Intrepid local reporter Amanda Yeager of the Howard County Times covered three stories in one article, all having to do, in varying degrees, with openness:
1) Howard County waits, with increasing bated breath, for the budget cut recommendations to be made public. It is understandable, of course, that the County Executive needs time to review the proposals from the various departments. No sense rushing into any decisions. Wouldn't be prudent. That said, those sands continue to follow gravity's course in the proverbial hourglass of time. It is only a question of When and When is approaching.
How far will the tendrils of austerity extend? Who will be touched by them?
2) Kudos to "local blogger" Bill Woodcock for filing a complaint regarding "The People's Voice's" campaign spending reports. Do their campaign finance filings for this cycle seem a bit hinky in light of the ballots they printed? A little bit. Frankly, Lisa Markovitz's online reply comes off as more than a little defensive, with the headline of her complaint response being "Response to a Baseless Complaint." No mincing words there I suppose.
In any event, I am certain a group claiming such a rigorous and undiluted dedication to the proposition of transparency will be more than happy to cooperate with the Maryland State Board of Elections as they look into this matter.
Bottom line? Citizen vigilance is it's own reward.
3) And Jon Weinstein, the new Council Member representing the Fightin' First will be holding his first citizen workshops soon (on January 28 "in the cafeteria of Elkridge Landing Middle School" to be precise). Excellent news. It should be a fantastic opportunity for information-sharing and neighbor-connecting.
Stay tuned, as more will follow.