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Jones sells out county voters with Towson Row vote

The site of the stalled Towson Row project is seen at the northwest corner of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard in downtown Towson. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
The site of the stalled Towson Row project is seen at the northwest corner of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard in downtown Towson. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun) (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Congratulations to Baltimore County Councilman Julian Jones, whose rehearsals for his "performance" at the most recent council meeting paid off (“Baltimore County Council approves $43M package to aid Towson Row,” Dec. 19). With a dramatic flourish, he made it sound like he’s really fighting for the people and jobs! Bravo!

One problem — it's an utterly false argument, and he knows it or he has no sense of logic. If this very questionable $43 aid package was not granted, another developer who has the resources without burdening the county with risk would have created those same jobs.

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A week earlier, Mr. Jones said the following regarding County Administrative Officer Fred Homan's support of the deal: "“If he says it’s a good deal, it’s good enough for me.” This is the same Fred Homan (County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s second in command, by the way) who attempted to hide from county citizens and the council itself the extension of the Towson Gateway contract, and the same Fred Homan who had 30 trees cut down on the proposed Gateway site, directly violating the agreement the council had set.

Mr. Jons, you do realize that a large part of your job is provide oversight, and to protect the people from developers who care more about their money than the wishes of the people, right? I sincerely hope that "If he says it’s a good deal, it’s good enough for me" is Mr. Jones’ political epitaph. It should be. Enjoy your final year as a Kevin Kamenetz puppet. I know whose puppet you hope to be next year, but fortunately, the people have not yet spoken. Not that you care about the people who do not provide you with sizable donations.

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Ron Gallop, Towson

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