I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 10/28/2021 article by Bob Staab about the importance of our parks and open spaces. In his article, Bob referenced the 10-year struggle the citizens of Dundalk have experienced to preserve existing open space at North Point Government Center Park. Coincidentally on the same day of the Eagle article, WMAR published an article about County Executive Olszewski purchasing 22 plus acres of open space in the Perry Hall area.

In the WMAR article, Mr. Olszewski is quoted as stating “Preserving open space in Baltimore County is a vital way to support a high quality of life for residents of all ages.”

While I wholeheartedly agree with this quote, I find it somewhat “rich” coming from Mr. Olszewski who continues to work feverishly to sell for commercial development an oasis of open space located at North Point Government Center Park. The efforts of Mr. Olszewski and his Dad to sell this open space will forever be a stain on whatever political legacy they hope to achieve.

As a fervent believer in the value of open space and parks, I am genuinely happy for the citizens of Perry Hall for their good fortune. However, I can’t understand how Mr. Olszewski can morally reconcile paying over 3 million dollars for open space in Perry Hall, which is a good thing, while he works to sell open space that has been enjoyed by citizens of Dundalk for over 60 years! Why is Dundalk being treated so differently than the rest of Baltimore County by Mr. Olszewski? Why isn’t he concerned about a “high quality of life” for the citizens of Dundalk? His actions in this matter defy logic UNLESS there is a hidden agenda!

On the other hand, I do applaud Mr. Olszewski for mastering the political skill of talking out of both sides of his mouth!

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