PGCo, did you know… (Demo)

I had a great time at the Taste of Prince George’s County Food & Wine Festival and the Maryland Seafood Festival in Annapolis.  I’m so sorry I didn’t get to stop by the Prince George’s County Fair, but this blogger was pooped by Sunday evening.  While I was loving on Maryland, looks like the western part of the state was becoming more and more estranged from Maryland.  As the Washington Post and The Sentinel tell it, the 5 western counties (Allegheny, Frederick, Carroll, Garrett, and Washington) want to secede from the rest of Maryland because of the liberal politics of the state.  From the Washington Post, “In Maryland, the five western counties — Garrett, Allegany, Washington, Frederick and Carroll — represent just 11 percent of Maryland’s population, according to 2010 Census figures. They earn less than the people who live in more urban areas. They vote overwhelmingly for Republicans in a deeply Democratic state. Nearly 90 percent of the residents are white, compared with 51 percent elsewhere. About 60 percent were born in Maryland vs. 46 percent in other parts of the state. “If you don’t belong in their party,” [Scott] Strzelczyk says of Democrats, “you’ll never have your views represented” in Maryland. “If we have more states,” he says, “we can all go live in states that best represent us, and then we can get along.”  
Western Maryland CountiesThe Sentinel reported that Carroll County resident Scott Strzelczyk also stated, “We do not have representation in this State. The state is controlled and dominated by three jurisdictions: Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, and Baltimore City. Annapolis could care less about the people in the five western counties. The only two things we can count on from Annapolis are: they will assault our rights and our wallets,” Strzelczyk said. “Consent of the governed means we can withdraw our consent. We have not given consent to the oppressive laws and regulations imposed by Annapolis on the five western counties.”  Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s office declined to comment on the effort and Rep. John Delaney’s office, which represents four of the five counties named in the Western Maryland initiative in the 6th District, called the idea “utterly ridiculous.”
I do understand Scott Strzelczyk’s concerns.  As a more middle to right leaning person, the state of Maryland is becoming more a state that only represents the views of the Democratic Party.  What I am suspect of is when organizations like this start using the “buzz words” like state’s rights, 14th Amendment excerpts, and consent of the governed.  Succession efforts are being undertaken by groups in Arizona and Colorado. These are politically charged times.
WholeFoodsFeatureImageBringing a Whole Foods to Prince George’s County is getting another shot of energy on Monday September 9th.  The County Council meets met as the District Council to handle land-use proposals and related matters.  The District Council was scheduled to hear from those who oppose the proposed Riverdale Park Town Center.  What needs to be opposed in full force and is also on their agenda is yet another fast food restaurant in Hyattsville: McDonalds at East West Highway and Toledo Terrace.  70% of the restaurants in PGCo are fast food: THAT’S TOO MUCH!! See the agenda HEREIt is frustrating that we are having to spend so much time and effort basically rehashing the concerns of the opposition, which have been adequately addressed,” Riverdale Park Mayor Vernon Archer said. “I don’t think there is any real basis to the appeal,” he added. “At this point the opposition’s strategy is pretty clearly to drag it out long enough in the hopes that either the developer or Whole Foods will just give up out of frustration.” From the Washington Post.
MarylandFlag1Maryland’s U.S. House of Representatives delegation is mostly undecided on if the U.S. should strike Syria in retaliation for using chemical weapons against it’s own citizens.  According to Delmarva Now, Rep. Ben Cardin is the only one fully on board.  Of Maryland’s two Democratic senators, Sen. Benjamin Cardin is supportive of the president’s call to action, while Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Rep. Steny Hoyer, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Rep. Donna Edwards, and Rep. John Delayney are all undecided, and Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger didn’t respond to calls regarding his support for intervention.  Rep. Elijiah Cummings (D-7th-Md.), in a statement issued last week, said serious questions need to be answered before he can make an informed decision. “As we have seen over the past decade, the use of military force is one of the most grave actions our nation can take, and it often has consequences that are impossible to foresee,” said Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “In this case, we must understand in the clearest terms the objective of a strike against Syria.” Lower Shore Rep. Andy Harris (R-1st-Md.) said in a statement last week that he is standing in opposition to any military action in Syria at this time. He believes President Obama needs to make the case to the American people why military intervention is needed. His office, like Cummings’, has reported overwhelming constituent opposition to a strike.
My Bilingual ChildNews of interest in a Spanish immersion program for our Prince George’s County Schools from The Gazette: A new parents’ organization is hoping Prince George’s County Public Schools will say “si” to creating a Spanish immersion program. Gina Bowler of Upper Marlboro and Delores Millhouse of Bowie met while taking a weekend Spanish class for preschoolers and parents offered by a private company in Prince George’s County. The two decided to advocate for more Spanish-speaking options in the school system. Language immersion is a style of education in which students, beginning in kindergarten, are taught their core subjects by teachers speaking a foreign language. Millhouse and Bowler have created a website,, along with a Twitter account and a Facebook page, for parents to learn more about Spanish immersion and language options in the area.
They also have begun a survey on their website to gauge interest in Spanish immersion. So far, 70 surveys have been completed, and more than 95 percent of the respondents have been in favor of Spanish immersion, Bowler said. Currently, the group consists of just Bowler and Millhouse, but they hope the “My Bilingual Child” website will help inform and recruit other parents who have an interest in bilingual education.

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