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Letters to the Editor

August 13, 2010

Zoning proposal could end farming in county



To the editor:

Well, the bureaucrats are at it again. Using growth to push an agenda that eliminates agricultural (ag) zoning is the latest attempt to end farming in Washington County. Sure, the taxes are much higher for growth areas, but has anyone noticed the economy lately?

If you think you are exempt from this latest adventure, wait until big brother knocks on your door and tells you that you can't have a goat, horse or even a rabbit because that isn't allowed in the urban growth area (UGA).

The Washington County Commissioners are contemplating the adoption of this very UGA zoning revision. The bureaucrats have already given away our property rights to acquire millions to extend the airport runway. Is this confiscation of personal property rights in the taxpayer's interest or is it an attempt by the government to expand their shrinking tax base?

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Watch them carefully. We are all paying for their diligence in the water/sewer debacle and no one has kept an eye on the growing emergency communications mess. This rezoning by those who have little experience in the real world is driving the bus. Are we to let them decide how our property is to be used or devalued? Remember, the government works for us and any decisions have much longer lasting effects than their short careers.

It seems that our illustrious government wants us to think and do as they say. Their perks and decisions are ours to sustain. Can anyone say Bell, Calif.?

The Washington County Farm Bureau is paying close attention to this situation.

Steve Palmer
Williamsport




Bartlett will never look out for those in need



To the editor:

If you are unemployed and need help to feed your children and pay your bills, U.S. Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett of the 6th District voted no on the Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2010.

It's a shame he did not care about you or your family. But you can bet your last dollar that he will want you to vote for him.

I hope you are not as sorry as he is and vote for him. He will never look out for you.

William Stevens
Westminster, Md.

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