Good Morning One and All. I hope you're weekend has been productive and/or relaxing (I normally have to pick one of the two [especially if Indiana Jane is around]). Links? Yes, please.
Howard County officials want the reuse of wastewater to be the new standard for large developments in the county. I don't know much about this (and didn't find the article to be particularly enlightening on the subject), so I did some good old fashioned googling. While I doubt this is what they're talking about, from everything I can find, reuse is limited to agricultural purposes, however the article notes that it can be used at industrial plants, presumably for rehab/mitigation purposes. I think this is a great idea, but, as with all things, I think the use of wastewaster needs to be "need-driven" and that proper policy cannot just say "let's reuse waste-water." Hopefully they can find the corresponding need, but if not, this is, yet again, a program that gets into the paper that cannot be effectuated in practice.
Sheila Dixon shares my own belief that SRB's mock budget was a "scare tactic." I'm somewhat surprised that Sheila didn't decide to keep herself on the down-low for a bit, but then again, this is one public figure that no one can predict.
Bob Ehlich's footsie team suggests that they are ready to "go all the way." Rumor has it that there will be an anouncement around Thursday of next week (April 8th).
The Maryland Legislature apparently is only willing to make easy cuts to the budget, and is wary about shifting pension costs back to the County (the people who decide how much they will offer their teachers in pensions). Moral Hazard.
Wordbones gets some yardwork out of the way.
HowChow wants you to get out for Taste for Life.
I've noticed that some Anonymous commenters have taken to calling individuals, and NCA as a group, "liars" in the course of the redevelopment debate. I respect the right to remain Anonymous while expressing dissent, and why some individuals may feel the need to do so, but I don't support name calling behind the mask of anonymity. I'm not going to delete these comments, but I think it is childish and detracts from the substance of this debate. However, I also feel that this is the result of escalation of rhetoric allowed by both parties, referring to either side as "crazies," "nut-jobs," or "greedy developers." Hopefully cooler heads will prevail, but I have begun to doubt it.