Tone-deaf

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Source: Frederick News Post
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Date Published: 06/20/2012

Even Blaine Young’s own stepmother said the tone of his emails was so nasty that she had to restrain herself from responding.
But we won’t. The reason is that constituents should demand that their elected officials are civil and treat each other with respect, even when they disagree. Maybe the commissioners president was just having a bad day when he fired off several emails to the Frederick mayor and Board of Aldermen on the morning of June 8. We suspect, however, it’s more likely that this is just one more example of how the self-proclaimed “good ol’ boy” deals with people he disagrees with. In case you missed it, Young, who is a co-owner of a taxi service in Frederick, was ticked — and that’s putting it mildly — that the city held a public hearing and raised fares by 30 cents per mile the night before, according to the email exchange, reported last Friday in The Frederick News-Post. Young said he didn’t show up at the meeting (as the city’s other taxi companies did) because it would just “piss me off,” and he asserted in an electronic exchange that the city should have no control over taxi rates.