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  • 11/06/2015 11:57 AM | Brian Wigutow (Administrator)

    If you read the paper, you know that the Commissioners and the Board of Education are presented with a decision on closing schools.

    The largest growth of Carroll County was in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s.  Young couples came from Baltimore City and many nearby counties. They were drawn by our county’s beauty, the relative low cost of living, and our great schools.  They had kids who filled our schools. 

    Things changed.    I remember going to public meetings where people actually stood up and yelled.   “The schools are filled.   The roads are crowded.   We must stop all this new development,”    The people doing the loudest complaining were those who had moved in in the previous five years.  What they were really saying was, “I moved to Carroll County because of the beautiful open farmlands and the rural character.   Now that I’m here, let’s stop anyone else from coming.”   They got their wish   Building moratoriums were put in place and the number of new houses dwindled to a fraction of their previous numbers.   Rules from the state increased the cost of building a house.   Sprinklers were made mandatory.   Septic tanks are now many times the cost of what they used to be because of a state rule mandating state of the art septic systems.

    I am reminded of an old saying, “Be careful what you wish for.”

    For the last decade or so, the number of new houses are down, and the people living in them the existing homes are older, and are not producing the kids to fill the schools.  

    At public hearings and in letters to the editor, citizens are giving every reason they can think of to NOT close their favorite schools.

    Having a job where you have to go outside the county , or just owning a business, often makes it hard, if not impossible, to attend public meetings.

    Because of simple numbers, some schools will have to be closed.   Whatever your opinion, please take the time to write a personal letter to the commissioners and the Board of Education members.  They need to hear from you.

    Larry Helminiak

  • 10/01/2015 12:40 PM | Brian Wigutow (Administrator)

    Making Maryland More Business Friendly

    I understand that Governor Hogan has finished his cancer treatments.  Being under treatment has taken much of the time of his first year in office that could have been spent on state business.   In the last couple of weeks, he has been playing catch-up.

    Making Maryland more business friendly was one of his goals, and he has taken the first steps to do so.  We, as business owners, know what it is to pay license fees.   In September, the governor cut almost all the LICENSE FEES that we must pay to stay in business.   Some as much as 20%.  This is a start and sends a message that he is trying to keep his campaign promises.

    A hot topic across the country is the fight over funding, or not funding Planned Parenthood.   It is likely that, in next year’s session, decisions will be made regarding what Maryland will do.

    There are people who feel strongly on this issue, FOR and AGAINST.   It is hard to find anyone who does not have an opinion.   No matter which side you are on, I encourage you to write to your local Delegate and Senator to express your opinion.

    They make their decisions on their own feelings; but are strongly influenced by the positions of their constituents.   Do not send emails.   Nothing has a greater effect on an office holder than a letter, written by a constituent, on your company’s letterhead, and signed by you, the owner.

    Do not wait until the session begins.   With over 3,000 new bills being submitted in every session, things get lost in the process.    Take the time to write a letter now, when it has the greatest impact.

    Larry Helminiak

  • 09/01/2015 12:20 PM | Brian Wigutow (Administrator)

    With no new laws being passed in Annapolis, I inquired about the plan for roads In South Carroll.

    Liberty Road west of 32

    Currently, the road changes from four lanes on each side then down to two lanes a little further up.

    The PLAN, in the near future, is to widen Liberty Road so that it will be four lanes all the way to White Rock.

     Route 32

    An idea in the works is to widen 32 from Bennett Road and add a turn lane by Liberty High School

  • 08/01/2015 12:00 AM | Anonymous

    Jesse Waters Stops Random Students on College Campuses

    If you watch TV, you must have noticed that there’s talk of a presidential election in 2016. 

    If you watch FOX, you have likely seen WATER’S WORLD   , where Jesse Waters stops random students on college campuses, and asks them who the Vice President of the United States is.  Many, far too many, don’t know.

    If you are a member of SCBA, you are likely a boss, with employees.   Perhaps YOUNG employees.  I’ve noticed that many of them spend more time on social media than watching news on TV.  Many simply don’t know what they don’t know.  Some do; but they tend to be the exception.  Their lives are too bush to pay that much attention.

    When I owned Carroll Insulation, it was common for employees to come up to me in the week before an election and ask them to advise them who to vote for.   The truth is, they respect your opinion.

    It would be nice to be able to vote more than once on Election Day (like they do in Philadelphia, where some precincts recorded 100% turnout with NO votes for Romney.    Or in Cuyahoga county, Ohio, where turnout exceeded 100% of registered voters.)    Check it out if you don’t believe me.   Lastly, there are three counties in North Carolina where thousands of people voted who are over 112 years of age.  Check google if you don’t believe me.

    My point is this…………………..  Your employees look up to you.  They cherish your opinion.   If YOU can’t vote more than once, you CAN, through your advice, multiply your votes by advising your employees.

    If you now expect me to tell YOU who to vote for, you are wrong.  

    My advice:

    • ·                 Do some research on ALL the candidates
    • ·                 Look for the one who will be best for private business.
    • ·                 Wait for an employee to ask for your advice
    • ·                 Tell them who that is, and be sure to remind them to vote.

    In this way, you multiply the chances of the best business person being elected.

    Larry Helminiak

  • 07/01/2015 12:42 PM | Brian Wigutow (Administrator)

    Praying for a quick recovery for our Governor

    As every Marylander knows, Governor Larry Hogan announced in a press conference that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkins  Lymphoma.  This is serious; but treatable.

    On June 27, he started his first chemo treatment which lasted four days. After that treatment he announced that he feels great, and will continuing to perform his duties as governor.

    Attention has now turned to Lieut. Governor Boyd Rutherford.  Most people usually have trouble even NAMING the Lieutenant Governor.   It is worthwhile getting to know him, as he will take the governor’s place whenever necessary. He said in a press conference, “The governor and I ran on making the state more business friendly and that is what we are setting out to do. That’s why we’re so excited to welcome the world’s largest shipping company back to the Port of Baltimore.  “

    Another quote on Mr. Rutherford, “Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford’s new role as his boss’s stand-in was on full display Wednesday, when he took the lead in welcoming a major shipping company back to the Port of Baltimore.

    Still his cautious self, Rutherford celebrated the return of the Denmark-based Maersk.  It represents the launch of an important partnership between the state and an industry leader in Maersk.  It represents the launch of an important partnership between the state and an industry leader in Maersk. Our great port is a critical economic asset for Maryland and today reaffirms that.”

    Rutherford is a lawyer and career bureaucrat, and has largely defined his political career as a behind-the scenes guy who enjoys poring over documents looking for government waste.

    The point, for SCBA, is this. Governor Hogan ran, and intends to perform, as a business friendly governor. His occasional absence will be filled by a very capable Lieutenant Governor with the same goals.

    I can’t end this letter without asking you all to pray for a quick recovery for Governor Hogan.

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