After the two week Dr. Hiram Atus, have been wondering about my thoughts on what I didn't comment on during that time? Have you wondered what you missed during that time? Well, never fear, for I am ready to impart my thoughts upon you!
So the Board of Education unveiled their revised budget, and sent it to the George Howard Building as the FY18 HCPSS budget process continues! What I would like to know is this. How do we know that this year's HCPSS budget product is better than the last one? I mean, OK, it brings back lots of support for paraeducators, funds the Diversity Coordinator, and does some other programmatic things that I like. But, so we know that the shenanigans of the Foosians have been mitigated? I'd enjoy someone-- and there officially smart financial people on the BOE now-- to please weigh in through the comments page as to how we can be assured that this budget is much more based in quality and reality than those that preceded it.
The third most asinine, useless holiday of the year is St. Patrick's Day. And that happened. Here's what St. Patrick's Day means to me: poor company, bland corned beef and depressing songs about death. Oh, and lots of drinking. I mean, we fight so hard for the Native American to be recognized in this country. The freaking Irish have half a month to celebrate their BS and they Fing waste it singing "I'll take you home again, Kathleen?" Pathetic.
Incidentally, the top two useless holidays of the year are Cinqo de Mayo (more another drinking day than a celebration of Mexican independence) and Groundhog Day.
OK, so onto more serious sentiments about more serious things. I missed the kickoff of Columbia's 50th birthday celebration. I was sorry I had to, but with work and family things going on,it couldn't be avoided. It seems like a nice time and I'm really looking forward to more of the fun and frivolity. Check it all out on the official website of the 50th birthday of Columbia.
So the Columbia Villages are now hip-deep in the 2017 village election process. A process in which I thankfully, will not be participating. Of course, that didn't stop people from trying. The crazy woman who's running for CA Board in Oakland Mills, who I hold personally responsible and liable for Allan Kittleman's election and Nayab Siddiqui's existence, attempted to compel me to Second Chance Saloon for a beer and to try to coerce me into some nonsense. I've kind of had enough with the old, white privilege racists who live in Oakland Mills and who worse yet, infest the village like a disease. Needless to say, I declined, but this time with my own distinctive flair. In fact, it made me giggle.
Oh, I said I was going to tamp down the snarkiness. OK, I'll stop now.
The General Assembly has passed a bill to ban the petroleum extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", and Governor Hogan is expected to sign the bill. It was good to see the legislature take this step. Maryland doesn't have a lot of frackable territory, but ask people in many other states, including Pennsylvania and New York, and you'll know there's a lot of money to be had through fracking. I am happy the General Assembly backed away from it.
Speaking of Governor Hogan, I saw where a poll the Washington Post conducted gave him only a 4-point edge over an unknown, unnamed Democrat. Before anyone does backflips, I want to bring one caution: there hasn't been one day of campaigning for Governor in 2018 yet. And I'm not sure that Maryland Democrats have exactly done a lot to close the credibility gap in the areas it sucked wind in during the last gubernatorial election. Looking at you, Baltimore and Howard Counties.
And speaking of Maryland Democrats, I'm going to be doing some up close and personal assessments of the the state and local donkey party over the next few weeks. Starting next week!
If it's March, it must be NCAA basketball tournament season. And, if it's March, the University of Maryland's basketball teams must be underachieving, which they did, with the men's team losing to eventual Elite Eight participant Xavier in the first round, and the women's team losing in the Sweet Sixteen to Oregon. However, the UMBC Retriver's men's team has made the semifinals of the third most famous postseason college basketball tournament, the CIT. And the seminfinal game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi is Wednesday night at 7pm at UMBC. I'm gonna try to be there, but the game will also be shown live on the CBS Sports Network on your favorite cable provider!
So there's my take on seven issues, sure to delight you!
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