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Mike Goldwasser is a friend of mine. Anyone who knows Mike, knows he can be passionate about issues involving his community and the openness and fairness of local government.
Mike is not afraid to step forward and ask questions or make statements that many of us wish we had the nerve to verbalize publicly.
Mike knows he sets himself up for criticism and ridicule, but is willing to take the heat for what he thinks is right.
The Carroll County Board of Supervisors erred when it did not allow him his three minutes.
Regardless of what their rules state, someone in the group should have realized that not allowing Mr. Goldwasser to speak would cause more of a fuss than the issue he was trying to address.
Now his wife is being attacked in the Readers’ Hotline for something she believed in years ago.
Sometimes the obvious gets lost in the details. All Mr. Goldwasser wanted to know when he first approached the supervisors was: Given Administrator Gary Larrowe's position with the county, and the extensive land development at Exit 19, did Mr. Larrowe create a conflict of interest when he bought and sold land at Exit 19?
After legal opinions and much ado about nothing, the obvious questions have still not been answered: Mr. Larrowe, what were you thinking when you and Mr. Sweet acquired this land?
Did you think you would make lots of money and no one would know?
Can you explain why you let yourself be so vulnerable to conflict of interest questions?
These are questions the supervisors should have asked Mr. Larrowe in private. Maybe they have and maybe they got reassuring answers. We don't know.
Nevertheless, it's time for the Carroll supervisors to answer Mr. Goldwasser's concerns in a way that fosters trust, confidence and openness in local government.