After reading the article, “Some Dems tepid on Jealous” (Sept. 24), I felt compelled to do something I have never done — write a letter to The Baltimore Sun. The Democratic leaders should be ashamed that they are not fully behind the forward thinking Democratic candidate running for governor. Ben Jealous is advocating for our future and yes, that means taking some risks and offering some sacrifices to achieve the goals for the long game.
We Democrats just sit on our hands and don’t take the risks that will ensure the health, welfare and education of our children. That is what we need to be focused on — our children and their future well being. Everyone should have health care without the risk of bankruptcy, Everyone should receive an education with the best teachers, best facilities and the best curriculum we can provide. We need public transportation to ensure people can get to work easily and safely and entice businesses to Baltimore and the surrounding counties.
Yes, we may have to pay for those things with more taxes or fees, but isn’t our children’s welfare and future worth that? We are leaving a legacy of poor schools, poor environment, poor infrastructure and poor medical care opportunities for our children. We should be ashamed. We need to pull up our “boot straps” and look to the ideas of the future and not be “tepid” or timid. Maryland, in my opinion, is one of the best places in the U.S. to live but we could do better, we could be the leaders and example for other states in the areas of education, environment and health services.
We have so many excellent resources, organizations and caring people in Maryland, let’s add to that advantage with a progressive governor. Everyone needs to vote and Democrats should support Ben Jealous as our candidate. I have heard him speak. He is articulate, he has excellent ideas and he has thought through solutions to the problems. Please make an informed decision when you vote and vote for the brightest future we can give our children. Vote for Ben Jealous.
For those who say Hogan is “good enough,” what has he actually done to deserve your support? Does he support working families, a living wage, health care for those who need it, protection of immigrants from being torn from their families? He tried to take credit for education measures that passed in the legislature despite his objections. The opioid crisis has accelerated on his watch and he says he has tried everything; the Sun says that’s not true.
He has no real ideas for how to fix the transportation mess that plagues Baltimore. Ben Jealous has plans for all of these things and more but Hogan paints him as a dangerous radical and then makes fun of his speech impediment. That’s a guy who is good enough for another four years as governor? Wake up folks and cast a vote to make a real difference for Maryland this year. Vote Ben Jealous democrat for Governor of Maryland and disrupt the machine. Vote for Craig Wolf as the next Maryland Attorney General. Vote Frosh out.