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Letters to the editor - 7/15

July 15, 2004

Pipkin for Senate



To the editor:

E.J. Pipkin, Republican State Senator, Queen Anne's County, is challenging Barbara Mikulski to represent Maryland in the United States Senate. Pipkin promises to be a strong candidate, and one who sharply contrasts with Mikulski, who is running for her fourth term in the Senate. The race will become very interesting to citizens in Washington County and across Maryland, as people become acquainted with Pipkin, the values he represents and as discussion develops about Mikulski's voting record in Congress.

Pipkin grew up in Dundalk, a working-class Baltimore neighborhood. His father was an electrician for Bethlehem Steel, and his mother was a cafeteria worker. He graduated from Dundalk Senior High School and attended Salisbury State before graduating from Roanoke College. He went on to earn a master's degree in business administration from the University of Virginia.

After a successful career in finance on Wall Street, he entered Maryland politics in 1999, when he helped lead the citizens' effort to oppose Gov. Parris Glendening's efforts to dump dredge spoils from the Baltimore Harbor approach channels into the Chesapeake Bay. Pipkin helped organize and lead a massive grassroots campaign that succeeded in getting the dumping stopped. The ban passed the Maryland Senate on a vote of 46-1.

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The lone vote against the ban was cast by Sen. Walter Baker, a 24-year incumbent, and Pipkin's own State Senator. In 2002, Pipkin challenged Baker, and defeated him in a landslide victory by 24 percentage points to become state senator from the 36th District. Pipkin has since become a leader in the Senate by introducing, and getting passed, several pieces of legislation that benefit his constituents. He promises to deliver that leadership to the U.S. Senate.

Pipkin and his wife, Alisa, live just across the Bay Bridge, with their three children. He has been working hard on his campaign, which included participation in the Memorial Day Parade and the ceremony at the Antietam National Cemetery in Sharpsburg.

Pipkin, a strong supporter of President Bush and Gov. Robert Ehrlich, is going to run an issues-oriented campaign, with emphasis on jobs and education. The contrasts between Pipkin and Mikulski in public policy will give voters in Maryland an opportunity for a very meaningful choice in November's election for the U.S. Senate.

Richard Hugg

Pipkin for U.S. Senate

Washington County Coordinator




ATV decorum



To the editor:

All ATVs and mopeds should be allowed on paved roads if they are registered and insured.

On roads such as Interstate 81, they shouldn't be allowed because of their slow speed.

Sam Werben

Mercersburg, Pa.




Men not working



To the editor:

I am sure people who travel on Hagerstown's Northern Avenue are well aware that the westbound right lane is blocked near McDonald's. If my memory serves me correctly, it has been more than three months with no activity in sight, or should I say, no activity on site. This is really an unnecessary inconvenience for drivers. It also indicates a complete lack of regard for the public by the city transportation department.

May I suggest that, from now on, a sign should be displayed delineating the project's purpose, start and completion dates, cost and the name of the construction company doing the work. Let us remember that an informed public is a happy one.

S.V. Yumlu

Hagerstown

Beautiful women

don't kill critters

To the editor:

The Humane Society of the United States agrees with the statement by the executive director of the Miss Cecil County pageant that "It's not just outer beauty that counts, but inner beauty, too," and is very disappointed that the Miss Maryland pageant gave a red fox fur coat and hat to the pageant winner, Miss Gaithersburg, Tiffany Jenkins ("Miss Maryland 2004 crowned," June 20).

The Miss Maryland pageant should realize that compassion for animals is an important part of a person's character. A full-length red fox coat requires the lives of 18 animals that were either trapped with cruel leghold traps or raised in inhumane conditions on fur "farms" or "ranches." The Miss America pageant decided more than 15 years ago to stop giving away a fur coat after host Bob Barker pointed out the animal suffering involved in the fur industry. We hope that next year, the Miss Maryland pageant officials will realize that animal cruelty does not belong in beauty pageants and will choose a more compassionate gift for the winner.

Andrea Cimino

Fur Free Century

Gaithersburg, Md.

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