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.