Sunday, October 7, 2007


Dear Capital Editors:

I suppose we could call it "the great minds think alike syndrome" but I could not help but notice how two of your recent editorials were remarkably similar to my recent posts. For example, here is what I wrote on October 1:

"If we are to truly make Annapolis greater and keep it special, we must capitalize (yeah capitalize) on what is great and special. … So, why do we make downtown more and more car-oriented when what makes us special AND ATTRACTIVE and different is the exact opposite? Now, do any of us really think that The Chamber of Commerce has seen the light? Do we think the same folks that brought us The Market House will bring us better things?"
October 1, Capital Punishment

Nearly a week later, this is what you wrote:

"The downtown can't compete directly with any of these facilities, and doesn't have to - it's a historic district, not a retail megaplex. Its strength is compactness and charm, not retailing variety or ease of access by car. But city officials do have to be smart about utilizing the assets they have.
In short, they'll have to do better - much better - than they did with the Market House." October 7, Capital Editorial

It happened a second time when I wrote about the irony of a Mid-East peace conference here where our local governments don't even get along:
"WHY CAN'T WE GET ALONG HERE? WHY CAN'T MAYOR MOYER AND COUNTY EXECUTIVE LEOPOLD GET TOGETHER? Why can't we have real regional planning and cooperation? Why can't the Mayor, the Housing Authority and The Police work more cooperatively on fighting crime? ….CP cannot remember a time when The Mayor of Annapolis and The County Executive meaningfully worked together. Do Ms. Moyer and Mr. Leopold need to go to Jerusalem, Geneva or The Hague, or New York to start this process?" September 29, 2007, Capital Punishment

A few days later, look at what you wrote:

"After all, what better place is there for harmony and sweet reason to prevail? Annapolis is home to three governments - state, county and city - and just think how well the various officials get along together, how readily they communicate, how few feuds there are, and how quickly and amicably major problems are resolved. Well, on second thought, perhaps we'd better not think about that. There are many wonderful things about Annapolis, but no one is ready to propose "Let bygones be bygones" as the city motto." Oct 6 Capital Editorial

Well, I guess that imitation is the best form of flattery. Will the third time be a charmer? This is quite a turn from your earlier negative editorializing about blogs a while back. But hey, we're here, so pease write if you are out of ideas.


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