From Trudie Norman of Aberdeen:
I’m voting for Patrick McGrady on November 8th and the following is just one of the reasons. Mayor Bennett did not seem to care about the elementary school redistricting. I called and emailed for his assistance with stopping the Harford County Board of Education from redistricting our elementary school students. I never received a response. My daughter was going to one school in the ‘10-’11 school year, and this year the community was split, friends were separated and it has been a huge adjustment for these children.I know that Patrick McGrady will be our voice to the Harford County Board of Education. When we have questions, he will advocate for us. He will fight mandates from the State and federal government that make it more expensive to live here.
Patrick believes in people, and he is a hard-working guy. I’m voting for Patrick on November 8, and I hope you will too.
From Estelle Barnes of Augusta, Georgia:
I do not normally write letters to the editor and I would not normally inject myself into the politics of a city where I do not live but considering that your mayor decided to inject himself into the our affairs down here in Augusta, GA, I believe that something needed to be said. First of all, we are tired of having this baseball stadium shoved down our throats. We do not need it and we cannot afford it. If Ripken Baseball wants a new stadium then they can pay to build one, but the city of Augusta cannot even afford to properly fund its police and fire departments so the idea of having the taxpayers foot the bill for another baseball stadium is pure lunacy. I don’t know why your mayor would think it was a good idea to come here to Augusta and lie to the people about the stadium up in Aberdeen. From everything I have read, it has been a financial burden for your city. Well that is something we cannot afford. We just got out from under a money losing municipal golf course that was bleeding $150,000 a year from the city budget. I see that your baseball stadium is costing your small city over $300,000 a year from your budget. Well, the last thing Augusta needs is another money pit. So was your mayor Bennett just an unwitting pawn of Ripken Baseball and didn’t know all of the facts? or was he purposefully trying to mislead us into thinking this was a good financial investment while knowing full well that it wasn’t? Either way it speaks volumes about his character and leadership qualities. And in the future, please don’t send your politicians down here to lie to us. We have enough dishonest politicians down here to go around, and we are not as naive and stupid down here in the South as some of you may like to think. We can smell corruption 500 miles away. Can you?
Jason Wynn says
Well I am voting for Bennett becuase he Does have expereince and doesnt need his daay to tie his shoes for him. All I can say about these people from Georgia is if they are all like the people posting they dont understand facts or basic business principles. They posters are helpless and go Mayor Bennett and he will get at least 65% of the votes.
I too will vote Bennett for Mayor. He has proven he can manage a budget in times when cost are up and a nation is in bad financial state of distress. He ordered department heads to cut unnecessary expenses from their budgets. These departments within the city have done A LOT more with less. Under Mr. Bennett’s leadership we have seen our services maintained at a level second to none including water, sewer, trash, roads, and public safety. The city is finally starting to move forward. There are numerous other accomplishments Mr. Bennett has executed.
I foresee major cuts to water, sewer, roads, trash, and public safety should Mr. McGrady be elected, or an attempt to. I do agree with one thing recently Mr. McGrady said, there is way too much red tape within certain departments at city hall, thus businesses being turned off or away from Aberdeen.
Aberdeen is in better shape then most municipalities across this country. Yes, there is always room for improvement and as citizens we need to become involved. We need to take an hour or two out of our month and attend Council meetings and voice our concern or opinions. I too need to attend these meetings.
PROUD TO BE LIBERAL says
Patrick McGrady: Yes vote for him. He lives at home, works for Dad, and wants to start at the top. Great experience for mayor.
Patrick McGrady says
Oh, lib. Your bias is showing. I do not live with my folks. Stop telling mistruths.
You want to talk merit, I’m here. Otherwise, quit with the silly lies and accusations.
I work long hours with my family business, and the people of Aberdeen need to elect somebody who has their best interests in mind.
By that, I mean somebody who will work to reduce the water bills and property taxes so that hardworking families and our seniors can afford to live here.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. I am eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accounting exam in Maryland. I’m ready to serve the people of the City.
I grew up in Aberdeen, and I love Aberdeen.
This City has a real need for truth in government, so please stick to the facts.
Ryan Burbey says
How? Patrick, you have given no specifics and can’t. The truth is you are running for the same reason you ran for state delegation. Self-Interest.
Vanessa R says
I’ve always noticed when someone is not able to run on their own record, they just launch into ad-hominem attacks on their opponent.
Vanessa R says
I have yet to understand why self avowed proud “liberals” would support someone like Bennett, who is the epitome of a politician who is entrenched in crony-capitalism special interests.