Overheard In The Elevator

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Overheard in the elevator, well press conference really. During the April 15, 2020 press conference, Governor Hogan honored American Sign Language interpreter, Jimmy Beldon with the Governor’s Citation for his translation work to our deaf and hard of hearing community.  During the presentation, Hogan after spending over 30 minutes touching a podium and fondling his speech papers, touched his chin and mouth area to sign “thank you”.  That hand then touched the framed award.  That award was then handed to Mr. Beldon, where they both then held it while posing for pictures.

At the same press conference, during the question and answer session Hogan can be heard telling a reporter, “It’s hard to hear with the masks on by the way” and then presumably after she removes her mask, “you’re not in a retail location so it’s OK.”

Both highlight the arbitrary and unscientific nature of the government mandate to wear face covering in the name of public safety.

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Cindy A. Rose began writing for the Tentacle in 2011 trying to raise awareness over things happening within Frederick County Public Schools. She began keeping a close watch on FCPS when she learned there were not enough air conditioned buses for special needs children during the hot Maryland summers. The Tentacle offered her a place to share her concerns with her community when local newspapers didn’t always. Cindy had the opportunity to buy the Tentacle from creator/owner John W. Ashbury in 2019, so she did. She believed then, as she believes now, our communities, friends and neighbors have important things to say that needs to be shared with those living around them. Large corporate news companies don’t always share in those passions and concerns. The Tentacle is a local news, commentary and community website run by citizens, for citizens. Its success depends on your participation.