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Little Jack Horner

mccivicfedThree events happened this week that are of note in the county, first, the council had a long session on Monday morning wrestling with the budget limitations for the upcoming fiscal year.  Money will be tight and tax revenues are dropping.

Second, the taxpaying public found out that they were generously providing a job for just-retired councilmember Phil Andrews (D-District 3), courtesy of the re-elected State’s Attorney, John McCarthy. 

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And now the real Thanksgiving

mccivicfedLast week most of us celebrated Thanksgiving.  Last month was also Native American Heritage Month, and as such it’s worth remembering that while the original Thanksgiving has been interpreted through the decades as a peaceful early encounter of two peoples, it is not necessarily a day of thanksgiving for everyone.  

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Real food for Montgomery County

 

mccivicfedWhat do Montgomery County parents want for their children? Access to free water in the cafeteria; fewer highly-processed meal choices; more salad bars; healthier a la carte and vending machine options; more transparency and accountability; utilization of our county’s Agricultural Reserve for fresh, local produce; less sugar; and more respect for the latest research on the dangers of chemical food additives.

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Civic activism and land use issues

mccivicfedAt the time I became a civic activist thirteen years ago, I thought I was simply opposing approval of a redevelopment project for a property near my home that was not in keeping with the recommendations for the site in our area master plan.  Thus began a process during which I have learned several valuable lessons.

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Good government begins with the vote

mccivicfedFor decades now, media pundits have bemoaned the influence of special interests over elections, as well as the functioning of government in general.  No sooner had Congress approved the McCain-Feingold Act to close Federal election finance loopholes, and the President signed the bill into law, than special interests invented a creative new way to circumvent the law and funnel soft money to their chosen candidates for elected office.

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Including citizens in government decisions

mccivicfedFive years ago I would never have dreamed that the community, developers, the advisory board and urban district could cooperate on anything.  By a fluke of fate, my community was given an opportunity to collaborate with a developer of a commercial property which abuts a residential neighborhood of single family homes.  The success of this collaboration led our community to pioneer a process of community inclusion which I call Micro to Macro©. 

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A capital idea...

mccivicfedDid you ever wonder how funding for new county facilities, or improvements to existing ones, are funded?  And where do the ideas come from for an intersection improvement, for example, or a doggy play area in a community park?  The Civic Federation will try and get answers to these questions and more when they host a program entitled "How to get your community's request in the county's Capital Improvements Program" at their October 13 monthly meeting.

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