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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Enough beating up on Prince George's voters

By Charles Pickett, Upper Marlboro

Regarding Lee Hockstader’s Dec. 20 op-ed column, “A new day in Prince George’s?”:

Enough of the self-righteous tongue-lashings about apathetic Prince George’s County voters! We usually have had a choice between Mr. Horrible and Mr. Worse, and none of us had the means of breaking that cycle.

The Post has done an excellent job of informing us about who the crooks were and are, and usually specifically what they were and are doing. So the world knew. What then? Most of us were ecstatic to learn of the FBI’s involvement in the current investigations, but will the help of that agency remove enough of the rot to make a difference?

The most common refrain that I have heard from county residents is “God forgives.” Are people saying that God forgives the crooks, or that God forgives us for putting up with them?

Let’s give any crooked politicians and their associates plenty of time in prison to ask for forgiveness. After that, let’s make sure that there are sufficient laws on the books to prevent them from holding office again. If there are not, upon release they will surely be visiting all the same churches again, praying their way back into office.

By Charles Pickett, Upper Marlboro  | December 21, 2010; 6:49 PM ET
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A majority of PG voters voted for somebody other than Jack Johnson in each of the past two primary elections. The problem is that there were too many candidates. If we required a run off between the top 2 vote getters in the Primary election, he would have lost both times.

I blame the Post for not doing their once-vaunted job of excellent investigative reporting. If they'd done so, we might have changed a few more voters' minds and gotten rid of Jack in 2006. Where are Katharine Graham's hard-hitting reporters? We need them now more than ever.

Posted by: commonsense101 | December 21, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

We usually have had a choice between Mr. Horrible and Mr. Worse, and none of us had the means of breaking that cycle.
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That's because almost none in PG were willing to vote outside the Democratic party. (And I say that as a registered Democrat, myself.)

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 22, 2010 5:40 AM | Report abuse

And where has the WaPo been?!!... PG Co has been corrupt for decades, yet the WaPO seems to have been shying away from anything resembling investigative journalism when reporting on the county. What happened to the paper that uncovered Watergate, the scandals at Walter Reed,etc? Why not really dig into the corruption in PG Co so the voters will be informed? That would be a welcome change from the high school level of journalism that we have received that simply told of of the Johnson's recent arrest! C'mon WaPo ...We know you can do a better job!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 22, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

"none of us had the means of breaking that cycle"? Excuse me?

It's called pushing a button on the computer screen. It's also called crossing party lines. ohhhh..nooo..that would be too difficult! Voters in P.G. County "don't have the means" to do that!
Your SHEER NUMBERS of EMPTY HEADED voters killed off ANY chance this STATE had of a DECENT and HONORABLE Senator.

Now we're stuck with selfish STENY, again. Thanks a lot, P.G. County. Why that part of Maryland IS part of Maryland, I'll never understand.

Posted by: CountytaxpayingCHNII | December 22, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

and Babs..ughh..

Posted by: CountytaxpayingCHNII | December 22, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

@Incredulousasever. Amen to that. And, I'm not a registered democrat.

I just hope PG County pastors have enough egg on their collective faces to begin to think twice about allowing them to present themselves to their congregations during election time Sundays.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | December 22, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@Incredulousasever. Amen to that. And, I'm not a registered democrat.

I just hope PG County pastors have enough egg on their collective faces to begin to think twice about allowing them to present themselves to their congregations during election time Sundays.

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | December 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@CountytaxpayingCHNII: Oh so lying Michael Steele who said he was a REPUBLICAN when he ran for Senate would be better than Babs or Ben?? The vast majority of voters in PG and Maryland disagree with you. And Steny's competition was a joke. Steny has been an excellent Congressman representing the will of the majority of his constituents for decades. That's democracy, bubba!

Posted by: commonsense101 | December 22, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

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