It is Time to Adopt Ranked Choice Voting

By Corey Johns. The last three election cycles – 2016 presidential, 2018 midterm, and the current 2020 presidential – the Democratic Party and Republican Party in Maryland have both been faced with huge lists of candidates for a primary election, yet voters could only select one candidate as their vote. In 2016, Republican primary ballots in some states featured 12 candidates. In 2018, Maryland Democrats … Continue reading It is Time to Adopt Ranked Choice Voting

Transit Users Face Hurdles to Shop in the County

By Sachin Hebbar. Abandoned Walmart shopping carts are a common sight at the bus stop at the intersection of Prince Rd and Goucher Blvd in Towson. Carts on the median are also a frequent occurrence here. The carts’ presence is unsightly. However, they serve as a tell-tale reminder of inadequacies in our public transit system.  Walmart and other one–stop shopping locations are popular among public … Continue reading Transit Users Face Hurdles to Shop in the County

Catonsville Live Music Bill is on the Right Track

By David A. Plymyer. Baltimore County Councilman Tom Quirk has proposed a change to county zoning law to allow live musical entertainment in restaurants, bars and other venues located in areas designated as the “commercial cores” of Catonsville and Arbutus. His bill, Bill 44-19, is a good example of how zoning law is best used when it builds upon existing resources in communities to strengthen … Continue reading Catonsville Live Music Bill is on the Right Track

Just What DID Happen at Baltimore County Animal Services??

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??

Towson Plagued with Uninspiring Development

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

Progressives Should Reclaim the Mantle of Faith

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

New Advisory Commission, Building: BC Animal Services Finally on Track?

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?

Helping Families Seeking Asylum in Maryland

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

Shelter Reform Comes to Baltimore County

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

What Happened at BCAS? Part 2: Inside the Baltimore County Shelter

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