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Letter: Howard is a community divided under County Executive Calvin Ball | READER COMMENTARY

Howard County is a community divided under Ball

Under Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, our community has become increasingly divided, and it’s clear that we need new leadership. We need someone who can reach out to all members of our community to bring us back together.

Instead of uniting, Ball has remained silent, or worse, made inflammatory comments that largely spur division. When a local council member’s assistant publicly supported racist claims against Asians this year, Ball was nowhere to be found. He refused to denounce the comments or call for the assistant’s resignation.

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More recently, on his official county executive Facebook page, Ball made an insensitive and insulting comment against Israel, stating, “Unfortunately, during the final days of this month, we have seen increased violence against our Muslim sisters and brothers at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Palestine.” This inflammatory comment only perpetuated division within our community. We need leaders who can bring us together, rather than cloak their praise for a holy holiday with comments that largely add fuel to the fire.

It is time for a change. In 2022, we need to elect leaders who can work in a manner that transcends partisan, racial, ethnic and religious lines. We leaders who in times of crisis can deliver the best for all members of our community. We need somebody who will work with anybody and everybody to get the job done. While I don’t know who that may be, one thing is for certain, it is not Calvin Ball.

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Michael Eisenberg

Columbia

The writer is a member of the Howard County Republican Central Committee.

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