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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | January 7, 1992
Sixty-four percent of Columbia residents see no need for radical change now in the way the unincorporated city is governed, but 65 percent would support some changes in the future, according to a survey released yesterday.The survey of 429 adults was commissioned by a citizens' group that is considering alternatives to the Columbia Association, the structure that governs the 25-year-old city of 75,000. An elected Columbia Council makes policy for the city and appoints the association's president.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 27, 2014
Winston Churchill is credited with many wry quips, including the observation that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried. No doubt, the sentiment relates to the reality that representative governments, managed by leaders chosen by the people and organized to prevent tyrants from taking over and to protect the rights of people who hold minority opinions, are notoriously beset by inefficiencies and no-win situations. The zoning appeals process in Harford County (and the balance of Maryland, for that matter)
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May 16, 2000
AFTER MONTHS of embarrassing turmoil, Columbians may now engage in a period of creative statecraft. The task could be easy or onerous -- the heavy lifting of incorporation or a few minor adjustments, bylaw changes and the like. Ideally, the city would have a leader in place to guide this process and then to assume control of it. But the Columbia Association's former president, Deborah O. McCarty, departed recently in a cloud of controversy. The newly elected Columbia Council must therefore assume leadership in this endeavor.
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April 2, 2012
We in Maryland have petitions to override laws the legislature enacted and to approve amendments to the Maryland Constitution. Other States have similar laws. California also allows petitions to enact new laws. Sounds very democratic, in a political structure sense, not a partisan sense. However, the Constitutional Convention debated the question of democracy and concluded that democracy can only work in small settings, not in large state or national structures. Thus, Constitution's Article IV section 4. states: "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government ... " A republican form of government requires a representative, elected legislature.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | October 15, 1993
The Columbia Council is waiting to receive a report on debt refinancing possibilities before considering hiring an independent consultant to evaluate the pros and cons of creating a public form of government.The council expects to receive an analysis of refinancing scenarios by the end of this month from the Columbia Association's bond counsel, Piper & Marbury of Baltimore.The law firm is analyzing whether the association could save money through refinancing its debt at lower interest rates under the unincorporated city's current structure, or whether savings could only be realized through converting to a public form of government.
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March 29, 1998
May 2 charter-proposal election offers tricky choiceBe sure to vote against both questions on the May 2 special election ballot. You can do that even though many voters are not aware of this choice because the ballot will not show it.Don't be tricked into voting for either one or the other if you don't understand what you may be voting for.The proposed charter is too complicated for the public to foresee what it would do for our county, and it will soon...
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 10, 1998
The proposed charter to change the county's form of government has received endorsements from the Carroll County Education Association and the League of Women Voters.Carroll residents will decide May 2 whether to change the commissioner government to a charter that provides for a county executive and five-member council. Another option on the ballot is to change from a three- to a five-member commission.The education association, the county teachers' union, is recommending the charter in a letter to its membership this week, said Ralph C. Blevins, president.
NEWS
August 30, 2006
With 10 Republicans and three Democrats, the Carroll County Commission race for three at-large seats is crowded in part because many voters believed early on that the panel would be expanded to five district seats. Political and legal wrangling put changes in the county's form of government on hold. After feuding openly this past session with their General Assembly delegation, the three incumbent commissioners managed to secure a spot on the November ballot that will allow voters to decide if Carroll County should switch to a Home Rule form of government.
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February 25, 1991
Since 1882, Havre de Grace has been run by an elected mayor and council, assisted by a town clerk. This form of government is now changing with the arrival of Dennis Sparks, of Bowling Green, Va., who recently was selected from more than 50 applicants as the Harford County town's first city manager.When Mr. Sparks begins his new job, he will be responsible for preparing annual budgets for the municipality of 9,400 residents. He will carry out the council's decisions and oversee the daily operations of the municipal staff of 75, including the police, planning and public works departments.
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By Darren Allen and Darren Allen,Staff Writer | July 8, 1992
ELDERSBURG -- In what is probably becoming an all-too-familiar refrain to the members of the Carroll Charter Board, residents here last night said they wanted an expanded county council and questioned the wisdom of having an appointed administrator.At the final public hearing on the first draft of a proposed county charter, about a dozen of the 70 people packed into an Eldersburg Library meeting room gave the board suggestions for the proposed charter.The board has tentatively proposed a five-member council, elected by districts of about 24,000 residents.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,tyeesha.dixon@baltsun.com | February 15, 2009
After months of debate over whether Annapolis should change its form of government by hiring a city manager to take over some of the mayor's duties, the Annapolis city council voted down Monday two versions of a "city manager" amendment that many Annapolitans argued would allow the city to be more professionally run. One version of the amendment - sponsored by Aldermen Ross H. Arnett III, Richard E. Israel, Samuel Shropshire and Julie Stankivic -...
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August 30, 2006
With 10 Republicans and three Democrats, the Carroll County Commission race for three at-large seats is crowded in part because many voters believed early on that the panel would be expanded to five district seats. Political and legal wrangling put changes in the county's form of government on hold. After feuding openly this past session with their General Assembly delegation, the three incumbent commissioners managed to secure a spot on the November ballot that will allow voters to decide if Carroll County should switch to a Home Rule form of government.
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December 12, 2005
Wrong to blame gays for abuse in church I wholly concur with Ellen Goodman that the bishops of the Catholic Church are missing the point in blaming homosexuals for the abuse scandal ("Church steps backward into bigotry," Opinion s Association. Rule by lobbyists isn't real democracy The Sun's front-page article "A wide net cast in lobby inquiry" (Dec. 4) mentions details learned in a probe of lobbyist Jack Abramoff and of the tens of millions of dollars paid to buy influence on Capitol Hill.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,SUN STAFF | November 21, 2004
Democracy is often portrayed as an almost-magic potion that will heal the wounds of the world, bringing peace to the Middle East, progress to Central Asia and prosperity to Africa. President Bush, calling freedom the God-given right of every person, has made spreading this form of government the centerpiece of his foreign policy for his second term. Bush is tapping into an essential theme of the American story, one that goes back to the beginning of a country whose citizens often saw their nation as a unique place with a special mission.
NEWS
July 4, 2003
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
NEWS
June 12, 2002
In an immense air-conditioned tent in Kabul, a new Afghan government is being born. More than 1,500 delegates from throughout the country assembled yesterday for ceremonies marking the opening of the grand council, or loya jirga, charged with choosing leaders and establishing a form of government. International peacekeepers stood watch inside and outside the tent amid tight security. The council, expected to last until the weekend, hopes to bring an end to decades of violence in the country of 22 million people.
NEWS
March 24, 1998
BARELY A WEEK remains for Carroll citizens to register to vote in the May 2 special election.That referendum will determine whether the county changes to a charter form of government, increases to five the number of county commissioners, or sticks with its longtime system of three commissioners.It is the most important electoral choice facing Carroll countians in many years.The opportunity to have a say in changing a form of government around for 160 years should be a compelling reason for unregistered residents to fill out a voter form at the county Board of Elections office, 125 N. Court St., Westminster, or at local post offices, high schools, social services offices or library branches.
NEWS
October 6, 1992
Twenty-four years ago, the citizens of Carroll County had the opportunity to adopt a charter. They decided to stay with the commission form of government. Next month, they have another chance to take control of their local government. They should not pass it up.Carroll County is no longer a rural place where local government plays a peripheral role in daily life. Government, whether people like it or not, looms larger in counties as they become more suburban. The need for schools, social services, public safety and public health increases.
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