Thursday, September 26, 2013

What's new around here?

With Yahoo changing its user interface for the forums on their site ("Groups"), I've noticed it is quiet on the news front again.  And yet, things are continuing to move forward.  I heard from a friend, that there was a major court decision against Prince George's County on civil rights as far as wrongful arrest -- but I haven't seen it covered in the media.  Have you?  If so, please post a link or share what you know!

A frequent blogger on education issues has thrown her hat in the ring for the D9 School Board job.  Cheers for that, because we need more voices that have not been co-opted by needing their political jobs to pay the bills.

The President is supposed to visit Largo to talk about the Affordable Care Act today!  Are you there?  Snap a photo, or leave me a comment!

What's new in your part of the world?

Friday, August 16, 2013

With Patch slashing employees, wither Local?

News broke this morning that AOL's Patch will be pink-slipping workers today.  We have seen at least one local Patch editor report on being let go. 

This is especially rough coming on the heels of big changes at the sale of the venerable Washington Post earlier in the month.  For people in the area over forty, and those who haven't yet joined FaceBook, Twitter, Reddit, or some similar social media network to pass word of local news, it's more isolating than ever.

What will you be doing if you are accustomed to reading Patch?  Do you chat with neighbors periodically?  And where do you meet them, at the grocery store, commuting, at church or synagogue or mosque, or elsewhere? 

Do you feel as though you are in touch with what's going on in your community?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thinking about pet adoption ....

When we were young, Dad worked near the big city shelter for a while.  He began bringing home puppies we would adopt and we went through a series of pups who were sick until finally we found one we'd have as a family pet for life.

As grown ups, we went to a rescue group shelter and visited some cats, and eventually chose one (or she chose us?).  We haven't adopted from a municipal shelter before that we can recall.

The end of summer is a good time to consider adopting a pet.  As life settles back into a more regular routine, the new pet is part of the routine and makes it a little bit different in a good way!

You can usually find a full schedule of adoption events at local pet supply stores like PetSmart or Petco most weekends.

Have you adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue?  What was that like? 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

PG Desert, and Weekly Round-Up

Last week saw several notable events hereabouts.

First, a new blog was launched on the Upper Marlboro Patch.  The first post covers the recent NO KILL CONFERENCE and PG County's role there.  The annual event hosted people from across the globe, and took place near the end of July in Washington, DC.  If you missed the conference, be sure and read and subscribe to the new blog!

Also afoot is a court case, to litigate the confiscation of a beloved and necessary service dog for a person with disabilities who lives in PG County.  That story is both heartbreaking and infuriating.  And litigating against an entrenched bureaucracy in PG as you may know, ain't easy! Read about the journey here.

And finally, do we live in the desert?  You may be  a food desert-dweller, according to the USDA's new map.  Food deserts, where people have no, or limited, access to grocery stores with fresh, non-pre-processed food, exist in the County.

You can learn a lot more about it, from USDA.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guarding the chickens

What would happen if there had been an Inspector General role created in Prince George's County?  If you have been watching the unfolding story about IRS' Exempt Organizations scrutiny and the Congressional hearings on the issue, you might find yourself mulling that.

We can find that report here. 

One thing you'll notice is that this is not actually an independent audit.  Rather, this is an agency (in our case the Treasury Department) reviewing and assessing operations by a lower-level of its own structure.  The Internal Revenue Service is a component of the US Treasury, and the Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division is a functional area within the IRS.

Are you watching the hearings?  Is anything particularly striking in the discussion and question and answers?