Letters to the Editor - June 10

June 08, 2012

Maynard is to be applauded for his efforts

To the editor:

Once more, Secretary Gary Maynard of the Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services is to be applauded for his innovative projects of having incarcerated American citizens (iAc) help to beautify Maryland landmarks.

Recently, Maynard, Gov. O’Malley and Baltimore City Mayor Rawlins congratulated a group of iAcs for cleaning up and beautifying Mount Auburn Cemetery, as all were featured on several local news channels.

This cemetery is a state landmark and has many past prominent Marylanders interred within its grounds.

Secretary Maynard has created the “restorative justice model,” which pioneered restoring historic barns, painting town buildings and creating new oysters beds; all this work was done by iAcs. For these efforts, he was a recipient of The Daily Records Innovator award for 2011. There were also 23 other winners in this esteemed statewide recognition. Along with these stellar Marylanders, the Extra Legalese Group Inc., Maryland’s first and only incarcerated citizen think tank, was also recognized as innovators. It was their Peace Initiative, which focuses on anti-violence and gang prevention, that won ELG this acclaim.


As Maynard uses labor of prisoners to beautify Maryland, ELG helps to save lives. The time has come for Maryland citizens to recognize that good deeds can come from the unlikeliest people; even former criminals who have embraced the social contract and have become good citizens who are contributing to the betterment of society.

Larry Bratt, No. 168687
Jessup Correctional Institution

State emissions notices not arriving on time

To the editor:

Well, here it is emissions day. But let me back up to tell you my story. 

I was out in my car a month or so ago and was stopped by a police officer as a routine traffic stop. He asked if I knew that I was past due on my emissions test and my registration had been suspended. I told him I had not received my notice in the mail. He advised me to contact the Motor Vehicle Administration and get an extension, which I did. In the meantime, he gave me a warning and told me that ordinarily the fine is $150. Interesting way for the state to get more money.

I later got a red warning notice about my emissions, and it was due by June 1. Fine. I go and pull in. While there, two others haven’t received their notices either. In the red notice that you receive, the cost is not $14, but an additional late fee of $30. I fought that because of not getting my original notice.

People of Maryland, be on the lookout for your emissions form, and if you don’t get one let your local MVA know so you don’t run into the situation I did.

Lawmakers of Maryland, maybe we need to see about changing a few things with the VEIP program in Western Maryland.
Adam Pentrex

Habitat chapter appreciates community’s patience

To the editor:

On behalf of Habitat For Humanity of Franklin County (Pa.), I would like to publicly express my appreciation to the community for their patience during our recent road closures of 4th Street in Chambersburg, Pa.

On May 21, we razed the existing house at 402 E. Washington St. to make way for a new home to be constructed with volunteers. We closed 4th Street at that time to ensure the safety of those around the area. In the days following, the road was closed again as excavation took place and when the new foundation walls were poured.

We anticipate the need to close 4th Street at least one final time when the Franklin County Builders Association comes to “blitz build” the walls and roof. I recognize that this is inconvenient to bus drivers, EMS crews and individuals on their daily commute. My hope is that those who pass by will enjoy the progress being made on the home as a visible representation of the power that exists when we work together for the common good.

I remain grateful for the hard-working, community-minded people who make Franklin County a great place to live.

Mark D. Story

Executive Director

Habitat For Humanity of Franklin County

Leaders need to focus on our most urgent problems

To the editor:

It amazes me to listen to discussions that are going on about the rights of gay people while we are ignoring the nation’s most urgent problem of unemployment, which is around 8 percent. We should concentrate most of our effort in finding a just solution.

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