Saturday, July 11, 2009

Sometimes Idiots Need To Be Outed

I recently read an article on the WBAL TV news website entitled “Canton Residents Rally Against Red Line Track.” There are many residents in the Canton area who are creating a kafuffle over the proposed project, which is scheduled to break ground sometime in 2012. The new track would run from Woodlawn to Hopkins Bayview and cost $1.6 million dollars.

Mayor Shelia Dixon (of whom I am not a big fan) is out rallying support for Baltimore’s new transportation endeavor. Her message is that this new public transit project will help support local businesses and the economy. She takes it one step further (which is the cherry on the sundae for me), saying the project is environmentally friendly. In my view you can’t get better than that. I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but kudos to Mayor Dixon for getting something right.

Lately, we’ve been seeing a great deal of idiocy with our politicians. Unfortunately, that includes our embattled Mayor, who I believe should step down from her post until a jury of her peers judges her, but I digress…

This post is about the idiots against the Red Line project, and unfortunately that happens to be some of the local residents of Canton. I have one major question for these residents: Why are you trying to stop positive progress? Canton is growing by leaps and bounds, and you want to stop now?

I’ve read many of your comments, and there is not one valid reason why the proposed project should be stopped. One person implied that Mayor Dixon has not followed-up, addressed or educated residents on major issues. I do not doubt this, because Mayor Dixon lacks this skill as a leader. I often want to encourage her to spend less time on city’s cable Channel 25 doing nonsense, and to spend more time face-to-face with the residents of Baltimore City, educating them on the city’s past, present and future endeavors for ALL neighborhoods and not a select few.

Mayor Dixon, I encourage you to hold a few new town hall meetings to better educate the Canton residents on the Red Line agenda and the benefits of having an efficient, environmentally-friendly transit line servicing them and their neighborhood. I also ask that you attend but not lead these meetings. Instead, put together a group of individuals from the neighborhood and the government, which I hope would include a civil engineer and a well-informed MTA administrator (not just a PR person armed with canned responses to make you look good, but to educate and work with those people with issues).

Some of the comments, especially those about vibrations, not being able to cross the street and construction complaints are all pathetic attempts to derail progress. Kudos to BDLyles for his constructive, educated and positive comments on the WBAL site supporting the Red Line project. (Check out the original article and citizen commentary by selecting the following link: Red Line to Canton)

To all Canton residents, from a former Canton resident from childhood to young adulthood: I love the area, I support the merchants, continue to visit my old and new friends in the neighborhood, and I support the Red Line project because it is positive change for the future. It will secure Canton as a neighborhood that leads. It’s time to stop being selfish. It’s time to protect the environment and preserve it for our children, and what better way than with a clean and efficient means of transportation. To the gripers of Canton, stop being idiots and embrace the positive! For those individuals who say it will bring the wrong people into the neighborhood, I ask you, “Who is the right person?” For shame on anyone with a derogatory disposition, especially those with racial bias. Diversity is a must if we are to have safer and friendlier neighborhoods.

To the Canton residents with a narrow mind and blinded vision, your idiocy has outed you, but it’s not too late to redeem yourselves. Get the facts! - paerki

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