Ocean City just lost my busi­ness

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Brigitte Ja­cob­son, Bal­ti­more City

In man­dat­ing a post-La­bor Day start date for Mary­land schools, Gov. Larry Ho­gan has once again demon­strated his ar­ro­gance and short-sight­ed­ness (“Spring break could be cut,” Sept. 2). He cites in­creased fam­ily time as one of the rea­sons be­hind his plun­der­ing of the school cal­en­dar, but as a par­ent of two, I con­sider Thanks­giv­ing, win­ter break and spring break to be not only equally valu­able op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­ily time but also much needed respites through­out the school year. To think that those breaks will now have to be short­ened just to ex­tend an al­ready lengthy sum­mer is pre­pos­ter­ous. And call me crazy, but I’d also like for my chil­dren’s teach­ers to have op­por­tu­ni­ties for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment — days that might also face the chop­ping block with a post-La­bor Day start date.

I deeply re­sent the gover­nor for im­pact­ing my fam­ily’s ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for fam­ily time through­out the year just to ben­e­fit Ocean City busi­nesses at the end of the sum­mer. That re­sent­ment car­ries over to those Ocean City busi­nesses as well. I am now less likely to take my fam­ily there on va­ca­tion than I was be­fore. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Gover­nor Ho­gan, at least for my house­hold, your man­date has re­sulted in the ex­act op­po­site of what you in­tended.

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