Herald-Mail Forums

July 28, 2008

Last week's question:

Washington County's Ag Expo ended on July 24, reminding us again that farming is not an easy profession. How can citizens help preserve the county's existing farms?

o We shouldn't. Nobody's helping to preserve my job or my company. - 8 votes (9 percent)

o Spend more money on farm-preservation easements. - 21 votes (23 percent)

o Allow farmers to sell their development rights for use in areas close to municipal services, such as water and sewer. - 7 votes (8 percent)

o Encourage farmers to grow more things that local people can buy and eat. - 53 votes (57 percent)

o Create bed-and-breakfasts on farms that would allow people to live there for a few days and see what is involved in agriculture. - 4 votes (4 percent)

This week's question:

An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit revealed that a unit of the Maryland State Police spent 14 months in 2005 and 2006 doing surveillance on people who opposed the death penalty and the Iraq war. Is there any good reason for this?


o People who get passionate about causes sometimes get violent.

o You never know who's doing something wrong unless you watch them for a while.

o No, it violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee that the people may peacefully protest government activities.

o If you're not doing anything wrong, why worry about it?

o No, the police should spend their time on real crime.

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