Town Square, Jan. 29, 2020

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Readers responded to the news that the Dorchester County Council voted 3-2 on Jan. 21 to deny the Office of the Sheriff a new interrogation room, giving the space instead to Emergency Medical Services for a breakroom.
PITIFUL: Wow, I can’t get past our public safety/prosecuting cases then I read about the voting by proxy. What’s best for this county needs to be considered when voting. Pitiful.

PERSONAL: Just reading the dialogue between these people makes you shake your head. This vote seems more personal than sensible. I can’t imagine the number of legal cases that get thrown out because our county isn’t properly recording interrogations. How has this not been made a priority long before now? How is a breakroom more important? If I read this article right, the Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services already made a fair trade for that office space and all they needed was an approval. What reasons do these three council members have for not approving it?

BASED ON EMOTION: The three don’t need a reason, they simply do what they want without thought. Just another decision based on emotion instead of what is best for the county.

LIKE D.C.: Time for change Dorchester. Our county deserves better. I see a huge comparison between our county council and the federal government.

Readers have been upset to see animals left outdoors during the recent cold spell.
PRAY FOR PUPS: It is so sad that there is so much “red-tape” that animal control has to go through. The easiest solution (take the dogs away) is not something they can do without proof of neglect. A lot of people should never own pets! Sometimes we have to take things in our own hands but legalities will be a deterrent. Those who can, take videos, take pictures, document the daily life and record the temps. Get so much evidence that they can’t look the other way. Meanwhile pray for these pups!

FIGHT FOR DOGS: I understand the requirements that all they need is to provide food, water and a dog house. They just need to add that the temperatures need to be above freezing. It’s not hard to add if enough people show up. We need to fight for these freezing dogs. And please don’t tell me that the dog is sleeping out there overnight.

TRY IT: Put them outside in just a dog house and see how they like it.

CALL FOR CHANGE: So they’ll let the dog freeze to death and the owner won’t be reprimanded because the dog has food, water, and a dog house. These laws need to change.

JUST WRONG: That’s wrong. I will go to a town meeting about this law being changed. It would be different if the dog had some kind of heat in the dog house. This is just wrong. 🙁They do not deserve to have any pets at all. Maybe get the people around here to sign some kind of petition about this law being changed too. It’s probably been the same for 20 years or more.

WHY?: I don’t understand why people have to be told to bring their pets inside. Why do people want pets if they aren’t going to love them and let them be in the home as part of the family? If you can’t do that then why get a pet? Why make them suffer? I thought was against the law for you leave your pet out in harsh temperatures. I would never have an animal that can’t be in my home.

Readers share opinions on the need for practical education in public schools. Mace’s Lane Middle School has begun a course in Family and Consumer Sciences (“Cecil Johnson launches MLMS consumer science,” at
HOME ECONOMICS: It may sound funny but I learned to fry bacon in 8th grade without splattering grease everywhere and it had to be picture perfect, something you’d see in a magazine. Sewing by hand, making button holes, sewing on buttons and hook and eyes, etc. Finances came in 10th grade, as did drivers’ ed (girls even had to try to change a tire). Guys were always in wood shop, auto shop; things that some liked doing and that also supported their families. We had fake homes, paid utilities, everyday expenses, etc. The kids today aren’t even required to participate in PE the last two years of high school. A lot have gotten lazy. Today’s society.

PRACTICE FOR LIFE: I had a class in ‘72-75 in which we applied for apartments and went to view them. We bought groceries at the local store and cooked in school, applied for fake jobs and since I worked after school my class used my W-2 and we did taxes. We wrote fake checks, balanced our fake check books, and figured out fake expenses for the future. Kids need it now too.

LAZIER: I agree that today’s society is getting lazier. The phones and other electronic devices are getting smarter while we as humans are getting dumber, due to relying on “smart” technology. It’s scary to think about how this has affected my generation at almost 26 years old and even scarier to think about how my kid’s generation is going to be affected. I remember our teachers in math used to say, “No using calculators, because who is going to carry around a calculator with them everywhere they go in the future?” And boom, look at us now. Every phone has a calculator on it and half the time you don’t even have to know how to type.

Locals were delighted to learn about Lovie Duncan’s trip to Annapolis, featured in this issue of the Banner.
MEMORABLE DAY: That has got to be the best experience. She is going to do great things in life.

STARDOM: I’m convinced Lovie is going to be a movie star.

CONGRATULATIONS: What a treasure! I wish every child could have this opportunity, I think it would change the fate of some. Congratulations and hold those memories tight.

Wind turbines off the Ocean City coast
WIND TURBINES: The article stated that only one legislator spoke out in favor of offshore wind when, in fact, there were three. Salisbury mayor Jake Day called for “cooler heads” and described the economic advantages that are already happening not just in Worcester County, but in the surrounding counties as well. Delegate Lorig Charkoudian Ph.D, a champion on environmental issues, came down from Montgomery County. She brought up climate change and the fact that we only have 11 years to turn this around. For this, she was mercilessly booed by hundreds of people. There was another delegate from Howard County who spoke in favor of the project.

Money for the arts
MANY THANKS: Kudos to Mike Bramble and his many helpers for his fundraising efforts to assist the NDHS All-State Chorus. Such a shame those very talented students do not have the support from their school. Many thanks to those individuals who so freely give of their time and commitment for our community. Maybe we should all be so committed to helping our fellow man.

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