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November 22, 2013

Citizens-Montevue Sale

Roy Meachum

No words have appeared in this space about the proposed sale of Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and Montevue Assisted Living facility. Oh, I have been watching.


It seems a matter of County Commissioners’ President Blaine Young and his two most favorite colleagues, Billy Shreve and Kirby Delauter, plus Vice President C. Paul Smith, against David Gray. Of course, the property residents objected. The board of trustees was dissolved in June; former members Sonja Sperlich and Don Linton protested the entire process. They continue to fight. Tuesday promises a milestone; the notion goes before the city Planning Commission.


The majority of the commissioners should have anticipated the rhubarb; it was never a simple task. The Republicans were voted-in in 2010, in the midst of a GOP landslide, which I’ve discussed before. They thought they were going to have an easy time; three years later things have become very sticky.


Pro-Karen Young and pro-Jennifer Dougherty forces split the Democratic vote, which is why I called GOP Mayor Randy McClement to hold office. He’s a nice guy; other than partisanship, no need to change. (Besides Ms. Dougherty carries a strong revenge motive; Ms. Young’s husband defeated her in the last primary.)


At any rate, Blaine Young announced some time ago he won’t run for re-election; his thoughts first turned to governor. County executive is his current available choice. John Mathias has no voice. As county attorney, he’s bound to go along with commissioners’ majority. At quadruple on some issues, he knows where his bread is certainly buttered.


Commissioners’ President Young was quoted in The Frederick News-Post: “It has become political.” No, it’s always been political.


From the outset the decision to sell Citizens-Montevue was tied to Republican philosophy: rather than serving taxpayers, best to trim down government. That mentality has much to do with decision to stop funding Head Start. It’s now run by the YMCA.


Mr. Young’s is known to boast of his primary interest in the Tea Party and starting the Frederick branch; he had help. I still don’t understand: people I’ve known for years that have turned radical. The difference may be racism. The irony is manifest: having won the Civil War on the single issue. Racism is now threatening to blow apart the Republicans.


Barack Obama was re-elected last November, in spite of right-wing predictions: Mitt Romney was supposed to be a shoo-in. For the Republicans’ face, they can make the race tighter in appearance. I’ve written why the Grand Old Party is desolate; three more Obama years should finish it off.


Taking on Don Linton adds to the tragic trajectory: I don’t know Sonja Sperlich; she may be dangerous for Winchester Hall for take on. But I appreciate Don; he’s been in my home for parties. It’s a bad sign for the sale of Citizens-Montevue. He knows the ins-and-outs of government, particularly documents.


There’s something desperate, whistling-in-the-dark in Blaine Young’s and John Mathias’ statements. The entire community is tucked away from the Tea Party.


Thank goodness!!!!


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