Friday, February 18, 2011
I was late arriving to the event and walked in just as the meeting was closing but managed to get a few pictures before the crowd dispersed. I talked to Joel Dixon who was very nervous as this was his first public forum afterward and shared a laugh with Laura Mitchell and Muir Boda pictured above. Obviously I didn't speak to the Kook from Camden Tim Spies, but Albero buddy and partner Bob Taylor and I exchanged words as he was leaving and I was entering. Bob keep up with the mouth and we will have more fun next time. I have no problem ignoring your dumb ass but if you want to start running your mouth..game on idiot.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 2/18/2011 02:20:00 PM
Still protecting Terry and Debbie Jim Ireton vetoed the great Insurance plan which required these two to pay for their own health insurance. Considering Jim wasted 110 dollars on a cake for a bear somehow this doesn't surprise me.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 2/18/2011 10:36:00 AM
Thank you for writing and sharing your views about legislation that is now being considered by the Maryland General Assembly. I do not intend to vote for the bill which would make same-sex marriage legally valid in Maryland. The letters and calls I have received from constituents are overwhelmingly in favor of my voting against the bill as it now stands. There has been a shift in opinion on the issue in recent years and I would support legislation legalizing civil unions. This would ensure that a couple is not denied rights when it comes to property inheritance, medical benefits, medical decisions, providing security for their children, etc.
Again, thanks for your letter. I will keep your comments in mind as this issue is discussed and I will keep you updated.
Norman H. Conway, Chairman
House Appropriations Committee
121 House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 2/18/2011 09:52:00 AM
1. Downtown Salisbury. Ideas or solutions to revitalize our Downtown Plaza?
We have had some great ideas and proposals from Urban Salisbury and
others over the years. Yet there has been no consensus on moving
forward with any of the plans. The main concern has been with these
plans: who is going to pay and how?
Secondly, to attract businesses to an area you need to show that
there is plenty of foot traffic. Third Friday should be expanded to
the all weekend, every weekend. This will give a clear picture for
prospective businesses on what to expect.
Reaching out to national franchises such as Whole foods, Trader
Joe's, Pottery Barn and others, are well known business, that can draw
people. These types of businesses work well with unique local
businesses and are an alternative to the big box retailers.
We should also use some of the ideas that Cambridge implemented and
target individual properties on a case by case basis. If there are
certain that are restricted by state law, then we need to use our
resources in Annapolis to see what types of waivers we can possibly
get on different issues that may arise.
2. Your thought on Crime In Salisbury and plans to combat it.
To combat crime we need to address the root causes of crime. That
being education, economic opportunity and the need for our faith based
community to step up to the plate - these three issues combined are
where our long term focus needs to be as a community. Government in
and of itself cannot fix the issue of crime, unless citizens wish to
live under Marshall law.
In the short term, we need to look at effective initiatives, such as
the High Point Initiative, that have worked in communities nationwide.
Implementing some of the best points from that program into the Safe
Streets program, particularly getting the County and the other
municipalities on board with the program, is a key element. What we do
know is that criminals know no boundaries and we have to step outside
our comfort zone and extend aggressive cooperation between agencies,
our retail community, our faith based community, civic organizations
and all local governments. Crime is not just a city issue.
3. And most important to me can you get along with others? Even if
they disagree with you? I want people who can walk in without a tag
team with another candidate and discuss the matters professionally.
Each individual that is on the Council is an individual
representative. Each council member must approach each issue with an
open mind and willingness to listen to other members without prejudice
to their ideas and with respect.
We all are passionate about the issues that we face but we need to
make sure that passion and the expression of ideas does not get
personal. Name calling, accusations and finger pointing must end
because it serves no good purpose. Identifying the root causes to the
issues we face and addressing them is the key to accomplish things in
a respectful and fruitful manner.
Posted by Jonathan Taylor at 2/18/2011 08:23:00 AM