Charlatans and incompetents give government a bad name

Isn't it odd that people will give credence to people with absolutely no credentials but talk as if they did?

First there was that guy at the city school system who was given a contract with no defined duties ("Schools employee charged with sex with teen," Nov. 29). Then there was the blogger full of fantasy and hot air who police were afraid of ("Blogger surrenders to police after standoff in Waverly," Dec. 2).

The guy in the schools makes you wonder what goes on down at North Avenue. They consistently ask for more money, ostensibly for the children, then spend it as if they had it to throw away. Maybe the education hierarchy does not need the beehive at North Avenue and could save money by eliminating that part of the bureaucracy.

In another little oddity, the University of Maryland Board of Regents seems to believe it does not have to follow the state's open meetings law ("Regents criticized for vote in secret," Nov. 22). And it turns out that a Maryland assistant attorney who was there is now declining to say what he advised due to attorney-client privilege.

Imagine, all this time we thought that he worked for the people of Maryland, not just certain people in it. We are his client so long as he is in office.

What are these people thinking? They have achieved some level of royalty so they are immune from carrying out the law of the state? No wonder people trust charlatans, when their own officials run roughshod over them.

Joseph Schvimmer, Pikesville

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