What happened to due process?

The writer, Mr. Broadwater, stated that Marilyn Mosby instantly became the controversial figure across America – lauded as a hero by the left and decried as a demagogue by the right – when she brought charges against the 6 officers in the death of Freddie Gray. One year later it is even more debatable. (“Marilyn Mosby stirs strong feelings,” 7-3-16)

Here’s my side of this story. I’m not on the left (liberal) or on the right (conservative). I am something different – one who tries to be ethical and who follows the truth no matter where it goes. The truth is that Mrs. Mosby became confused, not knowing the difference between being a prosecutor and a politician. She forgot that, even though she was elected in a political arena, her responsibility as a prosecutor is to follow the law. Instead she chose to pander to the street mob who demanded convictions of the 6 police officers without any due process. Mrs. Mosby decided to placate the liberal agitators who obviously lack knowledge about constitutional law. This decision reflected recklessness and lack of judicial responsibility on her part making it clear her ambition of becoming a new political rock star took precedence over the constitutional rights of the 6 law officers. That’s the reason I filed a complaint with the Attorney Grievance Commission back in May 2015, over a year ago, way before the recent disbarment request submitted by a law professor which was detailed in Kevin Rector’s June 28th article.

Look at how she deliberately misled the courts. Justin Fenton, in his June 22nd article pointed out that Mrs. Mosby asserted her office conducted an independent investigation which included using the city sheriff’s office. However, the sheriff assigned to the case said in the affidavit he had “no involvement in the investigation whatsoever.”

Today we are confronted with a polarization of the police department against the state’s attorney of Baltimore City – a schism encouraged by the liberal media of this town that further impedes the Baltimore City Police Department from doing its job effectively. When officers have their hands tied behind theirs backs with threats of being arrested themselves when they make an arrest, how can they be expected to capably carry on. To condemn the entire Baltimore City Police Department for the wrongful behavior of a small number of bad cops is simply unfair.

Until the mainstream media in Baltimore adapts a fairness approach in their coverage of the trials of the 6 officers and the agitators develop more respect for the people who protect us, the law abiding citizens of Baltimore will continue to suffer as victims of horrendous crimes.

 

A lesson learned not very well

The article, “University System chancellor awarded bonus,” 6-16-16 caught my attention. It was reported that in 2013, the Open Meetings Compliance Board found that the University of Maryland Board of Regents violated the Open Meetings Act when they met in closed session to discuss the University of Maryland’s move from the Atlantic Coast Conference to the Big Ten Conference. The judgment came as a result of a complaint that I filed against the University of Maryland Board of Regents.

The Open Meetings Law is a joke because the Open Meetings Compliance Board has no teeth with which to punish any government agency when violations of the law occur. That’s why I’m not going to waste my time and file another complaint with the Compliance Board regarding this latest decision made in closed session with regard to the bonus for Chancellor Caret.

However, your readers should be cognizant of the fact that this recent violation of the Open Meetings Act represents another example of the phony politicians in the Maryland State Legislature and the governors who continue to snooker their constituents by making them believe they support open government when in reality it’s the farthest thing from the truth. The reality is all these “good folks” care about is maintaining their power as career politicians.

What makes the situation more disgusting is the part that the Attorney General’s office plays in the scenario. One segment of the department is supposed to advise the Board of Regents on the legality of conducting closed sessions while another sector of the Attorney General’s office, the Compliance Board, is supposed to enforce the violation of the law. Apparently the left hand of the Attorney General’s office does not know what the right is doing.

In some ways the desire for open government is laughable, but in other ways it’s really sad. The ones who suffer are the voters of the state of Maryland.

 

Football and politics, a harmful mix

Coach John Harbaugh’s action, as reported in “NFL punishes Harbaugh, team for practice violations,” 5-27-16 is cause for concern. Apparently, John Harbaugh, and for that matter the entire organization including the owner, think it’s passable to not only break the rules, but also lie about it. They give the impression the “ends” justify the “means”.

The philosophy of these good folks over at the Ravens’ Headquarters at Owing Mills reminds me of the behavior of politicians. On the sports side we see exploitation of the players; on the political side we witness the exploitation of the constituents. In the political realm we have to question whose interests are really served – those of the career politicians or those of the people they are supposed to serve. On the sports level, we can easily question if the big shots in the Ravens’ organization really care about their fans? Look at the exorbitant prices charged to be seat holders at the Ravens’ games. Remember what the Ravens did to the merchants in Western Maryland? So what if they break a 50 year tradition of holding summer practices in Western Maryland? So what if they screw the merchants whose livelihood depended to a large degree on the summer revenues?

Here comes the hard truth. Football is legalized brutality. The name of the game in this sport is to hit the opponent as hard as possible so the quarterbacks, ends, running backs will fumble the ball. Too often this foul play results in football players suffering from concussions and their lives ruined when their football days are over. What’s more, there is a cover-up by NFL owners in reporting the seriousness of the concussion problem among players once their football careers come to an end. Stan White, an ex Baltimore Colts’ player pointed out that at least half of the players are broke in mind, spirit, money, and marriage when their careers in football are over. Oh yes, let’s not forget the domestic spousal violence that occurs by the players – remember Ray Rice? Bruce Laird, another ex Baltimore Colt, has spoken about the way players who played before 1990 have been mistreated by the greedy football owners

It’s time to face the truth, It may not be popular, but football needs to go.

Time will tell

As a critic of BGE for the last 24 years, I have complained constantly about BGE’s shortage of power restoration crews when bad storms come our way. So I was pleasantly surprised to read Jonathan Capriel‘s article “BGE reports shorter outages in historic winter,” 5-26-16 in which BGE attributed the shorter duration of power outages to investments in making the system more resilient and to changes in how it deploys repair crews.

To me this means spending more money for the purpose of making more power crews available when weather reports indicate looming storms ahead. To me it means their taking proactive steps by bringing in more power crews from out of state before the storm actually strikes.

While such measures exemplify positive action on the part of Stephen Woerner, BGE’s president and chief operating officer, some of his adverse acts should not be ignored. Just how wise was the Exelon-Pepco merger? I venture to say, it was not a judicious decision. What’s more if Mr. Woerner is really sincere, he would do away with the exorbitant penalty imposed on customers for refusing to change to smart meters.

The question becomes just how serious is Stephen Weorner in making service really better for the customers. Time will tell.

Born To Run, Not Race

The two articles, “Deaths of 2 horses before main race cast pall over day,” 5-21-16 and “Horse deaths at Preakness highlight reality of racing,” 5-23-16 require comments. The writer points out something very important when she says the deaths of the two horses at the Pimlico Race Track on Preakness Day reveals a stark reality to spectators who hadn’t seen a horse fatality at the event in the last 9 years. Continuing the writer states more than 30 horses have died at Pimlico in the past 6 years – a fact generally unknown to casual fans or those who attend the annual event to party in the infield. Additionally, she points out an average of 24 horses die each week at race tracks across America.

To me this shows there is only one solution to this problem. Sorry to say this, but the Maryland State Racing Commission should be abolished and the Maryland legislature should not subsidize the racing industry.

There’s no real discussion about how these horses suffer while they are forced to race against their will. The subjecting of horses to excessive traveling and the beatings jockeys use to spur these horses on to victory are all part of animal cruelty.

I may be wrong, but I believe Bruce Springsteen, in one of his lyrics said that Horses are born to run, not to race. That’s just how it is. In my opinion, horses are not athletes. horses are beautiful animals. Racing is an activity, not a sport, that provides people with an excuse to place bets. If people want to continue the Preakness on a yearly basis, that’s fine. Let the 135,000 people come out and party up all they want at Pimlico – with all the bands, food – just let the horses stay on the farms where they belong. Whether we like it or not this is really how it should be if one cares about the welfare of the horses.