Topic “Anne Arundel County”

Topic “Anne Arundel County”

The Madness of Driving Employees to Leave

 

This column ran in the Capital Gazette on 1/3/14 and
in the Maryland Gazette on 1/4/14

 

 

 

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Help Those Making a Difference

During 44 combined years of teaching, Leo and Diane Zerhusen had seen so many children coming to school without adequate clothes, school supplies or food to eat that they felt they had to do something to help.
 
Lisa Hurka Covington was shattered when her lovely, talented sister shot herself at the age of 28.
 
Lucinda Merry-Browne was driven by a lifelong desire to help theatrical students perform professional-quality theatre.  
 

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Leopold is Found Guilty -- Now What?

Circuit Court Judge Dennis M. Sweeney convicted John Leopold yesterday on the following two charges of Misconduct in Office: 
 

Misuse of Executive Police Officers for Political & Campaign Activities

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Democracy Is Worth The Price

One of the fundamental principles of democracy is that voters have the right to choose who governs them.  Yet as we wrap up the review of the County Charter done every ten years, the County Council is poised on Monday to retain for themselves the right to choose a new County Executive or County Council member should a vacancy occur any time after the first year of a four-year term.

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Leopold's Indictment

County Executive John Leopold was indicted Friday on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation of county money.   The indictment contains a number of appalling allegations that Mr.

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Council Selection Process Flawed

This column appeared as a Letter to the Editor
in the Capital on 3/4/12

The County Council deadlock over appointing a replacement for Daryl Jones points to a fundamental flaw in Anne Arundel County’s charter.

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Keeping South County Rural

This appeared as a Letter to the Editor in the Capital on 8/20/11

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Cancelling GPS Hurt Snow Removal

Difficulties dealing with three feet of snow in six days were to be expected as Anne Arundel County was pummeled with two back-to-back massive storms starting February 5th.   All of us owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the hundreds of plow operators who worked 12-hour shifts or longer every day for more than eight days in cold, dangerous and exhausting conditions.  Unfortunately, these plow operators

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Slots Won't Help County Budget

UPDATE (10/26/09):  According to section 9-1A-31 of Senate Bill 3, the monies the county may eventually receive from slots will be in the form of Local Impact Grants that "shall be used for improvements in the communities in immediate proximity to the video lottery facilities and may be used for the following purposes: (1) infrastructure improvements; (2) facilities; (3) public safety; (4) sanitation; (5) economic and community development, including housing; and (6) other public services and improvements".  A 15-member Local Development Council must be established to ad

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Leopold's Shell Game

The last several years have been tough ones for Anne Arundel County.  Under County Executive John Leopold, we have been living beyond our means.  In fiscal years 2009 and 2010 combined, the county is projected to spend $150.6 million more than its revenues:

Anne Arundel County Overspending ($ Millions)
(including State Grant Funding)

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