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Letters to the editor - 4/4/03

April 04, 2003

Fast growth in south county



To the editor:


I truly hope that the Washington County Commissioners and the planning commission were listening very closely to the residents in the March 11 hearing where no one spoke in favor of the proposed rezoning request that would make way for a 34- home development in the Sandy Hook area of south Washington County.

Other residents of our rural and historic areas, like myself, are getting extremely concerned at the rate new subdivisions have been consuming the farmland along Md. 67 from Sandy Hook to Boonsboro over the last five years.

Even more alarming are the subdivisions that are in the preliminary planning stages for this area. This is something most residents don't even know about. Some of these subdivisions combined are potentially creating more towns the size of the town of Rohrersville. The domino effect of the beginnings of Frederick-like urban sprawl is snowballing through south county, through Keedsyville and Boonsboro, Gapland and Rohrersville. Any of our elected officials who don't see this should take a closer look.

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Residents of south Washington County have recently organized and developed a Web site that maps out the past and proposed development along the Md. 67 corridor from Boonsboro to Sandy Hook. This Web site's primary purpose is to host an on-line petition at www.washcosmartgrowth.org. to ask the County Commissioners to delay lifting the subdivision moratorium for rural areas until they get the zoning laws in place to implement the new comprehensive plan, which is designed to save our agricultural industry and rural heritage.

Elizabeth Vahey
Rohrersville




Interstate speeds are too fast now



To the editor:


Re: Daily Mail article of Feb. 27, "Maryland House of Delegates passes bill putting slow drivers into right lane."

What is the definition of a "slow driver?"

The Maryland mandated speed limit for interstates is 65 mph. Too large a percentage of drivers consider 65 mph too slow - they ignore the speed limit signs completely and drive as fast as they want to.

Now some feather-brained idiot in Annapolis is saying this is okay. He even wants to pass a law that says this is okay.

This completely contradicts the currently mandated speed limit of 65 mph. Is this going to be officially changed, also? After all, if you drive in excess of 65 mph, you are breaking the law. Giving carte blanche to these fools who pretend they're the next Earnhardt will make the highways unsafe for everyone. They are being given the state's blessing to use the public highways as their own personal racetrack. If Annapolis says it's okay, how can the Maryland State Police be a deterrent or have any calming effect at all?

Doesn't the State of Maryland have any intelligent people in the government? Why do we seem to continually elect a bunch of clowns?

S. A. Thomas
Hagerstown




It's a 'right to low wages' law



To the editor:


The right-to-work law omits three words - for low wages. A right-to-work law will move employees to low wages, few benefits, and poor working conditions.

The right-to-work law breaks unions, and consequently creates more of the working poor.

Steve Rodetsky
Carroll Valley, Pa.

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