Summer Savings! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
News Opinion

Councilman Olszewski condescends to his constituents

The March 18 Baltimore County Council meeting was an excellent example of the current disconnect between politicians and the people they represent. The council chamber was packed with residents of Dundalk speaking out against the proposed sale of the North Point Government Center, which includes a 27.5 acre park.

Residents spoke of the park as a focal point of their community life, and an eighth-grader and a high school student were especially eloquent in their pleas to keep a community center that had contributed so much to their lives.

Yet their representative, Councilman John A. Olszewski Sr. of District 7, was condescending in his response. He reassured residents that their July 4 fireworks displays would continue, and that their interests would be protected. Residents clearly did not believe him or trust him to act in the best interests of the community as a whole.

Dundalk is a community under stress. When plans are made to revitalize the community, we must be careful to keep the good things in the community that bring neighborhood people together. The cure should not be worse than the disease.

Mary "Sherry" Locke, Ruxton

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • New jail in Baltimore? [Poll]

    New jail in Baltimore? [Poll]

    Gov. Larry Hogan says he has no plans to build a new jail in Baltimore after closing BCDC. Can the city get by without one?

  • Closing Baltimore's jail

    Closing Baltimore's jail

    The Baltimore City Detention Center needed to close. Any discussion of Gov. Larry Hogan's surprise announcement Thursday that he was shuttering the facility needs to start with that. Yes, he should have consulted with the mayor and key members of the legislature about his plans beforehand — or...

  • The world has already had a race war

    The world has already had a race war

    He wanted to start a race war.

  • Cincinnati officer indictment: Seeing is believing

    Cincinnati officer indictment: Seeing is believing

    Anyone who might still be harboring doubts about the effectiveness (and necessity) of police body cameras need only watch what spewed out of the camera attached to University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who was arraigned on a murder charge today. The recording of Officer Tensing,...

  • Closing BCDC [Poll]

    Closing BCDC [Poll]

    Is closing the Baltimore City Detention Center a good idea?

  • The perils of bail reform

    The perils of bail reform

    Recently, there has been much discussion in Maryland and nationally about reforming the bail system, but some policymakers and judges appear to be headed down a dangerous path that ultimately puts public safety at risk. These discussions are based on an abandonment of the concept of bail when releasing...