Paul Gunther, in step with the developers, took a firm stand in favor of the State Department hard skills facility proposed for Ruthsburg. Now that the Queen Anne’s County citizens’ battle to stop the project has been won, facts about why the Federal Government nixed the project are coming out.
In reality, these facts were known a long time ago, as I had acquired over 3,000 pages of revealing documents pertaining to the proposed facility. A large number of Queen Anne’s County citizens took the opportunity to view the information and educate themselves. Their understandable conclusion was to fight the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) with every ounce of their being.
Mr. Gunther and his developer friends had the same invitation I offered everyone else to view the documentation. In fact, early in the process, I made a phone call to Paul specifically inviting him to my home to analyze the documents. He cut our conversation short explaining that he needed to help a neighbor, but promising to call me right back. He never honored that promise.
The reasons the government abandoned Ruthsburg for the FASTC validated the conclusions drawn by the informed opponents of the project. Among other reasons, the government report stated that the hard skills facility would be noisy beyond acceptable standards, disruptive of the environment and surrounding neighborhoods and residences, and a dangerous nuisance on the surrounding roads. The report also stated that the facility would be a threat to the endangered Delmarva Fox squirrel and a toxic imposition on activities at Tuckahoe State Park.
During the hearing process with Queen Anne’s County citizens, led by the Department of State and the General Services Administration, a picture in direct opposition to the eventual conclusion was consistently painted. In other words, the representatives of the Federal Government lied!
Paul Gunther and his developer pals consistently preached that the citizens should trust the government and that they would be better off for doing so. In reality, their only desire for the facility was driven by their expectation that they would end up better off financially. They showed absolutely no concern for the quality of life for the surrounding families, farms and our state park. In fact, at one point they suggested that those nearby families and farmers should, as they put it, “Take one for the team.” A more accurate interpretation would have been, “Take one for our profits.”
For years now, Paul Gunther has promoted himself as the best friend of the farmer. After advocating for the demise of six of our county’s farms to accommodate FASTC, you would be hard pressed to find farmers around Ruthsburg that still view him in that light. In fact, you may have to search long and hard to find any Queen Anne’s County citizens that now see Mr. Gunther as anything but best friend to the developers. Mareen Waterman, head of the developer cartel’s efforts to buy the election, describes Paul Gunther as the “best of the current board” of his pro-developer candidates.
The fight against FASTC is a clear and accurate representation of the battle that we all constantly face in Queen Anne’s County. On one side are wealthy developers willing to do and say just about anything to put more dollars in their bank accounts. On the other side are citizens taking a stand to protect the quality of life for ourselves and our neighbors. The developers may be able to outspend us, but they should never be allowed to outvote us.
Trust Government? Trust the Developer Cartel? Trust Paul Gunther with our future? Not hardly!
Sveinn C. Storm