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Erica Mitrano’s article “Commissioners take no action on planning board” [Maryland Independent, Feb. 1] included some comments from Charles County Commissioner Reuben Collins on the issue. Concerning applicants for positions on the planning commission, he said, “There are four or five names who are vocal advocates for a particular point of view ... I would hope that people who apply ... are objective.”

That is a very reasonable comment; surely applicants will be interviewed for objectivity, even if they have personal opinions. The irony here is that many of the current planning commission members are not objective. In particular, Lou Grasso has made it very clear that he has and will continue to disregard anything said by any “environmentalist.”

Collins said that Mr. Grasso should remain on the planning commission because of his experience. So his lack of objectivity is not important? In light of the facts that our county commissioners each represent every citizen of the county equally and every citizen had an opportunity to state an opinion on any aspect of the updated comprehensive plan, the opinions voiced or submitted in writing by the citizens should be tabulated and the most popular position on any issue adopted. Now that’s objectivity.



Bruce Kirk, La Plata