October 6, 2010
Change Needed in County Government
For 20 years, residents of Frederick County, Maryland, have been governed by either a "pro-growth" or "anti-growth" Board of County Commissioners.
September 28, 2007
Wait Until Next Year
The end of September brings a lot of excitement to major league baseball
fans for the long (162 game) schedule is coming to an end. Wishful hopes
abound that their team will win the division or capture the wild card slot.
Their team would then make the play-offs with a chance to win the Fall
Classic in Sports, the World Series.
August 31, 2007
City Charter revisions - An Ambitious Task
The decision by Mayor Jeff Holtzinger to review the 20-plus articles that
make up the Charter of City of Frederick is a worthwhile and much needed
endeavor. A regularly scheduled interval for future comprehensive charter
reviews should also result from this action.
August 17, 2007
What's in a Name?
Anger, fear, and hate fuel much of the political discussions that take place
today. Labeling an opponent - or an issue - with a moniker that has a
preconceived definition has become commonplace as a method in garnering
support for a position or a candidate. The art and adroitness of
conciliation has been shoved aside with "it's my way or the highway" type of
July 20, 2007
Will Al Gore Run?
With voters donating money to Democratic candidates in record numbers and Republican President George Bush's approval ratings falling below 30 percent, it is remarkable that no current Democratic candidate has emerged as a clear favorite.
July 6, 2007
Budget Cycles, Political Rhetoric and Bureaucracy
The discussion surrounding the approval of a government's annual budget typically elicits political rhetoric from elected officials. The resolution of Maryland's projected $1.5 billion state structural budget deficit for next year is no different. It resulted from a projected shortfall in revenue that is used to pay for existing services provided by the state.
June 22, 2007
Questions Surround Moonlighting Deputies
The recent action by Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins to discontinue
the practice of deputies using patrol cars and wearing their uniforms while
working second jobs may have opened the door for more questions.
June 14, 2007
Time to Re-regulate the Deregulated
One of the critical issues that Gov. Martin O'Malley focused on in his campaign was the rising cost of electricity. His speeches would include phrases inferring the Public Service Commission (PSC) should focus more on the needs of the working men and women of Maryland and not the energy companies and their executives.
May 25, 2007
A National Energy Policy Void
Recently, Gov. Martin O'Malley joined the governors of 21 other states who
sent a letter to the congressional leadership asking for an investigation of
the rise in gasoline prices.
May 11, 2007
Downtown Parking Woes
We should stop tripping over dollars to pick up pennies and seriously consider making changes in parking policy for downtown Frederick.
April 27, 2007
The Slippery Slope Syndrome
Political positions on many hot-button issues are often formulated and
defended with the thought of the slippery slope syndrome. This occurs more
often than not, as opposed to striving to find a reasonable, fair and
effective middle ground solution.
March 30, 2007
Longing for Non-Scripted Conventions
The last spirited national political convention occurred in Chicago. That
1968 national Democratic meeting led to the scripted and arguably non
eventful conventions of today. Full of pomp and circumstance, conventions
today focus on the coronation of the presidential nominee.
March 16, 2007
Government for the People = Smoke-free Restaurants
Our representative form of government and our economic system is the envy of
every country in the world. However, developing, implementing and
maintaining this system, where government and business work together to meet
the needs of the people, is a never-ending process.
March 2, 2007
Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency in Government
Sounds like an oxymoron doesn't it? But this is exactly what Gov. Martin O'Malley
intends to achieve with his administration.
February 16, 2007
If I knew then what I know now...
Sound familiar? This is a statement that is being used by many politicians today when Iraq comes up for discussion.
February 2, 2007
Moving Charter Government Forward
A burning question continues to be: "When will the voters have an opportunity to vote and express their desires on charter government?" Under a charter voters would elect a county executive (administrator) and a county council (legislative body).
January 19, 2007
Let's go Surfing! The Net that is....
Communicating ideas to the public has continued to evolve over the years
with the internet taking a more prominent position among the heavyweights of
the media; television and newspapers.
January 2, 2007
Who's In and Who's Not
The 2008 race for President of the United States is off and running and the
Democratic Party contenders are already juggling for position in the eyes of
November 15, 2006
Democrats Win! - Now What?
What do the numbers 51, 234, and 28 have in common? These are the number of
seats held by Democrats in the Senate, House, and in Governors' Mansions
across the country as a result of the mid-term election last week.
November 3, 2006
Will Democrats Gain? - Part IV
The last two local races for discussion here before the election on Tuesday
are for state's attorney and for our representative in the U.S. House of
November 2, 2006
Will Democrats Gain? - Part III
The races for the General Assembly in District 4 have received very little
media attention and thus have not captured voter interest. This district is
overwhelming Republican; in Frederick County the district wraps from
Middletown across the northern half of the county to Mount Airy.
October 31, 2006
Will Democrats Gain? - Part Two
The Frederick County Board of County Commissioners has received the most
media attention of any local race. Here the issue has been growth and
political party affiliation has taken a back seat for some of the
October 30, 2006
Will Democrats Gain in Frederick County? - Part One
It has been said that all "politics are local," so let's look at the 21
offices up for election in Frederick County, excluding the four non-partisan
Frederick County Board of Education seats on the ballot.
October 26, 2006
The Pendulum Swing
Less than two weeks remain until voters decide who will be their representatives in Maryland local, state, and federal offices. The statewide
campaigns for governor, comptroller, and attorney general as well as the U.S. Senate have spent the most money and generated the most interest.
October 17, 2006
Lets' Play Two!
Ernie Banks, the popular shortstop with the Chicago Cubs who loved to play baseball, was credited with creating the saying "Let's play two!" referring, of course, to a baseball double header.
October 5, 2006
Five Weeks Left - Stay Informed and Vote
Five weeks to go until voters express their wishes in this mid-term
election. Is anybody listening to what the candidates are saying? Does
September 19, 2006
Numbers Tell A Confusing Tale
The primary is over-so. So what do the results tell us? The rush is on by
the survivors to tell us why their victory will propel them to victory in
the General Election on November 7.
September 6, 2006
The Democrat Primary for Attorney General
The race to be the Democrat's candidate for Maryland attorney general has
had many twists and turns since speculation began well over a year ago that
the current office holder - Joe Curran - would retire.
August 29, 2006
It's A Pick 'em Race
The big question heard around Frederick County these days deals with the
race to replace retiring Sen. Paul Sarbanes. Will the Democrats retain the
seat, or will a Republican sneak into Washington?
August 16, 2006
Growth and The County Commissioners
The issues surrounding growth in Frederick County have been front and center
for many, many years and always become paramount at election time. This year's
election is no different.
October 14, 2004
Here We Go Again
I am so consumed by the national election, I had promised myself I would not
comment on local Issues until after November 2nd. However, the local
residency requirement for mayor of the City of Frederick has caught my
September 30, 2004
Is Maryland Still Up for Grabs?
This past weekend I was thinking about the presidential election and how all
the polls are showing a close race with only five weeks to go until Election
September 13, 2004
Without Spin There's Nothing To Talk About
Why is the presidential election so close with only eight weeks until voters
go to the polls on November 2?
July 29, 2003
On A Clear Day You Can See A --------- Solution
The continuing Weinberg Center for The Arts saga appears to nearing a solution acceptable to all. The current discussion of a public/private partnership between the City of Frederick and the Weinberg Board of Directors appears to be an effective solution to the ongoing conundrum.
May 19, 2003
Questions Are Many For Presidential Candidates To Answer
The Democratic field is off and running in the race for their Party’s nomination for President in 2004. Nine candidates faced off recently in a debate held in South Carolina. (Do you know who they are? - Answer at end of column).