Editor's Notebook

And waste another year

PencilPaperWhen the band R.E.M. sang “Don’t go back to Rockville,” they were on to something.

The city of Rockville, swimming in money is also a cesspool of incompetence, aggression, petty politics and pretense. City management staff resembles a squabbling nursery school more than professional adults.


Reflections on Ferguson

bullseye manThere is a deep division in this country. It threatens to overcome and overwhelm us all.
After spending several days on the ground in Ferguson Missouri, covering the protests and the riots that occurred after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, I can tell you first hand this division is real, growing and dangerous.

Police force and violence

PencilPaperIn Missouri this week law enforcement officers lobbed tear gas canisters and shot rubber bullets at enraged protesters after police shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in suburban St. Louis.

Witnesses say the boy was “shot like an animal” for no reason at all. The resulting conflagration in St. Louis resembles – more than anything else – the Deep South in the late 50s and early 60s.


Alice in Pepperland via Oz

PencilPaperIn 1968, some 753 years after the signing of the Magna Carta, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band freed the good people of Pepperland from the likes of the bad people – Blue Meanies.

Today, some 46 anno Sgt. Pepper, bad people – the Blue Meanies along with the Snapping  Turtle Turks, Butterfly Stompers and Apple Bonkers are once again tormenting Pepperland.


Re-Tasking SWAT to something more useful

PencilPaperWe are blessed in Montgomery County for a variety of reasons. There is a high quality of living, plenty of parks, great schools, and many different venues for entertainment. There are great restaurants and a variety of life others across the country envy. We live a life many consider idyllic in a relatively crime-free county as well.