Johnson-Granillo

Airlee Johnson of the Social Action Committee and Rosemary Granillo of the Local Management Board are both highly immersed in finding ways to improve inter-race relations and to seek ways to mitigate and end racism.  We find it a truly difficult and long term task, but one worth working on.  Making things better is far more effective than saying the work is simply too difficult to make an attempt.

The vast majority of Americans came here from other lands in the past 300 years.  It has taken considerable time to reach accommodation for many ethnic and religious groups.  Some have done far better than others in becoming powerful.  Some have progressed very little.  Seeking some further equity will benefit society as a whole.  We need to live together and support one another.  There seems little choice on this matter.  Past differences should be put in the past.  Just like we no longer accept bullying in schools, we should feel the same way about racism.  If we work at it, we will achieve some of the desired effects, but it will take work.

The talk was enlightening and involving.  The audience was moved to share and participate.  If you weren’t there, you missed one of CBG’s best presentations.

 

The statistics make it painfully clear that the revenue sharing which is normal in nearly all of Maryland counties between each county and their contained Municipalities is missing in Kent County since the recession of 2008.  Such a loss in revenue has led to a local tax increase, but there are still many budget cuts which come from delaying increasingly necessary expenditures which simply cannot be delayed forever.  The County Commissioners know of the situation and they say it is “On the radar”, but they did not act to alleviate the unfairness at the last budget approval process.

 

Citizens who understand the process and the Tax Differential need to more forcefully insist that the tax sharing between County and Municipalities be re-instituted in Kent.  The best way is to get an understanding of the history and why there is revenue sharing.  Then, when the commissioners meet, they need to hear clearly the message that fairness s important to who will be elected.  There is a golden opportunity now, before our general election, to make the case and to spread the word.  David Foster made the case clearly and simply.  There may be opposing opinions, but that is okay and part of our democratic process.  The big thing now is to be HEARD………………..

 

kramer

Bob Kramer has a unique way of writing and self expression.  It is a bit tricky and convoluted, but within has deep thought, ideas for change while keeping the best of the past, and bringing needed efficiency to local government.  His blog makes for good reading and his in-person talk with Kent CBG participants ranged far and wide over the future of Kent County with a focus also on Chestertown as a unique place to live as well as a venue for events.  Inevitably, some change is coming, but can we make changes that improve the schools, strengthen the local economy, and not spend in an inefficient or wasteful way?  Kramer attends many of the local governmental meetings.  He has seen the inner workings of our representatives.  His insights were worth the time spent with him to see what a person can do to become knowledgeable about what is going on in Kent and Chestertown.

 

 
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