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October 22, 2012
Columbia Association wants legislation passed that will reclassify itself as a nonprofit community services corporation and remove all of its lien-payers from the protection of all Homeowners Association laws. CA recognizes only the 10 members of the Columbia Council as members of CA, excluding 100,000 residents on 37,000 lien-paying residential and commercial properties. The president of CA is not elected by lien-payers. My guess is that CA is probably the largest organization in the country where people are forced to pay an annual fee, are not considered members and can't vote for their executive.
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NEWS
March 20, 2014
Regarding your article on Connecticut's health exchange ( "Maryland looks to Connecticut as exchange model," March 14), Maryland should copy that state's one-payer Medicaid system for the poor. In 2012, Connecticut's Medicaid program jettisoned its private insurance plans, a system similar to Maryland's Medicaid program, and formed "Husky," a state-administered Medicaid plan with only one payer - the state. The impetus for the change came after outside audits of two private Medicaid insurers in Connecticut showed significantly less money going to actual medical care than reported by the insurers.
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EXPLORE
February 4, 2013
Key to the Columbia Association's wholesale revision of its "People's Plan" for Symphony Woods - i.e., the plan developed collaboratively by renowned architects, residents and CA Board and staff   - is a proposed "Symphony Woods Trust. " At CA's meeting on Jan. 31, I was surprised to learn that this entity would not actually be a "Trust. "  Rather, it would be a non-stock corporation, which will apply for IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In 1984, CA's application to the IRS for 501(c)
NEWS
March 6, 2014
The article, "Officials mull next steps for state exchange" (March 2) omitted the possibility of Maryland seeking help from the one state that is on a sensible path to a workable, universal health care system - Vermont. The U.S. is the only developed country in the world that lacks universal health care. As a result, despite spending more per capita on health care than any other nation on Earth, we still have some 50 million Americans without health insurance, of whom some 50,000 die needlessly every year because they cannot afford the health care they need and medical debt is the leading cause of personal bankruptcy.
NEWS
By Dan Morse and Dan Morse,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1997
The tiny sales pitch sprinkled throughout Columbia-area real estate ads seems harmless enough: "No CPRA."But as Columbia's huge homeowners association showed last night, they're fighting words -- or, at the least, pointed-letter-writing words.The Columbia Association's board voted to send a letter to local real estate agents to ask them to ditch the acronym, which stands for Columbia Park and Recreation Association. Agents use it to lure buyers to neighboring subdivisions where they don't pay annual property liens to CA.The liens are essentially a Columbia property tax, in addition to the county property tax paid by all Howard County homeowners.
NEWS
October 20, 1991
Non-residents of Columbia who pay to use the town's recreation facilities could bear the burden for cost increases next year.Members of the Columbia Council, in preparing for a new budget that will begin May 1, directed the Columbia Association staff Thursday to explore that possibility."
NEWS
November 8, 2006
Self-defense -- Slayton House in Wilde Lake village Center will offer two two-hour sessions in the basics of self-defense for women at 7:30 p.m. today and Nov. 22. The sessions will cover mental, verbal and physical skills to avoid potentially dangerous situations and help prepare to deal with any that arise. The cost is $25. The program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association; Columbia Association lien payers can request a 10 percent discount. 410-730-3987.
NEWS
November 16, 2003
CA programs favor wealthier lien-payers I feel that the Columbia Association (CA) Board should address the matter of returning to the lien-payer some of the money collected as a result of the recent real property assessment. The operation of the outdoor pools, the open space, the golf courses, etc. is extremely costly. Note that some of those facilities are used by relatively few, mostly the affluent; for instance, each of the golf courses loses up to $150,000 annually. Additionally, the $800,000 required to refurbish the Hobbit's Glen Golf Course must be added to the revenue lost because that golf course is closed for renovations.
NEWS
June 1, 2003
On Friday May 30, 2003, THOMAS ROBERT, beloved husband of Shirley "Mickey" (nee Gies) Dougher; devoted father of Kevin M. and his wife Eva Dougher, Tracey D. Smith and Craig S. Dougher; dear brother of James Fitzpatrick; loving grandfather of Bradley, Lauren and Bethany. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Sterling-Ashton-Schwab Funeral Home Inc., 736 Edmondson Ave. (1/2 mile west of beltway exit 14), on Monday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. where Christian payers will be held 8:30 P.M. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Tuesday 10 A.M. at Saint Agnes Catholic Church.
NEWS
March 6, 2001
WHEN the Columbia Council meets Thursday evening, three issues are likely to come up: A cap on increases in the lien or tax rate, now 36.5 cents per $100,000 of valuation. Legal fees of $300,000 accumulated by the council in recent months will be discussed. And the council will debate whether to discuss the above issues in public. The third of these matters demands an immediate answer: Yes. Certainly. How could such important busines be considered in private? The current council, overriding the objections of some of its members, meets in private too often.
NEWS
January 22, 2014
The ugly duckling of Obamacare is showing a few minor signs that it may yet turn into a cygnet, but how long before it matures into a swan? Positive endorsements from satisfied recipients of new medical insurance coverage give us hope after the negativism of the last three years and then the hopeless launching of the scheme. I'm happy for the satisfied citizens and an improvement in public health and hope, beyond hope, that the younger and healthier elements of our population will start to sign up. Right now, I see an increased drainage of government money in the direction of subsidies for the less wealthy of the new sign-ups, without any apparent financial stress to the medical insurance companies involved.
NEWS
November 21, 2013
Speeches, slides and introductions at the Horowitz Center on Nov. 18 were long on the five-firm "Dream Team's" credentials as "Unabashed Designers of Delight" [per the Trust's handout] — with slides of buildings, rooftop parks, unusual landscape sculptures and constructions worldwide and accompanied by GMAP (God-Mother-Apple-Pie) aspirations to join people-nature-beauty together. Much of this reminded me of marketing efforts by a lead character in the current Masterpiece Theatre PBS show, "Paradise," as he develops and pitches ideas for a new, all-service department store to meet women's needs in 19th-century London.
NEWS
November 18, 2013
As Obamacare crumbles under the weight of its own complexity and dwindling popular support, Americans gain the opportunity to make genuine, systemic changes in health care funding, namely a single-payer program of Medicare-for-all. ( "Md. weighs options after Obama unveils fix to dropped insurance policies," Nov. 14). While touted as a dramatic reform measure, the Affordable Care Act merely solidifies an already broken system in which precious health care dollars are squandered on a Byzantine network of administrative costs and insurance industry profits.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
The federal Affordable Care Act is expected to provide access to medical coverage to hundreds of thousands of Maryland's uninsured, but one group said that doesn't go far enough. The group, Healthcare is a Human Right-Maryland, led a rally Saturday in Baltimore to push for single-payer coverage similar to that in countries such as Canada and Sweden, where the government runs most of the health system and there are no insurance companies. The health reforms widely known as Obamacare require most people to get insurance.
EXPLORE
February 4, 2013
Key to the Columbia Association's wholesale revision of its "People's Plan" for Symphony Woods - i.e., the plan developed collaboratively by renowned architects, residents and CA Board and staff   - is a proposed "Symphony Woods Trust. " At CA's meeting on Jan. 31, I was surprised to learn that this entity would not actually be a "Trust. "  Rather, it would be a non-stock corporation, which will apply for IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. In 1984, CA's application to the IRS for 501(c)
EXPLORE
October 22, 2012
Columbia Association wants legislation passed that will reclassify itself as a nonprofit community services corporation and remove all of its lien-payers from the protection of all Homeowners Association laws. CA recognizes only the 10 members of the Columbia Council as members of CA, excluding 100,000 residents on 37,000 lien-paying residential and commercial properties. The president of CA is not elected by lien-payers. My guess is that CA is probably the largest organization in the country where people are forced to pay an annual fee, are not considered members and can't vote for their executive.
NEWS
June 9, 2002
CA policy on conflicts needs adjustment Columbia Association (CA) policy does not go far enough to protect assessment-payers' rights to representation. CA representative powers include the expression of opinion, debate and voting rights on matters brought before the council/board. Section 7 serves mostly as a placebo since it does not resolve the loss of powers of debate or vote. To suggest that an opinion provided by a village chair would satisfy the issue is ludicrous especially with the board being quick to vote and unwilling to delay (The change in the conflict of interest policy recently voted on demonstrates this behavior)
NEWS
July 30, 2012
Jack Meyer and Caroline Mortensen's commentary on health care reform is undercut by its poor timing because their proposal for an expansion of Medicaid comes just as 13 states have announced cuts to the program ("Compromise needed on the Affordable Care Act", July 26). The enormous budget deficits facing most states make it extremely unlikely that they will be able to enact the new health policies. Rather than waste valuable time, energy and resources on complicated and incremental reforms, why not work on a more effective solution, one that truly reduces the federal deficit and does not burden states?
NEWS
By Peter Morici | June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act's requirement that individuals purchase health insurance or pay a tax would seem to take the "single-payer" concept out of the national conversation about health care. Paradoxically, however, provisions of the president's health care reform initiative may ultimately instigate just such a single-payer system, akin to the British National Health Service. The vast majority of Americans believe that all citizens are entitled to some reasonable access to health care.
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