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October 12, 2009

From Hither, Thither and Yon

Michael Kurtianyk

On winning the Nobel Peace Prize….


Quite the furor over President Barack Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize this year, isn’t it? Such silliness! The deadline for the nominating committee to submit candidates was February 2nd, and his name was submitted on time.


In and of itself, this submission should not warrant an outcry, as so-called pundits have exhibited. One could nominate Rush Limbaugh, but that doesn’t mean that he should win (ever). The rationale behind President Obama’s nomination was likely the potential for peace actions he could have exhibited this year.


And therein lies the rub. Has President Obama accomplished anything this year to warrant a Nobel Peace Prize. I say not. He has the potential (there’s that word again) to win the award in the future: ending the war in Afghanistan; long-term democracy in Iran and Iraq; removing the escalating nuclear armaments in North Korea and calming down Pakistan. However, President Obama hasn’t achieved such noble goals.




On the Evening on the Riviera….


What a great evening! My wife and I had a great time at this event. Held at the newly renovated Null Building at the Frederick Fairgrounds, participation seemed high this year when compared to previous years. There were excellent auction items, raising money for local charities, including the Boys and Girls Club and the Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County. Judging by the number of participants and the competitive bidding on the auction items, the Evening on the Riviera should be judged as a success.


We were impressed by the number and variety of food and wine vendors. My favorite was the white chocolate mousse dessert created by the caterers at Musket Ridge Golf Club. Our daughters enjoyed the caramel apples we brought home from Gourmet With Paula Catering. One other item we enjoyed was the appetizer from the Inn at Buckeystown. Great job done by everyone!


On Partisan Elections….


I just learned this interesting tidbit: there are only four municipalities in the state (out of 157) which still hold partisan elections: Frederick, Annapolis, Baltimore, and Hagerstown. Also, 21 of the 30 largest cities in the country hold non-partisan elections.


On More Blaine Young on the Radio….


Isn’t this one of the signs of the Apocalypse?


Just kidding, of course! Congratulations to Blaine and Frank Mitchell for their continued efforts in bringing local issues to light for the listeners, of which I am one. Well done!


On Jefferson Tech Park….


Such a shame that in this distressed economy, Commissioner John L. “Lennie” Thompson will shut the door on 6,500 jobs and $30 million in revenue. It’s no wonder that Frederick continues to be the laughing-stock in Annapolis. This is another example of the continued deterioration of dialogue between the current Board of County Commissioners and others.


On the Office of Economic Development…


Such a shame that in this distressed economy, Commissioner Thompson would characterize an annual business reception to thank businesses as a “wild booze party.” It’s no wonder that Frederick continues to be the laughing-stock to its local citizens. The county taxpayers have never paid for this event. Commissioner Thompson has never even been to the affair. These are the hypocrisies that should be noted by everyone. What’s next – will Commissioner Thompson request that the Sherriff’s Department set up a roadblock outside the event?


On Catoctin Creek Park and Nature Center….


This is an excellent endeavor by our commissioners and local advocates. It’s a 139-acre park located at Sumantown Road, and features a 6,100-square-foot nature center with the county government's first vegetative roof, a geothermal heating system, a passive solar design and other environmental innovations. The nature center is expected to open next summer. The park will also have woods, trails and wildflowers. Well done!


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