On Segregation, it’s the County Council and …

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   7 HOURS AGO
Approximately one week before the Howard County Superintendent would present his much-anticipated redistricting proposal to…

CB42 School Surcharge Fees | Testify or Send E…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   5:18 PM ON SUN SEP 15 2019
Dear Howard County Resident and Taxpayer:We are almost there. The County Council will hear testimony on CB42. The bill rais…

Time to circle the wagons. (again)

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI SEP 6 2019
Time to circle the wagons. (again) Early this week the PTA Council delegates for 74 schools in Howard County voted str…

Howard County Council Submits Legislation To A…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON AUG 26 2019
Howard County Council Submits Legislation To Adjust School Surcharge Fees Adequate Public Facilities Ordinances to accommod…

How Howard County Developers and Politicians P…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   8:37 AM ON MON AUG 12 2019
“[N]ew residential development not only “pays its own way”, it also subsidizes existing residential units in the Coun…

Center Maryland, MBIA and Howard County Democr…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   3:42 PM ON FRI AUG 9 2019

In 2004 the MBIA funded a study conducted by Anirba…


Howard County Council Legislative Record Track…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   11:29 AM ON FRI AUG 2 2019
The County Council is in recess for the month of August. Before it left for recess, the County Council voted on a whole hos…

Are you a lobbyist?

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI AUG 2 2019
Are you a lobbyist?Chances are, you are not a registered lobbyist. Yet a disproportionate amount of HOCO APFO readers are i…

Denouement and Conclusion: Retiring Spartan C…

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   7:03 AM ON MON JUL 8 2019
Welcome to my “empire of dirt.”  After 336 posts since 2014, including some guest op-eds, I believe now is the rig…

Single-Member Districts: Why I Support Them

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   4:59 PM ON SUN JUL 7 2019
Note: This is a Guest Op-Ed, penned by Richard DeShay Elliott.  The opinions expressed are his own. Enjoy! S…

The Question of Legitimacy

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   8:19 AM ON SUN JUN 30 2019
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter recently opined that Donald Trump was not legitimately elected to the office he currentl…

Keeping the lights on…..

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI JUN 28 2019
Keeping the lights on…..Earlier this week the county council held it’s meeting with the school board on two of the hotte…

Right under your nose.

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON JUN 17 2019
Right under your nose. Tonight the council will have public testimony on CR-98-2019…” Housing Allocations”, or in plain…

New Baltimore County developer fees aim to cov…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 11 2019
New Baltimore County developer fees aim to cover cost of schools, roads. But the revenue is likely years away. (Baltimore S…

"Curbing overcrowding"……

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE JUN 4 2019
“Curbing overcrowding”……See – Baltimore Sun – Howard lawmakers review measure aiming to curb overcrowding in schools &n…

"Densification"

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON MAY 27 2019
“Densification”In the days and weeks leading up the the first of two major floods in Ellicott City a small group of planne…

Spinal Tarp

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:17 PM ON FRI MAY 17 2019
Who is rarin’ for some Esoterica? Which, as you know, is the title of a long-forgotten 1987 release from Def Leppar…

Howard County Council proposes amendment to in…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON THU MAY 16 2019
Howard County Council proposes amendment to increase funding in school budget  (Link to Baltimore Sun Article) One thi…

The Race for Speaker

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:10 PM ON FRI APR 26 2019
Editor’s note: what follows is the First Guest Op-Ed in Spartan Considerations history…unless you count the pieces crafte…

Howard County Cancels School Redistricting????

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON FRI APR 26 2019
Howard County Cancels School Redistricting???? See Article – Howard Board of Education: Bill extending development wait tim…

March 18 2019

• MARYLANDER’S THOUGHTS   8:04 AM ON THU APR 18 2019
This is a quote from Scripture which I found many years ago which I frequently meditate upon . I am thankful that I see it’…

April 17, 2019 thoughts

• MARYLANDER’S THOUGHTS   3:50 PM ON WED APR 17 2019
A Prayer of Transformation Loving Father,Here I am.  I trust that you have an incredible plan for me. Transform m…

Daily Thoughts 4/15/19

• MARYLANDER’S THOUGHTS   6:24 AM ON MON APR 15 2019
I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I…

Daily Thoughts 4/14/19

• MARYLANDER’S THOUGHTS   4:40 PM ON SUN APR 14 2019
In the letter to the Philippians we read about how Jesus, as the Eternal Word, was equal to God and yet didn’t desire to…

From Thomas Merton

• MARYLANDER’S THOUGHTS   11:59 AM ON SAT APR 13 2019
“What we are – our identity – is only truly known to God – not ourselves, not to other men. The greatest terror of…

Howard County School Surcharge Fee Enabling Le…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON APR 8 2019
House Bill 1409 History  Could it be? Is it So? A giant leap for APFO? Take a look at the link for yourself… …

Why Howard County is Facing Record Budget Defi…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   7:15 PM ON FRI APR 5 2019
If you do not have time to read this now, click HERE to enter your email to save the pdf version. “What we have …

State Bill 0653 moves forward another step…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE MAR 19 2019
State Bill 0653 moves forward another step…  Source – Regional Schools Bill Moves With MACo Amendment – Maryland Ass…

Comparison of Howard County and Baltimore Coun…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE MAR 12 2019
Comparison of Howard County and Baltimore County Impact Fees Source – House Bill 0449 Baltimore County – Development Imp…

In Solidarity

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:19 PM ON SUN MAR 10 2019
The recent attack-by-proxy on local citizen-activist Deeba Jafri is a prime example of the moral bankruptcy of what pa…