Letters To The Editor

User Fee Hike Opposed

(The following was sent to the Worcester County Commissioners with a copy forwarded to this publication)

I am unable to attend the public hearing on the proposed changes to the users fees for water and waste water. I hope you will give consideration to the following.

Senior citizens like my wife and myself never use 10,000 gallons of water per quarter. Single people, widows and widowers use even less. So in effect we are charged each quarter for water we do not use. Now a 100% increase is proposed, from $.80 to $1.60 per 1,000 gallons up to 10,000 per quarter. Doubling our cost will make the existing inequitable user fees even worse.

We are all feeling the effect of inflation. Our cost for gasoline, food and energy are up considerably. But we have some control over that, we can conserve. The proposed fee structure does not encourage conservation. If we conserve water we are still charged the same.  In fact under the proposed fee structure, the smaller consumer will subsidize the wasteful consumer.

It is an accepted principal that we pay for what we use, and that is how the fees for water usage should be structured. Senior sitizens should not be required to pay a disproportionate share.

Norman Katz
Ocean Pines

Thanks To Decatur ROTC

On behalf of the Worcester County Commission for Women, I would like to thank the Navy Junior ROTC of Stephen Decatur High School for their participation at the Women’s History Month Luncheon. The orderliness and precision of their posting of colors promoted a spirit of patriotism among the guests.

In addition, as a docent for the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines, I have witnessed the professionalism of these young students when working with the elementary school students on folding flags and leading in song and cheers. The NJROTC is truly a community asset.

Diane McGraw

Help Appreciated

We would like to send a huge thank you out to Sonrise Church, its pastor and their friends for helping to make Field Day and the fourth grade graduation a huge success.

Thank you so much for all your help.
Buckingham Elementary Staff & PTA

Thanks For Contributions

The Coastal Delmarva Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors recently completed its Buckets of Love project, which resulted in well over 100 sand buckets filled with goodies along with monetary contributions being presented to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

We are blessed to live and work in a community full of giving and caring folks. Our gratitude goes out to the many who made this project a success: Acquest Title Services; Atlantic General Hospital; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; D3 Corp.; Dolles Candyland; First Shore Federal Savings & Loan Assn.; IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance; Peninsula Dermatology Associates; ReMax Premier Properties; Seaside Christian Academy; Shamrock Realty Group; T-Shirt Factory; Taylor Bank; Wednesday Night Ladies Bowling League and Worcester County Chapter of Americans for Prosperity.  

Gwen L. Cordner

(The writer is the chairperson of the Community Service Committee of the Coastal Delmarva Chapter of Women’s Council of Realtors.)

Road Decision Is Wrong

The vote to make Carrollton Lane completely one way is ridiculous. No one with much, if any, common sense gave this decision much thought.

We live in the Colonial Village on a cul-de-sac off of Mercers Way so traffic on Carrollton doesn’t affect us. However, with this decision, if we wanted to visit someone on Carrollton it would mean that we would have to drive all the way around wasting time and gas to otherwise go one block. And what about those living on McHenry Court which is about fifty feet from the entrance to the Colonial Village? Should they have to drive out of their way to get to the parkway? Absurd.

We don’t understand why those living in the Marina Village are complaining about Carrollton Lane. It only takes them another minute or two and two cents worth of gas to get to the Parkway via Mumford Landing Road. On the other hand, although we understand the point of view from those living on Carrollton, would there really be a lot more traffic if it were a two-way road? Probably not because many living in the Marina Village are only there part time.

We suggest you go back to the drawing board on this issue and keep Carrollton the way it was intended or a two-way road all the way.

Ann and Bill Lutz
Ocean Pines

Kindness Applauded

Rarely in one’s life do you witness a grand “Random Act of Kindess.” On Tuesday, June 7, around 136th Street, I did.

Traveling south on Coastal Highway around 4:30 p.m., an Ocean City police patrol car stopped traffic in a most efficient way to allow a mother mallard duck and her six to eight babies cross the highway to safety. The babies were so small they had a difficult time jumping up onto the sidewalk, however, the officers helped and all made it to safety.

I have lived in Ocean City for over 30 years and have always admitted the work our officers do, but this act that I witnesses just reinforced my appreciation of their service.

Thanks for a job well done.
Ruan Harbour
Ocean City