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March 5, 2007
The Duel - Part II
EDITOR'S NOTE: On Monday February 26, 2007, The Tentacle published a number of email that were exchanged between Blaine R. Young, host of WFMD's "Frederick's Forum," and Suzan Thompson, wife of County Commissioner John L. "Lennie" Thompson, concerning a proposed debate between Mr. Young and Mr. Thompson. Since the deadline for that edition of The Tentacle there were several more emails exchanged.

February 26, 2007
The Duel
For several years WFMD Host Blaine Young attempted to get Commissioner John "Lennie" Thompson to join him on his Saturday radio show, Frederickís Forum. It didnít happen.

June 23, 2006
Governor's Veto Message on The BGE Bill
As a public service, The Tentacle is today making available a copy of the veto message Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. sent to Senate President Thomas (Mike) Miller of the Maryland General Assembly. Click here!

March 12, 2006
Hello? Hello? Is Anyone There?
Humor by Tom McLaughlin - Oh! The agony of the decision. Sleepless nights. Wrestling with modernity. I had to buy a cell phone because there has been a major theft of pay phones throughout the nation. I don't know where they went, but I think they are probably on a boat for an impoverished third world nation.

February 26, 2006
The UAE with Jackson & Capote
Humor by Tom McLaughlin - Allowing the United Arab Emirates to run our ports is similar to allowing the fox to watch the hen house. Only this time, he is giving the fox the gas grill, tongs, barbeque sauce and the corn on the cob. Finally, everyone now knows he is crazy. Even the Republicans agree George Bush has one brick short of a load, so to speak.

October 28, 2005
A Bridge Too Far!
We stand at a crossroads as Frederick City prepares to vote next Tuesday. Looming in the background is next year's equally important run for five seats on the Board of County Commissioners.

October 3, 2005
Sweet, Sweet Charity
No one can doubt the good heart of the American people. With little prompting they have poured out their generosity to the families and communities devastated by the recent hurricanes. The big names and their shows have been merely icing on our national charity cake.

September 5, 2005
What does Jennifer know?
What does Jennifer know? Mayor Jennifer Dougherty must know something we donít. From where we sit the Democratic primary shapes up as too close to call. We get the impression, from various sources, her supporters may be fewer in numbers than the Anybody-But-Jennifer crowd, but they will definitely show up September 13 to vote. Less angry, many in the ABJ crew may not.

August 22, 2005
Slip Sliding Away
Many Frederick County residents are upset with the county government because the checks they mailed in to pay their real estate taxes have not cleared their banks more than a month after they were submitted. Frankly, so are we at The Tentacle.

June 27, 2005
Means to an End
Once in a not-to-great while events occur that draw the wrong kind of attention to a person or an organization. As might be expected the comments made by politicians often bring unanticipated and unwanted attention: i.e., Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin's recent comments on the Senate floor about our Guantanimo Naval Base.

June 2, 2005
She's Still at It - Again
Editorial takes pride in presenting every viewpoint; we rule out nothing, no matter how dumb something might seem to the editors. That said, Jennifer Dougherty continues to boggle our collective mind, including her fellow Democrats.

May 12, 2005
City Hall Water Cooler Check Needed
As accustomed as we have become to weird and fractious behavior in Jennifer Dougherty's City Hall, events in recent days signal Her Honor may be reaching a point of danger - to herself. Her capability of damaging other people has been amply proven; ask former Weinberg director Stuart Seal.

May 9, 2005
Fish or Cut Bait
The culmination of months of work by the mayor and Board of Aldermen of The City of Frederick will come to fruition in the very near future with the adoption of a budget for Fiscal Year 2006, which begins on July 1.

April 28, 2005
The Mayor's Cafeteria Approach
Mayor Jennifer Dougherty's cafeteria approach in dealing with critical legal issues was revealed again in the release earlier this week of the settlement agreement between City Hall and Stewart Seal. The agreement confirms that the producing director of The Weinberg Center for The Arts was illegally fired by the mayor and Chief Operation Officer Vinnie Hughes.

April 19, 2005
Music to Our Ears
We can think of no sound more welcome for these first sunny days than George Steinbrenner publicly bellyaching because his Yankees were routed by our Orioles. With Sundayís 8-4 win, Baltimore swept its first series from the baseballís high and mighty since 2000. How great it is!

April 18, 2005
The Whole World Prays
The whole world should be kneeling with the 115 men gathered in solemn conclave to pick Pope John Paul II's successor. The powerful and impressive, gentle and generous priest can never be replaced.

April 15, 2005
Mullinex Park Pavilion
Frederick City Alderman Joe Baldi is to be commended for balancing Mayor Jennifer Dougherty's proposed budget for next year without the necessity of laying off employees. But he left another major expenditure off his list of reductions which we think should be added.

April 11, 2005
The Right To Know
Over the past several years The Weinberg Center for The Arts has been the axis of far too many controversies. Problems with the administration of the facility have been at the heart of almost every one of these situations. It has only been in the past year or so that an air of calm has descended on the 1926 movie palace.

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