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Letters to te editor 7/18

July 18, 2002

Time for change in Annapolis



To the editor:

I would like to thank Tim Rowland for recognizing my efforts thus far regarding the time I have spent in Annapolis, in his recent column in The Herald-Mail on Sunday, June 30.

As Rowland kindly noted, I have taken the time to "learn the ropes, and make contacts." I have spent a great deal of time becoming familiar with the process of the General Assembly, and have been anxious to have our representatives become familiar with me. Coalition building is one of my demonstrated strengths and the ability to bring both sides together for the benefit of my district is a dynamic I will take with me to Annapolis.

Rowland also mentions potential conflicts which I welcome addressing at this time.

As a trustee of a senior related charitable organization, I encouraged the foundation to apply to the State of Maryland for a grant. The request of $2.5 million was to purchase and renovate a building to be used as a senior center. The foundation was certainly eligible to apply for the funding, since it is a 501(c)3. But the request was turned down, and realizing that the amount was much larger than a typical grant from the delegation, we never resubmitted an application, and that was the end of the grant request. By the way, the foundation is not affiliated with any company I work for, or with any of our facilities. I continue, to this day, to work with charitable organizations and community service organizations, and am very proud of the efforts of this foundation as it raises awareness and helps senior citizens in our community.

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As I have moved from private citizen to a candidate for public office, I knew there would be questions about organizations with which I am associated. Most people know, for example, that my father owns Perini Construction, Inc. based in Hagerstown, and that his company has done work for the State of Maryland. When asked if I think that my being a delegate will make it easier for him to get state jobs, my response is simply, no. If anything I think that my being a delegate will bring increased scrutiny of those bids on state contracts.

Many, many people believe that it is time for a change and that we can do better in Annapolis. Focused and committed, I intend to bring the same leadership, dedication, and vision to the House of Delegates that I have brought to the community service organizations and the businesses which I have served. I look forward to bringing the message of Washington County to Annapolis, and more importantly, to bringing the support of Annapolis to Washington County.

I thank Tim Rowland for inviting me to respond to these issues. I look forward to keeping an open dialogue and responding to any and all voter questions as I campaign for the Nov. 5 election.

Peter E. Perini, Sr.

Candidate for Maryland House of Delegates, District 2A

Hagerstown




Thanks for support



To the editor:

The family of Bruce Reynolds Boden wishes to express our most sincere appreciation for all the love, compassion and support shown to us during our recent loss.

Maryland State Police Trooper Fraley, Hancock Fire and Rescue, Hancock Ambulance Rescue Squad, Washington County Hospital personnel, Baltimore Medical Examiner's office, Rest Haven Funeral Home, Pastor William Clark of Mountainview Baptist Church and relatives and friends too numerous to mention - may God bless all of you.

Elva Boden, widow

Eddie and Pat Boden, son and wife

Robert and Nora Boden, son and wife

Bobby Lee Boden, grandson

Hagerstown

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