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| Steven R. Berryman | Chris Cavey | Joe Charlebois | Guest Columnist | Harry M. Covert | Patricia A. Kelly | Jill King | Tom McLaughlin | Roy Meachum | Cindy A. Rose | John W. Ashbury | Richard B. Weldon Jr. | Blaine R. Young |

DOCUMENTS


The Tentacle


Blaine R. Young

November 3, 2014
Whatever Else You Do Tomorrow – VOTE!
Blaine R. Young

As I imagine you have heard by now, we have an election coming up tomorrow. I believe this to be one of the most important elections, if not the most important, in the State of Maryland in my lifetime.


October 30, 2014
Republican Executive Candidate Makes His Case
Blaine R. Young

The major issues in this race for county executive are taxes, jobs, education, and growth. I would like to explain my vision on each of these issues.


October 16, 2014
Paying It Forward
Blaine R. Young

If I’ve heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times: residential development does not pay for itself.


October 2, 2014
Smart Phone Spying and Tracking
Blaine R. Young

I read something in The Washington Post this week that actually shook me up a little and made me wonder where we are headed as a society. This story really bothered me.


September 4, 2014
What has happened to the leadership of this country?
Blaine R. Young

For the second time in less than a month, one of our citizens has been publicly executed overseas. The executions were done in a particularly heinous manner, are filmed and posted on the Internet for all to see. The perpetrators claim victory over the United States.


August 21, 2014
Wrong Place, Wrong Time
Blaine R. Young

I have received literally hundreds of emails, texts and phone calls concerning a proposed shooting range on Thurston Road. Although I do my best to respond to each person personally, in the event I missed anyone I want to make my position on this application absolutely clear.


August 7, 2014
Development Issues Off The Table for Foreseeable Future
Blaine R. Young

I want to try again. No matter how hard I try, the message does not seem to get through to certain media outlets in this county.


July 24, 2014
Setting The Record Straight – Again!
Blaine R. Young

I was not sure if I was reading a fairy tale or not last Sunday in The Frederick News-Post. Was Jan Gardner trying to portray herself as a fiscal conservative, when in fact we know she supported Barack Obama for president and supports Obamacare, which is the worst piece of irresponsible fiscal legislation ever passed.


July 10, 2014
FY2015 Budget Highlights
Blaine R. Young

The Board of County Commissioners adopted the FY 2015 budget on June 24th. The adoption date was postponed by several weeks to give any and all interested citizens, candidates and commissioners an opportunity to present any and all proposals for changes.


July 2, 2014
Voter Turnout and Castigating Annapolis
Blaine R. Young

The 2014 primary election is in the books, and I believe it was noteworthy on a few counts. Congratulations to the winners and to those whose came up short for a strong campaign.


June 12, 2014
Get Government Out of The Way
Blaine R. Young

We have all been reading, watching and hearing a lot about the current mess at our Veterans Administration hospitals. Without question it is unacceptable, if not disgusting and borderline criminal. But I have a somewhat different take on most of what I have read and heard.


May 29, 2014
Governing Together
Blaine R. Young

I have been honored to serve as a county commissioner for over four years now. Prior to that, I served four years on the Board of Aldermen of our largest municipality, the City of Frederick.


May 15, 2014
Graduating With Concerns
Blaine R. Young

Spring seems to have finally sprung, and as usual the month of May brings not only flowers and blossoming trees. There is also a proliferation of caps and gowns, as graduation season is in full swing.


May 1, 2014
The Battle for Coke
Blaine R. Young

I have been reading with interest the current discussion and debate at the City of Frederick concerning the old Coca-Cola plant on North Market Street. It seems to be a classic clash between historic preservation and economic development (or in this case redevelopment).


April 21, 2014
A Response to a TheTentacle.com Column
Blaine R. Young

I have written columns for TheTentacle.com now for over a decade and for The Gazette for a number of years prior. I strongly believe in newspaper and online columns as valuable vehicles to promote the exchange of ideas and philosophies among citizens.


April 17, 2014
How Rewarding Is Volunteer Charity Work?
Blaine R. Young

It seems like all anyone wants to talk about these days around Frederick County is politics. As we are in an election year, sometimes I am guilty of that as well, but not today.


April 3, 2014
Squabbling Over Charter Schools
Blaine R. Young

I have written and spoken time and again lamenting the fact that our beloved State of Maryland is increasingly being pulled to extremes by our so-called government “leaders” in Annapolis.


March 20, 2014
A Democratic Donnybrook
Blaine R. Young

The Maryland gubernatorial race could get very interesting between now and the primary in June. Both Anthony Brown and Doug Gansler, who appear to be the leading contenders in the Democrat primary, have extremely large war chests, which they likely will exhaust during the next two months.


February 6, 2014
Contrast and Compare
Blaine R. Young

Facts Do Matter! At least that is the mantra of the former president of the Board of County Commissioners Jan Gardner and Democratic candidate for county executive of Frederick County.


January 23, 2014
Citizens Nursing Home Sale – Major Questions Answered
Blaine R. Young

There has been a lot of heated discussion about the county’s sale of the Citizens Care nursing home formerly operated by the Frederick County government. I am writing this column to cut through the rhetoric and talk about the facts.


January 9, 2014
The Dark Side of Increased Minimum Wage
Blaine R. Young

Here we go again. If we have learned anything during the seven year O’Malley Administration in Maryland, it is that if any other state comes up with some far left idea that we have not yet gotten here, our illustrious government in Annapolis will latch on to it as their own.


December 12, 2013
Divided We Shall Fall
Blaine R. Young

We all remember – from our earliest school days – that it was drilled into us that the United States system of government is based on “checks and balances.” The Congress had a check on the power of the president, and vice versa; and the judiciary, particularly the Supreme Court, had the ultimate check on the power of both other branches.


December 5, 2013
Facts The No-Growthers Don’t Want You To Know
Blaine R. Young

For the fifth consecutive year, Frederick County has issued fewer than 1,000 new dwelling permits. The last time the housing market in the county was this slow was the period of 1967 – 1971.


November 14, 2013
Giving One Pause
Blaine R. Young

A front page story in Tuesday’s Washington Times caught my attention and really hit home, for a number of reasons.


October 31, 2013
Dirty Tricks and Gansler’s Run
Blaine R. Young

As we are all too aware, 2014 is a statewide election year in Maryland. I expected things to heat up a little bit earlier than usual because of the change in the schedule, which moves the primary from September to June.


October 17, 2013
Background, Process and Benefits
Blaine R. Young

One hundred million dollars is not enough? That's what some would have you believe in the current debate about the proposed Monrovia Town Center.


October 3, 2013
Setting The Record Straight
Blaine R. Young

Albert Einstein once said: “If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.” We feel this aptly applies to the recent letter criticizing the financial actions of the current Board of County Commissioners.


September 19, 2013
Guns! Again! There’s No End in Sight
Blaine R. Young

The events this week at the Washington Navy Yard are horrific, as these things always are, and, unfortunately, as we are growing to expect.


September 5, 2013
Ironies in Washington
Blaine R. Young

I think what is going on right now in Washington is fascinating. A president, who ran for office (twice) as the “anti-war” candidate, has put on a full court press with Congress to obtain approval for a military strike on Syria. And his opposition is coming from an extraordinary combination of interests.


August 22, 2013
Nifty Proposal to Help Farmers
Blaine R. Young

Some of you may have seen an article in the local paper earlier this week about a matter the Frederick County Farm Bureau recently brought to the attention of the county government. I find it to be a very interesting issue, and one that is worthy of discussion.

 


August 8, 2013
Editors on a ‘Snipe’ Hunt
Blaine R. Young

On July 29, The Frederick News Post continued to display its fascination (if not obsession) with the activities of the current Board of County Commissioners.


July 25, 2013
Good News/Bad News
Blaine R. Young

The Frederick News-Post generally is not inclined to splash good news in its headlines on the front page. So, I was surprised this week to read, above the fold, about a dramatic increase in existing home sales and the price of homes.


July 11, 2013
Sgt. Joe Friday Couldn’t Say It Better
Blaine R. Young

You deserve to know the facts. So I’m giving them facts to you directly today because the local media won’t report most of our story because of their apparent bias against us.


June 27, 2013
The Good Old Saber Rattling Days
Blaine R. Young

My last column covered numerous national events I termed the “Spring of Scandals.” Since then, I have barely been able to keep my eyes away from what I saw inside Door #3, which is the continuing saga of traitor Edward Snowden and his travels (or lack thereof) around the world.


June 13, 2013
Smoking Gun? Focus Pointed in Wrong Direction
Blaine R. Young

A year or two ago we had what the press gleefully called the “Arab Spring.” This year, closer to home, we have had what I call the “Spring of Scandals.” Or, at least that’s what Republicans are hoping.


May 30, 2013
Yes, There is A Vision
Blaine R. Young

Growth is once again a hot topic in this county, not because we are growing, but because we are planning for prosperity. That's right, planning which I thought was a good thing.


May 24, 2013
An End at the Beginning….
Blaine R. Young

Sometimes, it just comes down to good old common sense. And this is what happened this week with the Frederick County Ethics Commission in the matter involving Commissioner Kirby Delauter.


May 16, 2013
Get Off The Pot: Allow Walmart
Blaine R. Young

It seems like every day now there is something about the Golden Mile in the local newspaper. I drive this stretch of road every day to and from the radio station.


May 2, 2013
Hypocrisy and the ACLU
Blaine R. Young

Sometimes absolute silence is more telling and revealing than the loudest proclamations from the highest mountain tops. I find the current silence on the part of the American Civil Liberties Union to once and for all and conclusively demonstrate the complete hypocrisy of that organization.


April 18, 2013
Setting The Record Straight
Blaine R. Young

The subject of the day in the local press seems to be the future of the Citizens Care and Rehabilitation Center and the Montevue Assisted Living facility. Of course, as we have come to expect from our local newspapers, you only see one side of the story.


April 4, 2013
Keeping – And Standing By – Your Promise
Blaine R. Young

I guess it is inevitable. When a person or a group of people in a position of public authority comes into office and actually makes good on their promises to the voters, the people who voted against them express moral outrage.


March 21, 2013
Lies! Part Two
Blaine R. Young

In my last column I was critical of people distorting numbers, statistics and facts to suit their needs. Now I want to focus on the most repeated lie we hear by the opponents of economic development. And that is the oft-repeated refrain: “I am not against growth.”


March 7, 2013
Facts Tell The Story
Blaine R. Young

As Ronald Reagan liked to say, “There you go again.” If I hear one more person say “When I moved here from Montgomery County,” or “growth in Frederick County is out of control;” or, of course, “the developers are getting a free ride and not paying their fair share,” I think my head is going to explode!


February 21, 2013
Down to the wire – AGAIN
Blaine R. Young

If you are like me, until recently you thought the word "sequester" described what judges do to juries in high profile criminal trials. Well, we have a whole new definition now. And, in my book, it just amounts to more horrifyingly bad governing in Washington.


February 7, 2013
Are Confiscatory Gun Laws Headed Our Way?
Blaine R. Young

The gun control bill currently making the rounds in the state Senate, known as SB 281, is both breathtaking and not a little bit frightening in its scope. This bill should not be called gun control. It is more like gun confiscation.


January 24, 2013
Gun Control Common Sense
Blaine R. Young

Every few years in this country some sick, twisted person commits an unspeakable act of violence that results in multiple deaths. The latest is the horrific school shooting in Connecticut. I don’t know if I have ever been so shaken and disturbed by a news report than I was when I heard of this tragedy.


January 10, 2013
Can It Get Any Worse?
Blaine R. Young

The incompetence and downright irresponsibility of our so called “national leaders” continues to astound me. Their latest version of the children’s game of kick-the-can-down-the-road is just another example of ineffectual government to which we, unfortunately, are becoming accustomed.


December 27, 2012
Breaking The Back of Maryland Taxpayers
Blaine R. Young

Since 2007 Gov. Martin O’Malley and the Democrat controlled Maryland General Assembly have piled more than $1.6 billion in new tax and fee increases on the backs of Maryland taxpayers.


December 13, 2012
A Living Legacy in Housing Growth
Blaine R. Young

In November 2010 five Republicans were elected to the open seats on the Frederick Board of County Commissioners. I stated at the time, and continue to believe today, that 2010 was the first election in memory that was not mostly about growth and development. I still believe that.


November 29, 2012
Charter Approved...Now What?
Blaine R. Young

“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.” This is a quote from one of my favorite Americans, President Andrew Jackson. I use this quote in reference to the newly adopted constitution for our county, namely the Frederick County Charter.


November 15, 2012
Lead The Way on Immigration
Blaine R. Young

As you might expect, in the wake of last week’s election, I have been witness to a lot of moaning and handwringing. Many of my friends and acquaintances, who lean to the right on most issues, seem inconsolable about the results from the ballot box.


November 1, 2012
Dog Poop and Hurricane Sandy
Blaine R. Young

It is a privilege to write this column every other week. And I am fully aware that with this opportunity comes serious responsibility. No right afforded to us as United Sates citizens is as precious as a free press, not subject to censorship by government or anyone else.


October 18, 2012
Voter Identification – Why not?
Blaine R. Young

A proposed Frederick County law would establish a requirement that a voter present a current government-issued photo identification in order to vote in a primary or general election.


October 4, 2012
A Smorgasbord of Ballot Questions
Blaine R. Young

Have you seen the ballot for next month’s General Election. I have never seen anything quite like it; and I doubt you have either, unless you once lived in California and voted in elections out there.


September 20, 2012
What’s The Alternative to Waste-To-Energy?
Blaine R. Young

Why does Frederick County need a long term solid waste disposal plan? Here are some basic facts.


September 6, 2012
O’Malley Singing A Tired Tune
Blaine R. Young

We are now almost two months from the November election. Being a presidential year, there is obviously significant interest and attention in the fall campaign. We will be surprised along the way, but most of it we have already heard.


August 23, 2012
Another O’Malley Assault on Your Wallet
Blaine R. Young

I recently attended the annual three day conference of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACO) in Ocean City. I found it to be a worthwhile investment in time because I got to discuss common areas of interest and concern with county leaders from across the state.


August 9, 2012
Take Home Cars: An Unnecessary Perk
Blaine R. Young

As most everyone knows, I am a radio guy at heart. But sometimes television is okay. And sometimes it is very, very good. This is one of those times.


July 26, 2012
Complete Abrogation of Its Responsibilities
Blaine R. Young

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to tour the outside of the newly renovated Lincoln Elementary – on my own. Most everyone knows this school, once known as South Frederick Elementary, is located just south of downtown Frederick. As one of our older schools, Lincoln was badly in need of renovation.


July 12, 2012
A Sorry State of Affairs
Blaine R. Young

For years we have been told how Maryland’s economy is “recession-proof” because of the breadth and depth of our ties to the federal government. As this thinking goes, when the economy goes into recession the government increases spending to stimulate the economy…


June 28, 2012
Family First – Always
Blaine R. Young

On January 8th of this year The Frederick News Post published an editorial in which they advised me that I should “step away from (my) radio show for the rest of (my) term and dedicate (myself) to (my) public office.”


June 14, 2012
Stop Whining and Get to Work
Blaine R. Young

Last Saturday night the Maryland Republican Party held their annual Red, White and Blue Dinner. There was a fabulous turnout of close to 500 people.


May 31, 2012
Backroom Deals and Tax Increases
Blaine R. Young

If anyone is not fully sick of – and disgusted by – the dirty backroom one-party politics displayed in Annapolis this year, I guess the only explanation is that you’ve seen it for so long you’ve become accustomed to it.


May 17, 2012
Property Rights and Annexation
Blaine R. Young

With all the recent discussion, debate, protests and media coverage of issues in Frederick County like the budget, teachers’ salaries, grants to nonprofits and other fiscal matters, it seems that growth issues have been taken off the front page.


May 3, 2012
Hold on a minute for the rest of the story
Blaine R. Young

There has been a lot of talk lately about the role of government with regard to non-profit organizations. Once again the Board of County Commissioners is in the crosshairs; but I, for one, think this is a healthy debate that needs to be aired.


April 26, 2012
Hypocrisy At Its Finest
Blaine R. Young

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, if that is true in general, the one you will see when you click on this link (http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/business/display.htm?StoryID=134849) is worth at least a million.


April 19, 2012
Doomsday, Smoonsday: It’s a Hoax
Blaine R. Young

Over the last year we have witnessed budget battles at both the federal and state levels that made it very clear that our so-called “leaders” couldn’t manage an airport shoeshine stand, much less manage the budgets of our country and our state.


April 12, 2012
A Tip of the Hat and a Warning
Blaine R. Young

There were other races that keenly interested me leading up to the recent primary. Having already commented on the congressional contest, it’s time to look at the Board of Education primary. This race was noteworthy in more than one way.


April 5, 2012
Primary Opinions and Observations
Blaine R. Young

Well, finally, the primary election is over. No more radio and newspaper ads, direct mail and or robo-calls for awhile. By the why this election cycle must have set a record for robo-calls.


April 2, 2012
Here’s The Devil in the Details
Blaine R. Young

Here we go again! The same old finger pointing and blame game by some of our elected Frederick County Board of Education members who claim they do not have enough money. Why is it the Board of County Commissioners’ fault; and why it is for the children?


March 29, 2012
Taxpayers Rebate! It’s the Prudent Thing To Do
Blaine R. Young

In 2008 in the United States, it was MoveOn.org. You will recall that this is the organization that took it upon itself to pass judgment on every candidate and issue that came before the voters of the United States to determine if they were liberal enough to deserve public office.


March 22, 2012
When is what you get not enough?
Blaine R. Young

I’m sure you saw the story that broke this week from the head of the Frederick County Teachers Association announcing that teachers will no longer work beyond their prescribed work day as set forth in their collective bargaining agreement.


March 15, 2012
“One Vote Stops It All”
Blaine R. Young

I’ve been watching politics in Maryland for a long time and I can honestly say I have never felt as uneasy – and almost physically ill – as I do now watching what is going on in Annapolis.


March 8, 2012
In Our Best Interest?
Blaine R. Young

If there is anyone left who doesn’t think we need a complete change of leadership in Washington, the events of the last few weeks should take care of any remaining apologists for our current federal government.


March 1, 2012
Priority One: Get It Right
Blaine R. Young

I have been on both sides of the perpetual and often interesting relationship between the media and government. I served one term on the Frederick City Board of Aldermen, during which I was a favorite subject for local coverage, particularly print media.


February 23, 2012
Convoluted Thinking in Annapolis
Blaine R. Young

The 2012 session of the Maryland General Assembly keeps chugging along, and it appears that those outside the major metropolitan areas are going to be force-fed a lot of liberal policy that we probably don’t want.


February 16, 2012
Circumventing Spending Problems
Blaine R. Young

Gov. Martin O’Malley has a very ambitious liberal fiscal agenda for this year’s session of the Maryland General Assembly. He has proposed new sales taxes, gas taxes, flush taxes, recordation taxes, cell phone taxes, Internet taxes and enhanced income taxes. My guess is he is not done yet.


February 9, 2012
English Officially? The Debate Begins Anew
Blaine R. Young

We have heard a lot of discussion, and I am sure we will hear more, about a public hearing on a proposed ordinance to establish English as the official language for Frederick County. The Board of County Commissioners will conduct this hearing on February 21 at Winchester Hall.


February 2, 2012
A Deeper Reach into Marylanders’ Pocket
Blaine R. Young

I guess I should never be surprised when news comes out from the O’Malley Administration that we can expect even more new state taxes and increases in those we already have. But this time our old friend Martin has really outdone himself.


January 26, 2012
Scofflaws and Unpaid Taxes
Blaine R. Young

We are reading and hearing a lot these days about pension plans, particularly public employee plans. We all know that the local, state and the national governments have problems with their old fashioned defined benefit pension plans and retire health care plans.


January 19, 2012
There They Go Again – Another Tax Increase
Blaine R. Young

I thought it must have been a dream – actually, a nightmare – because I certainly never believed that in the current economic times someone would propose to raise yet another tax for the purpose of raising money to build something that the market has said repeatedly is not needed and likely will not be successful.


January 12, 2012
Making Life Easier for Seniors
Blaine R. Young

Ever since I was first elected to office as a Frederick City Alderman I have heard complaints from our senior citizens that they cannot afford to stay in Frederick County, or even the State of Maryland, to retire with dignity.


December 29, 2011
Republicans: Here’s Your Sign…
Blaine R. Young

It isn’t often that we are witness to the mass suicide of an entire political party, but that is what is happening to the Republican Party across America.


December 22, 2011
“Ebenezer” and PlanMaryland
Blaine R. Young

Merry Christmas, rural Maryland. Our good friend in Annapolis, Martin “Ebenezer” O’Malley, just gave all of us in the rural counties a few lumps of coal for Christmas. And, before it is all said and done, I think we will find we got more than our stockings stuffed.


December 15, 2011
Painful Though It Be, It’s Necessary
Blaine R. Young

As we go into the second decade following the September 11th terrorist attacks, there is one thing that no one can dispute that has changed in the American way of life. That is air travel.


December 8, 2011
The Wrong Path to Efficiency
Blaine R. Young

I am not one of the people who engage in habitual bashing of the United States Postal Service (USPS) and post office employees. Like everyone else, I have used the U.S. Mail my entire life, and continue to do so.


December 1, 2011
Kicking ’em to the curb…
Blaine R. Young

We all know about superheroes. In modern mythology they possess great powers, and generally assert their powers for the public good. And, of course, in my mind, the greatest of all superheroes was Superman.


November 24, 2011
Taking It on The Chin
Blaine R. Young

Last Thursday night the members of the Frederick County Planning Commission, for the first time in its history, intentionally and disgracefully refused to do their duty to the citizens of Frederick County.


November 17, 2011
Figuring Tragedy and Stupidity
Blaine R. Young

I hate writing columns about sports. I am not one of these people who live and breathe for what the local professional sports teams do on a day-to-day or week-to-week basis.


November 10, 2011
Here’s The Reason…..
Blaine R. Young

It never ceases to amaze me how supporters of people with tired ideas in Frederick County cling to old stereotypes and campaign slogans long after an election and most of us have moved on.


November 3, 2011
Costly and Burdensome Compliance
Blaine R. Young

One of the things candidates for county commissioner told the voters over and over during the 2010 campaign was that if elected they would stop treating the taxpayers like walking ATM machines. We’ve done it in Frederick County. Now somebody needs to do the same in Annapolis.


October 27, 2011
Bechtel: The Good and The Bad
Blaine R. Young

If anyone still has any doubts that our leadership in Annapolis just does not get it, their doubts should have been laid to rest with the news of the last week. I’m talking about the payoff to Bechtel.


October 20, 2011
Be Careful What You Wish For…..
Blaine R. Young

On September 29 a column of mine was published in TheTentacle.com about the upcoming congressional redistricting. At the time, although it was clear the Democrats were going to try to get one more congressman in the House of Representatives, it was not then clear how they would go about it.


October 13, 2011
School Board Taxing Authority?
Blaine R. Young

Over the last few weeks you may have noticed the beginnings of a discussion on the idea of giving the Frederick County Board of Education taxing authority to go along with their spending authority.


October 6, 2011
Just Do It! It’s good for you!
Blaine R. Young

My September letters to the editor of The Baltimore Sun and The Frederick News-Post on PlanMaryland has generated significant comment here and elsewhere around the state. Good.


September 29, 2011
A Pawn in Redistricting
Blaine R. Young

If you live in the State of Maryland there are two words that should always make you cringe: Special Session.


September 22, 2011
There They Go Again
Blaine R. Young

Here we go again. Our so-called “Friends” of Frederick are at it once again. That’s right; they have renewed their well-worn misinformation and scare tactics.


September 15, 2011
Birthdays, Defenders Day and Memories
Blaine R. Young

I write this column on my birthday, 40 years of living, working, playing and just enjoying being in Frederick County. The first 40 years were great in Frederick County, and I’m really looking forward to the next 40 with my wonderful wife, Karen, and my kids.


September 8, 2011
Under The Guise of Protection
Blaine R. Young

Every 10 years or so our wonderful liberal Democrat leaders in Annapolis come up with a new statewide land use plan that they have concocted “for our own good.” This year they have introduced us to PlanMaryland as the latest of the so-called “Smart Growth” ideas.


September 1, 2011
Boots on the Ground – Here!
Blaine R. Young

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Now, I am not sure if we are truly desperate at the moment. Yes, the economy is down, business is tough; and many good qualified people are out of jobs. But I suppose things could be worse. And I certainly hope they don’t become so.


August 25, 2011
Defending The Second Amendment
Blaine R. Young

Liberals love to talk about the Bill of Rights. In fact, they have created an entire national organization, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which is devoted to defending the Bill of Rights.


August 18, 2011
The Universal Financial Mess
Blaine R. Young

Sometimes I think our “leaders” in Washington want us all to become ostriches. That’s right, they want us to bury our heads in the sand and ignore everything that is going on around us.


August 11, 2011
Kai Hagan Violating Ethics Law?
Blaine R. Young

Many may have noticed that on two occasions in the span of just one week the Board of County Commissioners discussed a new Ethics Ordinance which has been drafted by staff attorneys in response to recent changes in state law.


August 4, 2011
A New Path to School Construction
Blaine R. Young

On July 19 the Board of County Commissioners adopted a revision to the county’s Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance. After months of debate and numerous public meetings and hearings, the commissioners added a mitigation fee to address a situation where a school serving the project is at greater than 100% capacity.


July 29, 2011
Priority One: Job Growth
Blaine R. Young

One of the first things that a new Board of County Commissioners does upon taking office is to develop its strategic plan for the next four years. The current board did so over a two-day retreat at which we heard from our department heads, managers and other stakeholders.


July 21, 2011
Privatization: Down to Work
Blaine R. Young

Now that the lighting rod has been removed, can the real discussion start? How ‘bout really looking at the value of public private partnerships instead of the all-or-nothing approach that has been portrayed via the PPP Associates analysis?


July 15, 2011
Privatization: Programs that are working – Part 2
Blaine R. Young

In yesterday’s column I began listing a series of public private partnerships already in use across America and the world. Here are further examples of the success of such arrangements.


July 14, 2011
Privatization: Programs that are working – Part 1
Blaine R. Young

Most of us already have public-private partnerships right under our noses. In Frederick County we have private businesses and contractors that provide many services to the citizens.


July 7, 2011
What’s behind this growth proposal?
Blaine R. Young

Many people in this area were shocked and dismayed at Gov. Martin O’Malley’s proposal to all but eliminate private well and septic development in the State of Maryland.


June 30, 2011
Privatization: An Insider’s View
Blaine R. Young

Why is the Board of County Commissioners examining public/private partnerships (PPP)? What are they and what are some examples of these that have worked and are working in Frederick County right now.


June 23, 2011
Charity Golf and Politics
Blaine R. Young

The last thing in the world I ever thought I would write a column about is the game of golf. But as I hacked my way down the fairway Monday in a tournament to support a great cause, Mission of Mercy, golf was on my mind.


June 16, 2011
A Modest Amnesty Proposal
Blaine R. Young

Everywhere I go these days someone wants to talk about illegal immigration. It is definitely a hot button, and I am convinced it will be one of the top issues (after the economy) in the 2012 election campaign.


June 9, 2011
Having It Both Ways
Blaine R. Young

It is a question which has been asked and debated seemingly everywhere, for many years: Does residential growth pay for itself or not?


June 2, 2011
Refusing to Bite One’s Lip
Blaine R. Young

Okay, so here we raise the curtain on Act Two of the drama over the members of the Charter Writing Board as appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.


May 26, 2011
Be Prepared for the Worse
Blaine R. Young

The images coming in this week from Joplin, Missouri, are as shocking as they are heartbreaking. Large sections of the city are reduced to nothing but rubble.


May 19, 2011
You know what really frosts my…
Blaine R. Young

Many of you may have noticed statements attributed to me from time to time since the current Board of County Commissioners took office to the effect that being a county commissioner is not my idea of a “dream job,” and that I am going to serve this one term and that is it.


May 12, 2011
Contradicting the Detractors
Blaine R. Young

When the Board of County Commissioner's began preparation for the 2012 budget, it did so by not only addressing the $11.8 million general fund deficit, and the fire tax fund deficit, but also by addressing head-on the structural deficit, commonly called OPEB (Other Post Employee Benefits) trust fund.


May 5, 2011
Back to Work Building Schools
Blaine R. Young

During the summer and fall of 2010 I campaigned from one end of Frederick County to the other. I knocked on doors, talked to people at fire halls, picnics, carnivals and just walking down the street. What I heard most was that we need to put the people back to work in the private sector.


April 28, 2011
Charter? For or Against
Blaine R. Young

Do we need one person in charge – or not – when it comes to the executive functions of the county government, much like a president, a governor, or a mayor/burgess. Or do you want five people in charge? That’s the question.


April 21, 2011
Puzzling Decision Amid Undue Influence
Blaine R. Young

I have been more than a casual observer of the recent actions of the Frederick County Ethics Commission concerning Commissioner Kirby Delauter.


April 14, 2011
Commmissioner's Introductory Remarks at Budget Hearing
Blaine R. Young

On December 1, 2010, this Board of County Commissioners began its term in office with an $11.8 million budget deficit for Fiscal Year 2012 and with a $31 million base structural deficit. With the consent of the commissioners, a Budget Review Committee was quickly established.


April 7, 2011
Where We’re Headed: Reversing Course
Blaine R. Young

Perhaps the two most important areas of concern on most people’s minds are taxes and employment. Everyone knows that I believe that taxes and fees should be lowered and government should live within its means and not spend more than it takes in.


March 31, 2011
The Problem, My Dear Watson…
Blaine R. Young

It is not hard to figure out we either have a spending problem or a revenue problem. It is that simple. It is not brain surgery or rocket science. If it were, we would be brain surgeons or rocket scientists.


March 24, 2011
Addressing Budget Issues
Blaine R. Young

How to Balance a Budget 101 is a course that should be required of all elected office holders when entering public service and every year of their term.


October 12, 2009
Reviewing Contentiousness
Blaine R. Young

For the most part the dust has settled and the situation involving my brother Brad and the Walkersville High School girls softball team has been brought to closure. But this case was so bizarre, and so emblematic of the degree to which the Frederick County Board of Education is out of touch with reality, that it merits one last commentary.


February 18, 2004
Now What?
Blaine R. Young
I’m in the so-called “Black Book”. Now what?

July 28, 2003
Put Odai And Qusai on Public Display
Blaine R. Young
I do not understand the big deal over the release of the pictures of Saddam Hussein's two sons, Odai and Qusai. This was a perfect example of you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.

November 29, 2002
Sometimes You Get What You Asked For
Blaine R. Young
The alleged back room deals and dictatorship did not die with The Grimes Administration. It has been a little over a year since the election in Frederick City. What has happened to the fresh approach and the open door Mayor Jennifer Dougherty promised?

November 14, 2002
Maryland GOP Is On A Roll
Blaine R. Young
You have to be kidding me. I mean between David "Kip" Knootz wanting to re-write the state song and Mike Kuster telling us how stupid we are for voting for the Republicans. One start to wonder if these guys need therapy.

October 15, 2002
This Bartlett Is A Sure Winner
Blaine R. Young
With three weeks to go before the general election, one race that is going to be a cake walk is the race for Congress. Roscoe Bartlett is going to have no trouble defeating his challenger Don DeArmon.

August 8, 2002
Brunswick Smacks Anti-Growth Movement
Blaine R. Young
Can it really be true? Is Lennieism on the way out? Are people finally realizing that the slogan "If Developers Win You Lose" is not based on fact.?

July 22, 2002
Park Ground Breaking Should Have Been About Children
Blaine R. Young
A week or so ago, Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and her running mate came to Frederick to attend the groundbreaking for a new city park in the Hillcrest area.

July 11, 2002
City Workers Don't Need To Unionize
Blaine R. Young
Why in the world would the administration of the City of Frederick want to encourage its workers to unionize?

July 3, 2002
I'm Proud To Be An American
Blaine R. Young
After 9/11, I hope that - on this 4th of July - people will take time to really appreciate their independence.

June 13, 2002
The Job Nobody Seems To Want
Blaine R. Young
With the filing dead line of July 1 fast approaching, there are very few candidates who have filed for county commissioner. Why? What is the problem? Are people so happy with the current leadership that they see no need to run?

May 24, 2002
Here’s How To Solve A Local Housing Problem
Blaine R. Young

Over the past 20 to 30 years we have seen a trend of people moving out of the downtown's to the suburbs. With this we have a lot, in some cases if not all, of the major retailers moving out of the downtown to more suburban locations with ample parking.


May 20, 2002
Governor’s Veto of Defenders’ Bill No Surprise
Blaine R. Young

It was very illuminating and instructive to Frederick County voters to read the published comments of various elected officials in response to Governor Paris Glendening’s veto of the bill which would allow any brand new zoning ordinance adopted by the Frederick Board of County Commissioners to be petitioned to referendum.


April 24, 2002
Why Isn’t Domer A Qualified Candidate For Chief?
Blaine R. Young

Please raise your right hand and repeat after me. “Congratulations and welcome to the City of Frederick's police force. You can work your way up from private to captain but you can never be the chief.”


April 8, 2002
The Commissioners’ Reasoning Is Crystal Clear Now
Blaine R. Young

The State Senate has joined the House of Delegates in approving House Bill 1374, and it is now on to the governor’s desk for signature. This is the legislation originally proposed by Defenders of Citizens’ Rights, Inc. which will allow the citizens of Frederick County to take to referendum any substantial overhaul or rewrite of the county zoning ordinance.


February 26, 2002
Here’s Why I’m A Republican
Blaine R. Young

Many people have asked. So, here are the reasons why I became a Republican.


February 8, 2002
“Defenders” Is Not A Front For Developers
Blaine R. Young

Anti-growthers have called Defenders of Citizens Right an organization that is a front for the developers. Why?


January 25, 2002
In The Board of Aldermen Necessary?
Blaine R. Young

Why do we have a board of aldermen? Why do we have a charter for the City of Frederick? Why am I complaining?


January 8, 2002
Growth! Is there anybody in the middle?
Blaine R. Young

With growth being such a hot political topic office holders and candidates get labeled either pro- or anti-growth by the media.


January 8, 2002
Growth! Is there anybody in the middle?
Blaine R. Young

With growth being such a hot political topic office holders and candidates get labeled either pro- or anti-growth by the media.



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