The Eagle’s Faux Foul
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 6th May 2017
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Is this an issue of ‘fake news?’

 

I wasn’t going to release the video I captured of the recent legislative update held at the North Point Library. But then I read the Dundalk Eagle and saw what was, in my humble opinion, fake news … or a complete lack of facts.

I have always said make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before you decide to act on anything, especially in the field of journalism.  Apparently, some of these fowl were missing in the Eagle’s recent report on the legislative update.

I am referring to Trade Point Atlantic and a certain paragraph that appeared, or rather did not appear, in the Eagle regarding this issue.

At the meeting I videoed the legislative update by our Republican Delegation for the sense of clarity and transparency.  It’s a good thing I did, because what the Eagle reported and what the facts are appear to be at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Or, dare I say, an issue of fake news.

As always, you read and you decide.

Here is the video I shot.  I was not going to release this until I read the Eagle article. I believe the public has the right to know the truth.

Here is the paragraph I was referring to that pertained to TPA and whether or not living wage jobs are in the mix:

During his remarks, Salling also praised Sparrows Point developer Tradepoint Atlantic, telling those assembled that the developers would create more than 2,500 jobs by “this time next year” and 10,000 jobs by 2022.

Now here are the issues with that statement.

Number one, TPA are not developers but, rather, landlords.  The only thing TPA does is lease property to whomever pays the rent.  TPA builds nothing.

Some of you may remember the announcement that appeared in the Sun concerning Under Armour that stated the company is expected to open a large logistics center at TPA that would employee up to 1,000 people.

Check the date on the article and you will find that it was written back in 2016, with the center expected to open in 2018.  Take a look at all of the current permits issued by Baltimore County for project at TPA and you see UA is NOT in the mix.

Here is the most current list a permits issued by Baltimore County for projects at TPA:

FedEx Distrubution Hub TPA, #121614F

Sparrows Point Terminal Marketing Ctr., #120115A

TPA Atlantic Site A3, #071916D

St. John’s Distribution Warehouse, #081616C

TPA Atlantic, #101116-LLA3

TPA Warehouse B-6, #032117E

TPA Concrete, #041817B

TPA Bulk Storage Site B5, #042517B

That’s it folks.  That is what TPA has to date.  This info came right from Baltimore County.  There are more detailed attachments with a lot of wherefores and what-nots, but you get the drift.

So, if you do the numbers on the jobs issue, there is not a whole lot of meat on those bones.

The skinny on that issue is found in this Sun article on the FedEx deal with TPA, in which the total number of jobs is 150. Just a little lean there.

What I did discover was the issue of Wind Turbines supposedly in the mix, and that my friends opens a whole can of worms including Councilman Todd Crandell choosing special interests over his constituents.

We will dive head first into this very complicated issue with a look at what is at stake for the taxpayers with this green energy that may wind up flapping in the breeze.  We saw some of that in the failed Obama administration’s $2.2 billion loss of taxpayers money.

Those funds went from the color green to the color gone.