I was reading the "Sweepstakes Take" article (Mobtown Beat, May 9) and City Councilman Robert Curran's quote that "I want MY $2,200 per machine" (capitalized by me for emphasis). Mr. Curran is a member of one of Maryland's most powerful political families and has been on the City Council since 1995, so perhaps he needs a lesson on how the "real world" works.
It's not YOUR money. It's the people's money and as an elected official you are merely a steward of it.
Given the city's current financial mess—including a multimillion-dollar deficit and a shrinking tax base—you have not been a good steward of the people's money, but the blame cannot be placed solely on you. Your fellow City Council members and the Mayor are just as complicit, if not more so. Please be careful as to how you use "my" and "money" in the same sentence given your current situation, sir. Now, more then ever, people are watching—and reading.
B. Scott Patrick