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Letter: Resident Asks Olszewski Sr. About Decision Making

Dundalk native Carolyn Jones asks tough who, what, when, where and why questions of the local political decision making that she says consistently leaves the community out of the process.

Dundalk Patch received a copy of the following letter that Dundalk native Carolyn Jones sent recently to Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr:

Dear Councilman Olszewski:

As a native Dundalkian and a current resident, I have had the opportunity to discuss the situations hurting this town with neighbors, relatives and former residents. As an elected community leader you have heard our concerns. We are afraid you no longer listen to "we the people" and only hear the political machine view!

We deserve answers so here are the questions you need to address with all of us!

WHO:

Is making the decision on what Dundalk needs?

Decided we no longer needed 28 acres of parkland?

Decided we could further hurt the Chesapeake Bay with run-off from larger paved areas?

Decided the rain tax would make it better for this situation?

Decided rather than finish the Heritage Trail, to give the missing money to Towson for a park there?

Decided to place us in a situation of more pollution with another recycling center, heavy industry proposed for North Point Boulevard and heavy truck usage as the basis for the repaving of Merritt Boulevard from Peninsula Expressway to Wise and Holabird avenues?

Is deciding what our quality of life should be?

WHAT:

Is the PLAN for the greater Dundalk area—decided by who knows who?

Replaces a building that provides community program and services?

Authority allows you and whoever to decide major changes without prior discussions with the community?

Are you doing to improve the image of Dundalk?

WHY:

Do we continue to have the highest voucher number in the county?

For years, we have been lied to! We have been told we have only our fair share (ha ha), there is nothing that can be done. Well, your son tried to get passed in Annapolis the Home Act. The fact is DC and Montgomery County passed this years ago, to spread the vouchers throughout the area so as not to concentrate and destabilize any community.

I expect the Baltimore County Council to pass this law as quickly as possible. The mantra for the Democrats is spread the wealth and a fair share vision, it is time the rest of the county participates and we get the break along with Essex and Middle River on the East Side.

Do we have so many registered offenders?

So many of what I refer to as the walking wounded? Why no shelters or mental health facility for them?

WHEN:

Are permits being issued to clean up the Seagrams property?

Are permits for the new Rite Aid at Merritt Park to be issued?

Is a community meeting to be held to discuss what is planned for our future?

Did you decide you knew better than the rest of us as to our visions and community needs?

WHERE:

Are the written plans you all seem to working from but not presenting the community?

Did the idea of Dundalk being expendable come from?

There are 114,000 people in the greater Dundalk area. We deserve fair treatment and honest answers to our questions. One school has been affected and the rumor mill knows a middle school is targeted to be next on the change list.

What input are we having prior to decisions? Sadly NONE
The County Council, Board of Education and  Recreation and Parks all are supposed to work for the people. We seem to be taxed without representation and you need to be accountable to the people of Dundalk. The political machine has ignored our many requests in the past and that needs to stop now!

Sincerely,

Carolyn Jones

Jay Fitzgerald April 24, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Wish Carolyn was our representative!!! As to 'where we became expendable'...easy one...Towson. As they gave land grab permits to new developments for themselves and cronies in the 60's, the Back River sewage treatment plant and Beth Steel were polluting our health and area into dangerous real estate. The run to live elsewhere was fueled by both those moving and the developers to 'better schools'!!! Additionally schools were integrated at that time spurring on that perception. We used to hear about 'race fights' in High School here from other competing schools for sports along being called white trash and would leave scratching our heads wondering what they were talking about!!!!! It's funny/sad that a lot of those people had moved to Parkville, Fallston etc... from DUNDALK!!! Follow the money, follow the real estate, follow the politics.
william April 24, 2013 at 04:13 PM
The people in politics have the arrogance to believe that they are the only ones that have all the answers. Shows when they run election after election and they truly believe no one can do the job as good or better then they.They need to be made to answer to the people. Give them hell Carolyn, People in Dundalk get behind her 100%. Carolyn for governor.
Sandy B April 24, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I would definitely vote for Ms. Jones if she ever ran for office. I was born and raised in Dundalk and still reside there to this day. Dundalk has changed SO much for the worse and nobody (our representatives) do not care. We have been forgotten about about, except when they want to relocate undesirable people into our communities. They then can say the crime in the city has gone down but now you have just moved the crime into the county, especially Dundalk. There are alot of wonderful people in Dundalk and we do not deserve this treatment. Our votes have got to start showing how unhappy we are. Get these old representatives OUT and get new ones in. Ones that will care about ALL the cities and towns in Baltimore, not just the towns with money. They talk about rats in our communities...the biggest RATS are the one who represent (or lack of representation I should say) Dundalk. Come on Dundalk, speak up for our town!!!
James P Samm April 24, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Just some simple answers for some simple questions. That's not to much to ask,is it?
cary quintana April 24, 2013 at 05:37 PM
An interesting set of questions. Playing devils advocate I think some of them should have been worded a bit less confrontational as to hope for a respectful reply. More interesting than the questions asked, I would like to know when the email was sent and has there been a reply? I know I have sent e-mails in asking general questions of Councilman Olszewsli, I did get answers to my questions, albeit a couple of weeks later.
Helen Colwell-Anderson April 24, 2013 at 06:53 PM
How many of us still left in Dundalk and trying to survive through crime, layoffs, cut-back, and all the nonsense fees and tax increases would move out if we could sell our beloved homes at a profit? The dream of moving to a community that is somewhere safer, cleaner, and in the community where there is not a drug dealing Section 8 housing or a few child molesters in every block or two? I had hopes of retiring one day in my hometown of Dundalk. But that is not my dream any longer. Too move out is a dream, a wish a hope and a prayer. We must band together. We are being taxed too much, our community is being stolen and sold from us. Our Recreation Council are being destroyed and almost everything about that hometown Dundalk feeling is no longer exist. The hardworking generation and moral values that we once knew has been replaced by give me, hand out and steal some more. We must take some blame for letting our politicians decide what is best for us for way too long and for sitting back and just taking the leftovers dealt to us. Maybe finally this is the wake up we need. Please hear our voices Kevin Kamenetz and Crew. Dundalk residents need someone to lead the fight.
cary quintana April 24, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Yes, we do need the elected leaders to support us, but we all must fight for our city. There is still a great deal of complacency, of people sitting back and saying nothing but then complaining about how bad things are. I had a section 8 obvious drug house in my neighborhood, we notified police of activity every time we saw it, few months later activity stopped and they are no longer there. We are planning events with local community organizations to embolden the neighborhood, neighbors meeting neighbors and building a sense of community. Waterway cleanups and informing people that they need to keep their own properties clean. Yes, we need the support of the county government. More importantly we need to fight complacency, fight stagnation, encourage growth, and guide change to the benefit of our community.
Liz Mercy April 24, 2013 at 09:18 PM
RESPECT is earned.
Liz Mercy April 24, 2013 at 09:20 PM
I am not originally from Dundalk but moved here years ago and observed the same
Liz Mercy April 24, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Agree.
ron schaeffer April 25, 2013 at 01:14 AM
if there were more carolyn,s and more people like you who have commented so far,our community could regain its greatness.don't give up and don,t be afraid to step up.good government needs good people. coul d
D. Miller April 25, 2013 at 01:14 AM
I have watched the destruction of Dundalk over the last 17 years, it not only breaks my heart but kills the spirit of all homeowners who now feel stuck. When will this county recognize that we are the taxpayers and should have a say about what happens to our community. We pay their wages, for their vacations and their homes outside of Dundalk. I am sad to say that I will take the loss and leave my home in a short while. I can no longer walk my dog on any Dundalk street without feeling unsafe or leave my home for work without worrying if some criminal/drug addicted loser will break in while I work to pay for their voucher. I fear for my Mom each and every time she leaves her home. The Dundalk I remember is lost forever. Thank you Mr. Olszewski for helping to depreciate our homes and fear for our wellbeing every day. D. Miller
cary quintana April 25, 2013 at 01:02 PM
I disagree, respect requires mutual effort. The idea that "RESPECT is earned" was created by someone who did not want to make the effort to do their part and needed an excuse for being disrespectful.
Sandy B April 25, 2013 at 01:37 PM
The drug dealers and low life's would LOVE for us all to run for the hills and give them full rein of OUR hometown. NO WAY!!! I will fight for my town, my family and my friends! Dundalk WILL die if we don't stop that from happening. We have a voice and we need to use it! Keep calling representatives...sending letters...urging neighbors to keep things clean. I am with Cary & Carolyn...great ideas and thanks for fighting the good fight!!!!!!!!!!!!
cary quintana April 25, 2013 at 01:53 PM
I think it is accurate to say "The Dundalk I remember is lost." Honestly, is any town we grew up in the same? Nor should it be, life moves on, people change, communities change. The key is to guide that change, shape it, form it so that it remains a beautiful thriving community. There are always going to be obstacles, corruption, communities taking the easy answer, complacency. The only way to keep that from taking over is communication, HONESTY! (on both sides!! thank you very much), tenacity, vision, and the courage to move forward.
Liz Mercy April 25, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Sandy, I absolutely agree.
Liz Mercy April 25, 2013 at 04:38 PM
-- "The idea that "RESPECT is earned" was created by someone who did not want to make the effort to do their part and needed an excuse for being disrespectful." It is your right to disagree and I agree that I and anyone else is entitled to their opinion (s).
DAVID PATRO SR April 27, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Join Dundalk United and we will fight together
Mike Hunt April 27, 2013 at 09:25 PM
This letter is full of questions of state and federal issues. Moreover, it points the finger at the Councilman for everything under the sun. An example, "Why do we have so many registered offenders?" How the hell is anyone suppose to control that? Additionally, "Who is deciding our quality of life"? Well lady, I don't think he decides that for you. If half the people in the community raised their children with values and didn't allow them to self destruct our community, then we wouldn't have half the issues we do. Instead of writing a letter, get off your ass and do something. Lastly, Dundalk United is a joke. They are a group of negative naysayers who want a reason to bitch and find any reason to bitch.
jack friese April 27, 2013 at 11:31 PM
Dear Ms. Jones: It is probably a silly question; but, has Councilman John Olszewski responded to your well thought out series of questions? I would be amazed if Mr. Olszewski responds to your questions. If you should get a response, will you please share them with us? Many of us are also interested in exactly what the plans are for armed guards at our elementary schools. Perhaps Councilman Olszewski will address this very important issue. It seems that a good old fashion town hall meeting for all residents is out of the question. Why, I will never understand. Thank you Ms. Jones
DAVID PATRO SR April 28, 2013 at 01:16 AM
MIKE JOIN DUNDALK UNITED a group of tax payers tired of being lie to..
James P Samm April 30, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Well gee whiz Mr Hunt, I guess we should just roll over and take what is shoved to us.Kind of like they do in North Korea.This is a free country with officials elected BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE of which they represent.If the people that elect those official don't like how they are acting, WE THE PEOPLE have the right to complain about it!! Just like YOU just did.
Mike Hunt May 07, 2013 at 03:14 AM
Mr. Samm, this situation is nothing like North Korea. WE, the PEOPLE, elected the councilman to represent us, that is correct; however, I DID NOT elect Dundalk United to REPRESENT DUNDALK! They are a group of assholes who want nothing but the same shit in this area. We have to expand our minds if we want something better than we currently have. When they start doing that, let me know!

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