Category: Views

Library Meditation

Just in case anyone was thinking that Internet access at public libraries is some kind of frivolity … “There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither…

Cognitive Dissonance

It should not come as a shock to anyone that all 10 of the candidates for Frederick County Commissioner have expressed their opposition to the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH) project that is planned to traverse southern Frederick County. PATH is…

Urbana Odds and Ends

Since my last column, several Urbana-related happenings caught my attention that I’ll share. Villages of Urbana Passes Important Measure The Villages is a “Planned Unit Development” approved for slightly greater than 3,000 homes. Until three-fourths of the number of recorded…

A Note From Publius

“Complaints are everywhere heard from our most considerate and virtuous citizens, equally the friends of public and private faith, and of public and personal liberty, that our governments are too unstable, that the public good is disregarded in the conflicts…

Fear of Dancing

Recently, a friend invited my husband and me to join her for a swing dancing lesson followed by an evening of dancing at the Black Rock Arts Center. I have never learned to dance, but I know many people can…

I’m For the Dead Armadillo!

“There’s nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead Armadillos” — Jim Hightower Sometimes I think our politics is broken. Everybody agrees that we have serious economic and social problems we need to solve, but almost…

Interfacing With the County

The Villages of Urbana (VOU) and Urbana Highlands are homeowner association (HOA) communities. They are not municipalities (i.e., towns or cities) and receive services from Frederick County government as do other unincorporated areas. However, both associations have boards of directors…