Letters to the editor for 7/24

July 24, 2002

Washington County deserves results

To the editor:

I would like to introduce myself to the constituents of the newly changed District 2 of Washington County. My name is Mary Newby. I have been a resident of Washington County for the past 17 years.

In that time, I have been an active member of the community through various organizations. I am married and have two grown sons. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in nursing and from Frostburg State University with a master's degree in education. I am a former Army nurse, grade 3-classroom teacher at Potomac Heights Elementary School, and Reading Improvement Teacher at Cascade Elementary School. Currently, I am the Reading Improvement Teacher at Eastern Elementary School.

Washington County is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. There is a strong sense of community and involvement here.


From my sons' years as students at Fountaindale Elementary and Northern Middle School, playing baseball at Federal Little League and later in Junior and Senior League in Maugansville, playing soccer with the Hagerstown Youth Soccer and The Hagerstown Soccer Club, my family and I have had the opportunity to see the strengths of our Washington County Community with respect to our young people.

This year has brought monumental changes to the political landscape of Washington County and with it significant opportunity. For many years, legislators based in Frederick County have minimally represented much of Washington County.

I'd like to welcome those people who reside in Cascade, Highpoint, Smithsburg, Cavetown, Ringgold, Chewsville, Jugtown, Security, Paramount, Fountainhead, Fountainhead North, Paramount, Orchard Hills, Maugansville and other communities and neighborhoods back to Washington County and Maryland Senatorial District 2.

In the opinion of many in our community, Washington County has been seriously underserved in Annapolis. We send too many dollars in taxes to Annapolis and receive little in return. Year after year our current "effective, experienced, politically savvy" senator prefaces every public forum appearance with the phrase "there isn't much money to go around in Annapolis this year, so don't get your expectations too high."

In fiscal year 2000, Allegany County received $31 million, or $340 per person in state capital improvement and bond monies. "Poor" Frederick County received $18 million or $90 per person. With our expectations appropriately lowered, Washington County residents received our "fair share" of the tax monies we sent to Annapolis: The whopping sum of $4 million or $35 per Washington County man, woman and child. I don't know about you, but I am incensed by this gross inequity. Washington County needs a senator who will be a strong voice for the true needs of our county, not satisfied by the crumbs to which we have been accustomed for many years.

I think that I can do a better job for the people of Washington County in the Maryland Senate. Welcome back to the northern half of Washington County and hello to the southern half and the City of Hagerstown. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months and hearing your needs, problems, and aspirations. Together we can work for a better Washington County and a better Maryland.

Mary Newby

Candidate, Maryland Senate

District 2

W.Va. 9 a death trap

To the editor:

I am in complete agreement with the article written by Tim Rowland in the Sunday, July 14, edition of your newspaper about W.Va. 9 in West Virginia.

I am one of the fortunate survivors of that "death trap" otherwise known as Route 9 in West Virginia. I was traveling that route on Jan. 2, when I had a head-on collision with another vehicle. Both drivers survived the impact of the collision, but I said at that time and have said so many times since that Route 9 is a death trap route.

Despite numerous citizens who aspire to save historical sites and save land for posterity - how about making this highway a safer road for current citizens now.

Thanks for letting me have my say. I truly value your newspaper.

Jean V. Thomas


Our tax money up in smoke

To the editor:

What a rip-off for the Maryland taxpayer! Now, Gov. Paris Glendening is spending $14 million dollars to "Stop Smoking."

Smokers have been told over and over again the "ills" of smoking, but they prefer to continue down the road of destruction. If they do not value their lives, then why should taxpayers spend money to have a billboard bearing the word "Here"?

Many people will not see the continuation of the campaign or even know or care what it is all about. Come on, Gov. Glendening, get real! Spend our money on more worthwhile projects.

Helen Lewis


Another attack on gun rights

To the editor:

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