I got a mysterious letter in the mail today.
Now when I first ran for public office in 1997, Cindy and I came home to find an anonymous blackmail letter attached to our front door. The blackmail letter ordered me to get out of the race for Commissioner, or be destroyed!
Fortunately for me, I didn’t have any tax problems, and I did have my act together, but the blackmailer didn’t have his act together !
Needless to say, I didn’t get out, but went to the authorities, and the sitting Commissioner at the time was arrested for felony extortion. I won the race.
So when this funny looking letter came in the mailbox today, I reflected back –
No return address ….. West Virginia stamp …… and the addressee label was cut and pasted like a ransom note!
I opened it with concern …..
But it wasn’t another blackmail letter, not a ransom note, but this somewhat odd letter –
The letter, like the envelope, doesn’t say who it’s from, but it clearly wants Cindy and I to help oppose a 60- unit townhouse project proposed for a 4 acre parcel in the South Middle River neighborhood.
The parcel now houses a weak Catholic Church, and the Diocese wants it sold. The developers will need a zoning change to do the deal, and this group is calling for help to stop that. The neighborhood association opposes the project, but there is also plenty of support.
I’ll keep you posted - Tim