25 YEARS AGO
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.