while causing the president trouble. We don't want welfare or unempolyment checks! We want jobs! Let us work toward that end.

James Bailey
Hagerstown




Employee input is crucial



To the editor:

As a graduate of Hagerstown (Junior) Community College, and a federal employee who has been actively involved with our union for 13 years, I feel compelled to respond to the article "HCC Officials Warn About Union Pitfalls."

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