An Open Letter To Congressman Elijah Cummings, of Maryland's 7th District:
Thanks for all of the work you do. As a lifelong resident of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, I know firsthand how much the region of the country has to offer, and the extent of what problems we still have to overcome. I reside in Congressional District 2 (we're neighbors!), and have spent significant time in all areas of Baltimore City and Baltimore County. I know all too well of our fearsome heroin rates, childhood pregnancy, illiteracy, a school system in dire need of reform, an alarming amount of gun crimes. So consider me a cynic and skeptic when I peruse the minutes of Wednesday's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearings on HGH testing in football.
With all due respect, sir, you aren't going to fix this problem, you have far more pressing issues to tend to both locally and nationally (fiscal cliff, anyone?) and these proceedings seem farcical to me, a waste of time intended to give off the hint of progress, a bit of a scare tactic, but lacking real bite. This issue of testing eventually will be solved by the army of lawyers for the NFL and the NFLPA, through trade-offs and bargaining, not in a Congressional room. The very composition of these hearings struck me as odd.