Patch has compiled the most blunt, thoughtful and outrageous comments on Carroll County Patch sites this week. Readers talked the most about Carroll County’s exceptional recycling rate, a recent ruling saying the , whether textbooks should be taxed and why home births are on the rise.
“Look, I am the first to agree that this meeting was a sham. In my ideal world, they would not have held it at all. That said, quite frankly as a taxpayer, I'm more annoyed at Neil Ridgley on this one. The ONLY reason they charged people to attend this event is because Haven tried to insist that NO county tax dollars be used for this. The fact that $3,600 was used outrages far more than this lame open meetings violation.” - Ed
Carroll County Recycling Rate at All-Time High "The larger recycling cans work much better, and it's nice not having to sort the recycling according to paper/plastic/glass. We are doing much more recycling than we used to, as well." - Gabrielle Donnald
Del. Krebs Sponsors Bill That Would Exempt Textbooks From State Tax "That's a good start, but all books should be exempt from state sales tax. We should be encouraging people to read rather than watching TV or their iPad. We are rapidly becoming a nation of know-nothings and encouraging reading should be a top priority." - David J Iacono
"How can we keep Maryland moving forward if we don't collect everyone's fair share of taxes? Keeping this tax on the books will allow Maryland's hard working middle class families to continue to grow and help our children succeed. (Does that sound like O'Malley's rhetoric???)" - Eludius
Poll: Why Are Home Births on the Rise? "I think it is a fantastic option for women to birth in their homes. Medical intervention is not necessary in most cases and most hospitals push certain medical non-necessities. There are women I know who have chosen unassisted home birth, which is fine, but for many, a midwife is best as an assistant especially post-delivery for mom and baby. With situations like Evelyn's, this is making it harder for midwives to do their jobs. The system needs to loosen its reign on midwives and allow people the freedom to birth as they choose." - kim pickett