We have a problem in this county. We have a problem in this country, but we will stick to the county. It’s marginally easier to deal with, no thanks to this madness.
A core group of people are not interested in productive discussions, compromises, or learning about anything that falls within the gray area of an issue. All sincerely held beliefs, all the time. No matter what is brought to the discussion, some people defiantly refuse to grasp what should be by now obvious. The same conversation stalls. Steve McKay’s excellent LTE takes a stab at the same old same old regarding the teachers on the council and the false equivalency to W. H. Delauter & Sons. He even has some new things to think about, if you’re the sort to think about things. And you are, aren’t you?! We love you for that!
At the Frederick County Council Watch Facebook Group you would get the impression that virtually all of the county agrees that Bud is the worst in every way, and that Kirby should get to do whatever he wants no matter how abusive or potentially corrupt. He and Blaine, who is still stoking the fire from across Church St., and Billy “don’t waste my time with emails from constituents” are our only hope and salvation, regardless of the topic at hand (the horror). This is in spite of a fairly bipartisan coalition of those who do not agree with any of this and find their shenanigans embarrassing. Remember the Republicans for Jan Gardner? They do, too, but they don’t qualify anymore. There is only one way to be a Republican, and all of those people who would try to introduce a counterpoint are to be shouted down immediately. There are many alleged “RINOs” vilified every bit as vehemently as anyone who has a D after their name. If not more so, considering the constant insults flung at Bud Otis, and to (hopefully) a lesser frequency some of the Republican members of local action groups. The concept that a Democrat is not an amoral maniac bent on destroying everything is too far in the abstract to even contemplate. This is in spite of the fact that many of us from both sides of the aisle agree on many things. This is the beauty of local politics. One that they would gladly endanger.
A few lonely commenters risk abuse by introducing points in the discussion proving not everyone agrees with all of the frothing whiz poppers. Rubberneckers can watch slack-jawed as they float ideas like, “Kirby Delauter brought the community together,” by petulantly and publicly refusing to donate to Catoctin Athletics (or anyone else in the community). Being an unrepentant jerk who strives to create a vacuum of decency needing to be filled is not an act of heroism. The community set out not just to fulfill the need for a donation, but to prove that our county is also full of nice people who don’t get hashtags and tantrums picked up and distributed by the AP. It is astonishing that this apparently requires time and effort to clarify. Perhaps if people are packed together in a sealed box inhaling all of one another’s toxins it affects the lucidity of their thinking.
Furthermore, we were treated to a genuine work of art found here as an opinion column. A brief visit to the Frederick Council Watch Clusternut Festival will reveal some direct contradictions to this silliness. Connoisseurs of irony will find it delightful, if it doesn’t depress you too much. Is there a term yet for accidental satire? If not, there’s another vacuum to fill.
We have to wonder how many times, as a very wee lad, Mr. Shreve was called into the principal’s office. If his unprepared, defensive adult self is anything like the boy he once was, we have to imagine it was quite often. At today’s surprise (at least to us) meeting, Billy was on the defensive. Let’s set the scene first.
This meeting had one item on the agenda and that was to discuss the Industrial/Commercial tax credit. If you remember from last week there was a hearing on this very topic. Well, Mr. Shreve himself wanted a workshop on this bill because he had some issues. This is what we know about this bill. It’s an incentive for current and new manufacturing businesses to open up shop or expand here in Frederick County. To qualify for the credit the business must employ at least 25 people and have made a substantial investment in Frederick County. Based upon the application of the business, the County Executive can offer the business anywhere up to a 100% tax credit for up to 10 years. The office of Economic Development wants this flexibility, as opposed to a flat rate, to offer to businesses based on their size and their potential economic impact upon our region. Flexibility is the key here. For example if you create 3 jobs and invest $100,000 in capital investments the business is eligible for a 20% credit. The more jobs you create and the more money you invest brings up the percentage you are entitled to.Now our friend #kirbydelauter had some issues with the county executive having what he deemed subjective powers. And honestly if we thought he would apply this same standard had Blaine been elected we would be able to hear him out. But we don’t. The only good that came out of his questioning (that at times bordered on snippy) was that Jessica offered that the bill read that the county executive base his or her decision on the recommendation of the economic development office. We frankly don’t believe it’s subjective considering that the percentage of the tax credit is based upon the jobs you create and money you invest. But as Kirby said, “I’m not a math whiz, I can tell you that.”
Here we must stop and once again proclaim how we love our county employees. Helen and Richard were prepared, poised and ready to answer any and all questions our council members had. It really has been a refreshing joy to know that our county is in the hands of so many well qualified, articulate people. Then there’s this:
Readers we don’t even know how to phrase this anymore. Billy wanted this meeting and then proclaimed that the meeting wasn’t what he thought it was about. You see he doesn’t want a flexible tax credit that is decided by the County Executive. He wants a flat rate that applies to all businesses, no matter what their size. Now Billy has this habit of interjecting a past hurt into a current, often irrelevant matter. Tonight it was this:
I’m not sure if we all know that the State of Virginia has an official English language ordinance. Do we use that when we compete with Northern Virginia? Has there ever been any discussion of that?
Great suffering Sappho! We can barely take this anymore! Get over it Billy! It just gets worse from there. He doesn’t think the bill is fair or transparent. Ignoring the fact that if the credit is over 60% it would get kicked back to the council for approval. The main reason he deems it unfair is that it doesn’t include small businesses. Again ignoring the fact that this bill applies to businesses with as little as 25 employees. Jessica, our heroine of the evening, brings him to task on this issue. She reprimands him for suggesting this meeting, not putting any of his wanted changes in writing for anyone to look at and calling this bill over and over again a political process. M.C. tries to smooth over Billy’s hurt feelings by discussing the small business tax credit (a separate thing) and how they can try and codify it. By this time poor Billy is all puttered out and the only word he can mutter is, “Sure”. Next time you want a meeting Billy you should prepare for what it’s actually about not what you wish it to be. You had some nerve calling the meeting a complete waste of time. (Yes readers, that’s a thing that happened.) Just because you didn’t get your way doesn’t mean it was a waste. Why do I see a WFMD appearance in our future?
As if yesterday’s revelation about Kirby’s tantrum wasn’t enough now we have a new horror. Someone has reported the Go Fund Me page that our good friends at Stand Up Frederick have started as abusive. So if you try to share the link on Facebook this now happens:
So let us get this straight. A group of concerned citizens come together to rectify a problem and instead of letting that take place, someone decides to throw a wrench in it? How is this in any way, shape, or form a smart thing to do? Please someone explain this to us.
Hopefully this link will work: http://www.gofundme.com/b5xz4ema
Hey y’all there’s an online thingamabobber created by a friendly Frederick County resident, and we wanted to be sure to give a shout out for her willingness to iron out all these details for the student athletes. So many thanks to–well you can see who she is as the event host since we didn’t ask if it was okay to gush over her first, but she’s done good!!! We really appreciate her initiative, hosting this event on Facebook to raise money for the Catoctin High School Sports Boosters, and the launching of a GoFundMe campaign.
If you prefer the traditional way of making a donation through the mail, checks can be made to:
CHS Sports Boosters
14745 Sabillasville Road
Thurmont, MD 21758.
If you want you can put “In It Together” on the memo line.
We love you, Frederick County! Also, please do remember that there are other programs and other schools where funds may also be needed. They didn’t get their request for help scribbled on and shared all over the place with a rehashed hashtag, so consider donating to them as well. If anyone has event details, please comment on Facebook so they may be noticed.
JeezLouise. This guy. He’s clearly mad that Frederick County (belatedly joining the rest of Maryland) is also not going to be hiring its council persons to do their construction work. Airing his grievances like this happens to really get our knickers into knots. If his business was so dependent upon Frederick County in order to profit, the least he could have done was sincerely look for other donors to help Catoctin High School Athletics. Assuming a county school would be unlikely to get into a political brouhaha with a county council member, we will ask on his disgusting, self-serving behalf.
So hey, if you should find yourself in a position to be generous, consider sending some coin to the extra-curricular programs at our stretched-thin schools. Since this guy’s mad at some other council members, he’s taking it out on the students. Publicly. Because #kirbydelauter cannot learn from past mistakes.
Oh, and if this is staged and did not actually affect the status of a donation–and it well could be–pretending to be stingy with kids because you’re mad at adults is just as bad, in that you still look like the same jerk. But dumber, because you want to show everyone you’re awful, and that is facepalm stupid.
If you have specific contact information to process donations or promote fundraisers for student activities in Frederick County, please feel free to share in our social media contacts.