A lot has gone on this week, and a lot is coming up this week! You need go no further than here for all the news and views. Plus, an announcement at the end of this post!
Don't look now, but it would appear that local schools are going to open, on time, for Monday! That will finally allow for the HoCo to return to something resembling normal after Snowzilla.
A lot has been said and written about this whole thing surrounding the snow cleanup. I think that criticizing the cleanup is dangerous. Because it can very easily be construed as criticizing the people who are actually doing the work! The crews do hard, long, thankless work and we should all be grateful that they're there. Same goes for all the first responders who have to work when damn near all of us don't.
All that said-- I don't think the area's response to this storm was appropriate. I think some of the methodology of highway cleanup was skewed. Example: closing I-70 to clear it: good. Pushing snow off of an overpass crossing I-70 and requiring I-70 to be cleaned in spots a second time: bad. Plowing out ramps and merges: good. Cutting those merges short: bad.
I don't know what makes this better. Are these philosophical issues, policy issues, training issues, something else, or a mixture? Regardless, we'd best have it all figured out before the next storm.
And about the Lt. Governor getting plowed out before anyone else thing. I'm going to leave that alone, but I do know that keeping people snowed in for five calendar days isn't very cool. And if that means we have to increase funding for snow cleanups in our precious budget, so be it. That's not something to be cheap about.
New topic. On Friday I became aware of what's become quite an infamous video. In said video, which was published to Periscope, a Mt. Hebron HS senior is seen and heard making extraordinarily racist remarks, including holding up a $5 bill and calling Abe Lincoln "a traitor to the white race". It's pretty horrible and I have no clue if the student thought this was a cabin-fever fueled joke. It was far from funny.
Enter, of course, Renee Foose, who sent an email to the entire HCPSS community about the video, which, while a banal email with a well-meaning message of "don't share it, don't view it" regarding the video, the message made the video some sort of forbidden fruit which, anyone with a recording of the video, or access to the video, could repost it. In fact, that's how I came about to view it.
I'm very, very, deeply disturbed that in 2016 there are kids in the HCPSS who think that posting this sort of video is cool. Even if as a prank. But I kind of wish that Renee Foose could've kept her attention-grabbing, headline-seeking, Ann DeLacy-worshipping self out of this situation. At least not in public. I think the public stance she should've taken should've been more along the lines of, this will be handled in private. There is already a history of HCPSS standing strong against racial intolerance, after all. Or did we forget about the Confederate flag at River Hill?
Oh, and in the Washington Post article about this video Ann DeLacy is unfortunately interviewed. This is sad on so many levels. First off, I have to question the integrity and character of any journalist who interviews Ann DeLacy in the belief that Ann DeLacy is a reflection of the beliefs and values of the HCPSS. Second, with her claims of institutional segregation among many other hysterical, groundless claims, Ann DeLacy has become a nexus of hateful speech and thought in Howard County. A nexus which our community has a responsibility to excise! Please, for the love of God and country, retire this person in the primary election!
Third and last topic of this post. The trial of Morgan Lane Arnold for the murder of her father, Dennis Lane finally concluded this week with her sentencing. If you missed it, she was sentenced to thirty years in prison, most likely at the Jessup maximum security facility.
I guess this brings closure to the entire case. However, I don't feel satisfied. Not because of the outcome. But because this heinous act succeeded to do nothing but destroy several lives and indelibly affect so many others. So terrible and so sad.
On a much brighter note now, True Believers. I return to Periscope this week! Catch me live on Periscope this coming Thursday at 9pm and Friday at 6pm!
And let's be careful out there.
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