I made the mistake of reading the article, "Cleanup policies debated" while eating my breakfast this Sunday morning. When I got to Commission Richard Rothschild's statement, " I don't make decisions based on politics," I spit my coffee across the table. That's kind of like Joan Rivers pretending she hasn't had any plastic surgery. Or Bill Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" remark. Who does Rothschild think he's fooling?
Just about every decision he has made as commissioner has been for political reasons, to gain credibility as an ultra-conservative. They certainly were not made for economic or scientific reasons. How many thousands of county dollars did he waste on his forum to debunk climate change? How many tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars did he squander by hiring one of his cronies as a "media consultant?" How many out-of-county speaking engagements has he participated in? I would love to know if any county resources were used on any of those.
Rothschild has consistently voted against public education in Carroll. If he truly based his decisions on "good economics and science," he would understand the value of our schools. His embarrassing ignorance about the Common Core curriculum demonstrates that politics do come first. People and businesses come to Carroll because of the quality of life and because we have one of the best school systems in the state, if not the nation. Folks are not migrating here in droves because we are a drone-free county willing to take up arms against the United Nations.
Now, Rothschild is a Chesapeake Bay expert. Twenty-five thousand dollars has gone to the Clean Chesapeake Coalition. The name sounds innocuous enough, and yes, the Conowingo Dam is an environmental concern. However, a critical reading of this organization's website will reveal that it is much more interested in deregulation than conservation. As the Times has noted, most of our $25,000 is going to lawyers. The group seems unconcerned or unaware that most of the pollutants coming into the Susquehanna River originate in Pennsylvania and New York, a problem the EPA is addressing.
The initiatives in Maryland to save the Chesapeake Bay may not be popular is some circles, but we need to realize that they are not quick fixes. Saving the Bay requires a long view. Rothschild may be concerned with aquatic life, but he has other fish to fry. And they are not in Carroll County.