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I was very disappointed when I read recently that Councilmember Michael Blue is going to co-sponsor an increase of $1 in Recordation Fees. You might think I’m being stingy, and rightly so. Right now our Recordation Fee is $6.00 per $500, if passed the $1 increase would take it to $7.00 per $500.
“And as for those who are happy, they will be in Paradise, abiding there so long as the heavens and the earth endure, unless your Lord wills, as uninterrupted giving.” This is a quote from the Quran about happiness, (Quran 11:108). Do you like to be happy? I do, nearly all of the time. I find that on some cold and gray days that a cantankerous attitude goes well with a cold breeze and a cardigan. But, I like to be happy, I’m sure you do as well.
Congratulations! On January 16th, 2020 a new dependent was potentially added to your family. How, you ask? The Charter Review Commission voted 4-2-1 (in favor, against, abstention) to “remove current prohibition on paying County Council members fringe benefits.”
Have you ever said anything stupid? Anything that you wish you hadn’t said as soon as the words escaped your lips? When this happens most of us apologize either immediately or shortly thereafter. This is what normal, well-adjusted people and organizations do.
On a snowy day at the end of 1944 my grandfather, a country boy from Rockville, who was all of 18 took part in the Battle of the Bulge. He killed Nazi’s. More specifically, he took out several SS members (Schutzstaffel; “Protection Squadron” in English).