News Archive

Envision Frederick County is compiling an archive of news articles, editorials, columns and letters to the editor, from a range of local and regional publications.  The archive will grow to include more than 2,000 entries, from the last decade or so. If you want to search the archives using a combination of tags, you can type multiple tags into the "Search this site" box to the right. If you find a bad link, please let us know, and keep in mind that you can search for the item by using the headline on the site of the publication. PLEASE NOTE: Click on the headlines below to open the individual items in a new window.

Shreve FCC proposal bad on all counts

Frederick News Post
Kristin Hillers
06/12/2012
The system of higher education has enough financial troubles without the contributions of County Commissioner Billy Shreve and his proposal for a tiered tuition rate system for Frederick Community College.
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Nature for rent

Residents encouraged to create wildlife habitats
Frederick News Post
Pete McCarthy
06/10/2012
Maryland natural resources officials and the National Wildlife Federation are pushing for more residents to slow the loss of wildlife habitats. Following just four simple guidelines is enough to qualify. Residents must look to provide food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young, David Mizejewski, a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, said. The backyard program has been in existence nearly 40 years, with more than 150,000 certified around the country.

One for the 'Hall of Shame'

Frederick News Post
Rev. Dr. John R. Deckenback
06/09/2012
I am embarrassed by the priorities and values expressed through the budget affirmed by the Frederick County Commissioners on Thursday. Government, on behalf of the community, has a responsibility to care for its neediest. The budget decisions pronounced Thursday regarding financial support for nonprofit-based social services appear to neglect this responsibility for the whole community's well-being. The prospect of small rebate checks to property owners only compounds this denigration of our community. This is not simply something for the Hall of Shame and an embarrassment to a community I call home, but a dereliction of responsibility.

One for the ‘Hall of Shame’

Frederick News Post
Rev. Dr. John R. Deckenback
06/09/2012
I am embarrassed by the priorities and values expressed through the budget affirmed by the Frederick County Commissioners on Thursday. Government, on behalf of the community, has a responsibility to care for its neediest. The budget decisions pronounced Thursday regarding financial support for nonprofit-based social services appear to neglect this responsibility for the whole community's well-being. The prospect of small rebate checks to property owners only compounds this denigration of our community. This is not simply something for the Hall of Shame and an embarrassment to a community I call home, but a dereliction of responsibility.

Frederick County growth plans criticized

Young: State’s stance is political, former commissioner involved
Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
06/04/2012
A letter sent this past week from the Maryland Department of Planning, marks the second time the agency has criticized the commissioners’ plans to give 163 property owners permission to build homes and businesses on what now is open space.

Uphill running

Frederick News Post
06/03/2012
Commissioner Blaine Young has made it official -- he intends to run for governor. It's a bold move. But we'll be frank here -- we'll be surprised if Young makes it through a potentially crowded field of primary challengers. Young is the first Republican to formally sign on. Also believed to be considering runs are Harford County Executive David Craig, Larry Hogan (former appointments secretary to former Gov. Bob Ehrlich and brother of Frederick Delegate Patrick Hogan), and Brian Murphy, a gubernatorial primary challenger in 2008. Other than his potential challengers, Young has some serious hurdles to overcome if he wants to make it as far as the Governor's Mansion. Let's run through a few.

State again condemns county's land-use plan

Frederick News Post
Pete McCarthy
05/01/2012
The state continues to disagree with Frederick County's decision to push forward with its land-use review, according to a letter from the Maryland Department of Planning. In the letter received by the county Thursday, a state planning official expresses concern that the county did not give the public enough time to respond to proposed changes to the comprehensive plan and zoning review

State again condemns county’s land-use plan

Frederick News Post
Pete McCarthy
05/01/2012
The state continues to disagree with Frederick County's decision to push forward with its land-use review, according to a letter from the Maryland Department of Planning. In the letter received by the county Thursday, a state planning official expresses concern that the county did not give the public enough time to respond to proposed changes to the comprehensive plan and zoning review

Frederick County to study use of private contractors to maintain park

Reorganization leaves five-person crew struggling to maintain historic park
Gazette
Sherry Greenfield
06/01/2012
The Frederick Board of County Commissioners supports a plan to hire private contractors to maintain Rose Hill Manor Park in Frederick.

Frederick County commissioner explores run for governor

County commissioner forms fundraising committee
Gazette
Ryan Marshall
05/31/2012
With Maryland’s gubernatorial election more than two years away, Frederick County Commissioner Blaine R. Young is hoping the process of earning the top spot in Annapolis will start to come together in the next few days. A campaign website is expected to launch in the next week, about the same time the first direct mail advertisements are scheduled to go out. Young (R) has formed a committee to raise money for a possible campaign for governor in 2014, although he is not yet an official candidate.To appear on a primary ballot, a candidate must file a certificate of candidacy with the state board of elections. He has a fundraiser scheduled in Frederick next week where he hopes to raise about $100,000 in financial commitments, and plans to have one in Bethesda sometime in the next month. He said he plans to stage a variety of fundraisers, from informal house parties and happy hour get-togethers to more formal affairs throughout the state. The fundraising calendar will be important, because Young has committed himself to raising at least $300,000 in the next four months, and said he’ll step aside if he can’t reach that goal.

Frederick board chief to explore run for governor

Baltimore Sun
Michael Dresser
05/29/2012
Blaine Young, the Republican president of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners, has taken a step toward a possible run for governor in 2014 by launching a fund-raising committee. Young, 40, was elected in 2010 as part of a conservative Republican sweep of the five board seats in the Western Maryland county. He had been appointed to the board earlier that year.

Lack of civility

Frederick News Post
Bonnie Bailey-Baker and Claire Kondig
05/26/2012
The League of Women Voters of Frederick County has been concerned not only with an apparent lack of transparency in the decision-making process of the Board of County Commissioners, but also by the disrespect shown by a commissioner who referred to those who spoke against proposed budget cuts to nonprofit organizations as "whiners." Does this type of dismissive name-calling contribute to civility in the governmental process? We don't think so. Advocating for funding for nonprofit organizations that participate in a competitive grant process to provide significant services to the community is certainly not "whining." Nor were religious leaders "whining" when they shared how congregations were already supporting social services with funding and volunteer time, but that they are not capable of filling the gap left by the withdrawal of county funds. The league is also concerned that Frederick County will be the only county in Maryland that will not support grant funding to worthy nonprofit organizations. The LWVFC urges the commissioners to remember that they represent all of the citizens of Frederick County. And that's not "whining." That's just good government.

City planners' misplaced priorities

Frederick News Post
Janice Wiles
05/23/2013
The planning commissioners should first and foremost be discussing costs -- costs of new roads, schools, fire station, water, sewer -- and how to pay for what could add up to billions of dollars if done adequately. Costs that have yet to be calculated for either this parcel or the 282-acre Crum parcel annexed three years ago. Yet the planning commission is already discussing home placement and sidewalk layout!

City planners’ misplaced priorities

Frederick News Post
Janice Wiles
05/23/2013
The planning commissioners should first and foremost be discussing costs -- costs of new roads, schools, fire station, water, sewer -- and how to pay for what could add up to billions of dollars if done adequately. Costs that have yet to be calculated for either this parcel or the 282-acre Crum parcel annexed three years ago. Yet the planning commission is already discussing home placement and sidewalk layout!

Thinking all about me

Frederick News Post
Jan Daffern
05/20/2012
I am a pastor and a mental health professional, but I am writing as a taxpayer. When I heard that the Board of County Commissioners had voted to send property owners a $100 refund, my response was, "I want all of my money back." Our commissioners tell us regularly that we are abused as taxpayers, and I am starting to believe that message. Maybe this citizenship business really is all about me. I believe a lot of people agree with me and long to be liberated from the burden of supporting programs and services we don't understand, don't personally choose and don't use. How could I have missed this point for so long? As citizens of Frederick County, we should be trusted to put our fair share into the specific projects we are passionate about. For me, they are public education, services for the vulnerable, children, the physically and mentally disabled, the elderly and the poor. I want more than a percentage of my tax dollars going to these programs; I want all of my tax dollars going to them and I want to write the checks myself. When I say public education, remember it is all about me, so I mean Frederick and Linganore high schools and their feeder schools -- because that's where my kids went. The rest of Frederick County citizens can take care of their own kids. My family had great teachers who are truly deserving of my money.

All creatures great and small

Maryland’s amphibians, reptiles need your eyes, ears
Frederick News Post
Karen Gardner
05/20/2012
Turtles, snakes, frogs and toads are the poster species for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas. But there are others that also need to be recorded. Salamanders and lizards are just as important in the greater ecosystem. Wayne Hildebrand wants to make sure they are all counted.

Commissioners waive permit-fee increases

Frederick News Post
Bethany Rodgers
05/18/2012
Getting the county's permission to build a house, add a garage or put up a deck will not get more expensive this year for most. The Frederick County Commissioners voted Thursday not to increase certain permit fees. If the commissioners had not taken action, the rates would have increased automatically to keep pace with inflation, but county staff recommended waiving the 3.2 percent adjustment.

Young's double standard

Frederick News Post
Jan Samet O'Leary
05/18/2012
Commissioners President Blaine Young contradicts his own argument in his May 11 commentary regarding the cuts in grants to certain Frederick County nonprofits. He says that "if a nonprofit provides a service that otherwise would be a part of the traditional range of services ... then I believe an appropriate level of government funding is appropriate ..." He then adduces the 10-plus percent of the non-Board of Education budget that is directed toward "grants-in-aid" programs, which he calls "community support," and lists a number of programs that receive such aid. Evidently these fall within his notion of "traditional" services; otherwise, why suggest that support for them is acceptable? I fail to see how the missions and services of the organizations whose grants have been cut, and are in peril of being reduced to zero next year, differ in any meaningful way from the agencies that continue to receive county support. Is the work of the Mental Health Association, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Heartly House, the Alzheimer's Association, the ARC of Frederick County, Advocates for Homeless Families, and the American Red Cross (just a few of the organizations to be cut) so different from that of the Child Advocacy Center, the Scott Key Center, our county senior centers, the Office for Children and Families, the Housing Department, and others that Young favors? C'mon, Blaine, you can't have it both ways.