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Rick Blatchford: Independent thinking refreshing

Bill Kennedy's July 22 column regarding the Carroll County commissioners looks like another attack piece from the left, typically and predictably containing derisive and belittling statements.
He stated that "folks around the state, and indeed around the country, think that [Carroll countians] ... are a bunch of backward country yokels." He cited neither a source nor any reference to support that remark.
I watch, listen to and read local and national news. I've heard no such indictment made except by local Democrats. Of course, if such statements are being made, it's not difficult to figure who is making them.
Kennedy reminds us that Carroll County is "a part of the state of Maryland ..." I don't think that we in the county require such a reminder. Perhaps Kennedy would be so kind as to remind our governor and the General Assembly. They, all too frequently, seem to forget that fact.
How many acknowledged Democrats have written letters to this paper recommending that the county elect more Democrats? They imply that doing so will provide our county with more funds and favorable legislation. Is this not a tacit admission of the political discrimination that has taken place here for years?
Lastly, Kennedy commented about the commissioners' resolution "... in opposition to legally passed legislation...," gun control. This resolution did not refuse to support the gun control legislation. Basically, the commissioners said that they would not blindly enforce the gun control law. I'd like to remind Kennedy about recent actions by President Barack Obama, who instructed the Justice Department to ignore certain immigration laws, suspended the employer mandate part of ObamaCare and has meddled with the No Child Left Behind Act. Obama has interfered with laws passed by the U.S. Congress. I've heard no complaints from the left regarding Obama's illegal actions of interfering with the administration of U.S. laws.
What's the problem with the passage of a resolution? A reading of the resolution makes it clear. The commissioners did not disregard the law. It should also be noted that Carroll County commissioners did not operate in a vacuum with the resolution. They were joined by the county State's Attorney and Sheriff. Additionally, Cecil County passed a similar resolution, and the Garrett County Sheriff supports a similar stand.
Perhaps Kennedy feels embarrassed by independent thinking which deviates from the Maryland Democrat machine. Some find it a refreshing change.
Rick Blatchford
Mount Airy

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