I was very disappointed when I read recently that Councilmember Michael Blue is going to co-sponsor an increase of $1 in Recordation Fees. You might think I’m being stingy, and rightly so. Right now our Recordation Fee is $6.00 per $500, if passed the $1 increase would take it to $7.00 per $500.
“And as for those who are happy, they will be in Paradise, abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth endure, unless your Lord wills, as uninterrupted giving.” This is a quote from the Quran about happiness, (Quran 11:108).
Congratulations! On January 16th, 2020 a new dependent was potentially added to your family. How, you ask? The Charter Review Commission voted 4-2-1 (in favor, against, abstention) to “remove current prohibition on paying County Council members fringe benefits.”
Have you ever said anything stupid? Anything that you wish you hadn’t said as soon as the words escaped your lips? When this happens most of us apologize either immediately or shortly thereafter. This is what normal, well-adjusted people and organizations do.
On a snowy day at the end of 1944 my grandfather, a country boy from Rockville, who was all of 18 took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He killed Nazi’s. More specifically, he took out several SS members (Schutzstaffel; “Protection Squadron” in English).
Recently the entire world was treated to a teenager temper tantrum on the world stage. Self-appointed climate savior Greta Thunberg lectured world leaders on climate change. She accused them of destroying her dreams and ruining her future.
On Sunday, October 6, there will be dueling immigration demonstrations in the City of Frederick. In one corner, in Baker Park to be exact, there will be a pro 287(g) demonstration. Speakers will include Angel Mom’s, Tom Homan of Fox News, and Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.
My spirit and body were almost extinguished by a bicycle for the second time in my life a few days ago. I was walking my dogs Downtown – in a very law abiding manner – and we waited patiently at a stop light.
Recently I went to see “Angel Has Fallen” at the Westview Cinemas. I go to the movies about as often as a coherent sentence sallies forth from the mouths of AOC or Steve King, which is to say I rarely go.
For years, or rather, decades now, Bart Simpson has told us “don’t have a cow.” Finally, after speaking truth-to-power someone in government finally listened.
Surprise is usually reserved for others, but when I was chosen as the Republican of the Year by the Frederick County Republican Central Committee at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, the tables were turned on me. I was very surprised and deeply honored.
After reviewing the candidacy of Jason Miller and Danny Farrar, both of whom are running for the Frederick County Council-at-Large, delving into other candidates for the “at-large” County Council seats seems appropriate.
Last June I was speaking with someone who mentioned that one of the other aldermanic candidates suggested that we all run as a slate. I don’t like slates for many reasons.
Since candidate filing for the 2018 elections ended a month ago, there have been two notable additions to the ballot here in Frederick County. Earl Robbins and Bud Otis will be running as unaffiliated candidates for county executive and county council-at-large respectively.
I hope the good readers of TheTentacle.com had a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukah and a blessed holiday season. I did not intend to write a political column this week since I believe that a break from politics is a good thing.
The next election in the City of Frederick isn’t until November 2021. The filing doesn’t even open until January of 2021, but the election has already begun.
As a candidate I had always said that if I were to lose I didn’t want it to be close. The voters of Frederick City granted my wish – and that of every Republican candidate, on November 7th. It was a clean sweep for the Democrats for the first time in several decades.
Going to a “victory party” after you and your team loses an election is the closest thing in life to going to your own wake. The air feels heavy. You are greeted with somber faces and given condolences by family, good friends and acquaintances.