20190228 CBG Dr Bill Schindler WC ES Food Lab - 0801

What an exciting and educational meeting we had this morning with Dr. Schindler.  We now know a tiny bit more about our complex food history for the past 3.5 million years and about our current position with nutrition and bad eating habits of the past few decades.  If we weren’t having so much fun, we’d be deeply concerned.  Food as we know it today is highly altered and not always made to be the best for us.  It is made to last a long time, but much of the food value is trapped or simply lost in the processing.  We are very disconnected from real food and real understanding of this most basic human need.  At least now we know this is the situation.

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It sounds like the Blue Heron will be the epicenter of what may become a local revolution or at least an educational hub for the region when it comes to re-connecting with good nutrition and healthy eating styles.   You can just imagine how excited some of Dr. Schindler’s students must become when they begin to hear his philosophy and facts.  Not only is he a very fine educator, but he is living his methodology successfully.  It is a big win-win for the College and our community.

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We urge readers to go to the events of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and to gain more understanding of what food ought to be.  FInd out more about what to eat and how not to let so much good food go to waste.  Our eyes are now open!

 
There is no question that there is a long list of things which could be improved or developed in our area and in Chestertown.  With the advent of Federal legislation in the tax reform act of 2016 Opportunity Funds were established.  Investors with capital gains can defer and decrease the amount of tax due by investing in such funds.  The funds are administrated by folks such as Tom Timberman.  The investments can cover a wide range of ideas and programs which seek to improve or create in areas where there is a concentration of poverty.  However, most investors want to invest where the risks are not high and the potential for financial gain has some assurance.  That’s capitalism and that’s what wealthy investors tend to desire.    The issue appears that the list of what citizens and Tom want are things like affordable housing, better public transportation, better schools and diverse educational opportunities, and more and better paying jobs.  Typical wealthy investors tend to want to promote and develop upscale apartments, fancy hotels, more shopping, conference centers and money making enterprises.  
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Tom Timberman’s task is to find the unique blend of public spirited wealthy investor who might be willing to sacrifice some, or possible all financial gain, in order to make our local main town a better and more livable place for those who are likely not affluent.  Raising us all from the bottom up is a worthy goal, but can Timberman accomplish his mission?  Time will tell as the story is just in the early stages.  Thank you Tom and we wish you success with your efforts.
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We hope to have Timberman back in the near future to discuss with us the effect of tariffs on international trade.  Such tariffs are having an impact on our local agricultural economy and should be better understood.
 

Andre DeMattia, CEO, Talkie Communications, 2-14-2019

On February 14, 2019, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

Andre DeMattia presented  the business plan to connect Chestertown residents and businesses to highspeed and highly reliable fiber optic Internet services beginning this June.  A large amount of money is being spent up front to bring fiber optic right to the front of every home in the area.  For what seems like a highly competitive amount, you soon will be able to connect at lighting speed.  We will keep out fingers crossed.  The team from Talkie sounded highly professional and have years of experience behind them.  Looks like this time the choice to get fast Internet service will finally be possible.

 

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Since your weekly writer, Dave Atlas, was out of town this past Thursday, another member of our Kent CBG Steering Committee kindly wrote this short description of our March 7th meeting.

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Susan Eddy and Muriel Cole led a discussion about public policies on aging which they call ‘a scandal’.  Using various statistics, they compared the budgets for senior services of several Eastern Shore counties with Kent being in last place.  They showed inventory of senior housing in Kent is way below the need.  Their slide presentation was informative and eye opening and they encouraged everyone to become more involved in advocating for our senior population.–

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Our speakers also provided a write up of what they discussed with our overflow crowd of participants.  It follows below:

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PUBLIC POLICIES ON AGING- A SCANDAL

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By Muriel Cole and Susan Eddy

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On Feb. 8, Muriel Cole and Susan Eddy, both advocates for seniors and Chestertown residents, gave a talk that highlighted many weaknesses in U.S., State, and local policies for those in our senior years. A number of statistics were given that reveal the inequities in resources assigned and attention given, especially to the elderly. Older people are more vulnerable and face more challenges, yet the issues are not prominent in the minds of most people. In Kent County there are 1900 public school students and over 5000 people over 65. Senior services are poorly funded. A number of attendees pointed to inadequate long-term care and a general lack of awareness. Cole called this situation, in Martin Luther King’s words, “the appalling silence of good people.”

 

 
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