TGR: Why? At a time when the City is cash-strapped, why are we still plowing?

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Is there any wonder why we can’t pay for recreation centers? Photo of snow plowing activity at Druid Hill and Laurens … today.

By Doni Glover, Publisher
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(BALTIMORE – February 3, 2016) – Had a talk with a leading journalist in the city last week. We discussed snow removal.

My thought: Why are we still plowing?

Why are Louisiana-based contractors eating, apparently, the lion’s share of work while we have local businesses who could use the work?

I thought Baltimore was broke. Just seems like over-kill to me, a way of milking the clock. Yesterday, a plow was up and down (and up and down) my block for two hours. Mind you, the street was fully-cleared on Sunday. Yet, this plow went up and down the street creating a pile at the end of the block.

For urbanites like myself, such piles create an obstacle, an impediment that is perfect for a car accident or a stick-up. A stick-up? Yes! These piles are unnecessary and dangerous on more than one level.

I have deep concerns about the decision-making at City Hall. It’s as if this Mayor is intent on bleeding the house dry before departing. I could be wrong, however, my thinking is that common sense would end all of this snow stuff and send the contractors home. And while we’re at it, let’s get a glimpse at this bill that those of us who actually live here will have to foot.

Repeatedly, the current mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, points fingers at Sheila Dixon, her predecessor. She blames Sheila, it seems, for everything negative. This is typical of the current administration: never taking responsibility, always pointing the finger – even if it includes the person who helped her to win her first citywide office. You see, this is the thanks you get from some people who don’t remember ‘when’.

Well, it’s all good. Now that today’s filing deadline has come, it is time to focus on the next round of people who will be running this city. Prayerfully, they will make better fiscal decisions than what we have been seeing, like a failed $10 million Grand Prix – all at the expense of Baltimore City taxpayers.