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I was amused with Commissioner Rothschild's recent opus on Smart Growth policy, but disappointed that he left out two of his favorite conspiracies; Agenda 21 and his charges of communism. I distinctly remember the excruciating embarrassment he and his Tea Party friends at We the People caused our county when they boldly accused former Maryland Planning Secretary, Rich Hall, of colluding with the United Nations in crafting the state's first master plan.

While the Commissioner is still using his "alternative facts" to tilt at the anti-Smart Growth windmill, the rest of the informed world accepts that suburban sprawl is both unsustainable and greatly strains our natural resources. Offering that tax rates are somehow a measure of quality of life or claiming that increased housing density is somehow social engineering is just delusional and paranoid. Sadly, it is this paranoia that fuels nationalistic behavior like Commissioner Rothschild's against foreign immigrants, refugees and the 3 percent in the county for whom he felt compelled to make English the "official language."

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The fact is Carroll County has too few housing options to serve the broader needs of our community. The people who need apartments, condos and more moderate housing options, however, are not foreigners or urban residents with designs on turning Carroll Democrat. They are actually our grown children, seniors and the many hardworking families, who cannot afford Carroll's median $300,000 home.

Finally, I'd like to take issue with the Rothschild's conclusion that Donald Trump was somehow elected because citizens hate government. That's complete nonsense. Moreover, the truth is apparently that outside of Maryland, Hillary Clinton was hated just a little more than Donald Trump, Russian involvement notwithstanding. Yes, decision-making should involve the ability to reason and discern fact from fiction, but this has never been an impediment for Commissioner Rothschild before, so I doubt it will restrain him in the future.

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Ross Dangel

Sykesville

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