Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

January 07, 2007

Leopold's actions unfairly criticized

Not even a month into his term as Anne Arundel County Executive, John Leopold is already facing partisan attacks for making common-sense decisions that affect public safety.

Maryellen O. Brady, a public supporter of the Democrat who lost to Leopold in November, cried foul because he chose to continue using [police officers] for security, and because he wants to regulate panhandling at busy intersections ("Speak Out" of Dec. 24 and 31).

Perhaps the writer wants the county executive to ignore the advice of his public safety experts? Suppose there were an emergency like a terrorist attack. Should someone responsible for nearly 500,000 souls coordinate a response from behind the wheel of a car? I don't think so. Brady had no complaints when Janet Owens, a Democrat, did the same thing for eight years under similar pretenses.

I guess we should also ignore the danger posed to panhandlers and motorists, including minors, while people continue to weave in between cars during rush hour. I would rather my county executive institute policy that is inclusive of everyone's safety. Kids running car washes to raise money is great, but they must do it in a safe manner. Brady had no complaints when the County Council, including three Democrats, voted unanimously to ban panhandling by minors following [passage of] Leopold's bill in the state legislature. At least two Democratic delegates are pushing for a statewide bill in kind.

John Leopold was elected because he makes decisions based on the best interests of his constituents, not political party affiliation. Let's move beyond the November elections and get back to the business of governing Anne Arundel County safely and responsibly.

Michelle Corkadel

Edgewater

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