Democrats are not teach­able

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Wendy Se­vier, Park­ton

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?

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