On January 8th of this year The Frederick News Post published an editorial in which they advised me that I should “step away from (my) radio show for the rest of (my) term and dedicate (myself) to (my) public office.”
On January 15th they published my reply. Among other things, I advised the News-Post that, like them, I have the right to earn a living. I have an obligation to abide by the law and all county ethical regulations, but I have the absolute right to earn a living, just as everyone who works for The Frederick News Post does.
Six months later it appears that the great thinkers at the News-Post have come up with another reason why I should now give up my radio show. The powers-that-be at the News-Post have concluded, in their ultimate wisdom, that because I have stated that I might run for governor I should immediately shut down the show and give up a portion of my annual income. Thank you, Mr. Editor, for continuing to watch out for me and my family.
Because as the News-Post further states, I am somehow now going back on some pledge (which I never made) that I would completely quit politics after one term as a member of the Board of County Commissioners, supposedly all in the interest of my family.
While I greatly appreciate the continued and repeated advice from the News-Post as to how best to take care of my family, I think I will assume that responsibility on my own, without their overeager assistance.
And let me make myself clear, again, for these editors who apparently have trouble understanding the English language.
What I said during the entire 2010 campaign, and what I say now and will follow to the letter, is that I will never again run for county commissioner or any other county office. I know what words did and did not come out of my own mouth. I ran because I was tired of just complaining about what I saw to be a complete lack of leadership at the county level. I ran with three other candidates as a slate, we got elected, and since we’ve been in office we have done what is apparently unthinkable at the News-Post: We have kept our promises and done what we said we would do throughout the campaign.
For the News-Post to tell me now, in the interest of my family, I should deprive them of a source of my annual income, is the height of arrogance. Remember, this is the same newspaper that just a few weeks ago advised that I should not run for governor. So, if I follow the advice of the News-Post, I would not run for office and I would also not be on the radio. It makes me wonder what their real agenda is. Stop and silence Blaine Young.
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