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June 2, 2011

From Lowering Fees to Roasting Adam

Joan Marie Aquilino

The Dog Days of Summer arrived a bit before any of us wanted them. I don’t know about the rest of you but my concentration waves just like the heat during this time of year. I don’t want to concentrate but since I have to on a daily basis unfortunately I tend to do it in dribs and drabs between the heat waves.


County Commissioners lowering fees: The question I’ve heard by naysayers is why? . . . how? . . . the sky is falling.


I’ve not spoken personally with any particular commissioner on this issue but what I’ve done is listen to and read the reports given by county staff and the conversations during the commissioners’ meetings and the answer I’m coming away with is this: a recent reduction of government has been sizeable and the further reduction in fees is just in keeping with exactly what the majority of the people in Frederick County voted for this past election. That was to stop spending and reduce the size and cost of government.


So, all I can say to those who have issues is that you’ve been given the answer as to why, how and exactly what to expect. We aren’t use to government being fiscally accountable to us or to themselves, and it’s going to take time to understand this new way of doing the government’s business.


Government had grown larger while the public was forced to reduce and lose assets hand over fist. Isn’t it time for the government to do only what is necessary and vital instead of finding ways to tax, fee and spend.


In the recent several years we had no building going on, which in turn made less demands on government. Yet the size and cost of government increased.


Well, finally government (at least locally) is doing its best to catch up with the pain we’ve all felt but much like gas prices, they go up up up up quickly but coming down ….. well …… funny how that never happens as quickly.


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The Charter Writing Board is blazing paths never blazed before.  They are actually talking to and engaging the public prior to writing one single word of what could, hopefully, be a new form of government right here in Frederick County.


A charter form of government gives the public choices not currently present in the current commissioner form which puts us further out of the reach of Annapolis’s ever mandating hand.


Please participate in the many outreach meetings being held throughout the county over the next weeks and months. The Charter Writing Board can’t write a document the public wants without the public’s help.


Here is the link that will take you directly to the charter page, their schedule, agenda and various other points of interest: Charter Writing Board Web page


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The first phase of the petition against the Illegal Alien Tuition law, passed by the General Assembly in April, was turned in Tuesday evening in Annapolis. Now we keep fingers and toes crossed that the first requirements as to the number of valid signatures were met.


However, there is also no time to rest, as thousands more signatures still need to be collected and turned in prior to July 1st. So continue to get 10 friends that get 10 friends to sign and so on and so on. This can be accomplished simply one signature at a time.  Go to petition drive against tuition gifts for Illegal Aliens and sign up or print out a copy of the petition and go door to door. There are instructions as to where completed signatures should be mailed.


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Now I’ll keep this short and sweet with this last item. Our very own Adam Avery is leaving Frederick and taking his family to Arizona.  Join us all as we roast him to a crisp at Barley & Hops Grill & Microbrewery, 5473 Urbana Pike, Tuesday, June 7th at 7 P.M. on the outside patio.


Bob Miller will be our MC for the evening and, as always, Gary Brooks has generously offered the use of his restaurant. There is a mere $10 cover charge to help defray costs as well as aid in the kick off efforts of the 2011 Christmas Cash for Kids annual event.


You can contact me directly to be part of the roast, or go to my Facebook event page “An Angry Adam Avery Roast and a Pleasant farewell to the Beautiful Michelle.” The roasting has already begun thanks to the ever ready Bob Miller, come join the sizzling fun at Adam's expense.


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. . . . .'til next time . . .  ‘just joan’ saying be safe and, “don’t believe everything you think”


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