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:

(2)Microeconomic studies on the impact of CCL’s proposed CFD policy:

(3)More about BC carbon tax:

Interesting history of who opposed it and then changes in the support of the CFD in BC:

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:

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: 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.





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.



There is always something more to know.  That’s what Kent CBG brings to the area at an early hour on a weekly basis.  The work of the three member panel of the Orphans Court is there to assist family members when they are having issues with the last wishes, the will or lack of a will for a deceased member of their family.  These are trained citizen judges, not necessarily formally trained in the way lawyers are, but that may be one of the good choices that government has made over the years.  Allowing the common sense of those individuals who are known and respected in the community to give skilled, trained, yet sympathetic assistance and judgment based on the law is a good thing.  With 15% of the deaths in the county ending up for some version of guidance or supervision, there is always something to be done by this panel of concerned citizens who sit as judges in such matters.

There seemed to be no end of interesting stories from the incumbents.  The job sounds intellectually rewarding, but don’t get involved for the money.  There is very little pay for this work, but it is of very high value to those who need this guidance to get past the probate process.

We wish all 4 candidates for the three positions good luck in the election.  The 4th candidate will visit with us Sept 13th.

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