Crossing Lines: Signs of the Times
Posted by Buzz Beeler on 13th July 2017


Still shot from Delegate Robin Grammer’s – Public Service Announcement


Did Delegate Grammer cross the line by urging citizens to take up “illegal” signs???

The “what ifs” could boggle your mind.


Everyone knows the illegally placed road signs that litter roadways in Baltimore County nearly outnumber the potholes.

With that said, how can one address this situation legally?

I’m not sure what the answer is, but a public service announcement from a local lawmaker professes to have a solution, which is rather perplexing. Generally speaking, these types of announcements from Baltimore County officials usually take into consideration the legal aspects of any proposed actions. However, in this case, we see a broad-brush approach to a very complex issue that seems to have been overlooked by Delegate Robin Grammer in his announcement.

One questions why Delegate Grammer would take such an unusual approach? (Note: I use the word unusual to highlight the association with a particular community leader that seems to be spreading his influence around some of our local pols.)

As always, our motto is: “You read; you decide.”

First, here is the public service announcement from Delegate Grammer:

Full video of the public service announcement. Is this above the law?

Now, here is the first reference to Cliff’s Auto Body Shop.


Pitch for Cliff’s Hi-Tech Auto Body.

There are numerous questions that compound Delegate Grammer’s video. Many of them are immersed in legal questions concerning the area in which said signs are placed, and whether the public has the right to choose which ones should be removed.

For example, consider this: during election season, as we’ve seen in the past, numerous campaign signs are plastered over everything with the exception of our foreheads. Can you imagine the controversy that would arise if one political party decided to remove the opposition’s signs?

Another example could include yard sale signs, which are predominant in most areas throughout Baltimore County. If two neighbors within close proximity of each other hold competing yard sales, could one decide to remove the other’s sign? How many 911 calls do you think that would generate?

Remember that it is the government’s job to enforce local ordinances, and there are numerous people who are well trained and have the authority to do so.  This is not a matter for every citizen to take upon himself/herself. The public should not decide what is placed legally on the side of the road and what is not.

Meanwhile, The Baltimore Post examined Delegate Grammer’s campaign records and found contributions of $2950 from Mr. O’Connell.  This coincides with another recent article the Post published on a similar subject.

You also may notice in the public service announcement the mention of a contest involving the winner receiving a pizza from Papa John’s.

The below screenshot of an announcement will explain exactly what this column is exposing.  Our political leaders should not, and must not, be engaged in activity that grants a particular group or person special access. Rather, our leaders should be concerned about serving all constituents equally.



Nightmare soon to come, courtesy of TPA.

The video above shows another perplexing situation. Delegate Grammer is describing the horrific heavy truck traffic in and around the Dundalk area. This is a direct result of TPA and its goal of creating a logistics operation at the old Sparrows Point Steel facility.

What’s troubling about this issue is that it goes against the grain of the political climate in dealing with TPA. For more information on that, click on this link and you’ll see what we are referring to.

Today, TPA has fallen below the triumphant announcement of facilitating living wage jobs in Dundalk. The projection of 10,000 jobs is nowhere near a reality. To date, the number is far below those expectations.  The Baltimore Post has given this topic extensive coverage in many of our columns, which are listed in our archives.

Even one local political leader described TPA as nothing more than “crony capitalism.”  The Post is continuing its investigation into TPA, and what we have found is not encouraging for the local economy.

There are two main issues the Post continues to investigate: the announcement of windmills and Under Armour’s lease at TPA.

In summary, the Post believes that our elected officials have a duty to represent their constituents. Far too often, we see political cronyism overrule the concerns of our taxpayers.

And that is not acceptable.

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