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October 29, 2011
Mitchell Assembles Supporters of Charter Amendment Petition
On Saturday, November 5, 2011, supporters of the petition drive to force the recent amendment to the City Charter to a referendum vote will assemble at 10:00 am at the Bandstand in the Salisbury City Park, The petition was initiated by Salisbury City Councilwoman Laura Mitchell in response to what she has called hastily passed legislation. “All legislation deserves due diligence and consideration. The threshold for the passage of something as serious as a Charter Amendment that begins to change the structure of our City Government deserves that and more.”
At the gathering, participants will receive a briefing, petitions, and zone designations within the City. Volunteers will then visit residents in their designated zone to share information about the amendment and provide an opportunity to sign the petition to bring the charter amendment to a referendum vote where the citizens of Salisbury can make their voice heard on the issue.
“The citizens of Salisbury deserve to have a voice in this matter. A voice they did not have an opportunity to use in the seven (7) days it took to pass this amendment. A referendum will give Salisbury residents their voice back,” Mitchell said.
There is no requirement for an individual circulator of the petition to be a voter or resident in the City of Salisbury. Anyone interested in helping is invited to attend. Anyone interested in circulating the petition on their own should call (410)422-2694 or visit LauraMitchell.org to find out how.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
However, it wasn't until I saw his recent campaign video that I knew his candidacy was a joke. While watching the following video, keep in mind that it is not a parody:
The first 39 seconds or so seem like a typical, modern (if not a little bland) campaign ad, but then things start to get weird...
The music and cigarette initially seem very out of place; however, the more I think about it, the more it kind of makes sense. Herman Cain's Chief of Staff Mark Block realizes this may be his only time in the spotlight, so he is living it up in a truly hedonistic (or, perhaps, nihilistic) celebration.
After the awkward interlude, the campaign ad shows Cain's face to the audience for the first time in the video. ...But, that's where things go from weird to creepy. Cain's smile not only seems forced, he struggles with it for 6 seconds.
Overall, there's a good chance this video was made in such an odd manner in an attempt by the Cain campaign to utilize viral videos. On one hand, consider I am sharing the video, I suppose their strategy worked. Either way, Cain seems to neglect the fact that the message he is making viral may not help him secure the Republic nomination. If the campaign produced this video to spread awareness of Cain to a young, tech-savvy audience, I think he should just stick with what he does best- pizza. As a member of this target audience, I can attest that his 9-9-9 plan works much better as a pizza deal. A president running on a platform of "9 pizzas, 9 toppings, for $9" is much easier to stomach than Cain's current strategy.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Just for clarity, here are some of reasons Shields and Mitchell cited for voting Nay:
- The entire amendment was drawn up sloppily within one weeks time and is thus filled with all kinds of grammatical and ethical mistakes.
- Legal council is already available to Council by way of phone, email, or at the very least good personal communication skills.
- The public has not had time to be made fully aware of the amendment or been given enough information to form their opinion on it.
- It tips the balance of power upon which our Strong-Mayor City Government is set up.
- Only 2 City Councils in the entire state of Maryland have private authority over legal council.
- It is a badly veiled attempt to counter any legal action being taken against Council by Mayor and thus has nothing to do with the taxpayers aside from the fact that it screws us.
- Spies called Mitchell's attempt to make sure that the taxpayers aren't on the hook for increased legal costs "superfluous," insisting that her proposition to hold Council monetarily accountable for incurred fees "just wasn't efficient." Aside from the fact that this logic makes no sense let's take a moment to remember who its coming from: this is the same man who just weeks ago justified councils taking inventory on how many paper plates Urban Salisbury was allowed to purchase, yea and people wonder why they voluntarily disbanded.
- Though Cohen impressed the point that she simply wanted Council to be viewed as more than "a legal afterthought, as they have been for many years," she shot that theory to shit when she went on this, shall we say, less than subtle 3rd person diatribe- "When the Council President is contacted by the Mayor as if the Council President is an employee and demands that the Council President write a letter to the state explaining a Council Vote, you better believe that this Council President will be seeking legal council." Yea, cause Cohen should never have to justify anything...especially not to the Mayor of the City...who she is basically boycotting. Silly man, what was he thinking?
- Campbell, (who, by the end of the meeting was so desperate to convince us of her martyrdom that she was just seconds away from whipping out some kindling and tying herself to the flagpole) kept insisting that "our system is broken" and "must be fixed." And yet she has been working in this system for over a decade and this is the first that we have heard about it. How is that every other city in Maryland (barring 2) operates just fine with that system but in Salisbury, it is broken? Oh that's right, cause the Mayor is telling the necessary authorities that Campbell's political priorities make her a racist and she wants to retaliate from within the confines of city government... yea, that's what broke it.
Still for The Other SBY News, the most ironic event of the night had to be the fact that throughout the entire debate about whether T.I.C. should have unfettered access to their own legal council (on the basis that they didn't have any), they were asking City Attorney Paul Wilber for his professional opinion. Makes ya proud, don't it?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
It seems many of the "top tier" candidates have been going through some rough spots in their campaign lately, which should make for an interesting debate tonight. For example, Bachmann had two of her key staffers step down. Also, the wildfires aren't the only thing from Texas putting heat on Gov. Rick Perry- he and fellow Texan Ron Paul have recently been exchanging metaphorical blows in response to Paul's new campaign ad. It's fitting that this conservative battle seemingly over who is more Reagan-esque will take place tonight at the Reagan Library in California. Overall, this should be interesting.
All of these GOP candidates are competing to challenge President Obama, who is currently facing low approval ratings, in the general election next year. While Obama will not be present at the debate tonight, he will address a joint-sessions of Congress and the American people in a televised speech that will be broadcast tomorrow evening.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
We're obviously gearing up for a very bumpy weekend with the arrival of Irene. Irene is the type of chick that one should regard with caution. She's ferocious, robust, and undiscriminating. If you aren't ready for a girl like Irene, then your shits gonna get jacked up.
Salisbury University has already announced that Monday's classes have been canceled and they are constantly updating their Emergency Closing Webpage.
This website will assist you in weathering Irene's wrath.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
So, Congress finally reached a deal on the debt ceiling. While I've heard various complaints from both sides, I personally think they were attempting to relate to college students and trying to get the youth-vote. Like most college students, they finished their group project on the day it was due, it didn't turn out the way that they originally envisioned, and now they're worried it will affect their grade*.
But, now that they're finished with that, they can go back to doing what they do best...taking away our freedoms and placing its citizens under constant watch. H.R. 1981 requires Internet Service Providers (ISP) to keep a database tracking its users' personal information including names, addresses, and financial information. Personally, I don't like the idea of being watched and tracked by the government- I'm so terrified of Big Brother that my tinfoil hat has its own tinfoil hat. But, even if you buy into the whole, “you have nothing to be afraid of if you have nothing to hide,” argument, forcing ISPs to track all of this data for every one of its users is going to be costly, which we can expect to see manifest in the form of higher prices.
This bill is particularly challenging politically because of its name- Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. Opponents of this bill run the risk of being labeled a pedophile and offer great material for smear ads come election season. Overall, I don't buy their “Think of the Children!” hysteria. Forcing companies to collect this data and surrender it to law enforcement agencies sets a dangerous precedent. It's easy to pass the law arguing that it will only be used to protect children from internet pornographers, but if the law were to pass it wouldn't surprise me if soon enough it were used in cases of illegally downloading music or movies or track whistleblowers, such as Wikileaks.
This strategy is not new to politics. It's hard to title a bill “The Citizen Surveillance Act”, so they title it something much more American, like “The Patriot Act.” If you don't support it, you are clearly unpatriotic. But, with fear of being banned from parks, school zones, and day cares everywhere, I'll gladly stand under my tinfoil hat and say this bill will not only fail to help children but may causes a lot of unintended consequences.
*Update: Like most projects done during an all-nighter, it seems that this one is going to hurt the country's GPA.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The current situation that we have with talks of reducing the role, discretion and authority of the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals is one of great concern. There is even talk of eliminating the board as a whole.
The HBAA provides a vital role as it acts as part of the judicial branch of government. Every branch of enforcement and executive authority must have an equal branch of the judiciary. In this case, the HBAA acts as the judiciary to Neighborhood Services and Code Compliance which is an extension of the executive branch and enforces the housing code. The role fits perfectly in the system we have as it provides an independent entity to settle disputes between NSCC and those they issue citations to.
Removing the HBAA’s authority or eliminating the board would be a blow to due process when dealing with disputes that arise from alleged housing code violations. Every individual who is accused of a housing code violation or murder must be given the opportunity through due process to defend him or herself.
The great misconception is that landlords are the only ones that benefit from the HBAA.This is not true. Every property owner, whether a landlord or homeowner, property manager or a commercial business owner, has a right to appeal their cases to the HBAA.
So the question becomes what happens if we remove the authority or eliminate the HBAA? Several things will happen.
- We remove an effective step in the course of due process where issues get resolved quickly and fairly.
- We will increase the cost for the city and for those accused of housing infractions. The current board consists of volunteers. If this board is eliminated then the Circuit Court of Wicomico County is where all appeals will go. This will create a greater burden on a court system that is already overloaded. It will also create a greater burden on taxpayers as Circuit Court costs money to run to pay the judges, clerks and bailiffs.
- The other cost is the City Attorney or Solicitor will be required to act as a prosecutor and will require additional funds to account for his time prosecuting housing code violations in Circuit Court.
- This then puts citizens at a legal disadvantage and they may need to hire attorneys to defend themselves. Certainly great for the legal business but many things will cascade from here such as fines being increased to account for added costs or the other extreme where enforcement is reduced to a point where issues are never addressed.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM EDT FRIDAY... ... EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WAKEFIELD HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM FRIDAY TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY. THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. A HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM EDT FRIDAY.
* MAXIMUM FORECAST HEAT INDICES: 105 TO 109 DEGREES THIS AFTERNOON. 110 TO 115 DEGREES FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
* TIMING AND IMPACTS: THE COMBINATION OF HEAT AND HUMIDITY... ESPECIALLY FROM LATE MORNING THROUGH SUNSET... WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUSLY HIGH HEAT INDICES TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THIS WILL CREATE A SIGNIFICANT STRESS ON INDIVIDUALS AND WILL INCREASE THE RISK OF HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES... SUCH AS HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. ANYONE WORKING OUTSIDE... PLAYING SPORTS... WORKING OUT OR JOGGING OUTDOORS... DURING THE LATE MORNING HOURS THROUGH SUNSET... WILL BE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE. PEOPLE LIVING OR WORKING IN NON-AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS WILL ALSO BE MORE PRONE TO HEAT RELATED ILLNESS. LITTLE RELIEF IS EXPECTED OVERNIGHT... WITH NIGHTTIME HEAT INDICES EXPECTED TO FALL ONLY INTO THE LOW 80S... WITH THE WARMEST READINGS IN URBAN AREAS.
AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF DANGEROUSLY HOT TEMPERATURES WILL OCCUR. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE LIKELY. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS... STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM... STAY IN THE SHADE IF POSSIBLE... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE... RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER.
TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK... THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY - CALL 9 1 1.
A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS... STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM... STAY IN THE SHADE IF POSSIBLE... AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
There have been many responses to the goings on at Azul in the past few months; the club has been the center of a heated though much needed debate over how the people of Salisbury should respond to youth and youth centered businesses. The most popular trains of thought on the shore tend to go as follows:
1. Under 21 clubs never work, especially in Salisbury. On top of the fact that they are a terrible idea, they attract local thugs and gang-bangers. Azul was always going to close, good riddance to it.
2. Azul was just in a bad location. A historic downtown is an inappropriate venue for any nightclub, let alone a club aimed at the under 21 crowd. People with real jobs and real families have to live and work Downtown- its not the place for underage shenanigans. If they had picked a different spot, Azul would have had a better chance of succeeding, otherwise they were doomed to fail.
3. Downtown is a sinking ship. And for that matter, so is Salisbury. Any business that opens around here is going to close. Azul, and anybody else with vision is wasting their time. They never had a chance.
4. Azul was a great idea. They gave kids who are normally bored something to do and brought foot traffic to an otherwise empty part of downtown. Azul had a lot of potential and should have been a success. What went wrong??
On our bad days, The Other SBY News hovers around opinion Number 3; we get worn down by the constant negativity that seems to permeate Salisbury's business climate and dream of moving away to a place that actually likes young people and encourages new ideas. But every other day, cock-eyed optimists that we are, we support opinion Number 4- we liked Azul, and we wanted to see it do well...and we weren't alone. So why did it close after only a few months?
Here at The Other SBY News, we have a theory. Maybe the problems that surrounded Azul were never really about Azul at all, but were indicative of a much bigger, much more deep-rooted issue regarding the way that Salisbury handles its young people... or rather, the way it doesn't.
What upset us in reading the local responses to the going-ons at Azul, was that many of our fellow citizens seem to hold the opinion that providing an outlet for active young people is in itself, a recipe for trouble, while denying them said outlet is somehow a remedy for it. Worse still, was the shared sentiment echoed in so many of the comments on the Grinches site, that the "problem children" who frequented Azul would go away, and leave the City of Salisbury alone, if only Azul were closed. The Other SBY News would like to ask the people who left those comments a question: Where do you think the "gang-bangers" and "thugs" will go now that Azul is gone? Do you really think those kids will be less of a drain on police resources now that they are left to their own devices, than they were when they hung out downtown, making too much noise?
The most alarming revelation to come out of the Azul debate for us, was that as a community, we are more concerned that hoards of at-risk youth are bothering us, than we are about the fact that we literally have hoards of at-risk youth. We have had 4 under 21 clubs close in Salisbury due to gang-related violence, but instead of asking ourselves "why are all of our violent gangs under 21?" we shrug our shoulders and look the other way. We just don't understand how the City of Salisbury can expect to hold it's teenagers responsible for their actions on Saturday night, when Monday through Friday, it pretends not to see them.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Here are the rules:
STEP 1: TUNE INTO CHANNEL 14 TONIGHT AT 6:00 PM
STEP 2: TAKE A SHOT (OR DRINK OF CHOICE) EVERY TIME...
TERRY "SHALL WE SAY" COHEN MAKES AN UNNECESSARY SPEECH INVOLVING HER DEDICATION TO THE PUBLIC
TIM LOOKS TO TERRY OR DEBORAH FOR HIS OPINION
LAURA MITCHELL HAS A GOOD IDEA, GETS SHOT DOWN
JIM CRACKS UNDER PRESSURE AND HAS A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN, RUNS FROM ROOM
DEBBIE OFFERS A USELESS AMENDMENT/ ASKS FOR CLARIFICATION ABOUT SOMETHING MUNDANE
SHANIE TRIES TO SWAY COUNCIL WITH COMMON SENSE, FAILS
PUBLIC GIVES INPUT, GETS IGNORED
****BONUS SHOT IF TIM IS SPORTING A SWEATER-VEST*****
Have fun and drink responsibly!!! (Just in case somebody has to get their stomach pumped because Salisbury is so screwed up.)
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Anyway, Mrs. Campbell's little article is basically just a combination of her normal council lectures put to writing- she brags about her dedication to the public, gives us a play-by-play of all of the things she has refused to support, explains in unnecessary detail why her perspective is better than everyone elses....the usual. Her main point was that she was not simply undoing all of the previous administrations work...she's undoing everybody's equally. At any rate, what Deborah is really attempting to do is clear her name of the cattiness that has recently been associated with it. Unfortunately, her efforts fall a bit short of the mark as phrases like "one council colleague...", "certain people...", "the same council member...", and "some members of council..." crop up over and over again.
But what The Other SBY News found the most interesting about Deborah's article was not the knife she stuck in the Mayors back in the last line or even her detailed selling out of Laura Mitchell- it was the fact that she unabashedly spoke on behalf of Cohen and Spies and explained their decision making as a single unit. This unwise move has thereby affirmed our suspicions that the Camden Crew is stronger than ever and that Debbie is in charge of it.
All in all Delmarva, we are off to a good start today; The leader of the Crew has gone public and we now know for sure that there is a substantial connection between Sbynews and the Salisbury City Council. While these new developments may not help us sleep at night, its at least good to know what we are dealing with.
Have a great day Salisbury! Stay safe...and as always, Godspeed.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Now, The Other SBY News has been saying that Deb, Tim, and Terry are evil for months; if their plan to rid the city of its less fortunate members by kicking them out of house and home (via the Neighborhood Legislative Package whose use of municipal codes dates back to the 1960s and beyond- can we say hello segregation??) wasn't enough, their most recent plot to starve out Salisbury's poor people by cutting the "Hardship Funds" (money set aside to make sure poor people have water) in conjunction with raising water and sewer rates by 18% while simultaneously refusing to dip into the 5 million dollar surplus in water and sewer to help the city shoulder those costs, ought to be irrefutable proof.
But there's more. Debbie, Terry, and Tim (in addition to their efforts to legislate/ starve out our low-income communities) have categorically refused for years, to support anything that would help those at risk neighborhoods improve. In the past two weeks alone they have refused a state grant to help minority youths, stopped progress on Linens of the week, and halted forward movement on the Bricks project. The latter two items are so dear to the Mayors heart that just like King Arthur before him, Jim took to the streets yesterday with Merlin in tow (that would be Shanie) and before the eyes of his people pulled out a much needed political ex-caliber- the race card.
Like all magical weapons, the race card only works in very special circumstances- you've got to be able to prove that racism is actually effecting someone's political priorities, or it won't operate correctly. So, is racism a factor in Council's decision making process? We think its safe to say that racism not a part of Shanie or Laura's agenda as they were both present at yesterdays rally (with Shanie preparing to lead a march and Laura applauding her for it) but as for the other three....insert non-committal nod while staring at the floor here.
Regardless of what the motives were for Council's policies, the fact is that they were bad ones. Maybe Tim, Terry, and Deb aren't racists at all, maybe they are all just...very partial to their own neighborhood...either way, their decisions have still sucked. The reality is that they aren't representing all of Salisbury- they are representing the parts they feel like representing, and that's not okay. Albero and G.A. can make excuses for this group til they are blue in the face, but public servants should not be explaining to the majority of their constituents what delicate mixture of variables led to the people being ignored- ever. Muir Boda's astute observation that Council held a public hearing on the budget in the same hour that they held a vote on it, is extremely indicative that Council is not only not listening to us, they don't care what we have to say.
The battle lines have been drawn, Delmarva. This is your money, your vote (well for about 4,000 of you it's your vote), and if you are ready, it's your time. Will you settle for the logic of the 1960's that's been the status quo for the last twenty years or will you help move our city into the future? It's up to you. Either way, Salisbury's bout to get rowdy.
Help lead the charge! Contact Councilwomen Campbell and Cohen, and Councilmen Spies to let them know your thoughts on how they are running the city...into the ground.
Terry E. Cohen
536 Druid Hill Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Deborah S. Campbell
809 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801
414 Virginia Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801