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As Long as We Remember...

Kevin E. Dayhoff

July 31, 2013
Fairly Fair History of Fair-ing
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Throughout history, Frederick and Carroll countians have come together to celebrate family and friendships at singing and theater events, church socials or end of summer harvest celebrations.

July 24, 2013
Celebrating Liberty Dam and Reservoir
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The still waters of Liberty Reservoir run deep in history. This Saturday, July 27, Baltimore's Department of Public Works will hold the first Liberty Reservoir Day at Liberty Dam which rises between Baltimore and Carroll County.

July 17, 2013
Wendi Peters to Challenge Three Incumbents
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Thursday, former Mount Airy Councilman Wendi Peters announced that she will seek for one of the three at-large seats in the newly redrawn General Assembly 4th District in Carroll and Frederick counties. It is widely understood that incumbent Dels. Kathy Afzali, Michael Hough and Kelly Schulz will seek re-election.

July 10, 2013
It’s Not Our Policy to Forgive…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Sunday, just when you were about to get your nerve up to watch or read the news, the story broke that (former) New York governor Eliot Spitzer announced that he would like to return to public office.

July 3, 2013
The Civil War Returns
Kevin E. Dayhoff

This week, our area and the nation paused to remember the tragic events of 150-years ago. Today marks the end of the Battle of Gettysburg.


June 26, 2013
Carroll Commissioner Seeking Delegate Seat
Kevin E. Dayhoff

A Carroll County commissioner and former Hampstead mayor has thrown his hat into the ring for the House of Delegates in the newly redrawn 5th District, which lumps four incumbents into a three-delegate district.

June 19, 2013
Kittleman Announces for Howard County Exec
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On June 11, Maryland State Sen. Allan Kittleman, a West Friendship Republican, officially announced his campaign for Howard County executive in 2014 at Clyde's of Columbia.

June 12, 2013
Migrating to Windows 8
Kevin E. Dayhoff

My latest experience with Microsoft has left me with the technological equivalent of post-traumatic stress disorder. In the last six-months I have migrated light years from the Microsoft Windows XP operating system to Windows 8. It was not easy.

June 5, 2013
Craig Steps to the Bottom of The Mountain
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Although the Maryland gubernatorial primary is over a year away, on Monday the 2014 contest began to take shape in earnest with Harford County Executive David Craig announcing his candidacy for the Maryland State House.

May 29, 2013
A Fallen Son of Carroll County
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The weather was perfect for the 146th Memorial Day exercises at the Westminster Cemetery on Monday. The keynote address speaker for the community ritual of spring was Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph T. Schultz, a North Carroll High School graduate.

May 23, 2013
A Renewed Purpose and Meaning for Pentecost
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Many believe that the current decline in church attendance directly contributes to the erosion of our quality of life, the deterioration of our sense of community and lack of confidence in the future.

May 22, 2013
Pentecost Sunday
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Sunday was Pentecost Sunday; the 50 day after Easter and the birthday of the church. Along with Easter and Christmas, Pentecost is one of the three most important holidays in the church. It’s time to renew the spirit of Pentecost in our daily lives. Here’s why.

May 15, 2013
The Spiritual Practice of Shredding Stuff
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last month my wife and I left our house in the wee-hours of the morning and joined other households in Carroll County for the shared experience of putting box after box of old documents in a large ravenous shredder-truck which devoured the paper voraciously.

May 8, 2013
Another Boot on Your Neck
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday the U.S. Senate voted 69-27 for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which allows states to collect sales taxes on certain online purchases.

May 1, 2013
Alvin Lee is coming home
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It has been almost two-months since British guitarist Alvin Lee, the legendary rock-blues master and lead singer of the band “Ten Years After,” passed away March 6.

April 24, 2013
The Presidents Club
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Thursday, Time magazine editors Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy provided a sneak peek into the most exclusive club in the world, “The Presidents Club,” to a crowd that filled McDanielCollege’s Decker Lecture Hall in Westminster.

April 17, 2013
Tragedy Strikes at Heart of America
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The cheers of joy and excitement quickly turned to screams of terror on Monday at 2:50 in the afternoonwhen an act of senseless horror shattered the 117th running of the Boston Marathon, arguable the world’s oldest and most prestigious endurance foot race.

April 10, 2013
March Job Creation Flatlines
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday the Labor Department announced the unemployment numbers for March and it was not a pretty picture. The Obama Administration quickly mustered the mainstream media and the party faithful spinmeisters to parrot that the numbers were as a result of the sequestration that only took effect at the beginning of the month.

April 3, 2013
Marissa Mayer: The Changing Face of Leadership
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In a recent ‘lean in’ story posted on the new website launched by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Google employee number 20, Marissa Mayer weighed on how she decided to accept the position of president and CEO of Yahoo!

March 27, 2013
Obamacare: The New Repetitive Stress Disorder
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On January 1, 2014, the revolutionary change in how we will receive our healthcare in the future will become fully implemented. Last Saturday was the third anniversary of the law and even the mainstream media, which coordinated its passage, cannot avoid reporting on how it is already making all of us sick.

March 20, 2013
The Economic Roots of Democracy
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On a recent trip to Europe, I found myself reading The Economist while standing on an ancient foundation that dated back to the Bronze Age. This gave me great pause when I considered that literally and figuratively, much of the economic basis of democracy that we enjoy today had its beginnings in ancient Greece.

March 13, 2013
President Obama: The sky is falling
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Almost two weeks have gone by since the so-called “sequester” of the federal budget went into effect and all indications lead us to believe that the Zombie Apocalypse has not happened. Nor has it otherwise resulted in the end of the world as we know it.

March 6, 2013
How I learned to love the sequester
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday, March 1, the much ballyhooed and overhyped “sequester” of the federal budget began. A key and critical provision of the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration was signed into law on August 2, 2011 by President Barack Obama.

February 27, 2013
The new Dali Museum in St. Pete
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The new Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, has now been open for over two-years. The much-anticipated fantastical $36 million, 66,450 square foot museum doubled the capacity of the previous 1982 building that I had the opportunity to in February 2009.

February 20, 2013
A Look Back At The War With Spain
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Early in the morning of last Friday, I found myself pondering a watershed moment in American history in the middle of a cemetery plot for the battleship U.S.S. Maine located in the Key West Cemetery, Key West, Florida.

February 13, 2013
A Visit to Ancient Olympia
Kevin E. Dayhoff

A January tour of Greece included an opportunity to get away from the crowds, hectic tourist mainstays and urban landscape of Athens, to venture on the Peloponnesian Peninsula and visit many places, including Mycenae, Nafplion, Epidaurus, and one of the many highlights of the trip – ancient Olympia.

February 6, 2013
Commissioner John L Armacost – R.I.P.
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Many were saddened recently to learn that the well-respected longstanding community leader and former Carroll County commissioner, John L. Armacost, died January 13.

January 30, 2013
Big fat Greek surprises
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In spite of the profoundly dulled senses that come as a result of a day of international travel, Greece takes hold of you the very moment you arrive at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

January 23, 2013
Is Charter Right for Carroll County?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The decision last November by Frederick County voters to go to a Charter form of government has kept local political junkies preoccupied ever since the election results were announced.

January 16, 2013
Letters Reveal Divided Shriver Family
Kevin E. Dayhoff

This Saturday the Historical Society of Carroll County will give a presentation on the letters and documents which shed additional light on the divided loyalties of the Shriver family of Carroll and Frederick counties during the Civil War.

January 15, 2013
Demonstrations in Athens
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Athens, Greece, January 12 – Demonstrators once again took to the streets in central Athens Saturday afternoon, in another of a long series of strikes, demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience that have rocked Greece since a worldwide economic downturn officially got underway in December 2007.

January 9, 2013
Colonial cooking was hard labor
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Cooking in pioneer and colonial Frederick and Carroll County was certainly not the romanticized picture of women wonderfully adorned in long dresses, hovering over large kettles of aromatic delights, cooking over an open fire with a loaf of bread or two strategically placed nearby.

January 2, 2013
Happy New Year – Past and Present
Kevin E. Dayhoff

According to widespread superstition, evil spirits are frightened away by loud noise and this is why we have the tradition of using noisemakers to bring in the New Year.

December 26, 2012
Yes, Dear Readers, Fruitcake Has A History
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The holidays are upon us and I can only be sure that many thoughts have turned to getting together with family and friends – and of course, the wonders of fruitcake.

December 19, 2012
Broken Hearts…Again
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday, like many, I felt nauseous when I read the tragic news from that came over the Associated Press that “a lone gunman opened fire inside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut …”

December 12, 2012
The Ghost of Berlusconi Rises Again
Kevin E. Dayhoff

While Greece wraps up a six-month effort to secure a new bailout payment, and Washington continues to fail to understand the seriousness of its fiscal responsibilities, the world’s financial markets wobbled earlier in the week when it saw the ghost of Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

December 5, 2012
Why Greece Matters
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As the global financial recession enters its sixth year, and the so-called apocalyptic ‘fiscal cliff’ looms large in the U.S., the repeating Greek chorus in this global economic opera played-out an all-too familiar refrain last Friday when the German Bundestag approved more bailout funds for Greece.

November 28, 2012
Who killed ‘Twinkie the Kid?’
Kevin E. Dayhoff

News spread quickly throughout the known free world before Thanksgiving that an expiration date had been established for the 30 members of the Hostess Twinkies family of culinary treats – along with 18,500 jobs.

November 21, 2012
General Chaos
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a statement in which he said that the “recent allegations” swirling-around high-ranking military officers are “not a distraction.”

November 14, 2012
Memo: When in a Hole, Stop Digging
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Republicans ought to hang their heads in shame at the thought that since the beginning of the Great Recession in December 2007 every leader of the free world has failed to be returned to office except for the president of the United States, Barack Obama.

November 7, 2012
Death to Daylight Saving Time
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Other than the benefit of the extra hour of sleep you gained early Sunday morning when Daylight Saving Time officially ended for the year, a gathering chorus of critics thinks the anachronistic timekeeping concept from yesteryear is not worth the bother.

October 31, 2012
Sandy – The Historic Unwelcome Guest
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The last thing we expected, in a year full of the unexpected, was a late tropical storm, with a friendly moniker like Hurricane Sandy, making an unwanted appearance on our calendar.

October 24, 2012
“English Only” Up in Carroll County
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In Carroll County, a hearing is scheduled in New Windsor on October 30 to gather public input on a proposed ordinance, similar to the one passed by Frederick County officials in February to designate English as the official language of the county.

October 17, 2012
A Fawning Press and A Debate Fluke
Kevin E. Dayhoff

By the time you read this we will know if a more lively and animated President Barack Obama came to the much-anticipated second presidential debate held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, last night.

October 10, 2012
Dialogue on the Presidential Election
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Recently, political science professor Dr. Herb Smith, the McDaniel College director of government relations, brought together a distinguished panel at the college in Westminster for a local “Dialogue on the Presidential Election.”

October 3, 2012
State’s Political History Has A New Review
Kevin E. Dayhoff

“Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance,” written by Drs. John T. Willis and Herbert C. Smith, is an in-depth look at Maryland’s political identity.

September 26, 2012
Is the media piling on Romney?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Howard Kurtz, the host of the weekly CNN program Reliable Sources, tweeted last Sunday: “I'm at CNN and about to ask whether the media are piling on Romney.”

September 19, 2012
Great Genteel Lady of the South
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The pilot’s voice had just squawked-over the intercom to announce that our plane was approaching Charleston, South Carolina. As I attempted to awaken, my eyes valiantly tried to focus on an abused pile of papers, an empty plastic glass of tomato juice, and a half-eaten bag of peanuts.

September 12, 2012
A Cause for Celebration
Kevin E. Dayhoff

This Saturday and Sunday the Union Bridge Fire Company will celebrate 125 years of service to the community with an open house, parade, and antique fire apparatus display.

September 5, 2012
Hopefully Not A Repeat of 1860’s Election
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In sharp contrast to the carefully scripted and highly choreographed Republican and Democratic National Conventions this year, on September 5, 1860, politics in our great nation approached a state of anarchy as one of the four candidates for president, Stephen A. Douglas stopped by Frederick to deliver a speech.

August 29, 2012
Lance Armstrong and King Sisyphus
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Thursday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency decided, without a single credible shred of evidence, that since professional cyclist Lance Armstrong did not prove himself to be innocent, he is guilty and could not have been successful in his storied career without the use of drugs.

August 22, 2012
The More Things Change…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the final days before the new school year begins, parents are out shopping for school clothes and supplies and children are enjoying the last hoorahs of summer.

August 15, 2012
Greed Cameras: Two Approaches
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Both Westminster and Frederick have taken a hard look at red light cameras in recent months and came to two very different conclusions.

August 8, 2012
Welcome to Church, Baseball and The Super Bowl
Kevin E. Dayhoff

For political junkies who are pre-occupied with other events in life that take place every four years, besides the summer Olympics, the days are drawing closer to the Republican National Convention taking center stage in Tampa, August 27-30.

August 1, 2012
Celebrate Eat More Chicken ‘Buy-cott’ Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Hopefully you and your family will join former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee today and be sure to patronize your local Chick fil-A restaurant in honor of ‘Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.’

July 25, 2012
“Nothing could be finer” than the Tawes Clambake
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Wednesday was the quintessential Southern Gothic experience at the 36th annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake in Maryland’s “Capital for The Say,” Somers Cove Marina, in Crisfield, Somerset County.

July 19, 2012
Soldiers Marching Through Carroll County – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On July 10, 1864, a large contingent of Confederate cavalry were in the process of moving out of Westminster after having arrived at dusk the previous day with a mission to hold the town for ransom – or burn it to the ground.

July 18, 2012
Soldiers Marching Through Carroll County
Kevin E. Dayhoff

When historians peel away the layers of the onion that is the study of history, several dynamics stand out. History is written by the victorious and the result is the sanitized, romanticized inaccurate recitation of events that ought not to have happened to begin with.

July 12, 2012
New Engines of Growth – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Monday, after studying the report, New Engines of Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture, and Design, prepared by the National Governors Association, I found myself lost in thought about the role of the arts as an economic engine.

July 11, 2012
New Engines of Growth – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The National Governors Association recently released a new report on the role that community arts, culture, and design play in job creation and economic growth.

July 4, 2012
The 4th of July 1776
Kevin E. Dayhoff

If you think that politics are interesting today, the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, on July 4th, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress, has certainly been romanticized and sanitized over the years.

June 27, 2012
R.I.P. Charles Fisher, Sr.
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Charles Osborne Fisher, Sr., 95, a longstanding distinguished gentleman, country attorney, and Carroll County community leader, died last Friday at his home after a brief illness.

June 20, 2012
Fighting the “Stuff Monster”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

There comes a time in a person’s life when one needs to get a fresh supply of trash bags, buy a new heavy-duty paper shredder, back the pick-up truck to the basement door, get out the large party-size coffee maker, and clear the clutter.

June 13, 2012
Former State Treasurer Richard N. Dixon – R.I.P.
Kevin E. Dayhoff


Last Thursday, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp announced that former Maryland treasurer and member of the House of Delegates Richard N. Dixon, 74, had died from complications of a stroke.


June 7, 2012
R.I.P. Stanley Ruchlewicz
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Stan Ruchlewicz, the Westminster administrator of economic development and the town’s Main Street manager died suddenly on Tuesday. The news spread quickly that he had suffered a heart attack earlier in the day.

June 6, 2012
“Just the facts, Ma’am”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In case you have missed it, stubborn facts, Maryland economic policies and Gov. Martin O’Malley have been the focus of national attention in the last several months.

May 30, 2012
Sorry, Mr. President, but you’re off by six years!
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday one news media account after another dutifully reported that President Barack Obama announced at Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Vietnam Wall, that Monday begins the start of the 50-year anniversary of the Vietnam War.

May 23, 2012
Reflections on Memorial Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Next Monday is Memorial Day. For many it is more than a holiday, it is a day when we gather as a community to express our gratitude to our country’s men and women in uniform, who by their sacrifice cannot be with us to enjoy the day.

May 16, 2012
2012 Meets "1984"
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Amid rancorous opposition from Republicans and rising discontentment among segments of the ruling Democrats, the curtain rose Monday for an attempt at a carefully choreographed special – 431th – session of the Maryland General Assembly opera.

May 9, 2012
Rough Road Ahead for New French President
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Much of the world’s political leaders – and the financial markets – are still trying to fathom the meaning of the narrow defeat of the center-right incumbent French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, by moderate-socialist Francois Hollande in Sunday’s presidential elections.

May 2, 2012
From Westminster to the World of Warcraft
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Monday, Greg Street, a 1991 McDaniel College graduate and the lead systems designer of World of Warcraft, shared his reality of how he journeyed from Texas to Westminster, and then South Carolina to California and Northrend, the crescent-shaped continent in northern Azeroth, in the virtual reality world of gamers.

April 25, 2012
Disney with a Shot of Starbucks
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Wouldn’t you know it? Hours after I returned from a regulatory compliance conference in Orlando, FL, Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee chain, announced a deal to open-up cafes with Disney, the world’s largest theme park company.

April 18, 2012
Throwback Journalists Needed
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The media duo of Judy Woodruff, of the PBS NewsHour, and her husband Al Hunt, of Bloomberg News, visited McDaniel College for a program entitled “Conversation with Washington Insiders” Sunday afternoon in Westminster.

April 11, 2012
An Odd New Economic Cycle Driven by…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As the economy staggers in the third year of a very odd economic recovery, last Monday the stock market fell sharply in the first day of trading since the Labor Department released a disappointing jobs report for March.

April 4, 2012
Four is the loneliest number
Kevin E. Dayhoff

After former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s likely primary victories in Tuesday’s contests in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin, look for establishment Republicans to start looking for a running mate and the establishment media to focus its attention on getting President Barack Obama re-elected.

March 28, 2012
Time to Rethink Afghanistan
Kevin E. Dayhoff

So far, 2012 has not been a good year for the war in Afghanistan. Just last Monday a New York Times/CBS poll quantified what most Americans already know in their gut: support for the war is dropping sharply among both Democrats and Republicans.

March 21, 2012
When Vampire Squids Become Cannibals
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In case you missed it, last Wednesday Greg Smith, a Goldman Sachs executive, resigned. Actually it was really no big deal, except while he was on his way out the door, he burned his bridges and then strafed the wounded.

March 14, 2012
What is the new business norm?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Weary taxpayers and consumers, who continue to be frustrated and exhausted by an uncertain future, the ongoing economic malaise, and a ‘new economic normal,’ are in the midst of perpetuating a sea change in how business is conducted in this country.

March 7, 2012
The kerfuffle was no fluke
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Rush Limbaugh and conservatives could not have looked more like total and complete idiots in the recent national discussions over the private lives of individual Americans than if the liberal media and Democrats had written the script for this Kabuki circular firing squad.

February 29, 2012
Opera without the singing or the horses
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It was a warm day last Thursday as I took a left turn off Tuttle Avenue on to 12th Street in Sarasota (FL) and tried to remember how to get into the Baltimore Orioles spring training parking lot at Ed Smith Stadium.

February 22, 2012
The “Magic” of Jackie Robinson
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The first day of Baltimore Orioles’ spring training began Sunday when the pitchers and catchers reported for the annual ritual in Sarasota, Florida.

February 15, 2012
Sad Times for Eastman Kodak
Kevin E. Dayhoff

There have been many tragedies of economic malaise in the last five years. Kodak’s recent filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy seems especially sad; and it is only fitting that we pause for a moment to pay our respects.

February 8, 2012
Eurozone Crisis: It is all Greek to me!
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now that the Super Bowl is over there may be no better time to focus some attention on the continuing Greek tragedy that is unfolding over in the economic Twilight Zone, known as the Eurozone.

February 1, 2012
Keeping the Farm in the Family
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Legislation to address how Maryland estate taxes inhibit farmers from passing-down the family farm to succeeding generations has gained some much-needed interest in the current session of the Maryland General Assembly.

January 25, 2012
Gas Pains and Rough Roads
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s fiscal year 2013 state budget, released a week ago, is a full menu of difficult choices. However, one of the most troubling is the lack of funding for police protection and highway user revenue for municipalities.

January 18, 2012
Let the Veepstakes begin
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The consensus continues to gather steam that the GOP nomination to challenge President Barack Obama for president this fall will be former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Perhaps all the drama now moves to who will be his choice for vice president.

January 11, 2012
The King of Hearts
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It is fairly well accepted among keen observers of national politics that the Iowa caucuses of Tuesday a week ago are much more about political and media-theater than a prognosticator of who will vie for the Oval Office this fall.

January 4, 2012
Scenarios Abound
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Next Wednesday, on January 11, the 430th taxing tradition of the Maryland General Assembly opera will once again take center stage.

December 28, 2011
Baltimore’s Iconic Restaurateur Extraordinaire Passes
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Morris Martick, the son of Polish Jewish immigrants, who ran the delightfully quirky Martick’s Restaurant Francais at 214 West Mulberry Street in Baltimore for almost 40 years, passed away December 16.

December 21, 2011
“The Voice of Reason” Silenced
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday night, the venerable longstanding, highly rated, and critically acclaimed 1090 AM WBAL talk radio host, Ron Smith, died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Shrewsbury, PA.

December 14, 2011
No Picnic in The Park or Congress
Kevin E. Dayhoff

If you are of the mind that our current session of Congress is mendacious, hapless and incompetent, you may take solace in the knowledge that an 1861 joint committee makes the recent ineffectual “Super Committee” – or other committees formed to conduct congressional investigations in recent memory – seem like Romper Room in comparison.

December 7, 2011
Ravens Strike at Westminster’s Heart
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League announced that the team will not be returning to McDaniel College in Westminster for summer camp, breaking a tradition that dates back to 1949.

November 30, 2011
Don’t Let the Door…….
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In an historic, extraordinary step in the proper direction for the economic future of our great country, Rep. Barney Frank (D., MA) announced Monday that he is retiring from Congress.

November 23, 2011
A Little Turkey History and A Wish
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Happy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow all of America will be celebrating the American version of the “Harvest Festival” by gathering their families together and watching football. Some may be aware that the annual holiday originated as a celebration to give thanks for the annual harvest.

November 16, 2011
Celebrating Veterans Day and “A Call to Arms”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

This year Veterans Day fell on a Friday and many enjoyed a three-day weekend – shopping, doing chores around the house or spending time with friends and family, luxuries all paid for by an American man or woman in uniform.

November 9, 2011
The Long-Term Fear Factor
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Recently the political turmoil in Italy and Greece, France’s increasing financial troubles, and the lack of leadership in Europe and the United States, are slowly edging the planet from an economic crisis to a long-term fear factor.

November 2, 2011
Work Cut Out For Municipal League
Kevin E. Dayhoff

This week officials from Maryland cities and towns throughout the state converged on the Cambridge Hyatt Chesapeake Bay conference facilities for the three-day Maryland Municipal League’s fall legislative conference.

October 26, 2011
The Path to Re-Election, Argentine Style
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Riding the wave of a booming economy, fueled primarily by agricultural exports, the incumbent leftist Peronist-Justicialist and truly enigmatic president of Argentina, Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, 58, easily won her bid for re-election on Sunday.

October 19, 2011
Bank Transfer Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff

While everyone was distracted by what Charles Krauthammer delightfully described as, the “Starbucks-sipping, Levi’s-clad, iPhone-clutching protesters (of the Occupy Wall Street movement who) denounce corporate America even as they weep for Steve Jobs, corporate titan, billionaire eight times over…,” a new social uprising term has entered the public discourse. Saturday, November 5 is “Bank Transfer Day.”

October 12, 2011
The Maryland Redistricting Sweepstakes
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Many veteran political observers were taken aback when Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s redistricting commission released its proposed congressional redistricting plan late in the evening of October 3; especially those in Frederick and Carroll County.

October 5, 2011
The Durbin Predator Fees
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last week Bank of America announced it was going to further bite into the neck of the consuming public with a predatory “Durbin Fee” of $5 per month to use its debit card.

September 28, 2011
A “Capital” History Lesson
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Yesterday, September 27, one city in the United States celebrated the anniversary of the occasion when it was the capital of the United States for one day. Can you name that city? How many cities have served as the capital of our nation since September 5, 1774?

September 21, 2011
Presidential Tax Attack
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Just as the United States’ economy teeters on the brink of a double-dip recession, President Barack Obama on Monday prescribed his solution – $1.5 trillion in new taxes.

September 14, 2011
Special Session Challenges
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In a little over a month, the Maryland General Assembly will hold its 15th special session since 1970. The General Assembly is scheduled to convene October 17 to redraw the state’s eight congressional districts based on the results of the 2010 census.

September 7, 2011
Without a Clue
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Tomorrow evening President Barack Obama will lay out his job creation proposals in a campaign address to a joint session of Congress. The president previewed his plans Monday in a Labor Day speech in Detroit.

August 31, 2011
Never bet against the American farmer
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Greetings from Southern California. This week I had the opportunity to attend a nationwide agri-business economics conference in San Diego and what I found is somewhat a mixed bag – of sorts.

August 24, 2011
As You Like It Richard III
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now is the winter of our discontent… On the morning of August 22, in 1485, a defining moment in English history took place with the death of King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field.

August 17, 2011
Let them eat potatoes
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It was quite fascinating recently to read an article about urban foragers who are scavenging for food at abandoned homes. If it isn’t a manifestation of the chaotic behavior of the butterfly effect at the beginnings of economic chaos theory, it is missing a good chance.


August 10, 2011
Turn off the faucet…and the lights
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It was a tough day in the world’s dystopian financial markets Monday as turmoil over the global economy turned into wide-eyed, white-knuckle fear and liquidity began a desperate search for a safe place to spend the night.

August 3, 2011
Avoiding Debtmageddon
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now that Congress and the president have reached an agreement to avoid Debtmageddon, Americans can now turn their collective attention to the hard cold reality – the current recession continues to grind down the very soul of our society.

July 27, 2011
Celebrating Another ‘Recover Summer’
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The “Recover Summer” announced by Democrats a year ago never materialized and is now nothing but a distant memory for the more than 14 million Americans still looking for work since the “Great Recession” was declared over in June 2009.

July 20, 2011
Mr. Jefferson’s Dinner Deal
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As the August 2 deadline looms for the U.S. to raise the debt ceiling, many avid Washington-watchers are passing the popcorn as the drama continues to unfold. For those who study economic history, this fight is as old as the Republic itself.

July 13, 2011
Remembering a Classy First Lady
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Former First Lady Betty Ford, the widow of Gerald Ford, our 38th President of the United States, died last Friday at the age of 93.

July 6, 2011
More Redistricting Food for Thought
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On the Fourth of July Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a five-member committee to draft a legislative and congressional redistricting plan for the state.

June 29, 2011
Against overwhelming odds
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Next Monday is Independence Day. For someone like me, who grew up in a small agriculture-based country town in the heartland of the birth of our great nation, the holiday has always had a special meaning. I have often wondered why.

June 22, 2011
Boys State and Helmet Laws
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now how’s that for a combination. Allow me to explain. Today I will be part of a team, at the annual, weeklong American Legion Boys State 2011 citizenship-training event at McDaniel College, facilitating a discussion on the pros and cons of mandatory motorcycle helmet laws.

June 15, 2011
Bunker Hill: History and Myth
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last week I picked-up a copy of “The Whites of Their Eyes,” by Dr. Paul Lockhart, a highly readable and entertaining socio-political – and military – study of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first American army, and the emergence of George Washington.

June 8, 2011
Lawrence Eagleburger: The Real Deal
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Many who have closely follow the intrigues and personalities of the United States Foreign Service and the implementation of American foreign policy for the last 50 years were saddened to learn of the death last Saturday of former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.

June 1, 2011
An Unusual Financial Wizard
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Mark Haines, the popular, well-respected, venerable financial news anchor with CNBC, died unexpectedly a week ago at his home in Marlboro, NJ. He was 65.

May 25, 2011
Honoring Sacrifice
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Hopefully, you and your family will pause this Memorial Day to remember those men and women in uniform who have gone before us and made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms and our way of life.

May 18, 2011
In Search of The Meaning in Life
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Saturday was a study in paradoxes as I found myself sitting in the third largest university chapel in the world, the Princeton University Chapel, attending the graduation ceremonies of what must be one of the smallest and most unique college in the world, Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

May 11, 2011
A Refreshing Change
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The fourth chief executive officer of Walmart, and Georgia Institute of Technology graduate Michael Terry Duke has challenged the Spring 2011 graduating class of Georgia Tech to follow three key ingredients to leadership and use three guideposts as they embark on their lives and careers.

May 4, 2011
Gunfight at the Abbottabad Compound
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the dark depths of a moonless night, at 1 a.m. Monday morning, Osama bin Laden, 54, the elusive leader of the global terrorist cabal al-Qaeda was brought to justice by an elite U.S. Special Forces team in Pakistan’s Abbottabad Valley.

April 27, 2011
Is Customer Service Declining Exponentially?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The decline of the quality of customer service has become such a trite, tired topic that it is almost unworthy of the time to write about it.

April 20, 2011
Financial Stink Bomb Explodes
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday, the U.S. stock market went into a 1.1 percent slide after it was announced early in the day that Standard & Poor’s fired a warning shot across our nation’s fiscal bow and downgraded its outlook on U.S. sovereign debt from “stable” to “negative.”

April 13, 2011
The “New” American Civil War
Kevin E. Dayhoff

At 4:30 A.M. on Friday, April 12, 1861, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter, in the Charleston, SC harbor. We’ve been fighting the Civil War ever since.

April 7, 2011
Free Speech and Despicable Acts
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The 800-pound gorilla in the room at the funeral of Marine Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski was whether or not members of the Westboro Baptist Church were going to be the “uninvited guests” at the solemn occasion.

April 6, 2011
Where do we get such men?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

There are no words that can adequately describe the valor of the young men and women who are currently fighting and dying in the Middle East for our country.

March 30, 2011
Diary of a Disastrous March
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It’s great to see March 2011 slither away. It has been a gut wrenching month from hell for many reasons.

March 23, 2011
The Ironies of War in Libya
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the latest chapter of “What a long strange trip it’s been,” the saga of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, President Barack Obama’s nuanced approach to foreign policy – especially in the Middle East – the United States launched an air war against Libya.

March 16, 2011
David Broder, A Reporter’s Reporter
Kevin E. Dayhoff


David S. Broder, 81, the well-respected dean of letters for The Washington Post for over four decades, has died from complications of diabetes.

March 9, 2011
Charlie Sheen and Disposable Women
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The recent media frenzy over Hollywood idol and role model Charlie Sheen has once again moved my threshold of amazement for contemporary society’s ability to reward bad behavior.

March 4, 2011
A Victory for Free Speech?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

By a vote of 8-1, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long awaited decision Wednesday over the collision of free speech, common sense and decency and our right to privacy in the case of Albert Snyder v. Fred W. Phelps, Sr., and the Westboro Baptist Church.

March 2, 2011
The Humble Patriot
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I, from nearby Jefferson County, W. Va., died Sunday. He was 110 years old.

February 23, 2011
Mom, Apple Pie and Baseball
Kevin E. Dayhoff

One of the sure signs that winter’s icy-cold grip will soon give way to warmer temperatures and spring flowers is the opening of Baltimore Orioles’ spring training.

February 16, 2011
In The Line of Fire…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Less than a month after it was reported on that deaths of on-duty law enforcement officers in 2010 spiked, comes the news that 11 police officers were killed in the line of duty in January.

February 9, 2011
Veteran Foreclosures – A National Disgrace
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act (SSCRA) of 1940 was passed into law just prior to World War II to provide certain legal protections for members of the military in such matters as civil actions, foreclosures, and bankruptcy caused by lengthy absences from home while on duty.

February 2, 2011
Napoleon’s Sister-In-Law
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Of all the characters that took to the history-stage of Maryland, you will have to look far and wide to find a more intriguing person than Carroll County’s adopted daughter, Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, the sister-in-law of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

January 26, 2011
A Little History, A Little Commentary
Kevin E. Dayhoff

For political theatre, hardly anything beats the ritual of the State of the Union address. By now, political talking heads will have already analyzed and spun last night’s faux-Hollywood primetime extravagant soliloquy into something relatively unrecognizable for those of us who actually take the opportunity to watch it.

January 19, 2011
Rubén Darío, the Prince of Castilian Letters
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Yesterday was the anniversary of the birthday of one of great literary giants of Latin America, Rubén Darío – “El Nino Poeta,” the father of the Spanish language writers’ era, known as “modernismo.”

January 12, 2011
It’s going to be ugly
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Today is the first day of the 428th legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly and, as in past years, the main question on the minds of the leadership of this august body’s deliberations will be, “Welcome to Maryland, what’s in your wallet?”

January 5, 2011
The Fall of The House O’Malley Built?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now that the hangover from last November’s Maryland General Election is becoming a memory, and Marylanders have begun to put away the Christmas lights and joined a local gym to shed those holiday pounds, many are beginning to set their sights on January 12, the beginning of the 2011 session of the Maryland General Assembly.

December 29, 2010
Remembering Those in Harm’s Way
Kevin E. Dayhoff

With the New Year rapidly approaching, much of the media now turns its attention to ruminating over what were the Top 10 stories of the year. Perhaps one the most disturbing stories was the “Alarming Rise in 2010 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities.”

December 22, 2010
Christmas night – long ago
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As we prepare to celebrate the holiday with friends and family this Saturday, say a prayer for our way of life, our great country and for Gen. George Washington and the brave men who helped save Christmas for our country on a dark, cold, and stormy night in 1776.

December 15, 2010
Fruitcake is forever
Kevin E. Dayhoff

I’m not a psychic and I have never read much of the work of Michel de Nostredame. However, as December stumbles to a close and writers begin to run out of evergreen material on the Top 10 best uses for fruitcake, or do Christmas trees have a soul, our keyboards will often drift aimlessly to the real meaning of the past year and what the heck will happen next.

December 8, 2010
Historic Changes in Carroll County
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday, Carroll County’s first five-member Board of Commissioners took the oath of office: Robin Frazier, Haven Shoemaker, Dave Rous, Richard Rothschild, and Doug Howard.

December 1, 2010
The Republican Farm Team
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the days following the November 2 state and national midterm elections, pundits have superficially opined at great length as to the depth and meaning of the phoenix-like resurgence of the Republican Party on the national level.

November 24, 2010
Thanksgivings’ Traditions – Past and Present
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Today, historians bicker over when and where the first Thanksgiving took place in America; and pundits opine upon its meaning. According to some, the roots of our American Thanksgiving tradition began when 102 Pilgrims left Plymouth, England, in July 1620 to escape religious persecution.

November 18, 2010
Immigration Reform
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The new Congress may have a better chance at enacting comprehensive immigration reform than the Democrat-controlled Congress of the last two-years and since the election of President Barack Obama.

November 17, 2010
Arizona Boycott: The Other Side
Kevin E. Dayhoff

“I’m glad you are not boycotting Arizona,” observed New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson last Saturday at a breakfast presentation at the Capitolbeat statehouse reporters’ annual conference in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

November 10, 2010
“Truth will out…”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now that the 2010 Maryland gubernatorial election is mercifully over, many have already begun setting their sights on the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly.

November 3, 2010
Obama’s apocalyptic midterm malaise
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The euphoria of November 2008 and January 21, 2009, is a distant memory as even the most rabid supporters of President Barack Obama resort to their favorite spin machinery and demagoguery to digest the 2010-midterm elections.

October 27, 2010
Juan Williams: The Victim
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Please add my voice to the hue and cry over National Public Radio (NPR) abrupt firing of the award-winning liberal commentator, author, and journalist, Juan Williams, last Wednesday.

October 20, 2010
Patch in the Newsroom
Kevin E. Dayhoff

If all politics is local, certainly the same thing can be said for the news. In an era when more often than not, your local newspaper is owned by some conglomerate a half a continent away; and the journalists that make decisions that affect you on a daily basis have no clue as to where your community is on the map. Now comes another experiment in news delivery – Patch.

October 13, 2010
Hold A Constitutional Convention?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Unbeknownst to most Marylanders, this November 2 you have the chance of a lifetime. No, I’m not just referring to whether you wish to continue the public policies and governance of the Gov. Martin O’Malley or try a different approach with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.

October 6, 2010
A Return to a Forgotten Past
Kevin E. Dayhoff

A discussion on civility has been the subject of civilized society since the beginnings of language and the written word.

September 29, 2010
Maryland’s Sound and Fury
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The Maryland gubernatorial general election is a little over a month away and jobs, taxes, business climate, the cost of utilities, and the economy are continuing to take center stage in this election’s signal-to-noise ratio as critical issues.

September 22, 2010
Fight Coming Over Highway User Revenue
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Municipalities throughout Maryland are currently considering the passage of a resolution that calls for the state to restore the draconian cuts in Highway User Revenue and State Aid for Police Protection to local towns and cities imposed by the current administration in Annapolis in order to balance the state budget.

September 15, 2010
The 100 percenters and the seethers
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Now that Maryland’s primary election is over and the general election is only six-plus weeks away, I only have one question left for some candidates and single issues interest groups: Is there anyone left you can annoy – friends, family, poisonous reptiles?

September 8, 2010
Recovery Summer – NOT
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Conservative populist political pundits have predicted that Republicans will do well in the fast-approaching midterm elections, and, to a great extent, even the most cursory examination of history indicates such a prediction is a safe bet.

September 1, 2010
A Curious Tale of Unequal Treatment
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As the 2010 Maryland gubernatorial contest muddles-on, comes the curious tale of two tragic incidences at separate juvenile justice system facilities, with two profoundly different results during the administration of Gov. Martin O’Malley.

August 25, 2010
So far, no silver bullet
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Various polls of the Maryland gubernatorial contest continue to show incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley and his Republican opponent, former-Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., in a statistical tie should the election be held today.

August 18, 2010
Remembering Mike Eaton
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Almost everyone can reminisce back to the days of their youth and recall the influence of a favorite childhood teacher. For me, I loved school and I have a number of favorite teachers; however, the first among many may very well be my 12th-grade English teacher, William Granville (“Mike”) Eaton.

August 11, 2010
The New Normal
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Watching friends, loved-ones and colleagues fight the day-to-day ravages of joblessness has become overwhelmingly disturbing and upsetting. At the beginning of what is now being referred to as the Great Recession in 2007, there was hope that it was just an adjustment in the nation’s economy and that it would come and go as it has in the past.

August 4, 2010
Operation New Dawn
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Yesterday was the birthday of Ernie Pyle, an American war correspondent who won much praise and honor for his coverage of World War II. Perhaps most importantly he won the affection of the everyday reader at home and the average grunts in the field that he praised as “the guys that wars can’t be won without.”

July 28, 2010
“It Ain’t Necessarily So”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Lost in the pseudo-intellectual psychobabble noise that passes as the news these days, journalism lost one of its greats last week – Daniel Schorr, August 31, 1916-July 23, 2010.

July 21, 2010
A Free Pass for Fannie and Freddie
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Thursday the Obama Administration’s broad sweeping financial reform legislation edged past its final hurdle when the Senate approved the measure by a vote of 60-39.

July 14, 2010
Big Oil Bob – A “Stone Cold” Entrance
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On July 9, 2010, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley released his first television commercial of this year’s featured main event for political junkies – the much-ballyhooed 2010 professional wrestling steel cage match that may be otherwise known as the Merryland gubernatorial election (re)cycle.

July 7, 2010
The Wisdom of “Silent Cal”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The Fourth of July has come and gone. The fireworks exclaimed its last hurrah along with the Ooos and Ahhhs. The remains of the day include a few partially eaten hot dogs, a half-bag of potato chips, and the sticky, syrupy goo that we can call Maryland’s heat and humidity that clung to your skin and followed you home.

June 30, 2010
(Un)Equal Treatment by The Press
Kevin E. Dayhoff

A short 47-word statement on Sen. Robert C. Byrd’s, (D., WV) website simply said: “The family of U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd,… tearfully announces the passing of the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history. He was 92.

June 23, 2010
The First Among The Many
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The name Isaac Smith is not necessarily a household word for most people. He died on May 17, 1792. From various accounts we learn that he was a man of many talents including a war hero, farmer, doctor, and politician.

June 16, 2010
To preserve the American Dream
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the early hours of Monday morning my late night meanderings at the keyboard were interrupted by a cryptic message on the police scanner – a motorist had fired on a Carroll County deputy during a traffic stop.

June 14, 2010
Flag Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Today is the 233 birthday of the global symbol of freedom, the United States Flag. Have you put yours out as yet?

June 9, 2010
What the Helen Happened?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Count me among the many who were profoundly offended at the remarks uttered by the curiously curmudgeon – White House correspondent Helen Thomas – to Rabbi David Nesenoff and his 17-year-old son, on May 27.

June 2, 2010
Rethinking Online Anonymity
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the brave new world of Internet publishing, most news and commentary websites that finally embraced the idea of allowing readers to post comments are now starting to rethink and debate whether or not the great Democracy-experiment in free speech has worked, or if it is worth the effort in light of the Pandora’s Box it opened.

May 26, 2010
Just One of Our Fallen Heroes
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As this Memorial Day approaches, the Vietnam War has been over for 35 years, and yet for many of us; the memories of lost friends, and loved ones is indelibly etched in our minds.

May 19, 2010
Animal lovers’ food fight
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Recent events and a recent article in The New York Times focused my attention once again to the Humane Society of the United States.


May 12, 2010
Angus Maddison – Predictor of The Past
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Angus Maddison, an eminent scholar in the study of economic history, who once researched, calculated and explained the gross domestic product of various nation-states and regions of the world all the way back to 1 AD, passed away in Paris at the age of 83 years old on April 24.

May 5, 2010
Mount Airy’s New Leadership
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Up for grabs Mount Airy town elections on Monday were two council seats and the mayor’s office. A total 1434 citizens cast their votes at the fireman's carnival grounds activities building.

April 28, 2010
Ending the Mount Airy Civil War
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The mayor’s office and two council seats are up for grabs when Mount Airy’s citizens go to the polls to select new leadership for the town May 3.

April 21, 2010
Judge Bell, a Witness to History
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Recently, on April 9, Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, was the featured speaker at the Carroll County National Association for The Advancement of Colored People Branch 7014 Freedom Fund Banquet.

April 16, 2010
Gwen Ifill: The Dreams
Kevin E. Dayhoff

These days, the only people who seem to care about race are the political hard right, left-wingers, and the media-elite who are pounding that narrative in order to appear relevant or desperately wanting to impugn critics of President Barack Obama.

April 15, 2010
Gwen Ifill: The Scars
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last week a noted Public Broadcasting host spoke at Gettysburg College for about 25 minutes from prepared remarks and then took 16 questions from the audience for another half-an-hour on everything from her thoughts on the “Tea Party” movement, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to the national debt.

April 14, 2010
Gwen Ifill: The Difficulties
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the pursuit of gaining more insights into the caustic vagaries and vituperative whims of all things divided and bitter that is Washington these days, I attended a presentation recently by a distinguished Public Broadcasting Service journalist and left the building with more questions than answers.

April 7, 2010
Plan B solution to unemployment
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The rate of unemployment continues to harry the local and national economy as the nation continues to try to figure-out an exit strategy to an entrenched recession. Last Friday the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the national jobless rate held steady at 9.7 percent.

March 31, 2010
“We are done”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On March 23 President Barack Obama signed into law the obese 2,032-page, 25-pound “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

March 24, 2010
The Mount Airy Lottery
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The “awful aughts” were not kind to Mount Airy. The last decade seemed to have been on the minds of citizens who crowded into the Mount Airy town hall on March 8 to nominate candidates to vie for elected offices in the upcoming election.

March 17, 2010
At the Edge of the Cliff
Kevin E. Dayhoff

At the dawn of this New Year, many expected much more in the way of fireworks from the current 427th session of the Maryland General Assembly. It is an election year and the state is entering another fiscal year of huge budget deficits.

March 10, 2010
The Problem with “Antique Furniture”…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Many Marylanders were beside themselves with premature irrational exuberance at the rumor – which briefly circulated last month – that U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D., MD) would finally retire.

March 3, 2010
Horton Hatches the Egg
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Yesterday was the 107th birthday of Theodor Geisel from Springfield, MA. I say with a smile, my little crocodile, you may know him better as an early trendsetter, as the good Dr. Seuss, you may deduce, because I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. To you I’m so faithful one-hundred percent.

February 24, 2010
Sarasota Snowbird
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Sarasota FL – The Orioles’ pitchers and catchers took the field last Thursday for the first day of spring training in their new training facilities in Sarasota after spending the pre-season the last 14 years in Fort Lauderdale.

February 17, 2010
Charlie Wilson’s Legacy
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Sunday, Charlie Wilson, the former 12-term Democrat who represented the 2nd District in East Texas in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1973 through 1996, was remembered in a memorial service in Texas.

February 10, 2010
A Complex and Complicated Life
Kevin E. Dayhoff

John P. Murtha, the Democrat congressman from Pennsylvania, died at Virginia Hospital Center Monday at the age of 77 after complications from gall-bladder surgery.

February 3, 2010
Standing up by sitting down
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday February 1, 1960, four students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College walked into the historic 1929 F. W. Woolworth Five-and-Dime building at 301 North Elm Street in Greensboro, N.C., and ordered lunch.

January 27, 2010
“Mac” Mathias: A Civil Rights Lion
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Former Republican U.S. Senator Charles McCurdy (Mac) Mathias, a native son of Frederick, has died at the age of 87. He was living in Chevy Chase, where his family reported that he died Monday from complications of Parkinson's disease.

January 20, 2010
Hating over Haiti
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In a moment that could warm all but the coldest of hearts last Saturday, in the midst of all the despair that is now Haiti, Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton set aside their political differences for a joint appeal to raise money for that earthquake-ravaged country.

January 13, 2010
Spontaneous Incompetence
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In an incident, almost totally ignored by the dominant United States major news media, comes word that an American hero, the renown Army Green Beret-turned-Iraq/Afghanistan war correspondent, Michael Yon, was “arrested” January 5 as he entered the country for failing to disclose his income.

January 6, 2010
The Problem with Underwear
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The tranquility of the holidays was rudely interrupted by reality Christmas morning as the news spread quickly that a terrorist with an explosive device concealed in his underwear attempted to bomb Northwest Airlines flight 253 as it approached Detroit.

December 30, 2009
The Taxing Dilemma of 2010
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As we ponder the past year and look forward to 2010 with great trepidation, so far there has been little mentioned about what Congress will do with the temporary tax cuts enacted during the administration of George W. Bush that are scheduled to expire at the end of the coming year?

December 23, 2009
The Lottery – Congressional Style
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Monday was the darkest day of the year and that’s not just because the ignoramus, cataclysmic, health care reform bill in Congress passed another procedural test just minutes after 1 A.M. in the U.S. Senate by a vote of 60 Democrats to 40 Republicans.

December 16, 2009
I want a chainsaw for Christmas!
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Hopefully, by now you are finishing all your Christmas shopping and wrapping presents with some soothing Christmas music in the background.

December 9, 2009
The Coming Ice Age
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Twenty thousand delegates from 192 countries are currently converging on Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, for the breathlessly awaited “Copenhagen Climate Change Conference.”

December 2, 2009
The Rise of Parentalism
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In early November, Towson University announced that it will become a smoke free campus in late summer 2010.

November 25, 2009
Goodbye, and Good Riddance
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Merry Christmas, weeks early. It’s a great day in American. Bill Moyers is leaving weekly television.

November 18, 2009
A Fallen Hero Comes Home….
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As I surveyed the huge display of American flags and the mass of community that showed-up at the Union Bridge fire hall on Monday morning to pay their final respects to Marine Staff Sergeant Charles Isaac Cartwright; I could not help but think of the famous quote: “Where do we get such men?”

November 11, 2009
Stop with the Political Correctness…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As Americans look forward to honoring our nation’s veterans today; we do so with heavy hearts in the wake of the senseless and cowardly murder of a dozen soldiers and one civilian at the Fort Hood (TX) Soldier Readiness Processing Center last Thursday.

November 4, 2009
Pulling the Plug on Maryland
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Word spread quickly through Maryland early Monday evening that the Black and Decker Manufacturing Company is “merging” with The Stanley Works. Black and Decker employees were notified by email at 4:30 P.M. of the $4.5 billion all-stock acquisition of the venerable old Maryland manufacturer.

October 28, 2009
Halloween and The Snallygaster
Kevin E. Dayhoff

This Saturday is Halloween and taking break from local and national politics could not come a moment too soon.

October 21, 2009
Virginia’s Dirty Deeds
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In less than two weeks, on November 3, our neighbor to the south, Virginia, will conduct a gubernatorial election that may give us our first insights as just how the nation really feels about the jumbled mess in which our great nation finds itself after about nine months of rule by President Barack Obama and the Democrat-controlled Congress.

October 14, 2009
A case of premature adulation
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday was the birthday of the Obama family dog and something else. Oh, now I remember. It was the day that President Barack Obama was awarded the Noble Peace Prize.

October 7, 2009
Always Remembered, Never Forgotten
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Sunday, friends and family from all over the country gathered at the New Windsor fire company social hall to pay their last respects to Guy Babylon, Elton John’s keyboardist for 21 years. Guy Babylon, 52, died at his Los Angles home on September 2.

September 30, 2009
Revealing Ike
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Of all the presidents of the United States, the one which Frederick and Carroll Counties may have literally the closest connection is President Dwight David Eisenhower, known affectionaly as “Ike.”

September 23, 2009
Big Media Missing the Point
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Everyone who bickers about the size of the crowd in Washington on September 12, or what network covered it and what media did not cover it, or whether the protest was the work of conservatives or un-American racists is sorely missing the significance of the entire event.

September 16, 2009
Enough Already…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the last week, we have witnessed a full-court press by President Barack Obama, in his efforts to push forward broad sweeping health care reform. He’s everywhere. He’s everywhere…

September 9, 2009
Two Plus Two Equals Five
Kevin E. Dayhoff

By now we have all had an opportunity to either read or watch President Barack Obama’s national address to our schoolchildren that aired yesterday at high noon.

September 2, 2009
The Perils of Facebook
Kevin E. Dayhoff

For better or worse, new social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter are here to stay – that is, until something new comes along – like, tomorrow.

August 31, 2009
The Legacy of Sen. Ted Kennedy
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The sad death of Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy last week brought with it a wave of sadness about the tumultuous events of the last four decades in our country.

August 26, 2009
Cindy’s Restaurant…
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Sunday President Barack Obama, his extended family and an entourage of friends and colleagues, arrived in a "New England paradise," Martha's Vineyard, for a much-deserved vacation.

August 19, 2009
Hippy Dippy Stardust and Golden Memories
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In case you missed all the recent over-hyped media coverage, forty years ago the weekend of peace, love, and revolution took place in the garden at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre farm in upstate New York.

August 12, 2009
Free Speech was great while it lasted
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Maryland’s Democrat U. S. Senator Ben Cardin got quite an earful at a town hall meeting Monday night in Towson on healthcare reform. Although I choose not to attend, according to many published accounts, those who did go soundly jeered and booed him throughout the evening.

August 5, 2009
R.I.P. – Dr. Ira Zepp
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Saturday word spread quickly throughout the greater Carroll County community that Rev. Dr. Ira Gilbert Zepp, Jr., professor emeritus of the Religious Studies department at McDaniel College, had died peacefully at his home. He was 79 years old.

July 29, 2009
Black and blue and stupid, too
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Thursday afternoon, July 16, the otherwise peaceful and stately Ware Street in Cambridge, MA, within shouting distance of Harvard University, became the latest ground zero for a debate over race relations in our country.

July 22, 2009
The Ironies of Empathy
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court quickly becomes a distant summer memory, the ranking Republican member, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions assured that the nomination will get a full Senate vote on her confirmation before the Senate goes on recess August 7.

July 15, 2009
Remembering the Sacrifice of Vietnam
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Saturday, at 1 P.M., members of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Air Cavalry Troop – the Black Horse Regiment, from all over the country – will pause to remember the fallen from the Vietnam War at the Carroll County Vietnam Memorial Park at Willis and Court Streets in Westminster. The public is invited.

July 8, 2009
Palin Derangement Syndrome
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday the liberal hate machine gasped in collective horror at the very idea that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin may not be around in the foreseeable future and be the object of anger looking for a safe victim.

July 1, 2009
Zelaya has left the building
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Early Sunday morning four units, consisting of 200 soldiers of the military in Honduras, stormed the presidential palace in the capitol, Tegucigalpa, at 6, arrested and bundled-up their pajama-clad president, Manuel Zelaya, and carted him off to the airport and flew him to Costa Rica.

June 24, 2009
Irony Deficient
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Half-way across the globe on June 12, the volatile and enigmatic theocratic nation of Iran held elections in which the Iranian government counted 32 million hand-written paper ballots in about three hours and declared the incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad victorious.

June 17, 2009
The fall'll probably kill ya!
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday, the ever-perpetual campaigner in chief, President Barack Obama, took his health care reform road show to Chicago for a 55-minute speech before the American Medical Association’s annual convention.

June 10, 2009
Obamamobile hits a bump
Kevin E. Dayhoff

With the checkered flag in sight, late last Monday afternoon, with only minutes to spare before the 4 o’clock deadline set by Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg caused the fast-tracked Obama economic recovery plan for Chrysler – and GM - to hit a speed bump.

June 3, 2009
Sotomayor – Break Her and You Die
Kevin E. Dayhoff

At 10:13 A.M. on May 26, President Barack Obama introduced to a breathless nation, a fawning audience, and a mesmerized press, his selection to replace retiring U. S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter – Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit of New York.

May 27, 2009
Obama’s flip-flops for combat boots
Kevin E. Dayhoff

When President Barack Obama took office, even the most politically unengaged citizen knew huge changes were afoot in the look and feel of the American presidency and our nation’s future. For those who voted according to a particular candidate’s national defense outlook, who knew that our new president would wear flip-flops for combat boots.

May 20, 2009
Pause to Remember and Honor
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Next Monday is Memorial Day. It is a day when we should come together as a community and take a break from the rancid political bickering in Washington, which passes as national leadership today, and reflect on the men and women in uniform who are serving our country in the darkest corners of the world.

May 13, 2009
Arlington National Cemetery – Firsts of the heart
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As Memorial Day approaches, it is significant to note that today, on May 13, in 1864; the first soldier was buried at Arlington House, also called the Custis-Lee Mansion. We now know the property as Arlington National Cemetery and it is now the revered final resting place of over 320,000 stories of the heart.

May 6, 2009
Planned obedience…or else
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As of last week it appears that a marriage between Chrysler and Fiat SpA may eventually happen; this in spite of the few reports that surfaced recently that the marriage was off once Fiat realized the extent that Chrysler’s labor contracts were, how shall we say politely, less than helpful. Gee…

April 29, 2009
The Mockingbird’s Song
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The reclusive and enigmatic childhood friend of Truman Capote, Harper Lee, celebrated a birthday yesterday. She was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama.

April 22, 2009
‘Smiling Faces…’
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday a smiling President Barack Obama stopped by CIA headquarters for the first time since taking office. It was a charm offensive to give the agency a pep talk to help stave off low morale issues.

April 15, 2009
The First Summer
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As the first summer approaches following the departure from the White House of President George W. Bush, I am reminded of the story that in the first summer after President Harry Truman left office, he took a road trip with his family in which he visited Frederick.

April 8, 2009
Thanks, but no thanks
Kevin E. Dayhoff

An opinion piece appeared in The Wall Street Journal last Sunday, relatively unnoticed except by economics geeks, citing the growing trend among banks that accepted Troubled Asset Relief Program –TARP – money who are begging the government to take the money back.

April 1, 2009
And Atlas Wept
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In a move that has given many pause, last Sunday the administration of President Barack Obama ventured boldly into the latest worrisome intrusion into the nation’s private sector by firing Rick Wagoner, General Motors’ chief executive officer.

March 25, 2009
Spellbound by Salvador Dali
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last month I enjoyed a bit of respite from Maryland’s winter by visiting Florida. Finding myself within reasonable driving distance of St. Petersburg, I jumped at the chance to visit the Salvador Dali Museum.

March 18, 2009
Think Globally, Bank Locally
Kevin E. Dayhoff

If you are banking with any of the ginormous intergalactic financial institutions that are at the center of the current financial crisis, then you are part of the problem.

March 11, 2009
The Dangerous Diplomacy of Pandering
Kevin E. Dayhoff

I recently had the delightful opportunity to go to Washington and have lunch with a member of the Estonian Parliament, Tõnis Kõiv.

March 4, 2009
The Great Man Theory of History
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Even before his election to the office of the president last November, many in the liberal chattering class were already using hype and hyperbole that then-Senator Barack Obama was destined to be one of our country’s greatest presidents.

February 25, 2009
Pulling The Plug
Kevin E. Dayhoff

One of the key talking points of the new Obama Administration is its commitment to lead our nation by maximizing technology. Yet within a few scant weeks, the new kids in the Oval Office have endured their fair share of glitches, error boxes and system crashes.

February 18, 2009
Repackaged Isn’t Change
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In the end, the economic stimulus legislation signed yesterday by President Barack Obama, only garnered a total of three Republican votes from all of Congress, and, while traveling the yellow brick road on the way to Oz, the legislation lost the vast majority of public support.

February 11, 2009
Political Heresy and Unvarnished Truth
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Yesterday, in 1899, the future 31st president of the United States, Herbert Clark Hoover, married Lou Henry in Monterey, CA. Happy anniversary, Mr. President.

February 4, 2009
When Stimulus Ain’t
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed its $819 billion version of the economic stimulus package by a vote of 244 to 188. Not a single Republican voted for the measure – for good reason.

January 28, 2009
The 2009 Intergenerational Theft Act
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As you read this column Congress is attempting to put the finishing touches on an $825 billion economic stimulus package – otherwise known as the 2009 Intergenerational Theft Act.

January 21, 2009
A Tale of Two Inaugurations
Kevin E. Dayhoff

By the time you read this column our nation will have witnessed the inauguration of our nation's 44th president. Today is the first day for President Barack Obama and it marks the merciful end of the 78-day transition period.


January 14, 2009
Barack Rhymes With Tupac
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Noticeable, yet relatively underreported in the scandal-filled rhetoric that passes for meaningful political commentary these days, is the passing of an historic era that will occur when President George W. Bush takes off in the presidential helicopter after President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office next week.

January 7, 2009
Pallywood – When Pictures Lie
Kevin E. Dayhoff

After Hamas, the terrorist organization that has controlled the Gaza Strip since June 2007, unilaterally broke a cease-fire on December 19 and resumed shelling southern Israel, Israeli warplanes sprang to Israel’s defense December 27 by attacking Hamas throughout Gaza. Hamas responded immediately with “Pallywood.”

December 31, 2008
Obsession In Washington
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Obsession, the new fragrance from the elite media for 2009… As we await the dawn of a New Year, we look forward to many questions and challenges. However the subplot for 2009 has got to be how long the obsessive, passionate love affair between the press and President-elect Barack Obama will last.

December 24, 2008
Keeping Christmas
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Tomorrow we celebrate Christmas. The pageantry, art, decorations, traditions, and music of the season – especially the music – have all the ingredients for great family memories.

December 17, 2008
Time flies like an arrow
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As I’ve grown older, the joy of the Christmas season has slowly but surely become overshadowed with pressure and chaos. Certainly not to be overlooked is the emphasis on the materialism and over-consumption that has insidiously eroded the joys of the season.

December 10, 2008
In Your “Koobface”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last week I had all the pleasure and honor to be among the 120 million users of the social networking web site “Facebook” who were targeted by a computer virus known by the unusual name of “Koobface.”

December 3, 2008
When cupcakes grow on trees
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It was serendipitous Monday evening, the day that President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his national security team, that I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Melvin A. Goodman, a former CIA analyst, discuss his latest book, The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA, during the ninth annual Resnick Lecture at McDaniel College.

November 26, 2008
“The Eight Years War”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

At high noon on Monday, amid cries of alarm that this is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, President-elect Barack Obama rolled out his all-star economic team and a call for an economic stimulus package that could cost as much as $1 trillion.

November 19, 2008
Rewarding Bad Behavior
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Instead of tooling down the highway in the fast lane, two months after General Motors celebrated its 100th Birthday on September 16, it found itself huddled over at an intersection with fate, harassing passers-by with a tin pan in hand.

November 12, 2008
The Incredibly Shrinking Republican Party
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The ink is hardly dry on the “historic” election of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and already those with 20/20 hindsight are dissecting and revising the two-year ordeal, known as the 2008 presidential election, with the conviction of someone who has just seen a flying saucer land in the backyard.

November 5, 2008
It’s the Congress, Stupid!
Kevin E. Dayhoff

When historians look back on the 670-day, $2.5 billion 2008 presidential campaign, the observations, analysis, second-guessing, and finger pointing will fill volumes. In the end, it was once again, “the economy, stupid” that ruled the day.

October 31, 2008
Just Say “NO” to Slots
Kevin E. Dayhoff

There are two constitutional questions on the ballot next Tuesday. I will be voting “NO” on both. Question 2 will amend the state constitution to allow slots. Question 1 would amend the Maryland Constitution to allow early voting in Maryland.

October 29, 2008
Vote “NO” on Early Voting
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Election Day November 4, there are two statewide questions on the ballot to amend the Maryland constitutional. I will be voting NO on both questions.

October 22, 2008
McCain for America – First
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Election Day is less than two weeks away. On November 4, I will be voting for the Republican Party nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain and his vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

October 15, 2008
Journalistic Bubble Wrap
Kevin E. Dayhoff

One of the hottest subplots to the 2008 presidential campaign is how would the contest, the polls and the final outcome have looked if the “old – elite” media had not been so biased towards the Democratic Party in general and specifically the Democrat nominee, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

October 10, 2008
The Future of Maryland Medevac
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The recent tragic crash of the Maryland State Police aviation command Medevac helicopter has unfortunately developed a subplot for those who wish to further a debate about the future of the vital air rescue service.

October 8, 2008
TFC Mickey Lippy – Hero
Kevin E. Dayhoff

At 11 P.M., September 27, Maryland State Police Medevac helicopter Trooper 2 left its hangar at the Andrews Air Force Base to preserve the “Golden Hour” for two traffic crash victims in Waldorf.


October 3, 2008
Congress and The Rattlesnake – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On May 13, 2008, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama compared the current housing crisis in the U.S. to the Great Depression in a campaign stop in Missouri.


October 2, 2008
Congress and The Rattlesnake – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff

For several weeks the nation and the world have been watching the financial news emanating from Washington and Wall Street with that “deer in headlights” look as everyone holds their breath in disbelief and worries another shoe will drop.


October 1, 2008
Congress and the Rattlesnake – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In response to the increasing wrath of the American voter, the U.S. House of Representatives came to its senses on Monday and voted 288 to 205 to kill the rash and ill-conceived proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street.



September 24, 2008
The Taneytown Business Breakfast
Kevin E. Dayhoff

I recently had a chance to attend the Taneytown business breakfast. I jumped at the opportunity to take a wonderful break from the drama of national politics and the byzantine intrigue over projected shortfalls in the Maryland state budget.


September 17, 2008
Truth, Lies and The Media
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Just two long weeks ago, Republican presidential nominee, Arizona Sen. John McCain, announced that he had chosen Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate.


September 12, 2008
A Little Convention History
Kevin E. Dayhoff

It would be an understatement to suggest that the events of last week were quite different from the first Republican National Convention June 17 to 19, 1856.


September 11, 2008
Eloquent Prose – Excellent Friends
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last week I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to tag along to the Republican National Convention with the Maryland delegation.


September 10, 2008
The Four “E’s” of the GOP Convention
Kevin E. Dayhoff

I made a concerted effort to arrive early on each of the four days of last week’s Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.


September 5, 2008
Travelogue: Salt Lake City
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Although I have been very fortunate to have had opportunities to travel a great deal over the years, I have never visited the great American west. I recently had a chance to spend a week in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was not disappointed.


September 3, 2008
“La Policía”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Carroll County history is replete with colorful conflicts, many of operatic proportions, between the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, the Carroll County delegation to Annapolis, and the sheriff.


August 27, 2008
The “Behindular Zone”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

When you get past the age of 50 you may as well get the second half-century off to the correct start and begin by getting a colonoscopy. I finally did it and survived. Come a little closer and I’ll tell you all about it.


August 20, 2008
A Civil Affair at Saddleback
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Saturday I took a two-hour break from total Olympics immersion therapy to watch Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Civil Forum on the presidency.


August 13, 2008
They shoot dogs, don’t they?
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In Prince Georges County on the evening of July 30, the home of the Berwyn Heights’ Mayor Cheye Calvo was the scene of a home invasion.


August 6, 2008
Insufficient Funds
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Recently the Carroll County Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League has been the focus of some unwanted and undesirable attention.


July 30, 2008
The Obama Phenomena
Kevin E. Dayhoff

With less than 100 days to go before the November presidential election, both presumptive candidates for the Oval Office continue to look for a key – knock-out – issue that will put them over the top.


July 23, 2008
Fetching Food and Politics
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Every third Wednesday in July the Maryland State Capital, if not the center of the Maryland political universe, moves from Annapolis to Crisfield for the annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.


July 16, 2008
R.I.P. Tony Snow
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Saturday former White House press secretary, Fox News commentator and well-known columnist, Tony Snow, died of cancer at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington. He was but 53 years old.


July 9, 2008
The Path of History
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Hidden away in plain sight, in a storybook setting in northern Frederick County’s Catoctin Mountains, sits Eyler’s Valley Chapel, like a silent stone tribute to a Ralph Waldo Emerson essay.


July 2, 2008
The Lords of Annapolis
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Happy 4th of July. One of the main reasons we sought our independence from England was taxes. The only thing is – that this long after we won our independence – we are still fighting over taxes.


June 25, 2008
The MML and the COPS Program
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The annual Maryland Municipal League summer convention in Ocean City wraps up four days of seminars and meetings at the Ocean City Convention Center today.


June 18, 2008
Holes in Our Safety Net
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Tim Russert, “a giant in journalism and in politics” passed away unexpectedly last Friday. It followed by less than a week the death of ABC’s Jim McKay.


June 11, 2008
Jim McKay
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Yesterday morning the spotlight of the sports world was focused on the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore as people came together to pay their last respects to Maryland’s own Jim McKay.


June 4, 2008
The Mayhem of May
Kevin E. Dayhoff

For those who have desperately clung to a concept of civility and a respect for the office of the president, May was truly the month of full-employment for gossips, political pundits, and the ghoulish goblins of social maladjustment.

May 28, 2008
Ham Nation
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Newspaper junkies learned last week that Mary Katherine Ham is joining The Washington Examiner as the online editor of “the publication’s forthcoming new web site.”


May 21, 2008
Another Lock-Step Decision
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last Friday, Westminster Common Councilmember, and Democratic National Convention superdelegate, Greg Pecoraro endorsed Senator Barack Obama. His endorsement comes as the Democratic primaries draw to a close and presidential historians are looking to a very busy summer.

May 14, 2008
Investigating A Downer
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On May 7, the Humane Society of the United States held a press conference in which it showed the results of an “undercover investigation” of stockyards and livestock auctions in Texas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and at the Westminster Livestock Auction in Carroll County.

May 7, 2008
Pandering of Tulipomaniac Proportions
Kevin E. Dayhoff

In last week’s episode of “Democolypse Now,” the continuing saga of the deconstruction of America by the 2008 presidential campaign, we find Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton proposing a summer suspension of the federal taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel.

April 30, 2008
Seeing Red-Eye in the Camera
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The discussion and debate over speed and red light cameras continues to reverberate. It is one of a number of headaches lingering in the aftermath of the recent and unusual session of the Maryland General Assembly.

April 23, 2008
The Winds of Darkness
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On April 12, Gov. Martin O’Malley announced his administration’s opposition to the construction of wind power generators on public lands under the jurisdiction of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

April 16, 2008
How to Make Trash Go Away
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Tomorrow the Carroll County Board of Commissioners will deliberate in open session and – hopefully – make a decision regarding the offer from Frederick County to join forces to make 1,100 tons of trash a day go away.

April 9, 2008
Wendi Peters – Mount Airy’s Steel Magnolia
Kevin E. Dayhoff

People were delighted to see former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., last Friday when he came to Frederick County in support of Mount Airy Councilwoman Wendi Wagner Peter’s re-election bid.

April 2, 2008
The McCain Vice President Decision
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Speculation persists as to who presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain will choose as a running mate. This upcoming decision has sparked a growing debate among many political pundits for a number of reasons.

March 26, 2008
Preaching to the Choir
Kevin E. Dayhoff

As April 7, the final day of the 2008 Maryland General Assembly session, looms on the horizon, a great deal of conversation is focused on the fate of many of the “social initiatives” of the administration of Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

March 19, 2008
Channeling the Kingfish
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On Monday, New York Gov. Eliot “Mr. Clean” Spitzer’s resignation took affect. To be sure, the country has been in a deep funk ever since the fall 2006 elections, but the last 10 days was not good for the weak-kneed political observer.

March 12, 2008
“Power to Tax, Not Power to Destroy…”
Kevin E. Dayhoff

…With all apologies to Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.; but today is being dubbed as “tax day” in the Maryland General Assembly.

March 6, 2008
Making Trash Go Away – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff

The February 26th joint meeting between Frederick and Carroll County over how to make trash go away came after two years of discussions and deliberations resulting from the Frederick County commissioners’ adoption of Resolution 06-05, on February 16, 2006.

March 5, 2008
Making Trash Go Away – Part One
Kevin E. Dayhoff

On February 26, the Frederick and Carroll County commissioners met to discuss how to make a combined 1,100 tons of trash-a-day go away.

February 27, 2008
Reality takes The Year Off
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Last weekend the nation’s governors met in Washington for the 100th annual National Governors Association 2008 winter meeting. They had lots to talk about; but it was the faltering economy that eventually stole the show.

February 20, 2008
A Presidents’ Day View
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the wake of “Super Tuesday” and the “Potomac Primary,” all signs point to a November presidential contest between United States Senators John McCain, of Arizona, and Barack Obama, of Illinois.

February 13, 2008
The McCain Maalox Paradox
Kevin E. Dayhoff
At this point in the Republican 2008 presidential primary campaign Senator John McCain has over three times as many Republican National Convention delegates as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Most people have resigned themselves to the fact that Senator McCain is the de-facto Republican nominee.

February 6, 2008
The SB2 Virus
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last November the Maryland General Assembly inadvertently installed a “Trojan Virus,” now named “SB2,” on the critically important Maryland technology industry.

January 30, 2008
Senator Robert Hooper – R.I.P.
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Thursday, former State Senator J. Robert Hooper, (R., Harford) passed away from colon cancer while surrounded by his family at his home in Street. He served in the Maryland Senate for nine years.

January 23, 2008
Iron Chef Maryland
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As members of the Maryland General Assembly prepare a menu of legislative edicts that will save the world from global warming, the weather feels rather chilly for State Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick.

January 16, 2008
“When all else fails, read the Constitution”
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Thursday, Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Thomas F. Stansfield delivered a decision in the lawsuit filed by Republicans, which sought to overturn more than $1.3 billion in new taxes passed in the special session of the Maryland General Assembly in November.

January 9, 2008
The Special Session Lawsuit
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The 425th session of the Maryland General Assembly begins today. Hopefully, the first order of business for that august body will be to re-visit and fix all the problems created during the special taxing session last November.

January 2, 2008
Spiro Agnew: Patron Saint of Alaska
Kevin E. Dayhoff
I was treated to a white Christmas last week. It snowed everyday the entire week I stayed at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, which is incidentally the same hotel where the patron saint of Alaska, Maryland’s own Spiro Agnew, stayed on an impromptu stopover in 1981.

December 26, 2007
A Christmas Tragedy
Kevin E. Dayhoff
We are all mourning this Christmas season after last Wednesday’s senseless death of Smithsburg police officer Christopher Shane Nicholson, 25.

December 19, 2007
Playing “The War on Christmas” Card
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Fortunately, this year in “The War on Christmas,” no overwhelming weapons of mass Christmas destruction have materialized and it appears that Christmas is winning. And that’s a good thing.

December 12, 2007
The Writers Strike and Christmas
Kevin E. Dayhoff
For those who are fans of early television, especially old Christmas movies and holiday specials, the strike by The Writers Guild of America, which began November 5, may have a temporary silver lining.

December 7, 2007
Operation Christmas Tree
Kevin E. Dayhoff
How do you ship 5,000 two-foot live Christmas trees to a war zone? Early last Saturday morning over 300 volunteers figured it out as they braved the wind and cold and turned out for “Operation Christmas Tree” at the Carroll County Agriculture Center.

December 5, 2007
The President and Community Initiatives
Kevin E. Dayhoff
To commemorate World AIDS Day last Friday, President George W. Bush and his wife Laura met with representatives of faith-based groups in a roundtable discussion at Calvary United Methodist Church in Mount Airy.

November 29, 2007
What a Difference a Year Makes – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In yesterday’s column I wrote that with the passage of this tax package by the General Assembly, there are now more than ever two Marylands: a rural Maryland that exists to provide quality of life and common sense for the other Maryland – the urbanized areas where reason and common sense have taken a holiday.

November 28, 2007
What a Difference a Year Makes – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The ink had hardly dried on Gov. Martin O’Malley’s signature on November 19 when the peripatetic gerbils powering the Maryland media spin machines went into high gear.

November 21, 2007
Taxarians at the Gate
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Happy Thanksgiving. We have so many things for which to be thankful. The first of which is our men and women in uniform who continue to perform admirably in difficult circumstances.

November 14, 2007
Frederick and The Geography of Nowhere
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The alarm has been sounded, “Starbucks is coming. Starbucks is coming.” No word yet as to whether or not a “coffee party” has been organized to dump coffee grounds into Carroll Creek.

November 11, 2007
Veterans Day: “The Wall” at 25
Kevin E. Dayhoff
This year Veterans Day is also the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Constitution Gardens adjacent to the National Mall in Washington. The Memorial, well known as “The Wall,” was dedicated November 13, 1982.

November 7, 2007
The Ever Green Fund
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Friday, the House Environmental Matters Committee in the Maryland General Assembly held a hearing on House Bill 23, the “Maryland Green Fund.”

October 31, 2007
Trick or Treat
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Happy Halloween! Of course, for Marylanders, Halloween came early this year when Gov. Martin O'Malley appeared Monday evening before a joint session of Maryland General Assembly with a very big trick or treat bag.

October 24, 2007
Blackwater USA
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The founder of Blackwater USA, Erik Prince, is famous for being media averse. However in the last year, especially since the Democratic Party achieved majority status in the United States Congress, Mr. Prince's name is slowly becoming a household word.

October 17, 2007
The Shipwreck Known as SCHIP
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In 1997 the Republican controlled Congress enacted the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) - a joint federal and state government initiative that provides low-cost health insurance for children of lower income families.

October 10, 2007
Citizen-Soldier Awarded Bronze Star
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many of us are extremely proud to learn that Command Sergeant Major Tom Beyard, formerly of Hagerstown, was awarded the Bronze Star in a recent ceremony at the Task Force Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot in Kuwait.

October 3, 2007
It all began with President Harry Truman
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Sixty years ago, on October 5, 1947, an American president delivered a speech live on television.

September 26, 2007
The Priceless Right to Free Speech
Kevin E. Dayhoff
It has certainly been an interesting week for the exercise of our sacred right to freedom of speech in the United States. Various recent developments in this most cherished of rights provided a rich target environment for the news media, constitutional scholars, and pundits alike.

September 19, 2007
Iraq: Into the Heart of Darkness
Kevin E. Dayhoff
For those who have grown weary of the longest presidential campaign in history and the war in Iraq, last week was long and bewildering.

September 12, 2007
Jack Molesworth touched many lives
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Jack Molesworth as FHS coach

Ever since John E. "Jack" Molesworth, 80, a Western Maryland College graduate, accomplished Frederick and Carroll County area football coach and educator, died August 31 at Frederick Memorial Hospital from injuries from a fall, accolades and tributes have poured in from community leaders about the life accomplishments of this great man.

September 5, 2007
Mount Airy: The Little Town That Could
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the early morning hours of last Sunday, the town of Mount Airy was rudely awakened just past 4 A.M. to a three-alarm fire. Hardly anything strikes fear in the heart of a community as does a major fire.

August 29, 2007
"The Crocodile Dundee Factor"
Kevin E. Dayhoff
September 15 is fast approaching. That's when Gen. David H. Petraeus will give his report to Congress on the progress in the war in Iraq.

August 22, 2007
Edward Hopper: Poet of the ordinary
Kevin E. Dayhoff

Edward Hopper's "Nighthawks," 1942, oil on canvas, depicts a voyeuristic portrayal of ambiguous urban alienation and impersonalization as three customers and a soda jerk spend time together in the harsh glare of artificial light in the middle of the night.

The voyeuristic stark world of American Scene realist artist Edward Hopper was recently displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

August 15, 2007
The Subprime Mortgage Mania Mess
Kevin E. Dayhoff
After several weeks of Wall Street volatility, it appears that the market has hopefully finally exhaled and calmed down.

August 8, 2007
Playing Chess with God
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last week the world of cinematography lost two of its great artisans in one day. On July 30 Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman and Italian modernist film director Michelangelo Antonioni passed away.

August 1, 2007
"They don't know what we did"
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Forty years ago local and national newspaper headlines leaped ominously from the page as Cambridge, Maryland, erupted in fire and violence.

July 25, 2007
Viva la bicyclette!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today, as you are reading this, over in France and a small portion of Spain, the 94th Tour de France is in Stage 16.

July 18, 2007
Lady Bird Johnson - Steel Magnolia
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A week ago today, Lady Bird Johnson, the celebrated wife of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, passed away at age 94.

July 11, 2007
"90 Seconds"
Kevin E. Dayhoff
It was nothing short of cruel irony that I happened to be on a guided tour of the United States Military Academy at West Point on the very day The New York Times editorialized for the United States to unconditionally surrender in Iraq. It was this past Sunday.

July 4, 2007
Happy Fourth of July
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As we spend time with friends and family to celebrate the Fourth of July today, take a moment to ponder just how fortunate we really are in our great nation.

June 27, 2007
Striking a Blow for Free Speech
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many are singing high praise of the Supreme Court's decision handed down Monday which took a bite out of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law.

June 20, 2007
Earmarks: A Bridge to Bankruptcy
Kevin E. Dayhoff
After months of bitter fighting, the surge on "earmarks," our own homegrown version of economic terrorism, continues to meet stiff resistance.

June 13, 2007
The Fragging of Gen. Peter Pace
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced last Friday that he will recommend Adm. Mike Mullen, the current chief of naval operations to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - and not Gen. Peter Pace.

June 6, 2007
Tomorrow's Leaders Today
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Graduation season is upon us and this is the time many of us get some emersion exposure in the values and attitudes of our youngest generation, who are about to assume future leadership positions.

May 30, 2007
A Pain in the Gas
Kevin E. Dayhoff
With the Memorial Day weekend behind us, so begins the summer driving season. Increasingly a critical part of the summer getaway calculus is congested roadways and the cost of gasoline.

May 28, 2007
The Silence of Joseph W. Blickenstaff
Kevin E. Dayhoff
For many people, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. But hopefully you will take time out today to remember the greater meaning of Memorial Day - especially at a time when our great nation has more than 253,000 men and women in uniform deployed away from their families and loved ones - in nearly 80 countries oversees.

May 23, 2007
Gates Encourages Public Service
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In his keynote graduation address Sunday, U. S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates challenged the 2007 graduates of the College of William and Mary to serve the greater good of the nation by voting, volunteering, and participating in public service.

May 16, 2007
Hate Crimes' Slippery Slope
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On May 3rd the U. S. House of Representatives voted 237 to 180 to pass H.R. 1592, the "Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act."

May 9, 2007
Déjà Vu, All Over Again
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Our Congress is embarking on yet another curious and quixotic adventure, almost like the movie "Ground Hog Day." This time it is again delving into a perilous journey to develop a cogent approach to immigration reform.

May 2, 2007
The Legacy of Whittaker Chambers
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On Monday evening, a tragic fire destroyed a circa-1850 barn on the historic Whittaker Chambers "Pumpkin Patch" farm just north or Westminster in Carroll County.

April 25, 2007
Boris Yeltsin, Dead at 76
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Best known for standing on a tank in the middle of Moscow and almost single-handedly defying a coup in 1991, Boris Nikolayevich Yeltsin is the same person who just two years earlier had fished himself out of a river clad only in his underwear.

April 18, 2007
One Who Listens
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Demonstrators recently gathered at Congressman Roscoe Bartlett's Frederick office to theatrically illustrate their unhappiness over his vote on the emergency Iraq and Afghanistan supplemental funding legislation.

April 11, 2007
Press' Grand Dame Coming to McDaniel
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A curmudgeon without peer, a celebrated author, a reporter who covered the White House through nine presidents, and now a columnist with the Hearst organization, Helen Thomas could easily be called the press' grand dame.

April 4, 2007
Dems declare war on Mormon Crickets
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As a result of the Democrats' quick action in Congress in the last few weeks, Americans may soon rest easy in the knowledge that we will be saved from the true terrorists in our world today - Mormon crickets.

March 28, 2007
Diminished By Their Passing
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Conservative political commentator Cathy Seipp passed away a week ago at the far-too-young-age of 49. In a cruel irony, a non-smoker, she died of lung cancer after a five-year battle with the disease.

March 21, 2007
Crossing the River - Together
Kevin E. Dayhoff
At 2 o'clock on March 23, 1642, in "St. Maries," now known as St. Mary's City, Mathius de Sousa took his seat in the Maryland General Assembly along with Leonard Calvert, the first governor of Maryland, and 37 other distinguished gentlemen.

March 14, 2007
Bowling Brook: A Sad Tale
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On January 23 one of the very young men that Bowling Brook Preparatory Academy had tried so hard to mold into a lifetime of hope and a future, 17-year-old Isaiah Simmons III, died at the school.

March 7, 2007
Who is Leonard Peltier?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Among all the recent breaking news as to who is the real father of Anna Nicole Smith's baby and Britney Spears' latest hairdo and tattoo, presidential hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama, of Illinois, and Sen. Hillary Clinton, of New York, erupted into a major food fight of kindergarten proportions.

February 28, 2007
"Remember the Maine"
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Essentially unnoticed a couple of weeks ago was the anniversary of a dark day in American history that in its day was considered by our great grandparents as horrific as Pearl Harbor or 9/11.

February 21, 2007
Hanlon's Razor
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Friday and Saturday, the Democrats in Congress took another step in a desperate attempt to assure our defeat in Iraq and ultimately threaten our national security at home.

February 14, 2007
Gauging A Presidential Legacy
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Recently political pundits have spent a great deal of effort pondering the legacy of President George W. Bush. Of course, those of us who consider ourselves to be students of history understand that history needs much more time and distance in order to accurately gauge the legacy and historical impact of any particular president.

February 12, 2007
The Great Maryland Electric War
Kevin E. Dayhoff
With a Democratic governor in the statehouse, Ken Schisler out of the way, and the proposed merger of Constellation Energy and Florida Light and Power stopped, it would appear that the Democrat controlled Maryland General Assembly has succeeded with most of its election goals from last year's gubernatorial contest.

February 7, 2007
The Electrocution of Ken Schisler
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On January 29 Public Service Commission Chairman Ken Schisler resigned. Appointed just after the Ehrlich administration moved into the second floor of the statehouse, Mr. Schisler decided not to serve the remaining year of his five-year term.

January 31, 2007
Who was Deborah Orin-Eilbeck?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Saturday, the New York Post's Washington bureau chief, Deborah Orin-Eilbeck, passed away. Published accounts noted that she died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of stomach cancer.

January 24, 2007
The State of the Union Address
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Perhaps not since Matt Drudge broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal a couple of days before President Bill Clinton's State of the Union address in January 1998 has there been such an anticipated annual address by an American president.

January 17, 2007
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Thursday President George W. Bush addressed the nation with his long awaited "New Way Forward in Iraq."

January 10, 2007
"A Message to Speaker Pelosi"
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Wednesday our nation witnessed an historic first when California Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected to be the first woman Speaker of the House of Representatives.

January 3, 2007
Castro Watch
Kevin E. Dayhoff
We have many things to look forward to in 2007 and certainly at the top of the list is the eventual demise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

December 27, 2006
It's a Wonderful Life
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Sixty years ago on December 20, 1946, the timeless Frank Capra Christmas classic, "It's a Wonderful Life" had its premier at the Globe Theater in New York City.

December 20, 2006
An Uneasy Truce
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Christmas is within a week and my thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women in uniform who are deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

December 14, 2006
Time to Support A Wounded Protector
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Maryland State Trooper First Class Eric D. Workman, 36, from the Westminster Barrack, has family traveling to Maryland from all over the country. They are staying in Baltimore while he is hospitalized at Maryland Shock Trauma Center after being shot early Tuesday morning in Woodlawn, in Baltimore County.

December 13, 2006
Farmers' Friend Turning In Political Plow Shares
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Lewis R. Riley announced last week at the Maryland Farm Bureau Convention in Ocean City that he plans to retire in January.

December 6, 2006
Go Ask Stuckey
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The Associated Press' Tom Stuckey, one of the venerable and distinguished members of the Maryland Statehouse press newsroom has retired.

November 29, 2006
Blackwater and municipal red ink run deep
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The state announced in November it was going to purchase hundreds of critically sensitive acres in the vicinity of the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore.

November 22, 2006
Now Comes The Hard Part
Kevin E. Dayhoff
With the Maryland general elections over and one for the history books, the really hard part begins for Maryland Governor-elect Martin O'Malley, currently mayor of Baltimore: the business of governing.

November 15, 2006
A Marine Corps Birthday Present
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The United States Marine Corps has had significant participation in every American armed conflict since November 10, 1775; and its role as a rapid deployment force to fully defend our nation against terrorist threats and to effectuate foreign policy has never been more important than today.

November 11, 2006
Veteran's Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today is Veterans Day: a day originally set aside to pay respect to the veterans who fought in World War I.

November 8, 2006
Rumsfeld must stay
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Just in time for the mid-term elections, the Military Times Media Group, which publishes the Army Times, Marine Times, Air Force Times and Navy Times, ran an editorial last weekend which pronounces: "Rumsfeld must go."

November 1, 2006
Michael Steele Endorsement
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Monday brought more good news for the Michael Steele campaign for Maryland US Senator.

October 25, 2006
When It Rains Frogs
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Perhaps I have my head in the sand and suffer from a great reality disconnect, but I'm just not buying the grand Democratic Wave Theory that is being drubbed into everyone's head these days by the main stream media.

October 18, 2006
Barbra! Shut Up and Sing
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last June it was announced that Barbra Streisand would begin a fall North American tour on October 4. The tour, her first since 1994, is scheduled to have 20 shows.

October 11, 2006
A Sale from Hell
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the wee early morning hours of Monday, PNC, a $94.9 billion bank based in Pittsburgh announced that an agreement had been reached to purchase Maryland's largest independent bank, Mercantile Bankshares Corporation, in a $6 billion deal.

October 4, 2006
Oriana Fallaci: A Refreshing Approach
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On September 15, Oriana Fallaci, the Italian lioness of letters, died of cancer. Although Ms. Fallaci was one of the world's greatest conservative artists of letters; she is - to this day - relatively unknown in the United States.

September 27, 2006
Mike Miller: He's a Contender
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Wednesday evening, the telephone wires and computer screens lit-up across the state screaming that Maryland Senate President Thomas V. (Mike) Miller, Jr., (D., Calvert and Prince George's) took offense at a land-use hearing in southern Maryland at someone's verbal support of the Senator Miller's opponent; and it was alleged that he hauled-off and punched him.

September 20, 2006
Lamoned, again
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The conduct of Maryland's primary election on September 12 is a national disgrace. We've been "Lamoned!" Linda Lamone, that is. You know - the Democrats' state elections administrator for life.

September 13, 2006
Fenno's Paradox
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the acid acrimony and caustic commentary of today's political arena, many Moms and Dads at the kitchen table are wondering who to trust - or more to the point, in which candidates or political party to place their faith for the future.

September 6, 2006
An Apple for The Governor
Kevin E. Dayhoff
It certainly appears that improving education in Maryland is developing into one of the main election issues for Marylanders this fall.

August 30, 2006
Why go negative?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The election season is upon us and - like a horde of ravaging locusts - the negative campaigners are out in full force this cycle. Why?

August 23, 2006
Good planets are hard to find!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
If anything has become evident since the United Nations cease-fire took affect August 14 in the latest go-round between Israel and Hezbollah, it is that no-one won and everybody lost. Ultimately things aren't looking good for the home planet.

August 16, 2006
London's calling
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On Tuesday, August 8, Connecticut voters got confused on their dates and thought that it was really September 10, 2001.

August 9, 2006
Joe Lieberman v. The Lemmings
Kevin E. Dayhoff
By the time you read this, the Connecticut primary will be over and we will know whether or not Democrat Sen. Joe Lieberman will be moving on to the General Election in November.

August 2, 2006
Confirm Joltin' John Bolton
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On March 7, 2005, President George W. Bush nominated Baltimorean John R. Bolton to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations. It is time for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee - as well as the entire upper chamber - to confirm our Maryland-bred leadership in the U.N.

July 26, 2006
Sharing the Joys of Black Bears
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A recent event in our neighboring city of Rockville provided another reminder of legislative high-jinks and a caution to Maryland voters in the upcoming election.

July 19, 2006
Fruits and Vegetables for Peace
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On June 25, in the lower end of the Gaza Strip, very near the border with Egypt, militant Palestinian members of Hamas attacked an Israeli watchtower and two armored vehicles at Kerem Shalom. Two of the Palestinian gunmen were killed as well as two Israeli soldiers. Three other Israeli soldiers were wounded and one soldier, Corporal Gilad Shalit, was taken hostage.

July 12, 2006
Is it time for Japan to Re-Arm?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On the 4th of July, North Korea attacked the Sea of Japan with seven missiles - to the chagrin of the United States and Japan which had repeatedly warned it to discontinue its ballistic missile and nuclear armament program.

July 5, 2006
4th of July
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Yesterday was the 4th of July and hopefully you had an opportunity to spend the day with your family and loved ones and took time to reflect upon our nation's birthday and the freedoms and opportunities that we have come to understand as inalienable rights.

June 28, 2006
Operation SHAFT
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Once again, The New York Times has exposed another top secret anti-terrorism plan put in place to protect Americans.

June 27, 2006
The Running Mate Decision
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As the July 3rd filing deadline approaches, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., will officially announce his candidacy for re-election tomorrow in Arbutus.

June 21, 2006
Mr. Smith: Back to Gaithersburg
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On June 11, Robert J. Smith referred to homosexuality as ‘‘social deviancy” during a political round-table discussion on a Montgomery County Channel 21 cable show.

June 14, 2006
Flag Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today is Flag Day in the United States. The Second Continental Congress passed the "Flag Act of 1777" on June 14 that year. It is a mere 32 words: "Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

June 7, 2006
Electrocuting The Elephant
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In response to a judge's decision on May 30 to overturn Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s "April Plan," to phase-in increases in electric rates, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) decided last Friday to go back to the original "March Plan" to phase in Baltimore Gas & Electric's deregulated electric rates due to go into effect July 1.

May 31, 2006
The Great Mexican Maginot Line
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last Thursday, the United States Senate passed the "Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006" by a vote of 62 to 36. The legislation has sparked rigorous and rancorous debate as it supports a bi-partisan, multi-disciplinary approach to the challenges of immigration reform embraced by President George W. Bush.

May 24, 2006
Lest We Forget!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Monday is Memorial Day. It was almost 140 years ago that the tradition of setting aside a day to honor our country's fallen heroes began with Gen. John A. Logan's May 5th, 1868 General Order No. 11 to adorn the graves of Union soldiers with flowers.

May 17, 2006
The Water Wars Are Heating Up
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The increasing problems over water availability as a key component of the current warfare over growth are only going to continue to be complex, contentious and difficult.

May 10, 2006
A Tale of Double Standards
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Two well-known national personalities, conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D., RI) were recently in the news for suffering from the misuse of prescription medicines. The two events had different outcomes. You be the judge as to why.

May 3, 2006
Congressional Pork: The Other Red Meat
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll provided insight into the mind of the electorate. We are tired of pork, otherwise known as “earmarks.” And, rightfully so.

April 26, 2006
Baltimore’s Sun Still Dimming
Kevin E. Dayhoff
April Fool’s Day has come and gone, however, the spirit of the day lives large in the way we get our news the rest of the year. Some will say that for too long, the joke has been on us.

April 19, 2006
Guess Who’s Coming to the Election
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In a remake of the classic 1967 movie, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” the royal blue portion of Old Line State just doesn’t quite know what to make of the continuing success of Maryland’s Dr. Prentice – Lt. Gov. Michael Steele.

April 12, 2006
Governor Crothers, Meet Dan Rodricks
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Recently Baltimore Sun columnist Dan Rodricks wrote a remarkable column that may earn itself an Olympic honorable mention in the annals of populist political propaganda: “Legislators grabbed power to put public back in Public Service Commission (PSC).”

April 5, 2006
Shock and Amps – the Second Candle
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Members of the Maryland General Assembly’s leadership deserve a lifetime achievement award for ducking their responsibilities, scapegoating and obfuscating the truth in their response to the rate caps coming off Baltimore Gas and Electric as a result of the 1999 electric deregulation legislation.

April 4, 2006
Shock and Amps
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The recent power surge of Maryland General Assembly legislative initiatives in response to the end of the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s electric rate price freeze ought to be referred to as the “Omnibus Rolling Blackout Acts of 2006.”

March 29, 2006
Who was Gordon Parks?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On March 7, a cultural icon and one of America’s greatest artists, Gordon Parks, passed away at the too-young age of 93. Born in abject poverty, Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks came into this world on November 12, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas, a new addition to a tenant farming family.

March 22, 2006
The Art of Community
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Quality of life issues, including, but certainly not limited to, growth and sprawl, traffic congestion, overcrowded schools, art and cultural opportunities, and local community employment are on the minds of citizens throughout Maryland.

March 15, 2006
Who is Wendi Thomas?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In an internal memo distributed to Baltimore Sun employees last Friday, it was announced that Wendi Thomas, an award winning newspaper columnist from Memphis, will be joining the newspaper in April replacing former Michael Olesker, who retired in January.

March 8, 2006
An Oscar Tribute to the Maryland National Guard
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Like most Americans, I missed the Oscars Sunday night. I was too busy sorting my socks according to color.

March 1, 2006
A Worm in An Apple
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the theater we know as Maryland state government, House Bill 588 and Senate Bill 793 should be referred to as the “Common Sense Ethics Act of 2006.” This legislation involves three issues dear to many voters – farming, ethics and the environment. Otherwise stated, regulations to protect the Chesapeake Bay are only as good as the availability and capability of the professionals hired to implement the laws.

February 24, 2006
Kelly’s Dream Deferred
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On February 16, it became official that a longstanding friend of Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., conservative Western Maryland Democratic Del. Kevin Kelly, would not have his name submitted to fill the judicial vacancy of the District Court of Maryland for Allegany County.

February 22, 2006
Annex This
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Once again the Maryland General Assembly is being asked to step between municipalities and county governments over an issue that threatens the peace and tranquility that should exist between them. This time another crisis is building over growth and development.

February 16, 2006
It’s Really Opera! – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Mark Twain wrote: "The only difference between fiction and nonfiction is that fiction should be completely believable." Is there evidence that Mr. Twain ever visited the Maryland General Assembly?

February 15, 2006
It's really opera! Join in the Fun
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many phrases have been used lately, to describe the Maryland General Assembly: political theater, drama, intrigue, melodramatic and entertaining. The answer to the question as to what it really is: it’s opera!

February 8, 2006
Why Tax Military Pensions?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In his State of the State address, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich mentioned an important legislative proposal to “exempt from state taxes military retirement income earned by those with two decades of service.”

February 1, 2006
Who is Donna Brazile?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Donna Brazile, campaign manager for the Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign in 2000, recently was the featured speaker at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at McDaniel College, in Westminster.

January 26, 2006
An Upside Down World
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The problem with words… The war over what words are appropriate for online versions of newspapers hit The Washington Post last week. Whether we like it or not, it is a drama that will come to our local newspapers soon.

January 25, 2006
How is Internet media held accountable?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On January 19 The Washington Post put an abrupt end to one of the components of the latest experiments in this grass roots democracy dynamic we call blogs – the real-time, live “comment” section.

January 18, 2006
''We all share a dream''
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born 77 years ago on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, GA. He is best remembered as a courageous civil rights leader in the tumultuous era of the late 1950s and 1960s when America finally addressed the scourge of racism and worked to transform our country into a more just and humane society for everyone.

January 12, 2006
The Kool-Aid Acid Test
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As this column is being written, the opening session of the Maryland General Assembly is still a couple of days away. It is looking increasingly like “Open Season” rather than “Opening Day.”

January 11, 2006
Journalism in 2005
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When one thinks of the mainstream media in 2005, the consistent theme is that of a reluctant, haughty and often pretentious dinosaur with its out-of-touch editorial boards. One can only hope 2006 is better.

January 4, 2006
A Tale of Two Introductions
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Tim Franklin was brought on board by Baltimore’s Sun in January 2004 to navigate the paper through the treacherous waters that has become the newspaper business in a new era. In December 2005, Bo Harmon was brought on board to navigate Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich through the treacherous waters that we have come to know as Maryland politics for the next election.

December 28, 2005
Operation Mata Hari
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the war against terrorism, folks, whose only goal is to promote themselves in total disregard for our safety, recently launched “Operation Mata Hari.”

December 23, 2005
Anther Envy
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Merry Christmas. As an incredible year draws to a close, we learn that the gender of Santa’s reindeer is in question, Barbie dolls in England are being tortured, Kathy Afzali has uttered the words “Merry Christmas” in public and – in Belgium – they are napalming the Smurf village.

December 21, 2005
Who is Max Cleland?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The Maryland Democratic Party’s election campaign website, otherwise known as Baltimore’s Sun (BS), ran a “news story” December 10 on Bo Harmon, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich’s selection to be his campaign manager.

December 14, 2005
Politics in the Enchanted Forest
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The political silly season has already begun in Howard County, known as the former home of the "Enchanted Forest." In our neighboring county, politics have recently started to resemble the storybook theme park that prospered in Ellicott City from 1955 to 1988.

December 8, 2005
The Lieutenant Governor Decision
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Now that Lt. Gov. Michael Steele is off and running to be our next U.S. senator from Maryland, many are wondering just who would make a good choice for a running mate for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich. Never mind that the election is almost a year away.

December 7, 2005
Why We Have a Lieutenant Governor
Kevin E. Dayhoff
How did Maryland ever survive without a lieutenant governor? In over 371 years, there has been a constitutional office for that job for only 38 years.

November 30, 2005
Winning Over Hearts and Minds
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Folks who want to draw broad sweeping partisan conclusions from the results of Frederick’s recent election – or for that matter, Virginia’s or New Jersey’s elections, are grasping at straws. “All politics are local.”

November 21, 2005
Time to put 2005 behind us
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As the holidays approach, it is time to learn the lessons of 2005 and put it behind us. 2006 will be another long year. If the liberal media and the Democratic Party are setting their sights on the mid-term elections in 2006, they will need to do better than this fall’s bad polling numbers.

November 16, 2005
Insensitive Moment
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many have routinely enjoyed reading Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated columns in The Washington Post since 1985. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987 for distinguished commentary. His column appears in 150 newspapers across the nation and many enjoy his commentary as a regular on Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume.

November 11, 2005
Veterans Day
Kevin E. Dayhoff
“My family is going to go to Gettysburg on Veterans Day. What’s Veterans Day?” The words come from a little sandy-haired child as I was leaving an elementary school in Westminster after giving a talk to two third grade classes on “Living in Carroll County.”

November 9, 2005
The Appalling Silence
Kevin E. Dayhoff
We're waiting. The time is now. Responsible leaders of the Democratic Party must denounce the blatant racism being used in reference to the United States senatorial candidacy of Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.

November 2, 2005
Gray Ladies Down
Kevin E. Dayhoff
American newspapers are in deep trouble. I have mixed feelings about this. For many of us who have hit the half-century mark, we remember the days when the bulk of our news was delivered by several newspapers in a single day. This gave us the news from many different points of view.

October 26, 2005
Frederick's Future Is Here
Kevin E. Dayhoff
For the past several years many have said that Frederick needs to do things differently in the future. On Election Day, next Tuesday, the future is now. It's time to begin all over again.

October 19, 2005
The Sun and the Bay”
Kevin E. Dayhoff
A big advantage of advancing age is that you get to recognize news media silliness when it happens. Many in the agriculture community did not find the July 26th article in Baltimore’s Sun by Tom Pelton to be silly and are quite annoyed.

October 12, 2005
Working on the Farm
Kevin E. Dayhoff
On September 20 the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) released its long awaited olive branch to the agriculture community in Maryland. CBF was founded in 1967 and their website reports that it "is the largest conservation organization dedicated solely to saving the Chesapeake Bay watershed."

October 5, 2005
Kurosawa's History of Hurricane Katrina
Kevin E. Dayhoff
American Anthropologist Ernest Albert Hooten once said: "History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened." How will history record Hurricane Katrina?

September 28, 2005
What You Did Not Know about California
Kevin E. Dayhoff
San Diego – September 15 - Greetings from the conservative bastion of California. As I have quickly learned, California’s reputation as a left-wing redoubt is overly simplistic and certainly not totally correct.

September 21, 2005
One Small Step for Civility
Kevin E. Dayhoff
"In a decent society that wishes to survive as a self-sustaining democracy, there must be a high degree of civility, because that mirrors the respect that we have not only for our constitutional order but for our fellow citizens."

September 14, 2005
Katrina – Who Did What and When?
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The intemperate criticism directed at the Hurricane Katrina response – the rescue and recover efforts – is more polluted than the floodwaters of New Orleans and contributes nothing to a noble American tradition of coming together at a difficult time and helping fellow Americans in a time of need.

September 9, 2005
Shut up and call the cavalry
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Compassion exceeds all else in importance on the Gulf Coast in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy. Only the truly heartless can be left untouched. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and the rescuers.

September 7, 2005
The 2005 Maryland Luddite Act
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Competition is stiff as to which piece of legislation dropped in the hopper during the 420th session of the Maryland General Assembly, was truly the most thoughtless and imprudent - bar none! House Bill 514/Senate Bill 401 wins the 2005 Luddite Bill of the Year Award.

August 31, 2005
Respect for Conscience
Kevin E. Dayhoff
U. S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R., TN) is currently the target of an advertising campaign in Iowa criticizing him for voting his conscience and backing expanded embryonic stem cell research.

August 24, 2005
Cindy Sheehan’s Texas Quagmire
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Just when you thought that Dr. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was one fry short of a happy meal, in walks – stage left, way-left – Cindy Sheehan to super-size the totally bizarre state of political discourse in our great country.

August 17, 2005
A Ray of Hope in an Age of Arrogance
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings, (Order of Canada), passed away on August 7, it was the passing of an era for the traditional “Big Three” televised news broadcasts.

August 12, 2005
Maryland Agriculture’s Seat at the Table - Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Last February, Gov. Robert Ehrlich announced that he would be conducting a forum on the issues of Agriculture in Maryland on February 13, 2006, at the Prince George's County Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro.

August 11, 2005
Maryland Agriculture's Seat at the Table - Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When it comes to Maryland Agriculture, we are in a deep hole and need to climb out. Moreover, it seems that the hole has been getting deeper while we have tried to turn things around.

August 10, 2005
Agriculture's Seat at the Table - Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
When Gov. Robert Ehrlich first took office, one of the many welcome things he said was that agriculture in Maryland "had a seat at the table."

August 3, 2005
Cowadunga! More Absurdity!
Kevin E. Dayhoff
In the far away distant land of California, concern about air quality has spawned a new law requiring air permits for all agricultural operations whose methane gas emissions exceed a certain threshold. I'm not making this up.

July 29, 2005
A Quiet Family Nags Head Vacation – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Today, the treasure to be found on the Outer Banks is in the form of real estate. The place in which we are staying is on the market. The fiscal conservative in me naively wanted to inquire, thinking perhaps, that if we are going to keep coming down here, year after year, for many years in the future, we may as well own the place and rent it out the balance of the year, and get our vacation free.

July 28, 2005
A Quiet Family Nags Head Vacation – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Many folks use the term “Nags Head” to generically describe what is really North Carolina’s “Outer Banks.” They consist of 125 miles of narrow islands just off the Atlantic coast.

July 27, 2005
A Quiet Family Nags Head Vacation - Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
As I keyboard this, I am on a private, intimate and quiet vacation with my wife, and, uhm, 15 members of my extended family, in a "small vacation cottage" in Nags Head, North Carolina, a favorite vacation destination for many folks. I guess "private, intimate and quiet" are relative terms. All right, it is NOT private, intimate or quiet, but I sure am enjoying myself.

July 21, 2005
A Skunk by Any Other Name Still Stinks
Kevin E. Dayhoff
If there was ever proof that evolution can go in reverse, it is the news that House Speaker Michael E. Busch and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., have actually (for real, I’m not making this up) appointed a committee of inquiry to look “into the personnel polices of the Ehrlich administration.”

July 15, 2005
Local Government’s Nuclear Option – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Immediately after the U. S. Constitution was adopted, few questioned the public taking of land for a new national capital. Two hundred years later, I am not quite sure our Founding Fathers meant to allow a Donald Trump to convince the Atlantic City government to condemn the home of an elderly widow so he could build a limousine parking lot.

July 14, 2005
Local Government’s Nuclear Option – Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Before 1954, eminent domain issues were primarily focused on the government’s ability to lawfully obtain private land for public projects and just compensation. Since 1954, in the current era of the eminent domain mess, the issue has been extended to deal with the expansionist liberal Supreme Court’s interpretation of the definition of public use to include: “highest and best use” private sector economic development.

July 13, 2005
Local Government’s Nuclear Option – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
I have heard it said that no property, money or individuals’ rights are safe when the Democrat-controlled Maryland General Assembly is in session. After June 23, 2005, perhaps we can expand that to say: or when the U.S. Supreme Court is in session.

July 6, 2005
July 4th's Rights and Responsibilities
Kevin E. Dayhoff
The 4th of July has always been one of my cherished holidays. As a student of history, I have accepted July 4th as the celebration of the American Spirit.

July 1, 2005
Moving the Primary Date – It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again – Part 3
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster – Governor Spiro Agnew was the 55th governor of the State of Maryland since 1776. My research indicates that he was the 14th Republican governor (if you include the five ‘Democrat-Republican’ governors between 1801 and 1812 and you count Governor Thomas H. Hicks (1858 – 1862), who started out a Democrat and later changed parties to Republican. Seems that there have been so few Republican governors, that the Democrats react very badly every time it happens.

June 30, 2005
Moving the Primary Date - It's Déjà Vu All Over Again - Part 2
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster - Most all Marylanders were proud when Gov. Spiro Theodore Agnew (born Spiro Anagnostopoulos) was elected vice-president of the United States in 1968. (The second Marylander to hold such a high office if you include John Hanson, the 1st President of the United States, November 5, 1781 to November 4, 1782, under the Articles of Confederation.)

June 29, 2005
Moving the Primary Date – It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again – Part 1
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster - And now the Democrats in Annapolis, in all their wisdom, have introduced a House of Delegates’ bill to fulfill their blind obsession to change next year's Maryland State primary from the second Tuesday in September to June 20; “in the voters’ best interests”. But of course!

June 22, 2005
Mark Felt is No Hero
Kevin E. Dayhoff
Westminster - So Mark Felt, once the second highest-ranking FBI officer in America, has decided to come clean after 32 years. In a Vanity Fair magazine article, he wore his best pair of flip-flops and now admits that he was, after all the denials for over three decades, "Deep Throat". (Remember his remarks in 1974: "It was not I, and it is not I.")

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