Even Blaine Young's own stepmother said the tone of his emails was so nasty that she had to restrain herself from responding.
But we won't.
The reason is that constituents should demand that their elected officials are civil and treat each other with respect, even when they disagree.
Maybe the commissioners president was just having a bad day when he fired off several emails to the Frederick mayor and Board of Aldermen on the morning of June 8. We suspect, however, it's more likely that this is just one more example of how the self-proclaimed "good ol' boy" deals with people he disagrees with.
In case you missed it, Young, who is a co-owner of a taxi service in Frederick, was ticked -- and that's putting it mildly -- that the city held a public hearing and raised fares by 30 cents per mile the night before, according to the email exchange, reported last Friday in The Frederick News-Post.
Young said he didn't show up at the meeting (as the city's other taxi companies did) because it would just "piss me off," and he asserted in an electronic exchange that the city should have no control over taxi rates.
We want to pause briefly to at least give Young the benefit of the doubt in one area -- and that is he does make a good point in regard to the rate-setting by city officials. A strong argument can be made that the government should only regulate taxi issues such as safety, and let free enterprise determine the rates -- particularly since there are competing, private companies in Frederick.
The problem is that point was lost in the emails that Young unloaded on city officials, and in particular Alderman Michael O'Connor, who actually decided to engage with Young. The others declined to take the bait, but several commented later that the commissioner should have been more tactful.
"Oh, what a nasty email train," said Alderwoman Karen Young, the commissioner's stepmother. "The tone of his correspondence was just so inappropriate. I had to restrain myself from responding."
O'Connor at least made an attempt to explain why the city was holding the hearing and noted that taxi services across the country are regulated the same way. But Young fired back two more emails that ridiculed O'Connor's work at the local nonprofit that he manages.
We find this latest episode troublesome, and the reason why you should care is that it's never productive when your local elected officials can't work together or can't agree to disagree in a civil manner.
It's also never professional to taunt or humiliate your peers and it should bother you that Young keeps forgetting that he just might need their help in the future with other issues and projects. Our strong advice to Young is to tone down the rhetoric, stop the bullying and try to communicate in a more productive manner.
In one of the last email exchanges with O'Connor, even Young noted: "I should not of (sic) even wasted my time in sending this email."
We couldn't agree more.