It was with great sadness that I read the Aug. 13 letter "Coalition formed for charter," from Kline, Cooley and Rogers. A vision flashed in my mind. It was of the famous painting depicting an old Indian leaning on a telegraph pole in the snow, his rifle cradled as he watched a long line of covered wagons passing by.
The letter concerned a charter that was prepared by many people whom I respect and it is now being promoted by others whom I respect. I know my cause is lost.
It seems like only yesterday that I was leading the attacks against the master plan. It was 40 years ago. My time-proven theory was that the plan would allow large developers to take over the county and drive small builders out of business. And so it did, and the face of Frederick County changed forever. As with the Plains tribes, our side won many battles but lost the war.
This republic, with its many sub-republics like Frederick County, are by design the most inefficient form of government devised by the mind of man. They are so because they allow great freedom of input from the collective genius of common man and avoid the rigidity of the common genius of collective man.
With each step toward efficiency in government we hand our jailers another key for our shackles. How many keys are there left before we appoint a "Dear Leader" for life.
This is the only shot I will fire in this battle. I will now draw my blanket tight and walk away to await the coming winter.