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Cole may get Sykesville into the 'swim' of things

The appointment of Cole Holocker as Town of Sykesville's Youth Liaison ("Eighth grader is town's youth liaison," The Eagle, Sept. 24) has once again affirmed my faith in this community.

In 1999, when my husband and I purchased our home on Hawkridge Lane, our real estate agent pointed vaguely down the street and assured us that shortly our community would have a nearby pool, a place where we could swim -- and, of course, play Marco Polo -- with our 4-, 5- and 10-year-old children.

We waited eagerly for the ground-breaking but were disappointed to see nary a sign as the months and years flew by.

About three years later, the issue of whether or not to build a pool was a major focus of the local election. When the votes were counted, it turned out that the majority of the voters were in favor of a pool.

My husband and I, along with our now 7-, 8-, and 13-year-old children, cheered. However, there was some abstruse explanation as to why the voters' opinions didn't actually matter after all.

When our neighbor, Frank Robert, became a councilman, he was gung ho about the idea of a neighborhood pool. Though he's still hoping for a pool, he's mentioned that there are so many complications and obstacles blocking the plan that it's unlikely we'll get one any time in the near future.

I was about to give up hope when I read that the Town Council now has a youth liaison, Cole Holocker.

As it turns out, Cole has consulted with his peers, and one of their biggest requests is -- a community pool!

If Cole, this motivated 13-year-old, is finally able to get someone to break ground on the pool, I suggest we name it the Cole Holocker Swimming and Aquatic Facility. After an elaborate ticker-tape parade, Cole will have the honor of taking the first dip.

Hopefully, this will happen in a somewhat timely manner, so that Cole will not have to carry my grandchildren on his back!

Go, Cole!

Erin Dantzler


We need candidates' ideas, not insults of opponents

After watching and hearing the news about Gov. Sarah Palin and her nomination as the Republican vice presidential candidate, I have come to realize a critical issue that is not being addressed by either the Democratic or Republican party.

That issue is sincerity. The American Dream is to achieve success through hard, honest and sincere work; to rise from the bottom up.

When running a campaign, a candidate should not need to boost himself or herself by putting the opposition down.

When candidates first declared their intention to run for president, I was able to see part of a debate between Hillary Clinton and Barrack Obama, in which Clinton tried to slander Obama. He took it politely and returned her arguments with polite rebuttals.

In a world where the name of the game is "hurt them back," that was respectable, and he won the primaries because of it. People still recognize its value.

Now the Republicans and Democrats alike keep trying to boost themselves by putting the other down.

Honestly, I don't think we need a president who can effectively insult his or her opponent. We need someone who can lead us into the future, and the change that needs to be made will come by focusing efforts on educated decisions, not by belittling the opposition.

When watching speeches, we want to hear what the person speaking is going to do, not what their opponent is not going to do -- not only on a national level, bust also on a state and district level.

There is no reason for political parties to tear one another down. Instead, each party should be working to build up its candidate. I am challenging Republicans not to fire back petty remarks to Democrats, but win this campaign the American way -- with honesty, with hard work and sincerity.

Meagan Milstead


McCain knew what he was doing with Palin pick

I have read many comments lately in letters to The Eagle concerning Sen. John McCain and his choice of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate.

One frequent writer claims John McCain put his own ambition first at the expense of the Nation. I believe McCain knew we needed "change," but not the type of change offered by the Democrats in office via Sen. Barack Obama.

If we speak about putting someone in office at the "expense of the nation," let's discuss how the Democratic Party chose Obama to champion their cause -- a man whose negative associations and connotations through his church and political activities in the past, frankly, fill me with disgust and fear.

Was Obama properly vetted for being chosen to represent his party and 50 percent of people this country?

I believe Sarah Palin represents what most of us, Republicans and Democrats, want in our government -- representatives who are in touch with the people, who are honest, patriotic and will fight to get us back to the basics of good and wholesome governing with America's best interests at heart.

This same writer also claimed that John McCain "pandered to the extreme right" in his choice of Gov. Palin. If that were true, Mitt Romney would have been his choice. Everyone expected that.

And please, when will the charges that Palin is too inexperienced to be vice president end, especially when the alternative is a president who has even less?

As many times as Obama has stuck his foot in his mouth so far, is he the sort of president we want representing us before the world, especially when it comes to foreign diplomacy?

Finally, we the people have to pick the best person for the job of representing us out of those offered, misgivings in mind, then hope the imperfect system and corruption doesn't negate our vote.

Come on America! Let's do what's right.

Lucille C. Kerns


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