Time is of the Essence for Retirement-Eligible State Employees

By Peta Richkus. Subsequent to publication of Ms. Richkus’  Commentary in Maryland Matters and The Daily Record, the MD State Retirement Agency (SRA) removed all reference to SB 946 from its web page (a Search for “SB 946” currently yields no results). The Department of Budget & Management (DBM) link to expanded SB 946 information can be found at the top of the DBM Home page. … Continue reading Time is of the Essence for Retirement-Eligible State Employees

The Gentleman from Towson: A Conversation with Steve Lafferty

By Pete Munsey. Through all the political changes in Baltimore County over the past 12 or 13 years, one thing, or more specifically one person, seemed a constant. No matter the ups and downs of this or that career, the redistricting tectonics from Annapolis which shifted whole neighborhoods into different districts overnight, or the national mood waxing locally, Steve Lafferty was the delegate from Towson. … Continue reading The Gentleman from Towson: A Conversation with Steve Lafferty

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

Chairman Quirk is Missing the Point about Sage Policy Group

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

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

Residents Have a Right to Know What’s in County Legislation—BEFORE the Vote

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