In a recent editorial, “Calls for local boycotts ill-advised,” attempts to apply economic pressure to the Frederick County Commissioners and their supporters are criticized. The editorial implies that voters should not be upset because these commissioners were “candid about their political philosophy and how they planned to proceed if elected.”
They were not candid about how they would proceed. Had they been open about their plans to privatize the county workforce, sell Montevue, cut county support to Head Start and attempt to loosen ethics rules, they would have never been elected. The editorial states that some boycotts would be reasonable such as those conducted during the civil rights campaigns in the 1960s — “When the political establishment and powers that be are resolutely unresponsive to reasonable change, a boycott may be justified and necessary.”
I believe that is exactly the situation we face in Frederick County. On issue after issue citizens have organized, demonstrated, and given solid, reasoned presentations, and they have been ignored, disrespected and abused by this board.
These commissioners have given up all pretense that they care what the public thinks. This colossal arrogance was on display when Commissioner Paul Smith announced before the required public comment meeting that he would vote to sell Montevue, before he had even heard from the public! Voting these guys out is an option, but their four-year term gives them even more time to do irreversible damage to the county infrastructure.
We need the ability to recall public officials, but unfortunately do not have that right in Maryland. These commissioners have left us with no other choice. I support and urge other voters to support the boycotts.