Search the Carroll County community newspaper archives


>> Click here to search for stories published AFTER 2011

>> Use this search box to find stories published prior to 2011.
Note: All Words is a more strict search. Implied operator is "AND."
Ex: Charles Dickens"
From
subscriber services email print comment


If I could sum up, in one word, my view of the real difference between a conservative and a liberal, it's the word, "consistency."

As proof, I note that Liberal John, my writing partner on this page, has noted that people now being able to vote for a commissioner from their home district -- under the new five commissioner plan that will kick in next election cycle -- is a bad idea. Yet, when the issue of a possible charter government was on the table, he touted the fact that being able to vote for a council member from your local district would be good.

I also note that two of our three present commissioners have voiced comments in line with John's -- that is, that the new five commissioner plan isn't a good idea.

If you ask me, here again it's all about politics. One commissioner, due to support for the expansion of the Carroll County Regional Airport, will likely face a tough audience to convince in either a primary or general election. Another present commissioner faces a battery of possible opponents, all with good credentials.

In addition, the political campaigning picture may have changed in all of their home districts. How? Well, candidates won't have to campaign -- or advertise -- as part of a countywide race.

For example, for the first time, a candidate from the Westminster district can now place political advertisements only in The Westminster Eagle and get coverage. In past elections, it was necessary to get, and pay for, circulation throughout the county. Now all that's needed is local coverage, because you are only a local candidate. This ability to buy just the audience they'll need will also be available to South Carroll candidates by using The Eldersburg Eagle. (OK, that's a shameless plug; but hey, it's true!)

If I recall correctly, when I arrived in Carroll County in 1946, there were local papers in Westminster, Union Bridge, Taneytown and Sykesville -- as well as a number of papers county wide. How many remember the News American or the Democratic Advocate ... now both defunct?

Now, a local candidate with limited finances and time can campaign in their own local district at a fraction of the money needed to advertise in past elections. Good thing? Well, hopefully with less cost to run, we'll have more good candidates running for office -- since fund raising may not be as daunting.

And unlike Liberal John, I believe that local candidates, known and respected by the very people that will elect them, will in turn reflect the ideas of their communities when they vote as a commissioner.

***

The battle for the New York Senate seat has divided quickly along liberal and conservative lines. If you ask me, it's that requirement to work for what you earn that truly separates liberal and conservative thinking.

While liberals profess they are the only ones who protect the poor and down trodden, in actuality, the greatest amounts of generosity have come from those with conservative values.

The fact is, how you earn your money will many times direct your thinking.

Liberal v. conservative arguments to me are like the man that complained to the restaurant owner about only getting two slices of bread.

At his next meal the owner told the waiter to give him thicker slices. Again there were complaints. Next time, the waiter was instructed to give the man six slices of bread. Again, the owner got complaints there wasn't enough bread.

In desperation to please this customer, the owner told the waiter to simply cut an entire loaf in half and give the whole thing to this chronic complainer.

With satisfaction the owner waited at the cash register as his regular customer came to pay for his meal. He asked how the meal was.

"Oh, the soup was good," the man said, "but I did notice you've gone back to only giving two slices of bread!"


user comments (0)


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Baltimore Sun: Baltimore breaking news, sports, business, entertainment, weather and traffic
xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Learn more about subscriptions
Learn more about subscriptions
Advertisement
Every game looms large for the Ravens as they enter the last six weeks of this season, clinging to the AFC’s No. 1 seed and to their perch atop the AFC North. But seasoned members of the organization say Steelers week remains a thing apart, even if the games are not as bitter as they once were.
With Mark Turgeon's departure, Maryland officials said a national search would begin after this season. But their research has no doubt already begun.
What the Orioles did in this portion of the offseason before the lockout seemed different from how they’ve operated in the past. Perhaps if change is forced on them when the game resumes, they’ll be ready.
Advertisement
Maryland health officials announced Friday the detection of the first three case of the COVID-19 omicron variant, all in the Baltimore area.
Here’s what you need to know about Maryland men's basketball interim coach Danny Manning, a former coach at Wake Forest and Tulsa, a college star at Kansas and the No. 1 overall pick in the 1988 NBA draft.
The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of the landlord of Baltimore’s Copycat building, saying he can evict tenants without having a rental license.
Baltimore police say that a suspect is in custody in relation to the killing of 69-year-old Evelyn Player last month.
The video shows three adults holding down a student on the floor of the cafeteria. One of them punches the student in the head twice and holds on to his hair while the other adult appears to hold the student’s arms down.
Advertisement
Advertisement
There are some foods with unexpectedly long shelf lives. But for every can of beans or jar of honey, there are the foods that seem to spoil the moment you bring them home. Use these tips, tricks and leftover ideas for extending the life and use of your fresh produce, milk, meat and more.
The portrait by MICA grad Jerrell Gibbs will be displayed in Baltimore through Jan. 9, and will then travel to its permanent home in the U.S. Capitol building.
Valentina Yorro, 64, loved caring for her grandchildren, volunteering at a local school to help students with special needs, and working at her church, her children said.
The Ravens could be on the verge of solving a problem that has hampered them for years, columnist Mike Preston writes. Their postseason fate might depend on it.
A hearing is scheduled for Monday as the General Assembly begins a special session to approve new boundaries for the state's congressional districts. Lawmakers are expected to approve a final map within the week.
Maryland's seat of government is in Annapolis. But if elected governor, Rushern L. Baker III said he'd move his office to Baltimore for most of the year.
This weekend, the 75-year-old performer is back in his hometown, bringing to life a concert that revisits his youth in Baltimore and the obstacles he overcame on his path to stardom.
Mentally ill inmates at Maryland’s prisons are being unconstitutionally held in solitary confinement, exacerbating their illnesses and violating their rights against being submitted to cruel and unusual punishment, according to a federal lawsuit.
Advertisement

Free Fun & Games

  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Crossword
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Jumble Daily in color
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Solitaire
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Bubble Shooter HD
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    2020 Connect
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Cookie Crush
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Butterfly Kyodai
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Classic Mahjong
  • Picturing Maryland: A photo a day for 2021 part 3
    Daily Sudoku
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

The Baltimore Sun Store

Advertisement

GAMES & TRIVIA

Advertisement