This space has inveighed numerous times against Frederick County's charter government. Similarly, discussion is prominent toward the administration and tactics of the elected county executive who, in reality, is the chief cook and bottle washer. The position is untouchable.
Back to school days. How exciting for all the young girls and boys preparing for kindergarten and elementary learning, plus the older and sophisticated heading to junior and senior high schools ready for classroom academic sessions and extracurricular activities, athletics and Friday night football and marching bands.
There are so many needy causes to support in Frederick County, it is impossible to list them all here.
I missed out on the downtown Frederick promotion tour of the upcoming statewide sales tax holiday. Except for some local officials, I wasn't alone.
What a pleasant week for most everyone, including me. I got serious and into good shape for the Olympiad in Rio.
The news cycle enjoyed these days is wonderful. Other than being worn out in this startling Information Age, copycats come to the fore with dangerous acts.
For the life if me, I don't understand why the Annapolis legislature won't allow concealed carry weapons for good people.
Several items need attention involving life and times in the city and county of Frederick. I have the floor. I'm not running for any office and have no intention of doing so.
For a moment, why not talk about some good things in the land of liberty? It can be done despite the free-for-all enveloping in every section of America, excluding our compatriots to the north and south.
“The following may be a trigger warning." It is nice that teevee people are so caring about emotional stress of viewers.
Where does it say in the law – or anywhere else – that good people just oughta give up and let robbers and gun-toting thieves have their way? I mean, shooting, stealing or threatening us and getting away with such conduct.
I learned early in the writing and newspaper games to always keep a bag full of quotation marks handy. You never know when wit and wisdom will strike and a pen, pencil or keyboard of some sort needs attention.
Tragedy after tragedy continues to befall life as we know it. I will admit shamelessly that the police fatal shootings in Falcon Heights, MN, and Baton Rouge, LA, brought real tears to my eyes. Then the Dallas assassinations of five police officers brought horror to my heart. And now, Baton Rouge again.
So, according to a peculiar tradition, the Frederick County Board of Education election is nonpartisan. For the naïve and innocent, this means members are neutral, or eunuchs, when it comes to partisan politics. They are elected supposedly as non-Democrats and non-Republicans and other political influence.
Not for one second was I among the many who figured federal charges of any sort would be brought against a woman presidential nominee.
Never thought I'd reach the 240th birthday of the greatest country on the planet. I most certainly have, as have so many millions today; so without further ado, let’s eat, drink and be merry.
Here we are smack in the middle of summer. Everybody in this haven of tranquility, I am speaking about Frederick City and county and all the other towns, is getting ready for the weekend and the birthday celebration.
The time has come for a real vigil. Using this bully pulpit, something must be done to halt the slide to “Hell in a Handbasket” as a humorist of yore penned more than a century ago.
By all rights the subject today ought to be about local topics of interest. There are plenty. The growing upheaval regarding the Frederick County Council and more specifically, the so-called leadership of the president which is swirling – whether partisans agree or not. And, continuing, the discourtesy to the minority members of the board.
Multi-tasking can be fun. This is expressly true when it comes to punching the teevee remote control in these largesse days of politics, baseball and tweeting. The fields of communication and comments are white with harvest – dare we use a scriptural emphasis.
Everybody all over the place is enduring the shock treatment of the past year. It’s hard to imagine the national political free-for-all gets worse every 24-hour period. It does.
I’m not quite certain, but the use of vain and profane babblings has sure become prevalent on every venue these days. This has been brought on by the political vernacular in use on all levels. Now, no one even flinches.
The coming weekend will be bright and fair, perfect for the fun and sun beach enthusiasts and those enjoying backyard grilling or other restful pursuits.
Amid magnificent rolling hills and farms throughout Frederick County there are not lots of conversations about ocean-going vessels and those who serve or have served in maritime endeavors. It is entirely appropriate to alert the public about Sunday celebrations of National Maritime Day.
Perhaps the time has come to consider the negative effects of the constant news cycle of presidential politics. The health of everyone is truly threatened these days. It takes lots of chutzpah and self-discipline to turn off “the teevee” and computers and all matters of the latest technologies.
I can’t resist it. Today marks Triskaidekaphobia. No, this is not when the populace is incessantly scratching, or itching, or running for the hills, or fearing things like ghosts, or scurrying from black cats and ladders or debating the mark of the beast.
The chickens are coming home to roost, at least within the friendly educated confines of Frederick’s city limits. Those who love fowl play are all excited now, clucking with joy.
The day is going to arrive soon when all of the “Republican establishment aficionados” stop running to their cubbyholes or dens and begin their lives as “posterior osculators.”
In case all the wise and ebullient people have somehow forgotten, today is Election Day. Perhaps the county-wide polling centers will be stormed and keep the judges busy, unable to take a break to go to lunch.