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Frederick, Maryland
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The time seems long overdue for the Board of County Commissioners to level with the taxpayers and parents of Frederick County by spelling out in detail how the majority of the board has been able to hold the property tax rate at the present rate of $2.54 for each $100 of assessed valuation. With Commissioner Wallace E. Hutton voting in the negative, the board has promulgated the rate in the face of an admission that the $17.6 million budget is out of line by some $21,905. Hutton has expressed the fear that the "deficit condition" is far worse than the $21,905 figure "being thrown about." Commissioners Charles E. Collins and Russell Z. Horman have explained that this comparatively minor deficit can be met by either an equivalent slash in the approved budget or an increase in revenue prior to the June 30 date by which the budget must be finalized. The question is, in the anticipated revenue for 1971 are there monies being counted on that are "secret" figures? For example, a year ago county employes were put on the state retirement system; can the county expect a rebate during fiscal 1971 from the previous insurance program? The county is required by law to operate on a balanced budget. What happens if projected income falls short? At least through the budget sessions to date, it appears that a great deal of "fat" has been trimmed out of the school budget. Overfunding, double- funding, even triple-funding is said to have been eliminated. Cooperation by the Board of Education has enabled a closer scrutiny of the budget by the County Commissioners and, on the other hand, a more severe cutting back of school funds-more than $2 million. However, the taxpayer must now wonder if the cutback has been too much, and to parents of school children, the suspicion cannot be avoided that the board's majority has held the tax line largely by lowering the quality index of the county school system. Certainly there must be even more "fat" in the school budget. Many parents-and their children-question the need of so many supervisors and teachers aides or so-called "roll- callers." Nevertheless, of the 30 programs the schools listed as being adversely affected by the initial cuts, most are fundamental to a well- rounded education. The taxpayers, students, teachers or principals do not know at this writing which programs are to be either partly or fully funded- if any. If the majority of the County Commissioners feel no tax increase is needed, this is well and good, so long as anticipated revenue is adequate to allow funding of those programs n e c e s s a r y t o p r e v e n t a n y retrenchment of the educational system. The Frederick County Teachers' Association following their one-day "budget study" recess from academic duties last week placed as a minimum to make possible the funding of their negotiated contract for the ensuing year with the Board of Education restoration of at least $400,000 to the school budget Best advices available are that the m a j o r i t y o f t h e B o a r d o f Commissioners in reviewing the budget during the past week have restored less than half of this amount In making their request for the $400,000, the FCTA indicated a belief that, while it might entail a 10 cent raise in the tax rate, it would prevent a cut in the educational quality of the schools and would meet with the approval of a majority of the taxpayers and parents of the county While he did not go so far as to commit himself to any deiimte tigure such as the 10 cents recommended by the FCTA the minority member of the board, Commissioner Hutton, did express a willingness to vote for a "modest" tax rate hike to prevent crippling of the school system Mr. Hutton suggested restoring $77,500 to the salary item in the budget so that all currently employed teachers and aides could be funded and an additional $32,600 for employment of an additional 18 employes, not including teachers, who are currently employed on the 12-month program of the school department Neither suggestion was adopted by the majority of the Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Horman, however, indicated that he would be willing to go part way toward meeting this objective. He suggested rather than the full funding of the salaries of the teaching aides that partial relief be given by taking away half of the money allocated in the budget for life insurance for teachers and using if to pay the salaries of the aides He expressed the belief that the FCTA placed the need for teaching aides higher on its priority list than it did funds for life insurance. However, the third member of the board, President Collins, indicated that he would oppose any funding for teachers aides unless the Board of Education could find the money in some other category of a budget which has already been cut by more than $2 million. In view of this deadlock, nothing was achieved in the direction of a compromise on these items. While we join with the taxpayers who are heartily in favor of all sensible economies in the county government and school system-and we have supported and will continue to support the founding purpose of the Taxpayers League "to hold the line on taxes and eliminate unnecessary spending"-we point out that the two commissioners' decision to retain the present tax rate has been achieved through drastic slashing of the school budget and that this could adversely affect the quality of educational offerings available to the school children of the county in the next fiscal year To put it very bluntly, it is our considered opinion that the majority of the Board of County Commissioners have held the tax line in this crucial election year at the expense of the children and youth of the county. And they have inevitably forced the Board of Education to either drop entirely or drastically cripple valuable programs designed for the educational and cultural welfare of the thousands of children and young people whose educational welfare is their primary obligation. This, in our judgment, is not sound economy. Neither do we think that it will meet with the approval of right-thinking taxpayers and parents of Frederick County. A school system is a living and vibrant organism It must either progress with the spirit of the times or it will lose its spiritual embodiment and retrogress. There is nothing so important to the present or the future of Frederick County as a school system second to none in its curriculum and its administrative and instructional staf fs- -mindful of the fact that this comparison should be made with what is afforded students in other counties of the state of comparable size and economic status Let us hope that the majority of the Board of County Commissioners in their zeal to hold the tax line have not sold the children and youth of the county short. Timely Quotes It's gratifying to see the keen interest and involvement of youngsters in our country tcday This is their country today and tomorrow and the same excitement and energies, if they were used to unite our country, would end this turmoil -- Gen Omar N Bradley, at the dedication of the Bradley Museum at the Army War College The time has passed, in my opinion, when we can afford the precept that the needs of national defense must take top priority and our other federal programs be left to get along as best they can on what is left over -- Paul \\arnke, former assistant secretary of defense The law-abiding majority is rapidly losing patience \\ith those whose flagrant abuse of the humanitarian principles of parole and probation make a mockery of justice -- FBI Director J Edgar Hoover I behe\e this administration finds itself today embracing a philosophy \\hich appears to lack appropriate concern for the attitude ol a gi eat mass oi Americans -- our young people -- \\altei J Hickel secretary of the Intenor I think "doing your thing" is a good statement I ve been trying to do that all my life But we depart when you destroy life or property to get your thing done -- Son. Barry Goldwater, R- \ri?., denouncing student \iolence in a speech at California State College. The violence that started long ago in some obscure Vietnamese village, reinforced and magnified by years of folly and killing, has done to America what no enemy has done for 100 years It has turned our land into a battlefieid. -- Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York, on eampus disorders. You've seen me here before How long, oh, Lord, will our white brothers continue to destroy us' ? -- Charles E\ers, mayor of Fayette, Miss., speaking at the funeral in Jackson of a student killed by highway patrol gunfire, in the same funeral hall where his brother, the murdered Modgar, was paid last respects. Letters To The Editor MONISM AGAINST 'UNPRINCIPLED' FILMS To The Editor, Sir: We of Lionism will appreciate use oi your Letters to the Editoi column to turther publicize our concern tor the impact unprincipled motion pictures shown in local theaters have on our youth We earnestly solicit every dedicated citizen in our community to support this resolution toward their discontinuance The resolution follows \ RESOLUTION FOR RETURN TO DECENT MOTION PICTURES WHEREAS LIONISM advocates, upholds, nurtures and works diligently toward a high order of cultural development through neighborly concern for and community service to our fellow man, and Lionism is deeply committed to provide for our youth a challenging environment for idealistic and dignified personal development with acute awareness for preservation oi American heritage and patriotism, and 1 WHEREAS today's youth is deprived oi the opportunity to mature in an environment conducive to the development of these ideals because of continuous exposure to depraved, erotic, sadistic, obscene, illicit, promiscuous, and licentious behavior portrayed as socially acceptable on motion Doves 7 Myopia on Hanoi Treachery By BRUCE BIOSSAT NEA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NEA) Possibly the doves would have had a great deal more impact on the Vietnam war if they had chosen to view Hanoi through the same sharp lens they turned on us and on various Saigon governments But, from the outset, too many leading doves have made themselves masters of the double standard By one means or another, including the heavy emphasis of silence, they ha\ e conveyed the impression that the Reds in Hanoi are a benign lot, doing the people's will at home and lending a friendly hand to an oppressed people in South Vietnam One of the doves' favorite themes is that, as practiced by the late Ho Chi Minh and his successors, communism is nothing but Vietnamese nationalism and that our entry into the tray is a blind man's intervention tending only to impede a natural surge toward nationalism The nationalism of the Vietnamese is real enough But I checked again on Hanoi's role in its post-World War II upsurge The historians agree that in 1945-46, just before Ho sent his so-called Viet Minh forces into an eight-year war with the French in Indochina, he callously wiped out e\ ery nationalist rival he could find Despite all that, when he assumed full power from the Fiench in 1954, his government still was something of a 'coalition " It quickly ceased to be as he eliminated the non-Reds from posts of real power Half a dozen historians or more will testify to the leign of terror Hanoi visited uoon the North Vietnamese Even the late Bernard Fall hardly your standard hawk accepted evidence that Ho put down peasant and other revolts by killing at least 50,000 North Vietnamese and exiling or jailing perhaps twice that number Yet some doves still tr to aigue that this calculated mass murdei has been overplayed Ho Chi Minn's 'land reform" was so viciously phony that his regime later had to concede publicly that roughly a third of the ' landlords" dispossessed had been condemned wrongly The truth was more than two-thirds of all North Vietnamese farmeis owned their land before Ho took over The record of the North Vietnamese legislature is something to behold Ho held an election in 1946, and then plunged headlong into another one in 1960 In the latter a massive 458 candidates t a n for 404 seats Actual attendance at this stunningly Democratic" assembly has dwindled steadily towai d the 200 mark Many key doves like to say that North and South Vietnam are "really one country," so why should anybody be mixing in their affairs for any reason whatsoever 9 The fact is, for most of 300 years Vietnam was divided in either halves or thirds For a time, centuries ago, there \vere Chinese-style walls s e p a r a t i n g two Vietnamese regions on a line not far above the present border at the 17th Parallel. For hundred of yeais, the Vietnamese of the Red River delta around Hanoi have been highly aggressive They once swallowed up much of Laos and Cambodia, and it is they who c o l o n i z e d South Vietnam by wiping out the ancient Champa (Indian-descendant) empire Those who settled in the south grew to be far different from their restless northern brothers, and the enmity between north and south is deep The big doves love to describe our fighting in Vietnam as "genocide." They are peculiarly mute when looking at the real genocide the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong have visited upon thousands of South Vietnamese. They have wiped out a whole class (chiefs, teachers, etc ) of able, irreplaceable South Vietnamese leaders--real or potential. The Hanoi-VC flags are drenched in the blood of innocents, and young Americans who wave them are cruelly color-blind Full recital of Hanoi's sins would make a brutal book Why go on ? The doves proclaim noble motives, yet their double vision has always clouded them Dwelling heavily on our errors, they have disfigured themselves beyond all credibility as witnesses Their "humanity" is fiction. (Hewspaper Enterprise Assn) picture screens throughout the country NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the officers representing the membership of the seven Lions' Clubs forming Zone 1 oi Region 3 in the District 22W, in Maryland, having a total membership of more than two hundred and thirty, advocate the return to decent motion pictures through, Withdrawing patronage to theater managers who place personal gams above the well- being of our society by showing these indecent films, Encouraging governmental representatives at all levels to work diligently toward the discontinuance of such films and, Seeking support of religious, social, service and educational organizations as well as news media in pursuit of these objectives PRESENTED BY UNANIMOUS ASSENT. This 27th day of April 1970 Presidents Frank Migho, Brunswick E E Remsberg, Carroll Manor, Adam Strausner, Middletown, Frank D Willson, Myersville, George E Grubbs, New Market District, Marion U Lawson, Urbana, and Matteo Cardella, Yellow Springs, and R A Reader, Zone Chairman One further paragraph is added to the resolution suggesting methods for its use It follows You may endorse this resolution as an individual, group or organization by adding your signature (s) on the reverse side and iorwarding to your local Theater Manager, Legislator, and/or Congressman Persons wishing to make use of this resolution can obtain copies by contacting any of the endoiseis or members of the endorsing Lions Clubs It is our hope that we might imd at least one principled Theater Manager in our community who will commit his theatei to show "only" those lilms which are wholesome for all ages in order that parents ma leel secure in having our outh attend that theater at anytime and that entire families might again imd enjoyment in attending motion pictures together R \ READER Zone Chairman Dist 22W, Region 3, Zone 1 S \ YS SEX ED 'CHOICE'FALSE To The Editor, Sir I would like to request a public explanation from a member of the boai d of education on how sex can be an optional subject upon a patents request when the board of education is incoiporating this subject in such mandatory couises as English and social studies Do they call this a iree option' 11 the sex couise is an optional subject it should be taught as a subject in itself and loi bidden in mandatory subjects Since schooling itself is required ol allcluldicnby oui government oui courts decided any mention ol God was an infringement on the lights of certain peoples beliefs and disbeliefs So too is a inoial subject such as sex an mfi ingement on certain peoples beliefs and disbeliefs Therefoie sex should be taught only under optional cncumstances and should be lorbidden to be pushed in mandatory courses such as English and social studies These two later subjects are not optional nor moral Therefore sex is a subject of its own and should be taught as such In this way only does any parent have a real option of the teaching ol sex in our mandatory school system MRS KENNETH SPILLMAN Route 2 Union Bridge, Md P S - This is just another way for our freedom of choice to be gradually taken from us We have a choice or option and yet we don't It really adds up to no choice at all 50 Years Ago JUNE 3,1920 HAMLET WILL BE PLAYED at the City Opera House tonight by members ef the graduating class of the Boy's High School. Tonight is class night Members of the Girl's High School presented Tennyson's "The Princess" last night, class night, to a pleased audience. A SHEEP-SHEARING operation under the direction of G.H. Bedall, took place at the Myersville home of Robert Ridgley before many interested people, rockhounds, and fudgsicle eating little kids. A demonstration of wool grading was given later in the afternoon AUTOMOBILE HEADLIGHTS permitted under the old law will be tolerated for a while Drivers still using clear glass lights are asked to replace the lights with non-glare shields but the specific kind of non-glare device is still to be a p p r o v e d by the commissioners. T H E P H Y S I C A L DEPARTMENT of the YMCA has closed the most successful season that the local institution has ever experienced Starting in the middle of November in 1919, the department has put 606 supervised classes in the gym with a total attendance of 15,000 people 20 Years Ago JUNE 3.1SSO T H E C H I L D R E N ' S A I D SOCIETY directors in their monthly meeting announced that their third ward has received graduation honors at the commencement exercises at Western Maryland College. Charles McC. Mathias, Sr. presided over the meeting. PRELIMINARY FIGURES from the 1950 census show that Frederick city has doubled its population in the last 50 years. The county population increased almost 20 per cent. The city population is now 18,806 and the county holds 62,152 people. A CITY EMPLOYE, operating a dirt loader, narrowly missed serious injury Monday afternoon when the apparatus nosed over on the front end and sent him s p r a w l i n g a g a i n s t t h e framework The accident occurred on the grounds of the Frederick Trading Co., at East and Eighth Streets. F R E D E R I C K C O U N T Y VOTERS will mark ballots for at least 23 Federal, County and State officials in November but there has been very little talk about any office except that of governor. Only one man has filed so far for a seat in the House of Delegates The Dismal State Of Our Housing By ROBERT WISCHMEYER Almost 40 per cent of the population inhabits substandard housing. In one major city alone, of a half-million population, more than 40,000 dwellings are considered inadequate. The typically dismal statistics of a backward, depressed area? Not quite. This is part of the housing story of the nation's fifth-wealthiest state--Ohio--according to a survey made last year by a legislative service commission. The 11-man committee found some startling and sorrowful statistics in the eight metropolitan areas where most Ohioans live More than 173,000 dwelling units are considered below standard Of these, the great majority lacks even plumbing facilities Cincinnati is worst off with 42,298 inadequate units, followed by Cleveland (31,122) and then Columbus, Dayton, Youngstown-Warren, Akron, Canton and Toledo in that order. Most of these dwellings, predictably, are located hi the central cities, but a surprisingly large number can be found in the "rural" areas on the fringes of suburbs. Almost half the substandard homes in the Youngstown-Warren area, for example, are rural. After its survey, the commission made 17 recommendations to the Legislature, and in the first session in 1970, the Legislature received 21 bills regarding housing. As of April, only three had passed and at least 13 were "indefinitely postponed." The powerful American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which keeps and publishes for its members a "box score" of voting by Ohio senators and representatives, points out: "What little legislation there is amounts to a hodgepodge of local and ineffective state laws which do nothing to arrest and reverse the alarming increase in substandard housing." And the legislative commission noted: "No state funds have ever been appropriated for housing. With only minor exceptions, the state does not involve itself fiscally or statutorily in a co-ordinated centralized attack on substandard housing. It has instead deferred the initiative in this area to local governments." Ohio is not unique in the problem or the lack of remedies. Among neighboring states, Illinois was rated worse by the AFL-CIO. Almost every medium-sized or major city in the United States has large areas of pathetic housing. And the dilapidated shacks one sees even in small communities and off the backroads of thoroughly rural America mock our vaunted claims of prosperity. Age is partly to blame. In Cleveland, for example, 67 per cent of all housing was built before 1920. Much of it is beyond rehabilitation. But those units which can be brought up to the standards of most Americans would benefit from some legislative and administrative actions. These include statewide bond issues to finance middle and low income housing at low interest rates, technical assistance to communities, funds to pay for more housing inspectors, low-interest loans to owners who want to fix up their homes, tenant-landlord councils, "housing courts" to expedite renter complaints. Another key remedy, of course, is money. And here communities encounter a problem that goes even beyond state control--national priorities And that's another arid more web-tangled problem. . ^1970 by NEA, he, "Where does Heyerdahl get off having the TIME to cross the Atlantic like that?" "ST-4PFRI "SPAPFRJ

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