By Ron Lambert. Just before New Year’s day, 2018, a dog named Oscar died in his yard in Arbutus. Concerned citizens had contacted BCAS about Oscar many times in the past several years. On December 30, with temperatures hovering around 20 degrees, a citizen called BCAS once again. Instead of responding physically, BCAS called Oscar’s owner and accepted his promise to bring the dog inside. … Continue reading Just What DID Happen at Baltimore County Animal Services??
By Corey Johns. Future tenants for the Towson Station development have been announced, and they make up a less than inspiring group of businesses. Last year MOD Pizza, Mission BBQ, Nail Trix, and Men’s Warehouse were announced as tenants for the new site. Recently added to the list are a Chase Bank, The Habit Burger Grill, European Wax, and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. To recap, of … Continue reading Towson Plagued with Uninspiring Development
By Peta Richkus. This article is a response to the August 7, 2019 Letter to the Editor written by Tom Quirk, Chair of the Baltimore County Council. Since my testimony before the Baltimore County Council during their June 25, 2019 Work Session prompted Council deliberation about the proposed Sage Policy Group contract referred to by Council Chairman Quirk (“Some Baltimore County Council members are questioning … Continue reading Chairman Quirk is Missing the Point about Sage Policy Group
By Pete Munsey. To most people nowadays, the idea of a presidential candidate espousing somewhat nominal religious views is just part of the set design, in the same way one meets retired farmers at a coffee shop in Ames, Iowa, on a July morning, at 8.34 am (precisely). But in 1976, it was all new. Jimmy Carter was contesting for the Democratic nomination and helped … Continue reading Progressives Should Reclaim the Mantle of Faith
By Ron Lambert. This post, the fourth in a series tracing developments at the Baltimore County Animal Services, follows Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County. Since the 1970’s, the national movements to promote spay/neuter and reform animal shelters have saved many millions of animal lives. By 2015, the number of dogs and cats killed in shelters each year was approximately two million, compared to up … Continue reading New Advisory Commission, Building: BC Animal Services Finally on Track?
By Jennifer Bergantz It is 1,500 miles from Guatemala to the US border. She left the rural village she loved with her two children after the gangs had burnt down her house, and she began her harrowing trek north to a land she thought would give her children a chance at a safe life. After her children were separated from her at the border and … Continue reading Helping Families Seeking Asylum in Maryland
by Ron Lambert. This post, the third of a series, follows “Inside the Baltimore County Shelter.” I became a cat volunteer at Baltimore County Animal Services in May, 2013. Volunteers helped clean cat cages and dog kennels, petted cats, walked dogs, and transported animals to Rescue groups. In the summer of 2013, BCAS started a pilot off-site adoption program, run by volunteers. We pitched in … Continue reading Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County
By Liz Brown. Early this month, I was compelled to speak (my first time doing so!) after a Baltimore County Council legislative session—not about legislation that was pending, but about legislation passed last month: Bill 16-19, which dealt with the issue of so-called “impact fees” for developers. Like many, many people in the County, I was and am very much in favor of impact fees. … Continue reading Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote
By Ron Lambert. As the twentieth century came to a close, our nation’s shelters were still killing roughly five million dogs and cats a year (Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America by Nathan J. Winograd, 2007, p. 182). But animal activism was growing as a national movement. Noting Baltimore City Animal Control’s abysmal record of killing nearly every … Continue reading What Happened at BCAS? Part 2: Inside the Baltimore County Shelter
By Peta Richkus. Editor’s note: We are pleased to publish testimony presented by Ms. Richkus to the Baltimore County Council during their June 25, 2019 Work Session concerning the proposed contract award: Agenda Item FM-17, Economic Consultant to the County Council. The proposed award would be a Sole Source contract to Sage Policy Group, Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO. The contract award will be voted … Continue reading Time for a New Baltimore County Economic Analyst?