Ques­tions for and about can­di­date John Ol­szewski Jr.

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

County Ex­ec­u­tive can­di­date John Ol­szewski, Jr. has a lot of pro­pos­als that de­serve ques­tion­ing. One pro­posal is to add more pub­lic hous­ing in the county along with pass­ing the Home Act to end hous­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion. How­ever, does John re­al­ize many home­own­ers have ex­pe­ri­enced de­clin­ing home val­ues due to past Sec­tion 8 im­ple­men­ta­tion that lead to in­creased crime? Does the can­di­date re­al­ize peo­ple change neigh­bor­hoods in­stead of neigh­bor­hoods chang­ing peo­ple? At what point does the city’s prob­lems stop be­ing the county’s prob­lems?

When there was an in­ci­dent of vi­o­lence one late July evening at White Marsh Mall, the po­lice quickly dif­fused a dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion. Why was Ol­szewski silent about the in­ci­dent for a whole week? Does John have his head buried in the sand, not re­al­iz­ing county res­i­dents are fed up with an in­crease in vi­o­lent crime?

As far as past leg­is­la­tion goes, John as a del­e­gate voted for HB 1265, also known as the “Bath­room Bill” which al­lows for “rea­son­able ac­com­mo­da­tion” for trans­gen­der in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing al­low­ing them to use the women’s re­stroom. Past in­ci­dents have oc­curred around the coun­try where women have been as­saulted by a man that iden­ti­fied as a woman in dress­ing rooms and re­strooms af­ter sim­i­lar laws were im­ple­mented. Since the Demo­crat party seems to be re­ally em­pha­siz­ing the is­sue of rape and sex­ual as­sault these days, how can John jus­tify his vote for HB 1265?

John also pre­vi­ously voted for the now-re­pealed Rain Tax in An­napo­lis (HB 987) yet he blamed the county for im­ple­ment­ing it. This tax ended up crush­ing many busi­nesses statewide, in­clud­ing a few mari­nas in the east­ern Bal­ti­more County area. How can he be trusted as County Ex­ec­u­tive af­ter pre­vi­ously pass­ing the buck as del­e­gate about this is­sue?

John be­lieves in job growth, yet his pro­posal of a $15 an hour min­i­mum wage will hin­der job growth. With self-serve kiosks be­com­ing more com­mon in restau­rants, does John re­al­ize that many stu­dents would likely lose out and not be able to get an en­try level job that teaches re­spon­si­bil­ity? The slo­gan of Ol­szewski’s cam­paign is the build­ing of a bet­ter Bal­ti­more County. Is this slo­gan an ad­mis­sion that the past Demo­crat ad­min­is­tra­tions of Dutch Rup­pers­berger, Jim Smith and Kevin Kamenetz failed the cit­i­zens of Bal­ti­more County?

The fi­nal ques­tion should be, “Is it time to give the Repub­li­can can­di­date, Al Red­mer, Jr. an op­por­tu­nity to gov­ern?” Fi­nally an an­swer. Per­haps it is.

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