Letters to the Editor

May 21, 2010

Daffodil Dash was a tremendous success

To the editor:

"What a beautiful day."

Such a simple phrase, but it truly was a beautiful day on May 15, 2010. Not only the weather, but the fact that so many people supported, participated and donated to the "Daffodil Dash" walk/run for the ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Association. The event was coordinated by Angie McCusker and Carol Barnes (my sister) and dedicated in the honor of my husband, Cletus Younker, who was diagnosed with this dreaded disease.

It is just a shame that no local media responded to the request that this event be covered. This was the first, but probably not the last time this event will be held in Hancock on the Rails and Trails to raise awareness of this horrible disease. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to come out and participate, it meant so much to me and my husband.


Victoria Younker
Little Orleans, Md.

Poor reviews for citizens guide to the budget

To the editor:

I have glanced at "A Citizen's Guide To The Budget," which is on Washington County's website, and I offer the following comments.

The first chart, Population Growth, on page 1, makes no sense whatsoever.

The first two sentences under Economic Conditions, on page 2, amount to "puffery" and are self-serving at best.

On page 8, the document states that there will be "... a change in investment strategy scheduled for 2011," but that statement leaves me with more questions than answers.

The largest reduction proposed for the General Fund Expenditures on page 9 is in "Intergovernmental Transfers," which appears to be just another accounting trick that will soon come to an end when all the other county funds run out of surpluses.

On page 13, the "2011 Project Source of Funds" table shows the county intends to use $17,704,300 from bonds to fund capital improvement projects.

Jumping ahead to page 14, this document fails to mention that the commissioners will continue to pay part of the water/sewer debt from the general fund in lieu of charging the water/sewer customers enough to pay for their utilities.

A real improvement was noted on page 16 when the total projected debt balances as of June 30, 2010, is estimated at $189,668,992. This newspaper recently reported that the county intends to borrow another $12 million next year.

The very brief discussion of "Reserve Management" on page 17 is quite deficient in my opinion. Not only are the reserves not totaled as the debt balances were on page 16, but presumably the reserves are subject to market fluctuations and this document shows nothing about how the market fluctuations affected our money, the reserves, over the last three or four years.

Then, there are the teachers' contractual pay raises and no mention is made of this item nor have I read the final decision about teachers' pay raises in this newspaper. Since it's only about $4 million, I suppose it is not worth mentioning.

I encourage all of the tea partiers in this county to look for wasteful spending closer to home than Washington, D.C.

Daniel Moeller

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