David 'Kip' Koontz
March 22, 2005
Off With His Head.err...I Mean Hat
When one thinks about what issues facing Frederick County government are
pressing these days one might think of "how much development should there
be?" Or "how do we fund our necessary infrastructure?" Or "how can we cover
the costs for those necessary public safety concerns such as police and fire
March 15, 2005
Is Supporting Peace Un-Patriotic?
I was recently given a magnetic ribbon for my car that reads, "Bring Them
Home." I immediately placed it on my vehicle.
March 9, 2005
GOP Tactics Skirt The Truth
Last week the Republican right showed us just how low they will go (as if we didn’t think they could take us to new lows) to win the day at all costs when they sent their lackeys to attack the AARP.
February 2, 2005
Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing
There has been a recent ballyhoo over whether the City of Frederick should
change its residency requirements for those wishing to run for public
January 19, 2005
It All Seems So Incongruous!
As we approach George W. Bush's inauguration as President, it is easy to
question why a $40 million bash is necessary for someone being sworn in for
a second term.
December 27, 2004
Where's The True Meaning of The Season?
Several weeks before Christmas we decided that we would acquire a real tree
to help us celebrate versus using an artificial one, and in part to honor my
mother who died this year, as she did not much care for our use of the
"fake" one, as she called it.
October 29, 2004
Iraqi Munitions Fiasco Belies Bush's Claim
The election is less than a week a way, and President Bush is taking his
primary message, well, actually his only message, to the people - that we
are safer because he's president and that, as Vice President Dick Cheney
summed up, we will all be killed if John Kerry is elected.
July 21, 2004
God's Word Is Beneficial, But...
Last week President Bush met with a group of Pennsylvania Amish and made
what is to some a rather startling comment.
July 8, 2004
Bad Judgment or Simply Oversight?
Frederick County recently played host to the World University Weightlifting
Championships. This is a great thing for Frederick County and the athletes
July 2, 2004
Moore's Movie Simply Demonstrates His Dissent
Last weekend Michael Moore's movie, "Fahrenheit 9/11," opened to a huge $22
million, 3-day run across the country.
June 24, 2004
Juxtaposing the Hypocrisy
Several months ago Congressman Roscoe Bartlett attended an event sponsored by the Inter-religious and International Peace Council, which is an
organization created by Korean religious leader, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.
June 17, 2004
From The Sublime To The Ridiculous
You sometimes have to wonder what the American Civil Liberties Union thinks
when it chooses what battles to fight.
May 27, 2004
Is The Golden Rule Out The Window?
You sometimes have to wonder about man's humanity, or inhumanity to man. Guess in today's politically correct world it should be, a person's humanity or inhumanity to person.
May 20, 2004
What’s The Matter, Hon? No Speaka de English?
There has much ballyhoo lately about multiculturalism in Maryland. Seems, State Comptroller William Donald Schaefer, in a big hurry to get his Big Mac and fries, had difficulty understanding the woman taking his order.
May 7, 2004
Weather Forecasting Was Mom's Forté
Sunday's storms made me think of things other than the thunder and
lightning, the threat of hail, and the possibility of a tornado.
April 29, 2004
Oil and Vinegar in Our National Psyche
Last week the Vatican announced that pro-choice politicians are "not fit" to
April 16, 2004
Does President Bush Know What He Is Doing?
This week we were afforded a treat. After 13 months of fighting, President
Bush popped out to talk to the press and address the nation about the state
of affairs concerning his intervention into Iraq.
April 9, 2004
First Case Victory Bodes Well For the Sick
It is a bit ironic that the first case testing the Maryland medical
marijuana legislation was heard here in Frederick.
April 2, 2004
A Real Expensive Wild Goose Chase
Every so many years it seems as if the problem of geese and/or ducks
surrounding Culler Lake in Baker Park comes to the fore.
March 19, 2004
Has Senator Mooney Finally Gotten The Message?
During the last election it was not difficult to point to Senator Alex
Mooney's record to question his support of children.
March 12, 2004
Ads Conjure Up Wrong Images
President Bush and images of the tragedy of 9/11 have found themselves together in television commercials that some would say are a valid representation of Mr. Bush's tremendous efforts during those horrific days, while others say it is using a tragic event solely for political gain.
March 4, 2004
Genesis: How To Be Safe and Sorry At The Same Time
This Genesis is not the first book of the Bible, but rather a disaster plan, being drawn up by Sheriff Jim Hagy and the Nuclear Subcommittee. It will place a decontamination and medical treatment facility at the fairgrounds in Frederick City, for those who are being evacuated from Baltimore or Washington, in the event those cities are attacked by a "dirty bomb."
February 26, 2004
Who's Going to Come To Our Aid?
Through our nation's history, amendments to the Constitution have very often been used to right wrongs, protect rights or ensure the equal status of the citizenry.
February 20, 2004
Preventing One Illness Oils A Slippery Slope
It is known as many things now, the “Beggar Bill” and the “Panhandler Bill,” are just two, but the measure introduced by Delegates Galen Clagett and Paul Stull at the request of the county commissioners will prevent people from standing on corners asking for money.
February 5, 2004
Stop The Blame Game!
There is a call for a whopping $.095 tax increase to fund one road. The city wants to build a road on land the county owns. The city has attempted to buy the same property twice.
January 27, 2004
The State of Bush’s Union Skips Reality
To some, watching the annual State of the Union address was like coming upon a wreck on the side of the road. You don’t want to look. You know it is in some way wrong, but you are mystified by the abject horror of it and you, for whatever reason, cannot avert your eyes.
January 22, 2004
Bill Lee Also Had A Dream
Last week Frederick lost a gem as former Alderman and community leader Bill Lee passed on.
January 7, 2004
Looking Back, Looking Forward and Hoping
As we enter a new year, most people look to it with a kind of hope. A hope that, maybe, just maybe, things might be better.
December 11, 2003
Is Capitalism Driving Bush Foreign Policy?
George Bush, the president who claims he supports independence, democracy and self-determination for nations around the world (after having campaigned on the theme of the U.S. keeping its nose out of the internal affairs of other nations) reprimanded Taiwan this week, demanding they do nothing to affect the status quo that exists between Taiwan and mainland China, which considers Taiwan a breakaway province.
December 4, 2003
Here We Go Again!
Things have seemed relatively quiet at City Hall lately. There have been no well-publicized shouting matches between the mayor and an alderman.
November 24, 2003
Make The World Safe From Hypocrisy
Last week I was told "you hurt the family unit" and that I am "morally wrong."
November 12, 2003
Stop The Parade, I Want To Get Off!
Parking is one of downtown Frederick's most problematic issues.
October 29, 2003
Tarnished Gold Polished, But.
Boscov's is here. They've blown into town with entertainers and sports celebrities helping create a buzz in order to draw the curious to the new store.
October 21, 2003
In The City of Frederick, Who's Responsible?
Here's a story of a barricade [You know the type I mean They're used to
prevent traffic from proceeding down a street - white saw horse shaped
with orange and white stripes.] that had trouble getting home.
October 10, 2003
The Good, The Bad and The...
This week Mayor Jennifer Dougherty experienced the highs and lows of serving in public office.
October 3, 2003
Can We Really Trust This Investigation?
Oh, what a twisted web they weave when the Bush's practice to deceive.
September 25, 2003
Are Sinkholes Truly A Serious Concern? You Betcha!
Sinkholes are things you don't think about until they happen. In Frederick, they happen more often than you would think, but, hey, one of the industries that have been successful in Frederick County is quarrying, so one has to expect that some sinkholes would occur.
September 22, 2003
A Rolle Challenge Might Dispel Notion of Divine Right
Scott Rolle versus Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. Would be an interesting
match-up to watch.
September 12, 2003
Simple-Minded Modes Of Discrimination
I have been trying for over a week or so to write something. But I find that I am not motivated.
August 22, 2003
Wings Of Freedom Is More Than An Airshow
Many know that last weekend Frederick was host to an airshow because they saw and heard the planes, even if they didn't attend the show itself.
August 14, 2003
Why Not Here In Frederick?
Much is being said about the Frederick County Human Relations Commission's request to include "sexual orientation" in the list of those protected from discrimination in Frederick County.
August 1, 2003
It's a Question of Business
This week the Frederick County Commissioners were found guilty of breaking Maryland's Open Meeting Act by closing a meeting in March where they discussed taxes, ordinances and policies.
July 25, 2003
And The Wheel Keeps Spinning, Spinning, Spinning
Water. It has been a big issue. We had little last year. Construction in the city was stopped. People lost jobs.
July 16, 2003
Were We Duped On The Reasons For The Iraq Conflict?
"The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought
significant quantities of uranium from Africa." - President George Bush,
State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003.
July 1, 2003
Jenita Raises Concerns About Working For The City
In the musical "Evita" there is a song in which the line, "and the money rolls in, the money rolls out," repeats itself over and over in the discussion of Evita Peron's alleged mishandling of funds donated to her foundation.
June 25, 2003
Too Little, Too Late
Billy Gaines is dead. He was a 19-year-old who was really just beginning his life.
June 17, 2003
A Sinister Conspiracy Or A Random Act?
A disturbing thing met me as I left for work Monday morning.
June 10, 2003
A Meeting We Could Have Done Without
The June 5th Mayor and Board of Alderman (BOA)
meeting was full of surprises
and fireworks, most of which - to anyone who
holds dear the ideas of freedom
of speech, and well, takes the Constitution to
heart - made them ill.
June 4, 2003
What's Good For The Goose....
Recently Governor Robert Ehrlich came to town and blasted Delegate Joe Bartlett for voting against his slots proposal last session.
May 27, 2003
Where Would We Be Without Public TV?
This weekend I decided to check out what programs were on television that might be in some way, "Memorial Day" themed.
April 25, 2003
What's Really Going On Over There?
Where do we go from here? By all military analysis, George Bush's military machinations in Iraq have been successful at overthrowing the regime of Saddam Hussein.
April 17, 2003
Another Snafu Nearly Causes Drought At City's Golf Course
While the City of Frederick no longer has a water crisis, it narrowly averted the well running dry at the Clustered Spires Golf Course.
April 11, 2003
Mayor’s Power Play Lands In The Rough
No! It isn’t the call of a golfer at the 1st Annual Mayor’s Golf Classic held at Frederick’s Clustered Spires Golf Course.
April 2, 2003
Activism Has Its Own Calling Card
Throughout history people, ordinary people, have been at that so called "right place at the right time" to become extraordinary. They were moved
to challenge the status quo and make changes in order to improve their lives and/or the lives of others.
March 24, 2003
City Hall Rancor Absent From Budget Process - So Far
Several weeks ago Mayor Jennifer Dougherty told us that our city's economic outlook was pretty bleak. Lay-offs would occur. Programs and services may be cut. There were not going to be raises!
March 21, 2003
What Is The Real Purpose Of This
As the "war" on Iraq has begun, is it actually a "war?" Did un-elected President George W. Bush actually ask Congress for formal approval of a declaration of war?
March 10, 2003
Ehrlich Must Be Open and Honest On Slots
Gov. Bob Ehrlich found himself in hot water last week for allegedly giving misleading information to legislators and the press about his new slot
March 5, 2003
Don’t Believe What Other Say! Read It For Yourself
A letter went out recently from the Frederick County Chapter of the Christian Coalition that implores the readers to "wear the armor of God
fearlessly" while taking a stand to defeat, what it calls, "madness" of the state's efforts to include "sexual orientation" in the Board of Education's anti-harassment policy.
February 28, 2003
Weinberg Saga Continues To Develop, But Is Still Profitless
I went to see "Gods and Generals" last weekend. Curiously, though it took four-plus days to shoot, my block (in Frederick) managed to make the big screen a grand total of about 20 seconds.
February 18, 2003
Snow Brings Out One Of The Seven Deadly Sins
Well, it snowed again. It snowed a lot this time - one of the "Top 10" storms, maybe even a "Top 5" storm say those who keep weather statistics.
February 12, 2003
Mooney's Position Should Remove His "Protections"
State Senator Alex Mooney has once again shown how his bigotry can get in the way of the rights of certain people or the ability to pursue those who
violate the rights of others.
February 4, 2003
Delaying School Board Appointment Serves No One
The names are in and the interviews are completed for the candidates for Board of
Education. Well, most of them. Yet the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will wait
until February 14th to interview the three finalists for a second time.
January 27, 2003
Some Suggestions For Frederick's Homeland Security Monitors
As we now officially have the protection of Tom Ridge and the Department of Homeland Security, one has to wonder how it will end up functioning as an entity to help secure our safety.
January 22, 2003
...And In This Corner..........
Ladies and Gentlemen, in this corner we have Herzonner, and featherweight
champion of Frederick, Huffin' and Puffin' Jennifer Dougherty attempting to defeat - in this corner, Alderman, Frederick's heavyweight champion - Rock'em, Sock'em, Bill Hall.
January 14, 2003
Gas Tax And Slots Have Great Negatives Built In
Well, the General Assembly is off and running, quickly trying to figure out a way to balance the budget. Seems the most popular options to raise cash are a gas tax and slots.
January 8, 2003
Even Emails Can Contain Political Tricks With No Consequences
Politics is a funny business. It makes people do funny things.
Well, not necessarily funny, as in "ha, ha" funny, but funny is a
"not doing things in a socially accepted form of prudent
behavior" kind of funny.
January 3, 2003
Senator Mooney Should Support New Medical Marijuana Proposal
Senator Alex Mooney is once again showing his naiveté and ignorance when it comes to announcing this early that he "sees no reason to change his
mind" and vote to approve a medical marijuana bill in the next legislative
December 24, 2002
A Jenita Christmas Carol - Part Four: The Ghost of Christmas Future
As Jeneezer tosses and turns in her sleep with the visions of what she has seen the
clock again begins to chime.
December 23, 2002
A Jenita Christmas Carol - Part Three: The Ghost of Christmas Present
Jeneezer looked around her room wondering what was happening. "What are those
things I have seen" she asked aloud as the clock began to chime again.
December 20, 2002
A Jenita Christmas Carol - Part Two: The Ghost of Christmas Past
Jeneezer tried to sleep, but the visit from her idol, Evita Peron, troubled her.
December 19, 2002
A Jenita Christmas Carol - The Prologue
Evita Peron was dead to begin with. There was no doubt about that. It
happened many years ago. It made the papers, radio and television.
December 13, 2002
Yes, Patrick, We Do Have Traffic Woes In Frederick County
This week newbies to the state legislature were given an abbreviated tour of the state (cut short due to budgetary constraints), though the gang's bus managed to make it to Frederick.
December 10, 2002
An Ill Wind Is Blowing Toward The Weinberg Center
Well, the "Wind," Herzonner Jennifer Dougherty, is huffing and puffing again and this time the hurricane has landed on Stewart Seal, artistic director of the Weinberg Center for the Arts.
December 3, 2002
Learn From History, Or Repeat It!
One might wonder with all that is going on with regards to terrorism and
President Bush’s war on it, if it may be possible for some to get confused as to
who are the "good guys" and who are the "bad guys."
November 25, 2002
Maybe We Should Just Quote Rodney King
As one looks back at the weeks following the election, some of us can’t help
but ask "what went wrong," while others bask in the glow of their victory.
November 18, 2002
Fear Of The Unknown Is, Nevertheless, Real
I was told by one of my "Washington insider" type friends at a party recently,
that it’s those things the public doesn’t know about that the Bush
administration is doing that we should ultimately be most afraid.
November 8, 2002
Our State Song Needs Rewriting, So Here Goes
In dealing with the results of Tuesday’s election, I am trying my best to use
some levity as a tool.
November 1, 2002
Some Choices Are Difficult, Others Are Not
The elections, the elections, they are almost over - thank God! Aren’t we all
just a bit tired of the "War of the Big Signs?" One has to wonder if the "big
sign" isn’t an over compensation for a candidate’s inadequacy in the "knowing
what they would do if elected" department.
October 29, 2002
Rising Above The Dirty Tricks And Giving It A Go
Delegate Louise Snodgrass decided to defy the odds last week and file to run
for her seat in the Maryland House of Delegates from District 4A as a write-in.
October 25, 2002
...And The Winner Is....
This week, State Senator Alex Mooney rolled out another sign that reads,
"Win with Mooney."
October 11, 2002
Another Ten Commandments Brouhaha - Again
The Ten Commandments are in the center of yet another flap in Frederick
October 8, 2002
Unseemly Behavior Besmirches Mooneys Again
Well, the Mooneys are at it again - and again - and again.
October 3, 2002
Why, President Bush, Why?
As President Bush tries to bully the public and the world into supporting
immediate action being taken against Iraq, one simply has to ask: Why?
September 27, 2002
Does It Take A Double-Dog-Dare To Create A Debate?
Well this week’s excitement in the State Senator Mooney vs. Delegate Sue Hecht campaign comes
about because the two sides are haggling over whether there should be debates where the two will
actually discuss the issues.
September 19, 2002
Did Our Mayor Learn Her Government Style From Castro?
In what some would say is an attempt by Her Imperial Majesty, Mayor Jenita Dougherty of the Grand Duchy of Frederick, to afford the residents and business community a greater input into solving the problems that exist in their neighborhood, the idea of "Neighborhood Advisory Councils" has come about.
September 12, 2002
Gentlemen! Mom Says It's Okay To Start Our Engines
What an example of grace, charm and dignity Mrs. Ellen Bartlett turned out to be this week.
September 11, 2002
City Should Reclaim Site A! It Belongs To The People!
Well, this time the boys got it wrong.
September 6, 2002
Intolerance In Any Form Is Shameful - And Wrong
Poor State Senator Alex Mooney and Delegate Sue Hecht.
September 3, 2002
Delegate Bartlett Proves This Is A Madcap World
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett recently sent a letter to his "dear Republican friends" asking that they vote for his son, Delegate Joe Bartlett, for election as delegate in District 4A.
August 26, 2002
Another Waste Of Tax Dollars, And Still No Answers
Last week an outside source, after studying Frederick and getting paid $100,000, has made recommendations for questions that should be asked about the future of our fair city. Upon review of the suggestions, a couple of people sitting in a TV room watching a football game and drinking a few cold ones could have come up with them for a lot less money.
August 21, 2002
There Senator Mooney Goes Again!
"Well, there he goes again" was a phrase used effectively by former
President Ronald Reagan that helped him win election.
August 14, 2002
Maybe We Should Recognize Them Before They Speak
One has to wonder, in light of the recent "Code of Conduct" passed by
Herzonner with a little help from her friends, if, when it is time for
public comments (which have proved to be pointless, but hey, we get to
pretend we make a difference) we must present ourselves at the podium and
stand, head bowed slightly, waiting - hoping we are deemed worthy to be
recognized by the chair so that we may speak our mind (in three minutes or
August 13, 2002
Treat Them Like The Crooks They Are
Company names like Enron, Global Crossing, WorldCom and Tyco, and, of
course, Martha Stewart, are now as well known for the wrongs they have done
as for the good they have done in the business world.
August 8, 2002
Senator Mooney Needs To Answer Financial Questions
Well, State Senator Alex Mooney is at it again. This time he got caught
claiming $270 in expenses that was supposed to be used in the service of his
constituents while he was out of the legislature for nine days while having
eye surgery in Virginia.
July 31, 2002
Will 'Jennifer Factor' Spoil This Election?
Well, the candidates are off and running and it became very obvious last
weekend as yard signs - at least for Democrats - popped up on lawns all
over, kind of like wild mushrooms after a heavy rain.
July 29, 2002
Lincoln Set The Precedent We Should Follow
Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech after the Battle of Gettysburg.
July 26, 2002
Waffles Aren't Just For Breakfast Anymore
If anyone wondered what the ethics (or lack there of) may be under a
Jenitaista regime, one only has to look at the antics of Alderman Wafflin'
Joe Baldi to figure it out.
July 19, 2002
"Civility" Policy Needs To Be Expanded in City Hall
It seems The New Patriotism Project really needs to expand their mission
statement to include the conduct and behavior of incumbent office holders.
July 17, 2002
Being Positively Positive Can Be Positively Absurd
In keeping with the spirit of niceness we are all supposed to undertake,
this column will focus only on some of the positive characteristics about
candidates running for certain offices this election cycle as well as other
positive themes that will make this election positively positive.
July 15, 2002
Another Silly Decision With Unintended Consequences
Does anyone know Susan Powder so that we can get in touch with her to
to Frederick and help "stop the insanity" that is going on in City
July 12, 2002
Zippity Do Dah, Plenty of Sunshine Rite Cheer!
Peace, love and joy will be the general campaign theme heading into
election season if the sponsors of the New Patriotism Project get
July 10, 2002
Be Careful Whose Endorsement You Seek And Receive
Lt. Governor, Kathleen Kennedy-Townsend (also known as KKT) came to town Monday for the dedication of Hill Street Park in Hillcrest.
July 3, 2002
Despite It All, America Is Still The Greatest Country
Some years ago it was written that some of our inalienable rights, "granted
by God", were those of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
June 27, 2002
Search For Anthrax Clues Raises Serious Questions
Well now, it seems that the fear of deadly diseases taking a walk outside
Ft. Detrick may be - or may have been - a greater possibility than some may
June 26, 2002
Jenita's Promises Too Much Like The Perons'
Who would have ever thought, when quips were made after Herzonner Jenita
ascended to mayorality, that she might have found Juan and Evita Peron to be
her role models in politics? Even though once again, just as if she is
following the musical "Evita" to the score, another example of her
"Peronist" sensibilities has come through.
June 14, 2002
A Perfect Day To Sing Our Nations' Praises
Flag Day. A day to commemorate a very recognizable symbol of our nation and
in turn, the nation itself.
June 10, 2002
Herzonner Still In Power Craze In City Hall
The City of Frederick, or should we say, Herzonner Dougherty, has just hired a new police chief.
June 7, 2002
Is Paranoia Ruling Mooney's Campaign?
Seems that State Senator Alex Mooney and his supporters have nothing to do but sit around checking out the Defeat Mooney Committee's web site in hopes of finding things they can use to malign the character of those involved.