Democrats are not teachable
I find it humorous (but typical) that the Democratic machine in Maryland is sticking to its “we know what’s best for the people of Maryland and they aren’t smart or responsible enough to know what is best for them and their families” approach. School after Labor Day is supported by 70 percent of the people polled, and I am sure some of them must be Democrats since they are the majority in this state (“Hogan and Franchot: Profiles in pandering,” Sept. 2).
The reasoning is not only Ocean City and tourism. You have many of the more rural counties where there is a major focus on agriculture. Many children in these areas participate in programs like 4H and Future Farmers of America. They work all year toward a goal of showing at the Maryland State Fair what they know and have learned on the agricultural front. The fair starts before Labor Day. When school started opening before Labor Day, they were forced to make a choice between classes and their projects. Many times these projects connect back to the family farms they grew up on and to which they would often return.
The air conditioning issue is also a factor in the decision by Gov. Larry Hogan. He asked for portable units in non-air-conditioned schools until they could be updated, but politicians like Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz felt that was fiscally irresponsible with no apparent concern for those children. Now people are “concerned” that tourism money is overriding what is best for the education of our children. Where were their complaints that money (or lack of spending it on AC) was overriding what is best for our children?