‘Loan’ to grocery giant immoral
FROM: BOB WILLICK RISING SUN
A recent press release from the Cecil County Office of Economic Development touted the “100 new jobs” that a new Lidl distribution center would bring to Cecil County.
However, there are some very disturbing elements to the deal that was struck between Lidl and the Office of Economic Development. Buried at the end of the press release was the admission that Lidl was given a $20,000 “Workforce Training Grant” and a $16,000 “conditional loan” through the CCOED. We all understand that a grant is a gift of taxpayer dollars. Apparently, so is a “conditional loan.”
I contacted the office and was informed that “if certain conditions are met,” the “loan” to Lidl will not need to be repaid. On top of the handout from Cecil County, Lidl will also receive a $360,000 handout from the state. This is an outra- geous use of taxpayer dollars.
Lidl is the fifth largest retailer in the world and does roughly $83 billion — that’s right billion — in sales per year. It is immoral for our local and state government to confiscate the wealth of citizens and redistribute it to a foreign corporation that is making huge profits.
It’s also unfair to tax other businesses and then use that money to help another business that may be a competitor. Government should refrain from participating in cronycapitalism and let the free market determine who succeeds and who doesn’t.
Bob Willick is the state coordinator for Maryland Campaign for Liberty. presented by the FBI director, and also demonstrates that Clinton lied to Congress. Electing Clinton, a proven criminal, would undermine our military, our nation and our morale. To those who blindly support Clinton, consider strongly that ideological support for a criminal sets a dangerous precedent for all people, regardless of political party, because the act of electing Clinton will nullify the founding principal that the USA is a nation of laws and not men.
Electing Clinton will affirm just the opposite: the new USA is a nation of men and women who can game the system or have enough money to buy the system, while the common man and woman are subjugated by it. In short, the new USA will be affirmed to be no better than a banana republic, whose elected leaders are no better than installed dictators, and we the people will have no voice. The fact that neither the current sitting attorney general or president will not enforce justice when it comes to Clinton further proves the level of corruption in this present government, and, under normal circumstances, would demonstrate treasonous action on their part, meriting impeachment. This will not happen because of lack of political will and because of the aforementioned corruption.
The only solution is our voting at the ballot box. Let’s not allow this election to be the last this once-free nation experiences. ists from Perryville have helped make this possible.
But the clinic has struggled since opening to become self-supporting. Care is provided at low or no cost to the patients, while overhead and other health care costs continue to rise. We have bridged the shortfall of over $10 million to keep the clinic open, but can no longer bear these significant costs alone. With this reality in mind, we have had ongoing discussions since 2014 with leaders in Cecil County to find a way to share the costs and keep the clinic doors open.
Our goal remains firm: to help serve those who need dental care wherever we can. Using new operational models, the school recently established a cost-sharing partnership to care for low-income residents in Frederick County. The long-term sustainability of the Perryville clinic depends on partnership, with everyone invested in its success. We will continue to do all we can to work with the community to create a sustainable model that everyone can be proud of.
Mark A. Reynolds is the dean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.