It was just a matter of time before the so-called “Race Card” would be thrown into the public discussion relating the Charles County Comprehensive Plan that is before the Board of Commissioners. Without referencing that plan, Mr. Wilson’s letter to the editor, Diversity Efforts Have Failed Environmentalists, suggests that environmentalists are racists and are using minorities to “front” various environmental groups in attacking one or both of Charles County’s minority commissioners.
Perhaps Mr. Wilson should consider whether the issue is about race or about those Commissioners’ inability to provide residents with straightforward responses about important issues before the Board of Commissioners. The mere fact that a person perceived to be an environmentalist asks a probing question does not make that person a racist. Rather, such a question exhibits a personality trait commonly referred to as the Concerned Citizen Syndrome. That Syndrome is an equal opportunity one that generally affects residents who want straight answers from their elected officials. In other words, it is not about race, it is about accountability. Surely, Mr. Wilson would agree that accountability is based on the content of one’s character and not on diversity.
Board Docs - Dec 10, 2013 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
1.08 [11:00 a.m.] Briefing: NOAA/Mallows Bay as Marine Sanctuary (Mr. Paul Orlando, Liaison to NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office)
Board Docs - Dec 10, 2013 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
1.07 [10:30 a.m.] Presentation: Charles County Government FY2013 Audit (Mr. David Eicholtz, Acting Director/Mr. Bill DeAtley, Chief of Accounting, Department of Fiscal & Administrative Services)
County commissioners should be cautious with Delegate Galen Clagett’s suggested income tax increase. We’re dubious about his plan to raise the 2.96 percent rate anywhere up to 3.2 percent and channel the extra income into infrastructure: roads, bridges, schools, libraries, etc.
Perhaps what has us and many of our readers most concerned is that the money raised will benefit residential developers that should be shouldering the cost of the increased need their projects place on roads, schools, water and sewer, fire, police and other services. Clagett, critics have claimed, is a developer proposing legislation to benefit other developers.
The Supreme Court decided Friday to hear an appeal of a lower court decision that a federal judge called the “death” of software patents.
In a worst-case scenario for the high-tech industry, if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling it could invalidate many existing software patents or at least make them more difficult to defend in lawsuits.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that one-fourth of the American workforce may be eligible for repayment or loan-forgiveness programs, the Associated Press reported last month.
Figuring out which loan forgiveness programs you qualify for can require some legwork, but you could be surprised by the number of options, says Betsy Mayotte, director of regulatory compliance at Saltmoney.org, an organization that authored “60+ ways to get rid of your student loans (without paying them)”.
“When we counsel people, what we get all the time is that people don’t know all these options exist, these lower payments, these programs,” Mayotte says. “They think it’s either you pay (your student loans), or you get in trouble. And it’s just not like that.”Read more...
In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state.
While the judge’s decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions.
UnitedHealthcare is the largest Medicare Advantage insurer in the country, with nearly 3 million members and is reducing its network of physicians in at least nine other states More than 14 million older or disabled Americans are enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a managed care version of Medicare. Generally, it is an alternative to traditional Medicare that offers medical and usually drug coverage but members have to use the plan’s providers.
You could hardly escape reminders of it during World War II. And over the course of decades since, Dec. 7 has meant one thing to generations of Americans:
Pearl Harbor. Unprovoked attack. The need to be prepared.
But that message has become muted over the past few years by the thinning of the ranks of the men and women who survived the assault that Sunday morning on U.S. military facilities in Hawaii.
... income equality.
t’s not just the wealthiest 1%.
Fully 20% of U.S. adults become rich for parts of their lives, wielding outsize influence on America’s economy and politics. This little-known group may pose the biggest barrier to reducing the nation’s income inequality.
The growing numbers of the U.S. poor have been well documented, but survey data provided to The Associated Press detail the flip side of the record income gap — the rise of the “new rich.”
AT&T, under fire for ongoing revelations that it shares and sells customers’ communications records to the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence offices, says it isn’t required to disclose to shareholders what it does with customers’ data.
In a letter sent Thursday to the Securities and Exchange Commission, AT&T said it protects customer information and complies with government requests for records “only to the extent required by law.”
The telecom giant’s letter was a response to a shareholder revolt sparked on Nov. 20 by the New York State Common Retirement Fund, the ACLU of Northern California and others. The groups are demanding that AT&T and Verizon be more transparent about their dealings with the NSA.
President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed before they expire at the end of the year.
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says more than one million Americans will lose benefits if lawmakers don’t act. He says unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways to boost the economy and that providing benefits does not stop people from trying to find work.
The National Security Agency on Friday said its tracking of cellphones overseas is legally authorized under a sweeping U.S. presidential order. The distinction means the extraordinary surveillance program is not overseen by a secretive U.S. intelligence court but is regulated by some U.S. lawmakers, Obama administration insiders and inspectors general.
Documents obtained from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed that the NSA gathers as many as 5 billion records every day about the location data for hundreds of millions of cellphones worldwide by tapping into cables that carry international cellphone traffic. The Washington Post said the collection inadvertently scoops up an unknown amount of American data as well.
Federal health officials have approved a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc. that is expected to offer a faster, more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying virus.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it approved the pill Sovaldi in combination with older drugs to treat the main forms of hepatitis C that affect U.S. patients.
Current treatments for hepatitis C can take up to a year of therapy and involve weekly injections of a drug that causes flu-like side effects. That approach only cures about three out of four patients. Sovaldi is a daily pill that in clinical trials cured roughly 90 percent of patients in just 12 weeks, when combined with the older drug cocktail.
Under pressure from the wind-power industry, the Obama administration said Friday it will allow companies to kill or injure eagles without the fear of prosecution for up to three decades.
The new rule is designed to address environmental consequences that stand in the way of the nation’s wind energy rush: the dozens of bald and golden eagles being killed each year by the giant, spinning blades of wind turbines.