Posts Tagged ‘school’
“The evening of the 20th of February 2011 started with relief, as I was anxious to get back to the important work of the Alaskan Legislature. Heading into security after time with the line of passengers, I felt upbeat. I’d blocked out the horror of three months earlier, but after the pleasant TSA agent checked the ticket and ID, I suddenly found myself directed into scanning by the Seattle Airport’s full-body imaging scan. The horror began again. A female agent placed herself blocking my passage. Scan results would again display that my breast cancer and the resulting scars pointed a TSA finger of irregularity at my chest. I would require invasive, probing hands of a stranger over my body.
(I applaud Mrs Cissna’s stand, especially as a female cancer patient. Why we as a nation can’t seem to find a better way to make airport security work is beyond comprehension.
I’m touched by Mrs. Cissna’s statement that she would not want to “submit to that horror” of that “twisted policy” again. I’m also reminded that an intrusive local, state, or federal government regulations have taken us into a nanny state.
There are regulations or laws that:
1. Allow teenagers to get abortions without the knowledge of their parents. Imagine how their parents must feel knowing that their daughter was allowed to submit to an intimate horror.
2. Permit legislatures to tax us into oblivion because they believe they know better than we do. From Obamma Care to introducing a bill in Maryland that would require taxpayers to fund “financial literacy” courses for school students instead of focusing on the three R’s.
3. Allow private enterprise to declare eminent domain against citizen property owners so a bigger financial interest can make a profit using the land owned by someone else.
3. Allow governments to stop the exploration for and taking of natural resources available in our own country.
4. Allow union thugs to take over state houses and Democrat law makers to flee a state in order to prevent a vote and a necessary debate.
5. Allow retirement ponzi schemes to proliferate and destroy local and state economies.
6. Make it easier for businesses to treat the older, and physically handicapped persons as worthless and unemployable. Age discrimination and discrimination against the handicapped exists but we pay it little mind.
7. Make it OK to text (use a cell phone) while at a red light. Oh yes, that’s us. Maryland.)
There are quite a few things we can get behind, we Democrats and Republicans. I just wish more eyes were open to the real injustices of this world and that we were really focused on solutions. Let’s hope this courageous Democrat Alaskan law maker takes her experience and runs with it – the right direction. Let’s get these laws changed. Let’s look at all of the kooky ones, the ones that make no sense, and the laws motivated by greed and politics. Let’s get it all done.
A proposal before the General Assembly would increase taxes on alcohol by a dime a drink, thereby raising about $216 million in new revenue.
(There is some seriously fallacious logic in this whole sin-tax approach. First, Maryland is in this pinch because Mr. O’Malley and his tax-and-spend Democrats wouldn’t tighten the purse strings. It wasn’t until recently you actually heard them wince a little. Predictably a progressive will then search for new ways to tax in order increase spending. When roads were a priority Maryland went from perfectly adequate schools to building palatial schools. Maryland created a millionaire’s tax that fell flat because the millionaire’s left the state taking jobs with them.
A more inexpensive approach to traffic safety would be to encourage Marylanders, like the Delegate behind license tag 82C, to drive safely. Look up 82C on Zapatag.com. We would save far more cash every year because residents wouldn’t be crashing into one another.
Annapolis ought to be thinking about ways to stop increasing the financial burden on its residents and taxpayers rather than finding new ways to take our money. I don’t care what the tax is on.
I say we keep the weasels out of our wallets and start FOCUSING on the primary causes of collisions in this state – people.
This liquor tax idea is as dumb as reducing the brightness of highway lighting. Make unsafe driving easier and less bumpy on repaired roads or make any kind of driving really unsafe on highways where the lights have been dimmed. Lawmakers are looking for a way to obfuscate and make less painful the obvious cuts that MUST occur now due to bad financial stewardship by those in power. Sin taxes stir up the masses and distract them from what is really going on in Annapolis.
Every Marylander has it in their own power to help reduce state spending on emergency services, and who knows what else just by driving safely. You stop and think what a contribution that would be to the bottom line.
Tax and spend or crash and spend. It could be your choice.)
In 2009, legislation passed in Maryland to install several speed cameras around the state, including Baltimore County to catch vehicles that exceeded the speed limit. Now, several Baltimore County council members will sponsor and introduce a bill to allow an unlimited number of speed cameras to the area.
There are currently 15 county-operated speed cameras in school zones.
Maryland’s deteriorating roads are hitting drivers where it hurts—the wallet—and failure to improve transportation funding could harm the state’s economic health, according to a report released Tuesday by a national transportation research organization.
(Annapolis has wasted millions already before and after the economic bust. They had opportunity after opportunity to correctly prioritize spending. Instead they spent money on what progressives do best. They spent money on palatial schools for votes. They did everything but consider the ramifications of their waste and yet they were all reelected. Marylanders have no one to blame but themselves.
Whether anyone realizes it or not. We’re out of money. But please, enjoy the palatial new indoor pool in Calvert Calvert County or the multi-story high school going in in Prince Frederick. Your progressives at work. Roads and traffic safety are just a nuisance. Vallario proved that last year.)
A fairly typical December snowstorm glazed the region’s highways with a crusty white crud that caused scores of fender benders as people cut short the workday and many school systems shut down early.
The Washington Post writes about yesterdays mini-blizzard and the traffic issues Marylanders experienced:
(Unfortunately a fairly typical snowstorm from weather to human behavior.)
Coach Friedgen: “I just don’t think I have the authority to tell people they can’t have scooters. But I am sending a letter out to our parents recommending that they support me on this.”
(Evidently there have now been TWO serious scooter crashes by Terps (Twerps?) athletes. The school’s muscle-minded are given the special privilege of using scooters on campus to make it to and from classes and practices or so I understand it. The trouble is that some on the teams abuse the scooters by driving unsafely. Two athletes have been injured.
In the complete absence of news on this subject from the administration’s point of view parents of students at the school may wish to support the coach in his desire to end the privilege.
There was no excuse for this to happen again. Someone in power at the school has missed the point – that safety matters. Time for parents to step in and say enough is enough.)
SALISBURY, Md.- Authorities say a 17-year-old student is facing charges after the minivan she was driving crashed into a support column of the exterior breezeway of Parkside High School in Salisbury.
A student driving a scooter collided with a bicyclist on Chapel Drive on the University of Maryland campus around 10 a.m. on Monday.
(This is the second reported scooter collision this year. The first involved an athlete. In that accident, persons interviewed for the story claimed scooters driven by school students were a problem at the school. Now that there are two injury accidents what’s next? Are your kids going to UMD? Do yo know the answer?)
Until they are both back online, he said officers will patrol the area carefully and use laser speed guns to ensure motorists are obeying the law.
Read the story in the GaithersburgPatch:
(Absolutely the WRONG way to express displeasure with speed cameras. The perpetrator has cost the taxpayers $40K times two.
The statement above was a little humorous. I would hope that officers were patrolling the area effectively anyway looking for aggressive driving behavior or to ticket the drivers running the red. A red-light cam citation goes to the registered owner for payment and DOES NOT really hold the actual driver personally (only financially) accountable. In a perfect world these traps would be the exception and not the rule. )
Sgt. Petras stated that the buses were in lane two, one behind the other, when the lead bus “was stopped due to heavy traffic,” at which point “the second bus…was unable to stop in time and collided into the rear of the lead bus…”
Read the ENTIRE story:
(Reads like the school bus was following the other bus a little too closely. Are we ready to stop tailgating one another yet? Why wasn’t the accident reported when it happened?)