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Many Letters

Posted by David Keelan on Thursday, October 19, 2006

Being the political season lots of political letters are showing up in the Howard County Times and the Flier.

Here is a sample:

Ulman resorts to smear tactics to salvage campaign

Henry David Thoreau said, “It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” When I received a piece of mail from Ken Ulman’s surrogates directing me to a new Web site, I was outraged. The entire Web site was dedicated to smearing Chris Merdon. It was clearly a desperate attempt to revive Ken Ulman’s failing campaign, using out-of-context comments and outright lies. Mr. Ulman’s lack of any executive experience really shows in his decision to authorize such a low road to be taken under the guise of the Maryland Democratic Party.

Calling Robey a coward takes rhetoric out of bounds

While attacks by one’s opponent during a volatile political season are expected, I feel compelled to respond to a recent article in the Times. The article, titled “Schrader, Robey battle for Senate seat in spotlight race,” states that Brian Harlin, Howard’s Republican Party leader, called Jim Robey a “coward.” While you might disagree with Robey’s views, his past service to Howard County certainly does not support that accusation.

Merdon will fix county’s broken zoning system

County Council member Chris Merdon voted against the “Comp Lite” bill because it was ill-conceived and illegal. Some of the projects in the bill deserved to be approved. Others did not. As they came up separately, Chris Merdon has taken the time to look at each project and vote accordingly. County Council member Ken Ulman voted for the entire illegal Comp Lite bill.

Senior tax break unfair, and won’t have desired result

The senior tax bill proposes to give seniors a 25 percent reduction in property taxes and freezes future increases for those making up to $75,000. This bill is bad public policy for two reasons.

Independence, experience make Tung top candidate

I recently read one of the political blogs (great new resource) where Maryland campaigns are being discussed and responded to one where it appeared that an anonymous writer had obviously never met Mary Beth Tung.

Don’t let politics get in way of vital planning process

The charrette process to develop a master plan for downtown Columbia is a positive and important process that should definitely continue. I grew up in Columbia and now I am raising my family here. I attended the charrette meetings that took place last year. I have followed closely the progress of the planning process since that time. I am truly disappointed by the negative light this process has been painted in by county executive candidate Chris Merdon and others.

Politics, not principle, motivated Merdon’s vote

I sat through the County Council hearing preceding approval of the “Comp Lite” bill. Most of those present came to oppose the request of Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church to expand.

You can’t stop growth, so don’t stop planning for it

County executive candidate Chris Merdon has called for slowing the Columbia Town Center planning process for a least a year. Nothing could be more counter-productive to keeping Howard County a desirable place to live.

Don’t forget your answers to questions on the ballot

As you prepare to vote on Nov. 7, be aware that there will be seven ballot questions: three proposed amendments to the state constitution, one a statewide referendum and three Howard County questions.

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2 Responses to “Many Letters”

  1. MBT said

    David – I don’t see half of these on the online version – are you getting these from the print version, or are they not all online?

  2. hocomd said

    MBT, they were online.

    From the Columbia Flier

    Independence, experience make Tung top candidate

    I recently read one of the political blogs (great new resource) where Maryland campaigns are being discussed and responded to one where it appeared that an anonymous writer had obviously never met Mary Beth Tung.

    If the anonymous blogger had metÊMary, he (she?) would realize that Mary is beholden to no one and intends to be a catalyst for open and inclusive debate in Annapolis. It’s also too bad that he never met Mary. She has pretty much covered District 13 in her door-knocking and will reach many more people as Nov. 7 approaches.

    I’m a Democrat and support Mary Tung’sÊcampaign whole-heartedly. Her background, education and career as a university instructor, medical researcher and a medical patent agent make her an ideal individual to lead discussion and debate on key issues. Mary’s election will offer us an opportunity to see an independent thinker work within the legislative body to achieve results.

    Jim Chaisson

    River Hill

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