Forbes Magazine, one of the most respected publications in the country, posed the question captured in our featured image—”Where is the outrage over corporate welfare?”
Well, The Baltimore Post may have just uncovered some of that outrage in a letter sent to us by an emerging civic organization known as Leaders Helping Leaders 7th District Civic Council of Baltimore County (LHL), a 501(c)3 Maryland Chartered Corporation. The organization’s current board of directors consists of a delegate from each of its member community associations of the 7th Legislative District of Baltimore County.
The Baltimore Post received a letter from the group regarding the Baltimore County Council’s upcoming vote on whether to provide Tradepoint Atlantic with more of our hard-earned tax dollars in the form of corporate welfare.
We have decided to publish the letter in an effort to show that the people of Baltimore County are attempting to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions. In this case, the civics group, LHL is requesting that the Baltimore County Council delay the vote on a resolution that provide more of our hard-earned tax dollars to billion-dollar companies, as well as cut the community completely out the process.
Please make a special note of the chart provided by the community group and see who is at the top of the chart. It does not say “politicians;” rather, it uses the word “People!” In simple language, that means the pols work for the people and not their own special interests, or those of others.
The vote is scheduled for Monday, December 4, 2017 at 6 pm. Normally this is referred to as a document dump. The term is utilized when said politicians are caught with their hands proverbial cookie jar. Think of this for a moment. How many people who work can make it to Towson in rush-hour traffic at 6 pm?
The Baltimore Post feels this action by the council is an egregious affront to every citizen in this county of 831,128 people. This exhibits an utter disregard for the proper representation by elected officials, who took an oath to represent their constituents. After all, the government is supposed to be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”
Our sources indicate that Councilwoman Kathy Bevins will be a yes vote, as will Councilman David Marks. The Baltimore Post strongly believes that any council member voting for this resolution should be swept out of office by an outraged public. This is our money they are doling out to some of the richest individuals and corporations whose only goal is a very distorted propaganda machine backed by corrupt politicians.
Before moving on to the letter, we would like to point out one more egregious act by one employee—Ron Metzger. Mr. Metzger is a former Dundalk citizen of the year, which is sponsored by the Optimists Club of Dundalk. Regarding that issue, Mr. Metzger’s name was submitted to the Optimists Club by Councilman Crandell, whose father and the president of the Optimists Club were empowered to make the selection.
The question is, what do you think would happen to any one of us if we used the following words chosen by Mr. Metzger regarding serious situation in Councilman Crandell’s district?
Below is the copy of the letter from LHL, which the Post is publishing as written.
Leader Helping Leaders
7TH distict Civic Council of Baltimore County
9202 Howard Avenue, Fort Howard, Maryland 21052
Baltimore County Council
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Re: Resolution 109-17
Dear Baltimore County Councilmen:
Please be advised Leaders Helping Leaders 7th District Civic Council of Baltimore County is a 501c3 Maryland Chartered Corporation. Our current board of directors consists of a delegate from each of its member community associations of the 7th Legislative District of Baltimore County.
Our board has voted that the Baltimore County Council table Chairman Quirk’s recently introduced resolution 109-17 which is scheduled for vote at your next meeting in December 2107 until January 2018.
The resolution was introduced this Thanksgiving Holiday week and as a resolution only two weeks are required by law before it is voted upon.
We believe it is most reasonable that the Baltimore County Council defer its vote given the taxpayers of the communities of the 7th district were not advised of this legislation prior to Mr. Quirk introducing it the week of the Thanksgiving Holiday and that no reasonable amount of time has been permitted for the taxpayers of the communities of the 7th district to assess the resolution’s benefits to their respective communities in its current form.
Leaders Helping Leaders 7th District Civic Council of Baltimore County thanks you in advance for permitting the taxpayers of the communities of the 7th district the time required to meaningfully provide the Baltimore County Council the necessary guidance and feedback to ensure your voting is consistent with the will of the citizens of Baltimore County you were elected to represent.
Leaders Helping Leaders
7th District Civic Council of Baltimore County