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Here’s a report from the Eldersburg Patch on the first 100 days of Carroll County’s Prague Spring!  It’s an encouraging report.  Local government can be sexy and crucial to liberty!  Some highlights from Commission President Doug Howard’s report:

Implemented the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer at the opening of Commissioner meetings.*  *  * Reinstated the County Christmas tree…”at no additional cost to taxpayers,” Howard said.

I am sure the ACLU and its allies will cheer for this!

They have recommended term limits for commissioners; reduced costs in the Commissioners’ office by $420,000 (“‘We are running a board of five commissioners  for $140,000 less than it cost to have a three-commissioner board in the past,’ Howard said.”), now requires a four member supermajority to raise taxes, and rejected the comprehensive plan of the predecessor board.  Of course, near to my heart, the Commission voted to leave ICLEI!

The commission also did this:

Created the Celebrate America Task Force. The task force, still in the planning stages, will aim to “do a better job of celebrating and teaching American history as well as market Carroll County as the center of history,” Howard said.

Sandy’s hint:  Order the new TEXAS textbooks!

The Commission also did some local things I do not know enough to comment on.  In general, it sounds like solid reforms that can be emulated throughout the country.  Remember, Commissioner Richard Rothschild will be in Hoopstown USA (Richmond) on April 6!  That’s only two days after VCU wins the national title!



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. sykesvillemom says:

    Just happened to be browsing the web. I live in Carroll County. This is no Prague Spring, and our commissioners are not heroes. But you go ahead and boost them up. That will just make their eventual fall even more painful.

  2. Carroll County says:

    I urge you to look at these websites to see alternative/opposing views of Mr Rothschild.

    Thank you.

  3. John Carroll says:

    As a former resident of the beautiful state of Virginia, I must say I’m disheartened to learn that at least some of the Old Dominion has fallen prey to the rantings of a lunatic. The illustrious Mr. Rothschild does not represent the views of most Carroll County, MD, residents. He is an over-the-top, right-wing, fear-mongering radical who has one speech and one speech only: government bad, property owner good. His arguments don’t hold water. Get him off topic and he can’t even tread water. Add to this his profanity-laced, sexism/racism-tainted phraseology and you have…what? Nothing more than a transplanted abomination and embarrassment to those of us who call Carroll County home. I’m afraid you, my former neighbors, are setting yourselves up for disappointment.

    • Tom White says:

      So you are saying he sounds like the founding fathers, in other words. Sexism? Race-tainted? These sound like the imaginary rantings of a liberal minded Progressive who is unable refute the issue and resorts to personal attacks.

      Perhaps you should have a look at the 8 Rules for Liberals I documented a few years ago. Get used to having your liberal agenda exposed to the sunlight. That is the best way to disinfect this illness.

      • John Carroll says:

        You wrote: “a liberal minded Progressive who is unable refute the issue and resorts to personal attacks”

        Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black!


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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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