Letter to the Editor: Not enough ketchup


Ketchup might be the world’s most popular condiment for transforming bland fare into tastier forms, but it’s not a cure­-all. No matter how much we glop on certain things, they remain revolting.

Perhaps we might try pouring some on the escalating school debt we taxpayers are forced to swallow, courtesy of the Frederick County Board of Supervisors, who want to build three schools to the tune of $167.7 million by increasing the real estate tax by 60 percent. Multiple taxpayers have voiced apprehension at board meetings while presenting less costly design alternatives, only to have their proposals fall on deaf ears. Back Creek Supervisor Gary Lofton and Red Bud Supervisor Jason Ransom (both seeking re-election) have been dumping ketchup on their tax ­and ­spend records in hopes we’ll swallow.

Lofton was quoted earlier as saying he’s “fortunate to not have to worry about expenses that accompany being a supervisor” and, although we congratulate Mr. Lofton for achieving financial security, pails of ketchup are needed to ingest his faux sympathy for the working class, who would consider his supervisor salary very welcome “pocket change.”

And there’s lawyer Jason Ransom, who was appointed by the board to fill the vacancy of his like-­minded tax­/­spend aficionado, lawyer Chris Collins who is running for state delegate. Ransom didn’t need to face voters to join the good ol’ boys club. He coyly said, “I was just in the right place at the right time.”

Since his appointment, he has voted to increase spending from $4.8 to $6 million for architectural plans for a $90 million school, adding frivolities such as wooden dance floors and cardio equipment. Now he claims not to support building it, but might reconsider if it costs less.

There’s not enough ketchup to have us swallow this rubbish, and the remedy is obvious: replacing tax­/spend supervisors with tight-fisted wardens who recognize the virtues of economic prudence – caretakers who would be more fiscally conservative, while keeping taxpayers informed and eliminating deals behind closed doors. Their success depends on the voter. So, we need to become informed and choose well — consider write-ins – and our checkbooks will thank us.

Iris L. Flores, Winchester