No Red Light Cameras for Calvert
Dear Bay Weekly:
In an unexpected move, Calvert County Sheriff John Rodney Bartlett made a request at the beginning of the Board of Commissioners public hearing July 16 to withdraw his request for $165,000 funding for red light cameras. Many in the audience said what?
Still, the commissioners listened to the testimony from a dozen or more citizens who signed up to speak, some opposed and some in support. Immediately following their statements, Commissioner Bobby Swann made a motion to kill the red light camera plan, and all commissioners including Commissioner Barbara Stinnett, who earlier in the day had said on a Channel 8 TV interview that she supported the red light cameras voted unanimously to support Commissioner Swanns motion.
Politics is strange theater, and this evening was about as strange as it gets.
My opinion, and thats all it is, is that Commissioner David Hale and Sheriff Bartlett saw that this was a losing political issue. Everywhere people were opposed to the red light cameras, and there was the fundamental issue of why the county was spending $165,000 of county taxpayers money to take on the responsibility to set up cameras along the states intersections.
The bottom line is that this was a losing issue from the beginning, and the sheriff underestimated the opposition from two commissioners, Linda Kelley and myself, and a citizenry that wants no part of trying to be like some of the urban areas we moved away from. When Commissioner Hale jumped ship rather than go down with the Titanic, red-light-camera advocates Commissioners Swann and Stinnett were left one vote short of a majority.
In the end, the citizens won. Government wont be used to take advantage of the citizens in a scam to pick the pockets of those caught at the end of a short, yellow light. Innocent vehicle owners wont be getting tickets for traffic violations that they didnt commit, and the county still retains a bit of country unlike the urban areas of the state that have adopted video surveillance of its citizens.
Commissioner Swann said to me this evening Youve won. Yes, I won
and so did everybody else.
John Douglas Parran, Calvert County Commissioner
Too Hot to Paint for the InquisitionDear Bay Weekly:
I gave your July 3-10 cover [Vol. X, No. 27] more than a cursory glance. Annapolitan artist Lalis drawings of sensual female figures, you say on page 2, are inspired by an art style of a century ago in her native Barcelona.
Another Spanish artist, Goya, also painted sensual female figures. The Naked Maja is a masterpiece of the female nude, and it seriously disturbed the Inquisition in 1815. Lali would have to be very ingenious to cover her with fans to make her acceptable to the Inquisition. Goya did it by painting her again fully clothed.
Tom Gill, Rose Haven
Department of Correction
Kay Volman is president of the Garden Club of Charles County, a title inadvertently omitted in last weeks article on garden clubs, In Chesapeake Country, Garden Clubs Gild Our Lily [Vol. X, No. 28].
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