I happened to drive by the affordable housing protest Wednesday, and saw about sixty people on the side of Little Patuxent Parkway with signs and asking people to honk if they believe Columbia should have affordable housing. And I do think that way, so I did!
But that's not the main thrust of this post. What I have to write about is all the attention that Councilmember Calvin Ball has gained recently. And by that, I mean by members of the other side of the political spectrum, who have taken to writing letters to the editor (how mystifyingly quaint) calling him a "Jacobin". What? A Jacobin??? Who even knows what that is? Anyway, if you wanna know, Google it.
So what has Calvin Ball done to deserve such a term of endearment? two things. One, advocate for the handgun ban on county property. Which, incidentally, the County Executive signed. So not sure that this is an example of Calvin Ball sticking his middle finger up Allan Kittleman's left nostril. Not that Calvin Ball would do such a thing. Since we're talking about sugary foods next, if Calvin and Allan Kittleman were in the same room, I believe I would die of diabetic shock within three minutes. The amount of niceness in the room would instantly turn the blood of all observers to fine Vermont maple syrup.
Oh, OK-- the healthy/sugary food legislation. Well, as I've written on these pages before, the legislation was inspired by the County Executive's own comments regarding the moratorium that the Ulman Administration, unilaterally, imposed upon county government. So what the Ball legislation does is reflect Kittleman's comments, and place the issue of healthy foods on county property into the legislative branch, where it belongs. Where, incidentally, the Executive and Councilmembers of both parties will have the ability to shape the legislation. Even kill it if it won't pass or survive a veto.
And yet the detractors refer to Ball's actions regarding this legislation as grandstanding. Exactly what part of his actions are grandstanding?
Personally, I think it's pretty cool that the County Council is advancing a policy agenda in this county. Someone's got to. The HCPSS and the administration are busy making goo-goo eyes at each other, GGP's pretty much been doing whatever the heck they want to do for the last six months, and half the General Assembly delegation just completed their rookie session. So someone's got to stand up and do things and if Calvin Ball wants to be that guy, good for him.
Now, I would love to see the local Democratic Party give him some back up. But that's a matter for another post.
Let's be careful out there.