Letters: Democrats want too much control in Maryland; Saudis get a free pass

Dems want too much control in Maryland

There they go again! For years, Carroll (and Frederick) County Democrats have complained about the lack of control by Democrats in local government. Some may object to that characterization, but in all the articles I’ve read and statements I’ve heard I cannot recall one commenter’s suggestion for statewide “proportional representation.” Control of the entire state isn’t enough for the Dems. It seems that they won’t be happy until they control every nook, cranny and last bastion of the opposition. That would be us — AKA “deplorables” and “the enemy.”

Frank Rammes’ letter on Nov. 14 said, among other things, “Locally, Democrats had some very good candidates, but were unable to fill every slot. Democrats have to do better … .” He continued “Voters have to be willing to decide if they really want one party rule in Carroll County.” Well, Frank, here’s the short answer. Yup, we do. Here’s my logic. We Republicans must accept one party rule statewide, so we can deal with it on the local level.


Now for some facts. Maryland Democrats outnumber Republicans approximately 66 percent to 33 percent. I remember when our congressional representation approximated that number — three Republicans versus five Democrats. Then came gerrymandering. Maryland Senate President “Mike” Miller declared war, redrawing the 8th Congressional District so that Chris Van Hollen (D) defeated Connie Morella — long serving Republican. That left Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. With yet another gerrymandering session, Dems redrew 6th District lines. This time, they drew them out from under Bartlett. Today, only Andy Harris remains.

In the latest election, Dem gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous openly stated an apparent party goal. The entire Maryland congressional delegation must be an all Democrat troupe. He said, “I would send eight Democrats to Congress and [Larry Hogan] would send four — and four Republicans.” Which begs the question, which of Jealous’ proposed congressional reps would represent approximately one third of Maryland voters?

But to my main point — short and sweet. Mr. Rammes, my friend, if by holding our few Republican enclaves we serve no other purpose than to irritate, befuddle and confound the opposition, there will be some joy in our lives. Certainly, the Democrat’s Maryland machine shows little concern for proportional representation. It would appear that Democrats believe that control is not control unless it’s total.

We live here and pay taxes, too. We vote for those who best serve us.

Rick Blatchford

Mount Airy

Saudi money doesn’t absolve leadership from wrongdoing

What does the number 15 mean to you? To me, it means the number of Saudis that brought down the Twin Towers on 9/11. Fifteen Saudis, financed by Saudis, killed almost 3,000 people, mostly Americans. The Saudis claimed that the 9/11 attack was conducted by rogue terrorists. Why were we complacent with the Saudis? Energy companies and defense contractors had deep financial ties to Saudi Arabia. Let’s face it, money “trumps” everything else including the protection of our nation.

Fast forward to 2018. The abduction, torture, murder and dismemberment of a legal U.S. resident, father of American children and Washington Post columnist for 15 years, was carried out by 15 Saudis. Like Vladimir Putin and the Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump asked the Saudi king if he knew anything about the murder. The Saudi king said he knew nothing about the murder but he would investigate the matter. That’s like Charles Manson investigating himself. Since then, the Saudis have changed their story several times. Trump agreed that the Saudis should investigate themselves stating that it could have been “rogue” players involved in the murder. Secretary of State Pompeo gave the Saudis a few extra days to get their story straight. Sure enough, the Saudis came up with several changing stories about the murder. Of course, Trump bought into their lies. Trump seems to have an affection for thugs and murderers like Vladimir Putin, Kim Jung Un and Mohamad Bin Salmin, the Saudi Crown Prince.

Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, have close financial ties with the Saudis. Trump said he made millions of dollars from the Saudis. Kushner and the Saudis cut real estate deals worth millions of dollars. Trump and his Congressional toadies actually orchestrated a smear campaign against the butchered Khashaggi. What has Trump done to hold the Saudis accountable for their heinous act? Nothing! What can you say — corrupt, cruel and immoral.

David J. Iacono