Smith learns a tough lesson
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#1 Jun 14, 2008
This BCPS school board is one of the most ineffective boards in recent history...beginning with their decision to renew the contract of the superintendent. Unfortunately, Baltimore County will pay for their bad decisions for years to come. As a citizen, it saddens me.
Since: Sep 07
#2 Jun 16, 2008
During his first term, Mr. Smith could afford to ignore the pleas of people in the Perry Hall and Towson communities. Both areas are represented by two parties, and he is confident in the votes of his partisans. He would have liked to ignore those people throughout his second term, not needing them for anything, until he decided to run for another office.
Now, his chickens are coming home to roost. Baltimore County voters, with leadership from the Perry Hall community in the person of former Delegate Jim Ports, have shown their propensity to put aside partisanship when the County Executive abuses them as happened with eminent domain in 2002. Those same voters, without regard for party, will work to defeat an arrogant pol, and will work to elect the person who will work to accomplish the goals of the people.
Jim Smith has not earned any support from voters living east of the Greenspring Valley for any office. The candidates for County Executive in 2010 should listen carefully and find viable solutions that will earn voters support. Candidates for the County Council will do well to follow suit.
#3 Jun 16, 2008
Great column. Jim Smith should be embarrassed, but I'm pretty sure he's not.
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