Owens wouldn't battle the educators
I'm dancing happy about Janet Owens entering the county executive's race in Anne Arundel.
Awhile ago, I read with healthy cynicism about Councilwoman Diane Evans's conversion to the Democratic Party. After all, the parties espouse opposing priorities, and Diane stays in the right-hand lane. Her record on Democratic priorities such as school funding and employee issues is abysmal.
Although there are Democrat-leaning Republicans in government, she's never been among them. Doubting revelation and rebirth, I suspected she saw a lighted path to the boss' swivel chair.
More interesting is her grandstanding "demand" for $13.5 million stashed in County Executive John G. Gary's contingency fund.
She should be paying dues to the Screen Actors Guild. She thinks the play-acting might distance her from Mr. Gary (who doesn't deserve a vote from any parent, relative, friend or casual acquaintance of a child in a county school). Only the memory-challenged, however, will be impressed.
Most remember that Ms. Evans supported this budget, including its Draconian cuts to schools and the contingency fund money-stashing. That's not all.
Last year, when the school health program was being decimated, Ms. Evans' thumb was up. Three years ago, when the county barely met the legal minimum of local school funding, her thumb again pointed skyward.
I have sons in public school. That their futures have been handicapped by Mr. Gary, with Ms. Evans marching in cadence, is unforgivable. I'll vote for the Democrat, not the chameleon.
And after hearing Ms. Owens' message on schools and her commitment to a partnership between the county and the board, I'll dance to the polls.
During my career as a physician, I understood the importance of listening to a patient first, assessing the problem, developing a plan with patient involvement, being honest with the patient and then aggressively implementing the plan.
These are qualities that we should demand from the next county executive. The one candidate who has consistently demonstrated all these is Janet Owens. She is intelligent, has unquestioned integrity, has held major executive management posts and has proven in various positions that she is a leader dedicated to working with and for all the people. Janet Owens has my vote.
Beatrice Selvin, M.D.
One only has to look at the recent budget cuts by the school board to realize that the true victims of the ongoing battle between John G. Gary, the County Council and the Board of Education are the county's children.
These petty struggles need to be halted. Sanity and a clear focus on appropriate priorities need to be returned to Anne Arundel County government. A clean sweep needs to be made of many of our elected officials, starting with the county executive.
Janet Owens offers vision and focus for Anne Arundel County. She will tackle our county's needs while allowing the school board to do its job: provide quality education for our children.
Mary C. Dunlap
I am writing to urge support for Janet Owens for county executive in the upcoming election. Our current county executive and County Council should not be reelected because of the gross neglect they have displayed toward the children of this county. Over the last four years, they have consistently decreased the county portion of funds going to our schools.
This has resulted in larger class size, lack of materials for instruction and outdated textbooks. Our children are our future. They deserve much better.
I urge you to support and vote for Janet Owens, a candidate for county executive who has a vision for the future that includes a quality education for our children.
The writer is former president of the Teachers Association of Anne Arundel County.
As a concerned citizen of Anne Arundel, I support Janet Owens for county executive. Our present combative executive wastes a lot of time and energy in unnecessary battles, generating poor morale among county employees. He continues to try and usurp other agency's power in his quest for complete autonomy.
We need Janet Owens to return some sense of sanity to county government.
Councilman Mulford no ally of the teachers
As an educator and resident of Anne Arundel County's Councilmanic District 6, I find it very distressful that my elected representative has openly come out in opposition to education.
While Councilman William C. Mulford II pretends to be a supporter of public education, his actions speak volumes.
His attempts to keep the money "out of the hands of those teachers" illustrates his lack of knowledge and commitment to education. His vehemence during the budget process sent a clear message of lack of support for the children and educators of Anne Arundel County.
When will our elected officials understand that by keeping money "out of the hands of the teachers," they are keeping the funding out of the classroom and away from the children.