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…

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…

School Mitigation from Development

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON MON MAR 4 2019
House Bill 1409 “After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your b…

Bills would let Baltimore County impose fees o…

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON TUE FEB 26 2019
Bills would let Baltimore County impose fees on developers to help build schoolsIs this article also about Howard County?Th…

Functionally Obsolete

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   2:54 PM ON MON FEB 25 2019
In signs that development challenges are occurring in the world outside of Howard County, Maryland (“perish the thou…

Maryland’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard…

• NEWS – HIRUY HADGU   7:30 PM ON SAT FEB 23 2019
Maryland’s proposed Clean Energy Act (HB1158/SB0516) will increase carbon emissions and natural gas consumption, unless the…

Village Idiom

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   5:10 PM ON WED FEB 20 2019
I saw a Facebook post from the Wilde Lake Community Association this afternoon.  Apparently, “the nomination pe…

HoCo Council, Kamala Harris, BLM

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   6:20 PM ON SUN FEB 10 2019
Incense and ShibbolethsWell, not so much incense…but Tahitian Vanilla candles provide a welcoming atmosphere for ref…

Hitch & George

• SPARTAN CONSIDERATIONS   10:31 AM ON THU FEB 7 2019
I warned you, there might be book reviews.  Coincidentally, “There Might Be Book Reviews” opened for “They …

CR-3-2019 APFO Road Mitigation Subsidies

• HOCO APFO   12:00 AM ON WED FEB 6 2019
CR-3-2019 Traffic Mitigation For Growth Why is CR-3-2019 Important? *The community expressed concerns about …