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Jacob Vassalotti did a great short in about 15 minutes telling us what is problematic about any thought of placing a high traffic corridor and bridge into Kent County from the Eastern Shore.  He didn’t exaggerate or hype the problems, but simply showed with very good graphics how terrifically difficult it would be to properly locate such a large flow of traffic.  Major roadways eat a lot of space.  Kent County has so many protected land zones from so many varied sources, that one could take years unraveling the rights to build anything, let alone a continuous highway whose main purpose is to send tourists to the Atlantic side of the Delmarva peninsula.  His solution was most logical.  Build and additional span where the existing bridge is at Annapolis.  Do whatever can be done on 301 and 50 to make it wider and flow better.  The folks near that bridge and those roads are stuck with traffic, noise and pollution.  Many of them opted for that exact scenario, many for the convenience of commuting to the Eastern shore.

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It was a fine opportunity for our early risers to meet someone who can so well express his vision and knowledge.  We’d love to host more WC students who have great ideas.

 

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Eleanor Collyer and David Strong, Sr. presented their history and their aspirations for the Town of Rock Hall.  They are two of the four candidates for the two open slots in the soon to be held May local election.  You could feel their sincerity and caring attitude about our little town.  As in many towns all over the USA, Rock Hall has looming large bills, no reserve capital and aging infrastructure.  We do have a very viable location, active tourism and many possibilities that will get us through this crisis.  We need good people who are willing to work honestly, openly and fairly with one another even when they have differing opinions.  Maybe we will get lucky and things here will begin to go in the right direction.

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There is a great divide between those who have lived in Rock Hall for generations and those of us who have moved here more recently.  It is a division with many features of large separation that can’t be overlooked or dismissed.  We love it here because the town reflects mid-1900 period living and gives the remoteness necessary to get away with being somewhat behind the times.  The locals want it to always remain this way, but financial and development forces are always looming.  Change will come no matter how hard you fight it.  What we need is a smart and fair balance that preserves the best things and makes use of the income to bring our infrastructure up to acceptable levels.  We also need sufficient income to re-create a rainy day fund for surprise expenses that are bound to occur.

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We urge Rock Hall residents to VOTE.  Get informed and pick the best candidate for the job.

 

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Dawn Jacobs and Art Kendall both made very much the same plea for civility, better financial planning and for bringing back governmental functionality in Rock Hall.  The current Mayor, Brian Jones, was notably absent.  One is left to assume he believes he will simply get re-elected by the large following of citizens that he feels are in his corner.  This may or may not be the case.  We wanted a complete forum, but those in attendance learned what these two hopefuls have in their minds.  We did have a truly exceptional hour of two candidates expressing their points of view.  That’s what CBG is known for.

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Both had somewhat equal plans.  Both made their case with truly intense attention paid by Kent CBG participants.  It was elevating to hear two people speak so well of Rock Hall and both agreed much can be done by putting the government there back into working order.  It will take some sacrifice and there will be some increase in taxes, but neither expressed any doubt about turning the situation around.

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We hope everyone will go hear the League of Women voters forum which is coming up soon with all three candidates.  The current Mayor needs to be heard and ought to explain about some of the past history under his leadership.  The citizens need to decide if new faces equate to better things, or if the status quo is what works.  The writer believes we need new approaches, civility and better planning.  Let’s see how the election goes.

 

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Richard Thorp joined us today to describe how he arrived in Chestertown some years ago and established a state of the art cancer research facility.  He has had a career which is almost unimaginable.    From NASA to traveling the world doing helpful research which has led to many firsts and cures for disease.  Today, Richard spoke about how to eat well while reducing your risk of getting cancer.  Staying healthy is the overall message.  Mostly, the talk was on proper nutrition and food choices.  Avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup and Soybean Oil were the main targets of avoidance.  Reading the labels on pre-made foods is crucial to avoiding bad things often found in commercial products.  Some very similar looking products are just fine, but you just must read the labels to know.

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A great talk from a true asset living right in our community.  If you ever have a cancer question or need treatment, make Richard Thorp a first resource.  He really knows this topic from all the perspectives.

 

 

chrissyChrissy Chisholm was accompanied by a Kent County Opiod Intervention Team member, Dianelle Laney.  They both gave us honest and open accounts of the circumstances that have left them totally dedicated to helping people who have fallen down the deep and dark rabbit hole of drugs, abuse and lost dreams.  It isn’t a pretty picture, but it is a reality for a good number of people living among us.  Many can’t be spotted easily, some mask it better than others.  For those where little hope is left, someone must be there or that person will die.  Many of these people who have lost their way can be helped to make complete or near complete recovery, but those with drug and addiction issues need to develop the mindset and will power not ever repeat what led them there.  A life long plan of resistance to temptation needs to be learned and re-enforced.

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While there are some upsetting issues involved concerning personal freedom of choice, there is no question that society should discourage behaviors which create criminals out of people who never would wish to harm anyone or to steal the property of others.  The little switch in some people’s brains that is triggered by use of addictive drugs is still a mystery, but we know it is there.  It seems to be inherent but is it all genetic or is part potentially the environment one is brought up in?  We may not yet know, but the way to alleviate this is to go into programs which provide help in turning off the switch and sealing it behind layers of strength and learning about one’s own weaknesses.  Those fortunate enough to get a bed at the Mission House will surely get the support, love, trust and care they must have to make it out of addiction.

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People such as Chrissy and Dianelle are real assets to Kent County and Chestertown.  They are doing things which most of us would find very difficult, dirty and hard.  They are doing it with a high goal of helping others and seem to feel rewarded.  They certainly should be honored and appreciated for the things they are doing which the majority of us never will see.  It was a great showcase of what is going on around here in a low key way, but in a way that is of high importance to all citizens.

 
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