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Monday, January 15, 2018

Sign of our times

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     When Trump is looking at countries to mock maybe he should look closer to home.  This might explain why more people from Norway are not emigrating to the United States.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Haitians to the rescue?

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   With the obscene comments from our "genius" leader this week about Haiti I wanted to share some history that I learned about on a recent visit to Savannah and their historical museum.  When the British captured the city of Savannah during the Revolutionary War 500 black Haitians lead by a French general fought in the battle to retake the city.  The statue above was erected in 2006 to honor those Haitians who fought and died in the battle.  We probably don't think of this battle in Savannah when we think of Revolutionary War battles but it was one of the bloodiest battle of the War.  The role of the Haitians, many of whom died, played a significant role in retaking the city from the British.
     I guess bone spurs hadn't become a disqualify condition for military service in Revolutionary days.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

It won't be a quiet year in Annapolis

 The Baltimore Sun had an article in today's paper outlining some of the areas that will be addressed in the upcoming session of the legislature this year.   The Trump agenda has put our Republican governor in a position where he has to look at the political consequences of running for reelection by having to oppose many of the positions Republicans have taken at the federal level.  Topping the list is how to fund healthcare for Marylanders and how to mitigate the tax increase caused by the tax bill passed in Congress.
     How far the governor is willing to go may impact his popularity in progressive Maryland and give the Democrats hope for making a real race in this year's election.  At present the Democrats that have announced for governor don't include any strong statewide candidates but that could change moving closer to the election.  Anger among Democrats at the Trump administration should bring out a large turnout of Democrat voters in 2018.  If enough decide to vote a straight Democratic ticket it may make a tight race in the governor's race even with a popular Republican governor.

     Did Hillary win the election and I missed it?

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Long Reach Development

    Recently I came across a blog by James Howard on the development of the Long Reach Village Center.  The blog is worth sharing