Blohm Letter to the Editor 09/06/2019

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To the Editor:

The season is currently “open” for anyone planning to run for the City of Carroll positions of mayor and council. All current council members due for re-election and the mayor have opted to continue their tenures. This despite their frequently being the victims of “open-season” criticism, some almost libelous. However, I suppose it passes the litmus test under the auspices of free speech. Meanwhile, I do thank all of them for their persistence, their past services and their desire to continue to see those major city projects to their conclusion.

Appropriately, the city manager in his Friday, Aug. 30 Carroll Times Herald column provided an explanation of the current city financial picture. It was maybe surprising to learn the city will come in under its original budget estimates and with a surplus.

This is not fake news. It was time for this discussion.

Competition is probably good for citizen board members in the areas of city government, county government, schools, etc. But anyone planning to run in the current city election cycle might expect their intentions be subjected to this question: Are they serious/legitimate candidates or proxies/surrogates?

William D. Blohm

Carroll

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