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Asking the difficult questions here in Howard County and beyond.

Death Grip on Optimism

Death Grip on Optimism

New Year. New Executive. TOTALLY New County Council. New Hope…at least a glimmer. (Note I am speaking entirely of local HoCo concerns, not the national scene.) To all the newly elected and newly appointed: PLEASE don’t burst my optimistic bubble just yet. PLEASE let...

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Rested, Renewed, and Ready for the Next Round

Rested, Renewed, and Ready for the Next Round

I certainly enjoyed a welcome break for the last five weeks. I took advantage of the lack of HoCo legislative activity to step back for rest and renewal.  (Granted, I DID attend the Installation of our new Executive and Council members, testify at two Listening...

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The Race is On

The Race is On

The race for more and more development is picking up speed.  Need proof that it is not just my imagination?  Glance at the upcoming pre-submission meetings and hearings periodically at https://data.howardcountymd.gov/Search_Plans/Search_Plans_Web.aspx. In my opinion,...

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Scattered thoughts on our local election

Scattered thoughts on our local election

With Election Day only hours away I find I still have numerous, somewhat disjointed thoughts I’d like to share about our local elections. Thought cluster one Before you head out to vote November 6th it might be beneficial to do a little soul searching and...

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Early Voting: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Early Voting: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Let’s consider Early Voting. The Good: People who have travel plans, who have to arrange transportation days in advance, who work irregular shifts, or fear getting sick and missing “regular” voting day have no worries. People who simply can’t bear to wait in line for...

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It Takes a Brave Man

It Takes a Brave Man

It takes a brave man (or woman) to run for office in an incredibly gerrymandered district, one totally dominated by the opposing party. Most of the southeastern part of the county had both their legislative and council districts redrawn to assure Democrat domination. ...

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What is the opposite of a “Party” girl?

What is the opposite of a “Party” girl?

Q.- What is the opposite of a “party” girl (or guy)? A.-  An “Independent” I've had more parties this year than ever! No, I'm not bragging about my social life. I'm simply reporting that in 2018 I've switched my political “party” affiliation from Republican to...

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How Come Little People Lose While Big People Win?

How Come Little People Lose While Big People Win?

  While HoCo is famous for embracing ethnic, racial, and gender diversity I sure don’t perceive equal treatment and justice for little people versus big people here.  One can define big people and little people in different ways, hence this blog theme may require...

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#WeFloodToo

#WeFloodToo

The title #WeFloodToo first came to mind as I sat in the County Council meeting at which the one year building moratorium for Ellicott City was being discussed. (The #MeToo movement was still having a positive impact.) I felt it was significant that people from...

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Who Let the Dog’s Out?

Who Let the Dog’s Out?

Writing about the Council’s special session from last week may help me work through the emotions it evoked. By the time this blog concludes you should have a better understanding of why it seems heavily “dog-oriented’ and I should be able to, if not ‘let it go’, at...

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