Remember what Ruppersberger wrought

April 14, 2013

In response to Dan Rodricks' column regarding Dutch Ruppersberger ("Ruppersberger weighs run for governor," April 11), yeah, that's all well and good, but when are we going to start holding politicians responsible for their past actions, or lack thereof? As Baltimore County executive, Mr. Ruppersberger enabled, if not looked the other way (which is more insidious), as David Brown razed the Samuel Owings House. One more chance at Baltimore County's growth becoming something more than another Paramus, N.J., blown.

A few years later, after Baltimore County bought the Meadowood Sports Field Complex in a "quick take," he failed to follow through again, this time on his promise to the Valleys Planning Council that the land would be put in a Maryland Environmental Trust easement. So now, as we know from recent headlines, that land can be sold and or developed by the county someday.

Those who don't learn from politicians' past failings sure as heck better not complain in the future.

Tim Naylor, Stevenson

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