Don’t let them take your votes

Record Observer - - Opinion -

I am struck by Com­mis­sioner Jim Mo­ran’s rea­son­ing that, since vot­ing for the Gen­eral As­sem­bly is by dis­trict only, then that should work for Queen Anne’s County’s Com­mis­sion as well, re­duc­ing our votes to two in­stead of the cur­rent five.

Hav­ing watched Mary­land’s Gen­eral “Asy­lum” in An­napo­lis since about 1985, I’ve seen the Eastern Shore, South­ern, and Western Mary­land be­ing ger­ry­man­dered and squeezed al­most into obliv­ion by such per­pet­ual power hon­chos as Thomas “Mike” Miller, Se­nate Pres­i­dent since 1987(!) and Michael Busch, A.A. Co., since 2003.

No, Jim, I don’t think we’re get­ting our fair share.

As to Char­lie Rhodes’ con­cern about com­mis­sioner “turnover”; per­son­ally, I am thrilled with Queen Anne’s vot­ers’ abil­ity to “term limit” our County Com­mis­sion­ers.

Look, for in­stance, at our end­less, ex­pen­sive bat­tle with an ear­lier com­mis­sion’s de­ci­sion, (in the fi­nal vote of their terms) to ap­prove Hov­na­nian’s grand plan for most of the north shore of Kent Is­land! Or the six fig­ure salaries, com­mis­sioner ap­proved, for some county em­ploy­ees, with­out no­ti­fi­ca­tion to tax­pay­ers.

Some of those com­mis­sion­ers tried to run again – but vot­ers stopped them. Could we have done that with­out cit­i­zens of ev­ery dis­trict vot­ing? I doubt it.

Don’t let them take away your vote, folks. It’s the only weapon you have! BETTYE SPEED


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