Monday, November 19, 2007

Senatus Populusque Thompsonensis

UPDATE 11/28: The Frederick News-Post printed my letter to the editor, an edited version of the following post.

Again, I have to ask Frederick County Commissioner Lennie Thompson what planet he's living on. He still has this half-cocked idea that every county road can be converted into a tollway (his so-called "Appian Way"), once he gets every vehicle in the U.S. to have a revenue generator electronic toll payment transponder. That, he says, is the only way to generate revenue for building new roads.

That, I say, is insane. What does Thompson think we pay gas and highway taxes for now? What increased taxes were necessary to build the new auxiliary lane that runs on southbound I-270 from I-70 to Route 85?

I can only conclude that Thompson loves gridlock, almost as much as he does high housing costs. He staunchly refuses to allow the state to build a simple on-ramp to westbound I-70 from Route 144 because it would "reward developers." I hope he's proud of forcing traffic from New market and Lake Linganore to drive all the way into eastern Frederick and clog up Monocacy Boulevard, competing with trucks coming from the Lafarge Quarry and the Reichs Ford Road trash transfer station.

The simple fact is this: What increased gas tax did Alaska Senator Ted Stevens need to build his half-billion-dollar Bridge to Nowhere? And when did Thompson decide he was no longer a commissioner but a senator? Thompson would be better off using his energies to lure businesses to Frederick County and increase the lousy average weekly wages so that residents like me wouldn't have to commute to Montgomery County, Washington DC, or Northern Virginia to work. But since Thompson has no interest in growing Frederick County's tax base (nay, he'd rather see it contracted), he'd rather schmooze with the contractors who make these transponders. Pretty good for a commissioner who has spent his career demonizing developers and others who might commit the cardinal sin of spurring the local economy.

Of course, Thompson's ultimate plan could be to force all who don't agree with him to move to Pennsylvania. The scary thing is that it just might work. In fact, I thought I recently saw Thompson putting up new signs on I-70 on South Mountain and at Mount Airy saying, "Welcome to Frederick County -- Now Get Out."


bigbro said...

"Welcome to Frederick County -- Now Get Out."

I guess that's to oppose Howard County's civility program?

Anonymous said...

I think maybe the local paper needs an editorial article don't you... :-)

Well put and well written.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Reminds me of when I was in 6th grade. They had us do a game in social studies. It involved deciding what roads and schools to build in an imaginary community. Being totally unrealistic 12 year olds at the time most of us chose not to build anything. Bad for the environment, you see. No houses or roads for the imaginary people? Let them eat cake.

Kimberly M., a.k.a. KimberlyKnits said...

Welcome to the People's Republic of Maryland. All is well. Please give generously to keep it that way.

#sigh# Seriously, do we not pay enough in taxes as is in this state? Are we trying to become Northern Virginia? Feh.