Democrats can’t stand to see Ho­gan suc­ceed

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Robert C. Er­land­son, El­li­cott City

Lib­eral Mont­gomery County Del. Eric Luedtke com­plains that Repub­li­can Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der man­dat­ing the school year be­gin after La­bor Day is ter­ri­ble pol­icy (“Ho­gan and Fran­chot: Pro­files in pan­der­ing,” Sept. 2).

Like a good Demo­crat, Mr. Luedtke car­ries out the in­struc­tions given him by the teach­ers unions and puts forth many red her­rings as to why ex­tend­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion for seven or eight days will bring about the end of the world.

Many pri­vate and parochial schools be­gin after La­bor Day without any prob­lems. Nei­ther would well-run pub­lic schools that fo­cus on the well-be­ing of stu­dents and not the well -be­ing of teach­ers union mem­bers.

Mr. Luedtke’s real com­plaint is that, try as he and his fel­low Demo­cratic law­mak­ers might, he has not had any suc­cess in stick­ing it to Gover­nor Ho­gan for the past two years. He can’t bear the thought that Mr. Ho­gan would start a pol­icy that is pop­u­lar with Mary­land fam­i­lies and may re­quire his union masters to ac­tu­ally be cre­ative and work ef­fi­ciently.

Thus he and his union pals are sim­ply try­ing to cre­ate prob­lems where none ex­ist. Mr. Luedtke claims that a book about Mr. Ho­gan and State Comptroller Peter Fran­chot, who also sup­ports the later open­ing date for schools, should be called “Pro­files in pan­der­ing.” I have a ti­tle for a book about Mr. Luedtke: “Pro­file in whin­ing.”

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