O'Malley's attack on UMB clinic unfair

November 21, 2011

Gov. Martin O'Malley's stance on the Eastern Shore farm pollution lawsuit ("O'Malley criticizes UMB for lawsuit," Nov. 18), is troubling on many levels. First of all, one of the governor's "15 Strategic Policy Goals" (as taken from his website) is to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay by 2020. For someone who is so committed to the health of Maryland waters, I find it curious that the governor has taken such a stance against UMB law students assisting in prosecuting those who may be contributing to the pollution in the Pocomoke River.

Although the governor refers to the Waterkeeper Alliance as "deep-pocketed litigants," according to their website they share the same goal as the governor, which is clean water. Perhaps the poultry giant Perdue Farms is the real villain. As part of "big-ag," Perdue has the financial resources to control politicians and influence the laws that govern our environment to suit its needs, despite the harm done to people, water and animals.

Mr. O'Malley's defense is that the Hudson farm "has been in the family for four generations." Let me assure him that four generations ago there were not anywhere near half-million chickens living on the farm as there are today. It does not take a scientist to figure out that the waste from all those chickens has to go somewhere.

Unfortunately, the Hudsons own a family farm that turned industrial and now may not be able to safely contain its waste. However, that will be for the court to decide, not for Mr. O'Malley, who apparently considers himself a jury of one.

Janna Scott, Baltimore

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