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Letters to the editor

December 09, 2003

Appoint members with some time


To the editor:

Last Monday I attended a meeting in Cascade where three members of the local delegation to the Maryland General Assembly met with the Cascade Committee and local residents. I know there had been some talk about it being a closed meeting, but all parties had agreed at the onset of the meeting that the press was welcome.

Then I read in your paper on Tuesday that the meeting was closed for the first 30 minutes. That isn't true. However, the meeting had been going on for 30 minutes when your reporter arrived and was welcomed. One of the hot issues discussed was the Pen- Mar Board and its lack of a quorum if someone needed to miss a meeting.

The delegates agreed that this was a problem and said they would look into it. Several in the room also expressed concern that people were appointed to the board who may not have time to serve. Then I read in Wednesday's paper that the County Commissioners had appointed two people to the board. Both are busy, well-respected prominent citizens of our community. That's a good thing, right?

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Then how come neither of them knew they were appointed until after the fact? Why weren't they asked if this was a good time for them to serve? Why is one of them on a board that has an approval authority over actions of this board?

I just don't understand the commissioners and how they select members for this or other boards. Doesn't anyone ever interview the potential members and ask them if they are going to be able to honor the commitment? Are only prominent business people allowed on these boards?

I personally know at least four people who have applied for the Pen- Mar board, who have verified their applications are on file and who have expressed much concern about how this area is developed and have the time to serve to ensure that it does get the attention it needs.

Unfortunately, the PenMar board isn't the only board where appointments are made this way. Maybe the current system needs to be reviewed so that citizens can offer their time to the community without owning a business or being in an executive position within their companies.

Some of this is my own frustration at having applied for positions on committees and boards and never hearing from anyone, even though they say they need members.

Teresa Spruill
Smithsburg




Why charge for craft shows?


To the editor:

Once again the Christmas season is here. Almost daily I notice a lot of craft and Christmas shows advertised in your paper.

My question is: Why are they charging an admission to them?

Some are even charging for parking and your children's admission. You go to these shows to buy things from the vendors. I am sure the vendors have nothing to do with this for they also have to pay for their section. When you go to a store, you aren't charged to get into the store. It makes for bad business when you could use this money to purchase items.

The craft show held at the Clarion was great. There was no admission. You could donate items for the food bank, a very good idea for a very good cause.

The question still remains. What are they using the admission money for? If it is being used for the needy, food banks, etc. then they should include this in the advertisement. I am sure more people would go to them. I, for one, will not attend a craft show that charges an admission if it is not being used for a worthy cause.

Rose Light
Hagerstown

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