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October 19, 2009

Rush Limbaugh, the NFL, and Other Tidbits

Michael Kurtianyk

Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha! Rush Limbaugh was approached earlier this year and asked to join a group of investors attempting to purchase the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League. Too funny.


I don’t deny his right to help purchase a sports team. Far from it. However, for someone who has built his success on being a polarizing figure in national politics, he would likely do more harm than good in the NFL. Consider his comment on Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb: "The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is little hope invested in [Donovan] McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn't deserve."


The concern is his lack of acceptance of the fact that his words are sometimes hurtful. He’s in denial – even today. In a letter to the Wall Street Journal October 16, he wrote: “When Mr. (Roger) Goodell was asked about me, he suggested that my 2003 comment criticizing the media's coverage of Donovan McNabb – in which I said the media was cheerleading Mr. McNabb because they wanted a successful black quarterback – fell short of the NFL's ‘high standard.’ High standard? Half a decade later, the media would behave the same way about the presidential candidacy of Mr. (Barack) Obama.”


Mr. Limbaugh doesn’t even address his comment and admit his mistake in the letter. He simply does what he always does: state a criticism, and go on to something else. Typical.


Maybe Mr. Limbaugh should be allowed to buy an NFL team. Maybe he should buy the Washington Redskins. His punishment would be watching them play!


On the local real estate market…


After a slow start this year, business picked as the calendar year advanced. There are many factors that contributed to this.


One is that prices began leveling off in the third quarter, as inventory decreased. Banks who were handling short sales and foreclosures made quicker decisions on offers that were submitted. Earlier in the year, banks took four to eight weeks to respond to offers. As the year progressed, banks provided faster turnaround times on offers – many times within days.


There are likely two reasons for this: 1.) banks wanted to clear the books as the end of their fiscal year approached; and 2.) banks are expecting another wave of short sales and foreclosures in the next six to nine months.


We also saw the advent of the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers. Under this program, these first-timers, who purchase homes between January 1, 2009, and December 1, 2009, would be eligible. To qualify as a “first-time home buyer” the purchaser, or his/her spouse, may not have owned a residence during the three years prior to the purchase. The maximum allowable credit for home buyers is $8,000. Each home buyer’s tax credit is determined by two factors: 1.) the price of the home – the credit is equal to 10% of the purchase price of the home, up to $8,000; and 2.) the buyer's income – single buyers with incomes up to $75,000 and married couples with incomes up to $150,000 – may receive the maximum tax credit.


On Civility…


Upon reflection, the 2009 Frederick City election has, to date, been civil. This is in marked contrast to the race four years ago for mayor. Let’s hope that as the election comes to a close, all of the candidates continue their professionalism and civility. Let’s hope next year’s race for county commissioner is as calm. What are the chances?


On Fallen Heroes…


Has it really been a year since Officer Mark Bremer, of the Frederick City Police, was killed in a car crash while pursuing someone who had an arrest warrant out on him? As his family and colleagues continue to grieve, his name, along with that of Officer John H. Adams, will be added to a stone memorial at the Frederick Police Department’s location on South Court Street. I certainly hope that no additional names will be added. My hat’s off to Chris Jordan, of Lough Memorials, for doing a job few people really think about.


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