In it latest assault on Mr. Culver, in a recent editorial the Daily Times has portrayed him (falsely, of course) as the Godfather of the request made by the manager of the County's Airport for a special $14 million capital appropriation for the purpose of attracting larger planes. According to Bob Bryant, that sum Is needed to build a hangar large enough to accommodate Boeing 757 Aircraft, which he apparently feels would attract more passenger service.
With its typical blather, the Daily Times suggests that Culver must be behind this plan because he "has taken steps to bring the airport back into the fold of County government" and, although he "has not approved the investment, he also has not vehemently nixed the idea." The editorial also reiterates the Daily Times' rant about Culver's very sensible positions on the West Salisbury Elementary School farce and the Northwest Collector road to nowhere.
Beginning almost the day after the general election last year, the Daily Times has berated and belittled Bob Culver for the change that he promised as a candidate – which most voters supported – and for making changes and other prudent actions after he took office as Wicomico County Executive. This time the editor has entirely jettisoned all ethical standards and resorted to extreme, biased and unfounded mudslinging at Mr. Culver, who has not been a catalyst for or sponsor of the proposal made by the airport manager. He has simply received but not acted upon it.
Apparently, the Daily Times feels that Mr. Culver should not bother to evaluate anything that it feels should be rejected, such as the hangar proposal, or, like the demolition of Bennett Middle School, endorsed without further discussion.
It is truly amazing that for eight years the Daily Times rarely, if ever, criticized anything that Rick Pollitt either did or did not do or say as the Wicomico County progressively deteriorated during his tenure as its County Executive, but has castigated Culver constantly and carpingly since he dethroned Pollitt. It is also outrageous that it does so in a manner that misrepresents the facts and misleads its few remaining readers.
Yes, Wicomico, elections do make a difference. Thank goodness.
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