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January 13, 2020
The Cost of Defending Climate Change
Jennifer Baker

This week service men and women in Iraq hid in bunkers, hoping the calculations were correct and on trajectory as Iranian bombs rained down. Isn’t it ironic what happened locally here in Frederick, that half a world away almost the same time the bombs rained down?

January 6, 2020
99 Luftballons
Jennifer Baker

Frederick waited with baited breath this week to see if our Washington County neighbors would defy the new balloon release ban and send, as the song says, 99 red balloons over the Frederick County line.

December 30, 2019
2019 In The Rearview Mirror
Jennifer Baker

As we close out 2019, let’s take a look back together at the great moments in county government we were witness to this year in Frederick.

December 25, 2019
The Lowly Donkey
Jennifer Baker

At Christmas time, let us not forget the lowly donkey. The lowly donkey carried Mary and her precious cargo from Nazareth to Bethlehem. A 90-mile journey that would take four to seven days on foot.

December 23, 2019
Biodegradable Goodwill
Jennifer Baker

Kennie’s Marketplace became the latest company to give in to climate change alarmists by announcing in December they will no longer carry single use plastic bags as of January 1, 2020.

December 16, 2019
NAFTA vs. USMCA - Something New Or A Rebranding?
Jennifer Baker

After many years under the current North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the house finally passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).  Manufacturers this week began reviewing to see what, if any positive changes are in the new agreement.

December 9, 2019
Buyer Beware This Christmas
Jennifer Baker

Everyone loves a good deal, especially during the holidays. What a few consumers may not know is how easily counterfeit goods are being marketed to them.

December 2, 2019
To Holidays Without Politics
Jennifer Baker

Happy welcome back to work after Thanksgiving, Frederick.  It’s just a short 3-week sprint to Christmas and for most businesses the end of the fiscal year.

November 25, 2019
Time Marches On
Jennifer Baker

Thanksgiving week marks the start of the holiday season. It brings - as we get older - a reflection to all of us on time.

November 18, 2019
Leaving Something To Be Desired
Jennifer Baker

Much has been said at the national level on fake news and spin of news events at the network level. Locally an accident happened 10 days ago that caused much turmoil in its coverage.

November 11, 2019
To Recycle or Not to Recycle
Jennifer Baker

While the county debates the merits of banning plastic bags, straws and balloon releases, this week I ventured out to try to recycle a broken flat screen television in Frederick.

November 4, 2019
Another Bureaucratic Nightmare
Jennifer Baker

After a 2-year battle with protestors in Frederick City, the Lambert Family has decided to no longer offer holiday carriage rides through the city’s Historic District.

October 28, 2019
“Climate Crisis” v. Solutions
Jennifer Baker

Recently, Frederick County, as part of the new Livable Frederick Master Plan, added the words “climate crisis.” Thus, making the county now prioritize climate change as part of the master comprehensive plan for the county.

October 21, 2019
How Taxpayers’ Money Is Spent
Jennifer Baker

Most individual households operate on strictly watched budgets. Each dollar is accounted for, and its usage planned. Few residents, though, know the basics of our county budget as to how hard earned tax dollars are destined to be used.

October 14, 2019
Trade and Tariffs – Double-Edged Sword
Jennifer Baker

The Institute of Supply Chain Management Purchasing Managers Index recorded October 2, 2019, the lowest levels of manufacturing activity since the Great Depression.

October 8, 2019
A Reality Check for Extremists
Jennifer Baker

Winston Churchill, the World War II prime minister of England, once said “there is something good about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” And for half the room at last week’s Frederick City Board of Aldermen meeting that was certainly true.

September 30, 2019
Banning Balloons? What’s Next?
Jennifer Baker

Some have compared Maryland to California, and, if Frederick County Councilman Kai Hagen has his latest bill approved, we may well follow California’s excesses by banning balloons.

September 23, 2019
The New Church of Climate Change
Jennifer Baker

In honor of the Climatestrike held last Friday, September 20, NBC news asked us to confess our personal climate change sins according to the new religion of climate change.

September 16, 2019
Fritzwater Immune to ‘Hot Water?’
Jennifer Baker

The Frederick County Conservative Club recently filed a complaint against Councilman Jessica Fitzwater with the Ethics Commission. While the complaint was later dismissed, questions are still left unanswered.

September 9, 2019
Livable Frederick: Pie in The Sky?
Jennifer Baker

While Livable Frederick passed in last week’s County Council meeting, many Frederick County residents are not familiar with the 200-plus page document that will control Frederick County for decades to come.


September 2, 2019
How the County Benefits from (287(g)
Jennifer Baker

While the 287(g) program is quickly becoming a hot button topic in Frederick County, few residents outside of political circles know what the program is – and or does.

August 28, 2019
A Good Example of a Bad Plan
Jennifer Baker

Adamstown residents attended last week’s Frederick County Council meeting to discuss plans for the Eastalco property and the Livable Frederick master plan proposals for that tract of land along Manor Woods Road.

July 29, 2019
The Biggest News Not Covered
Jennifer Baker

The greatest untold story last week happened at the weekly county council meeting when M. C. Keegin-Ayer, the president, read aloud a statement from the county attorney concerning the Frederick County 287(g) program.

July 22, 2019
Bond Indebtedness and Climate Change
Jennifer Baker

Should climate change be in a county master plan? Well Moody’s Investor Services thinks all governments must not only include climate change in its master plan but have measurable steps in place to avert climate change.

July 16, 2019
Sheriff Jenkins Derangement Syndrome
Jennifer Baker

Not to be confused with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), Sheriff Jenkins Derangement Syndrome (SJDS) is just as contagious in Frederick County.

July 8, 2019
Facts Are Stubborn Things
Jennifer Baker

Recently, Frederick residents were left somewhere between the truth and The Frederick News-Post (FNP)with respect to the 287(g) partnership that the Frederick County Sheriff's Office has with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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