Monday, March 3, 2014
Honesty, integrity and Voter ID
When you spend months ranting and raving about an injustice, shouldn't you make sure your own house is in order first? I was absolutely blown away when I saw a letter from the Montgomery County Democratic Committee inviting everyone to their nominating convention, because about two thirds of the way down the letter, it basically stated that members will be required to show ID if asked. Isn't this the same group that went ballistic when the Republican Party attempted to bring a little order to the voting process by asking for identification? Check out this week's rant
for the rest of the story.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Putting a real face on property tax reform
I have been ranting about property tax reform for more than a year now. I would say now is the best time we've ever had to get it done, but I've been burned before. In my latest rant
I try to put a real face on property taxes and what they're doing to our senior population.
Monday, February 17, 2014
I don't know which is more difficult, property tax reform or tiling your in-laws' house.
I've taken on a lot of big projects in my life, and in my latest rant
I talk about the not-so-clear thinking I displayed in taking on the latest. But the real question here is whether it is a project worth taking on. You tell me.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Property tax reform from a different perspective
Since I've been beating the property tax drum for what seems like years now, I thought I would look at it from a different perspective...literally. I wrote this week's rant
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Competition makes me want to push harder on property tax reform
Competition makes us better. No doubt about it.
The hyper local news site, Patch, was sold last week. The sites are still up, but they're basically running canned copy through. I'm guessing they're holding them together for the new owner to decide what to do with them.
Patch made us a little bit better because they beat us to the punch on more than one story.
Nothing huge, just your run of the mill stories that most people don’t pay a whole lot of attention to, but as a former police reporter, I didn’t like getting beat on any story.
Just for the record, I still don’t.
When they first launched a few years ago they did their hiring right through our ranks. I believe every local Patch site was started with a journalist that was at the time working for our company, so it wasn’t your typical hyper local site started by someone who thought it would be cool to have their own news outlet.
These were real, workaday journalists, some with more experience than others, but trained journalists nonetheless.
And when I thought about that, the original “I’m glad they’re gone” feeling started fading away.
Anytime colleagues, even former colleagues, are left without a beat to cover, it leaves a bit of an empty feeling.
In this week's rant
I talk a little bit about Patch, but the focus is on journalism.
Hopefully, people will realize, someday soon, that local journalism is their voice, their eyes and ears on government.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Another 'Breakfastgate' brewing in Montco?
Who knew what when is always a pertinent question to ask, especially when a subpoena is involved. In this week's rant
I look at the sale of Parkhouse, the Montgomery County geriatric center, and why a subpoena has been issued in connection with the agreement of sale. The whole mess, thus far, reeks of some kind of back door dealings, but we're not quite sure if it will rise to Breakfastgate status. We do know we'll keep digging until we find out exactly what is going on with the sale of the building, and perhaps just as important, the sale of the adjacent land.
Monday, January 20, 2014
What will your legacy be?
We have all have dreams of leaving behind a legacy that will carry on for years to come. In this week's rant
I pose the question of whether what we believe we're leaving behind is actually what people will remember us for.