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We need to be vigilant and vocal in order to make our case to the powers on the far side of the Bay.  It is a money thing.  We need to make the case that citizens on this side of the Bay are entitled to reasonable levels of care and the ongoing services of doctors to see patients without long trips and weeks of waiting.  It is going to take action in the House of Delegates and State Senate to make our situation turn out well.  We will need the Governor’s support, too.  Please take every opportunity you get to support keeping the hospital a working environment in Chestertown.

 

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Our holiday Inn Express hotel owner, Sandeep Thakar visited CBG this week for an update on his firm’s favorite charity which we also have been supporting.   We had a large audience that had come to hear from Scott Burleson and it was really great o have so many folks hear the unusual and touching story of how Sandeep became interested in this particular charity.  His cancer surviving friend just competed in a 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents adventure.  That’s quite a recovery from brain cancer.  We appreciate all the support we get from the hotel during the year and hope to continue the relationship.

 

CBG Healing and Horses

People from all walks of life suffer from injuries and trauma which can be both physical and mental.  These afflictions can arise from instant events or over extended periods of time.  How they appear to health care givers is highly varied and not always easy to diagnose or to pinpoint.  It takes time, effort and insight to get to the bottom of problems before they can be treated.  With experience and long term understanding of these subjects, people in need of healing can be connected to these two associated professionals who connect those in need to horses that possess an uncanny sensitivity to what some people are in need of.  Horses don’t judge us, but apparently they have some energy or empathy with humans who are hurting and can help us relieve symptoms of trauma.  While we may not fully understand what is taking place, the improvement in patients is sufficient to warrant such holistic treatments that seem to work well for many who have given it a chance.

This service is readily available in Kent County, so if you know someone who is suffering from injury, fears, sadness, anxiety, etc then maybe some counseling and therapy ought to be sought out.

 

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We have a branch of a hugely successful, world class business located quietly in Worton.  Many folks are not aware of its presence, but it is a large producer of products which go into the formulation of plastics that are is use everywhere in the USA and around the world.  Mr. Mabe has been working for Eastman for 30 years and in Worton for the past 6 years.  The description of the facility, the wide uses for their  extensive product lines, the positive overall impact on Kent County are all important messages to have heard.  It was good news to better understand the way waste water is thoroughly treated and tested and also welcome news that what they manufacture there is not the kind of thing likely to blow up creating a doomsday scenario.  

Interestingly, an older gentleman in today’s audience was one of the initial builders of the site in 1959, knew the old history of ownership, and why this facility landed in Kent County.  It was unexpected and a good added bonus.

It is always good to better understand those businesses that have succeeded and thrived in Kent County.  We hear so much about resistance to development, but often don’t see how good businesses do well locating here and have proven track records to back it up.

 

 

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We had 100% pet lovers at the Kent CBG today.  We heard from Jane Welsh, Vice President of the Kent County Humane Society about the inner workings of our no-kill facility on Route 213. It was readily apparent that it takes dedication to the animals and to the work to make such an operation possible.   Plans are in the works for a new facility which will have far lower repair costs and do a better job just down the road a bit from the current location built in 1968.  Over a thousand animals make it to the shelter each year, so it is a busy place on a daily basis.  We heard that very little can be done about abusive pent owners in Maryland due to antiquated or inadequate laws on the books.  We’d hope for changes that would make enforcement of reasonable treatment possible.  If pets were lobbyists, there would be more action in this regard.  

If you are going to adopt a pet, pay the Humane Society a visit.  Contribute to their charitable efforts, too.  

 

Heckles

Paul Heckles gave us a scenic tour of plans for the Chestertown Main Street improvement efforts.  The combination of grants with some assistance from the town and from private donations is hoped to make a difference in the appearance and success of downtown Chestertown.  There seems to be some momentum building.  We know that business owners need to buy and and support such efforts to make them successful.  We have an excellent volunteer staff in place and several plans of attach were explained.  The audience was enthusiastic and there does appear to be a high level of interest in bringing success, a better appearance, and good business opportunities to Chestertown.

We saw photos of towns on the Eastern Shore who have had substantial improvements in appearance.  Hopefully, we will not miss our opportunity to make the most of the local Main Street movement.  Looks good!!!

 

 

 

Sheriff Price, 10/4/2018

On October 5, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

Our Kent County Sheriff made a visit to Kent CBG during his temporary retirement hiatus.  He explained why he took his mandatory retirement now instead of after the election and made sense of the DROP program for our attendees.  Ir seems as though our County residents don’t have big issues with the Sheriff’s uncontested re-election bid, so for the next four years, it looks fairly certain who the Sheriff will be.

A good amount of time was also spent explaining what the Kent Turns Purple campaign is all about.  When someone who interacts with the local people, the Sheriff knows all too well about the sadness and death which opiate addiction causes.  Unfortunately, the addiction situation is both national and local.  It crosses all lines of ethnicity, relative wealth, level of education and cultural background.  Legislation won’t cure it.  Jail won’t stop it.  Some degree of legalization and the huge cost for effective rehabilitation have built in limitations.  Ultimately, the best and most effective long term cure is to teach children not be become addicted via intention or experimentation.  Educating the youth does make very good sense and may, in fact, contribute in the long run, to stopping the addiction crisis.

 

Mclendon

Dr. McLendon really gave us a well rounded lecture on why you ought to have a real professional give you a hearing test and proper medical exam.  You can choose to buy hearing aids or amplifiers as you choose, but sometimes folks have medical conditions which require attention beyond simple amplification.  Being without good hearing is highly isolating and creates real pressure within one’ family and business relationships.  Knowing what to do about it often requires far more than just a $300 magazine based amplifier.  Medicare pays for professional hearing tests so long as your primary physician makes a referral.

Get informed and take advantage of your benefits.  Some insurance policies even cover part of hearing aid costs.  There is a lot to know and understand.  Dr. McLendon can make it happen and she is local for members of our community.

 

Fu & Hardin

The Citizen’s Climate Lobby has goals to encourage doing what each of us can to support the best outcome for the changing climate.  Whether we can sufficiently influence the ultimate outcome seems less of an issue than the process of taking reasonable steps which lessen the impact people and their choices have on climate.  To that end, the CCL is promoting a tax on extracted carbon and passing the tax on directly to all citizens so that better alternatives become relatively cheaper and more commonly chosen for use.  This make sense as it was presented, but the devil is surely in the details.

There are many good reasons to support environmental conservation and improvement.  We do want the world to be a safe and healthy place for generations to come.  We understand there is a group formed in Chestertown recently under their banner who have more information available, too.

For those of you who have more interest in this topic are some areas of interest and links CCL has Sabrtian Fu provided to us after our recent meeting.  

 

(1)Details of the macroeconomic studies by REMI:  https://citizensclimatelobby.org/remi-report/

(2)Microeconomic studies on the impact of CCL’s proposed CFD policy: https://11bup83sxdss1xze1i3lpol4-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Ummel-Impact-of-CCL-CFD-Policy-v1_4.pdf

(3)More about BC carbon tax:

Interesting history of who opposed it and then changes in the support of the CFD in BC: https://www.citylab.com/solutions/2014/03/how-british-columbia-enacted-most-effective-carbon-tax-north-america/8732/

David, I know you asked about car sales, and I did look for that, but was unable to find any data specifically on changes in car sales.  Then when I saw this detailed report by the University of Ottawa: https://www.energyindependentvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/BC_Carbon-Tax-success-story.pdf

I realized from the details in the article above that gasoline is only a small portion of the liquid fuels used in British Columbia!  Take a look at the screen shot that was taken out of the Ottawa report: it shows that the change in motor gasoline use is really the smallest (cannot count aviation fuel since that was exempt) with other liquid fuels such as propane, fuel oil, and petroleum coke decreasing much more than motor gasoline. 

I will see if I can find additional data when I have more time later on. I just wanted to get back to you as soon as possible.  Brad might be able to find out more about whether it was conservation that decreased CO2 emissions in British Columbia or something else.  By the ways, articles such as this one: https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/05/visualizing-u-s-energy-consumption-in-one-chart suggests that Americans can readily save more than 20% of their energy usage with simple conservation measures.

 

Sabrina Fu (410-418-8694)
Mid-Atlantic Co-Regional Coordinator
A non-partisan non-profit organization. 
Working to build the political will for a livable world.
www.citizensclimatelobby.org

 

 

 

CBG9-13-2018

We had a lively and informative event with a good talk from States Attorney candidate Strong.  He told us how he feels about crime and punishment both personally and how he is able and willing to do follow the rules handed down by the State legislature whether he agrees or not.  The public really seems to support strong sentencing, while the legislature seems to be in the saving taxpayer money on punishment which does not appear to rehabilitate.  No one really voiced any solution.  We are in an increasingly liberal environment of shortening sentences and forgiving crimes which simply scares law abiding citizens.  While strong sentences don’t appear capable on their own of stopping crime, they do stop individuals while they are incarcerated.  No one is getting a good result.  Both Mr. Strong and his opponent, Mr. Di Gregory, have all the necessary tools, knowledge and experience for the job.  We wish both of these candidates a fortunate election outcome.  It is a difficult decision for voters, but the citizens will win either way.

Meanwhile the Candidates for Judge of Orphan’s Court continue to impress us with the dedication and professionalism.  They really are common citizens, properly trained, that give meaningful assistance to every family that comes in contact with them.  If you live here long enough, your family or your attorney will inevitably come before the Orphan’s court to probate a will or to create the needed documents to settle your estate.  The pay isn’t very good, but the human stories are truly excellent.  What a great way to meet nearly every family in the area while providing needed help and direction during difficult family times.    We have 4 total candidates running for the three seats on the Orphan’s Court panel.  We wish them all the best and know that whatever three win, the citizens of Kent County will have good people in place when a will needs to be probated.  Everyone appreciates their continued service.

 

 
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