25 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - OPINION -

Day Care Inc. can get back to plan­ning its new fa­cil­ity here now that the court has ruled in its fa­vor.

Two years of plan­ning for a new day care fa­cil­ity came to a halt late last year when Com­merce Street res­i­dent Ann D. Tam­lyn filed an ap­peal of a spe­cial ex­cep­tion granted to Day Care Inc. to build on land ad­ja­cent to the ceme­tery.

Dis­trict Court Judge Wil­liam Horne ruled Fri­day that “it would be a waste of pub­lic time and money” if Centreville and Day Care Inc. had to re-ap­ply.

••• St. Paul’s Epis­co­pal Par­ish is celebrating its 300th an­niver­sary, although in all prob­a­bil­ity it’s even older than that.

Both St. Paul’s Par­ish and Christ Church on Kent Is­land were es­tab­lished by the Vestry Act of 1692. That’s 84 years be­fore Amer­ica gained its in­de­pen­dence.

The church at that time was known as the Church of Eng­land. “It later be­came the Epis­co­pal church,” said Fa­ther Bob Grib­bon, cur­rent pas­tor of St. Paul’s. “It changed af­ter the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion when it wasn’t pop­u­lar to be the Church of Eng­land in the Amer­i­can Colony.”

St. Paul’s roots be­gan in the Chester Church which stood on Md. Route 18 out­side Centreville.

••• A fam­ily who was left home­less last Sun­day af­ter a fire de­stroyed their home is thank­ful for a cat that saved their lives, although he could not save his own.

Although struc­ture and con­tent dam­age to the apart­ment on Kid­well and Brown was es­ti­mated at $35,000, Tracy Ben­der feels that’s a small loss com­pared to “Snoopy,” who lost his life.

Ben­der said her fam­ily has just re­turned home and were get­ting ready for bed. Snoopy “wouldn’t leave me alone,” Ben­der re­called. She cred­ited the cat for alert­ing her to the fire.

She dis­cov­ered an en­tire wall of the kitchen en­gulfed in flames and rushed to get her chil­dren out of the apart­ment. Snoopy was trapped in­side and died of smoke in­hala­tion be­fore fire­fight­ers could res­cue him.

Where’s the out­rage? We have a pres­i­dent that is cost­ing the tax­pay­ers mil­lions of dol­lars to pro­tect him and his fam­ily un­nec­es­sar­ily in var­i­ous ex­traor­di­nar­ily ex­pen­sive lo­ca­tions around the world and yet you are quiet. You were out­raged when Obama took his wife to New York City for their an­niver­sary and the fam­ily to Hawaii for Christ­mas. But now you are quiet.

Where is the out­rage? Our pres­i­dent and his peo­ple are way too cozy with the Rus­sians and yet you are quiet. You were out­raged when you thought that Obama was a se­cret Mus­lim born in an­other county de­spite the facts. But now you are quiet.

Where is the out­rage? Our pres­i­dent has loaded his cab­i­net and his ad­vi­sors with peo­ple who don’t know a thing about their new job, their only qual­i­fi­ca­tion is that they have bil­lions or are re­lated (or both). You were out­raged that the Clin­tons knew bil­lion­aires, but now you are quiet.

Where is the out­rage? You want af­ford­able health care for your­self and your fam­ily, but not if it helps those peo­ple. “You know who they are,” to quote our pres­i­dent. Oba­macare was hor­ri­ble but the ACA was good. So few of you re­al­ized that be­sides be­ing the same thing, Oba­macare helped ev­ery­one, not just those who didn’t have in­surance. You may very well find your­selves pay­ing much, much more for your em­ployer-spon­sored health care just so that the pre­vi­ously men­tioned bil­lion­aires can have a tax break. And yet, you are quiet.

Where is the out­rage? We have an in­ept, vul­gar, racist, misog­y­nist, un­pa­tri­otic, so­ciopath head­ing up our countr y and yet you are quiet. You were so out­raged about Hil­lar y’s emails to the point that you didn’t no­tice the ele­phant in the room (pun in­tended.) But now, right here in Queen Anne’s County, we have chil­dren that are fol­low­ing the lead of the pres­i­dent and spew­ing that hate­ful­ness around our schools to the ex­tent that our in­terim su­per­in­ten­dent has had to send a let­ter home say­ing that we are bet­ter than this. Who gave these chil­dren per­mis­sion to act like this? The pres­i­dent of course and every sin­gle one of US that has kept quiet when we knew it was wrong to do so. Shame on us!

Re­cently, Con­gress­man Andy Har­ris along with Del. Jay Ja­cobs and State Sen. Steve Her­shey did an Eastern Shore farm tour that was doc­u­mented with a nice ar­ti­cle in the local pa­pers.

How­ever, the ar­ti­cle failed to note that the main rea­son for the visit to Ham­ble­ton Creek Farms was to an­a­lyze the WIP bud­get (Wa­ter­shed Im­prove­ment Plan) which funds (the) Bay cleanup ef­fort through 2025.

Show­ing the leg­is­la­tors and oth­ers who were present that where the money, ef­forts and en­ergy are fo­cused there is no real pos­si­bil­ity for suc­cess.

The $14.4 bil­lion bud­geted through 2025 shows 80 per­cent of re­sources are fund­ing 20 per­cent of the prob­lem with 80 per­cent of the prob­lem ba­si­cally go­ing un­funded. And to add to the trav­esty, the sec­tors where this money is go­ing is cost­ing tax­pay­ers be­tween $300 and $1,00 to re­move one pound of ni­tro­gen while in other sec­tors one pound of ni­tro­gen can be re­moved for as lit­tle as $10 to $20 per pound.

A copy of the WIP bud­get can be found on www.high­im­pacten­vi­ron­men­tal.org web­site or a full dis­clo­sure can be found by Googling “Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Fis­cal 2014 Bud­get Over­view.”

Af­ter nearly 30 years of Bay cleanup ef­fort it may be time to urge a fresh strat­egy that would in­clude a pub­lic works project fo­cused on do­ing some­thing pos­i­tive with stormwa­ter in­stead of wast­ing this pre­cious re­source by let­ting it flow rough into the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and its trib­u­taries.

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