I was pleased to see The Frederick News-Post’s editorial calling on the city of Frederick to look hard at what went wrong with the Monocacy Boulevard bridge project and to commit itself not to repeat those mistakes in the future.

I hope that The News-Post also agrees that an informed public is one of best ways to “help” government officials avoid mistakes. Therefore, I recommend that The News-Post also engage in some healthy reflection on its role in informing the public about this project, both before city officials made this poor contracting decision and after, as it became apparent that the city and its contractor were not getting the job done.

Hint: I don’t recall the weekly “Road Closures” column ever mentioning the closure of this major city artery. Too often, I find The News-Post devotes space to Associated Press articles of no particular import to our community instead of articles written by its own staff to report on matters of real consequence close to home.

Alan Mawdsley


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You single handedly are responsible for the FNP follow up on Cactus Flats? Maybe...tangentially. Remember this?



Jul 4, 2019 9:55am

" relentless pressure in [your] comments," Kelly? I don't think so. You do remember that, after all the ragging and whining about this that you've done, there was no follow up story done. Not until I sent Jeremy Arias an email several days ago detailing what a nuisance you've been about this case, and in which I copied your latest comment where you mentioned him by name, and asked him if he would please do a follow up just to shut you up. And voilà, a follow up article. So don't flatter yourself into thinking the FNP cares what you want...."


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What do you expect of journalistic quality when most people don't buy papers any longer and we have an Orange Idiot bashing the news media at every turn making those in the business even less likely to stay that are any good?

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