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Jack Lynch, Editor

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Frederick City Growth

American Promised Land - American All

Black Frederick and Matters of Race and Politics

Dumping on the Chesapeake Bay

Common Sense Writ Large

The Next Mayor of Frederick

Democracy in Action!

Ottawa: About a Greenbelt, Transit Oriented Development and Government Fiat

Countering Alderman Imhoff's Growth Beliefs

An Alternate View of Frederick City

Growth Policy

An Acorn in the Bucket

Monocacy River Part II

Monocacy River Part I

New Market Regional Plan Affirmation

43 More!

Fish and Life

Talking Trash

Strike Three, Smoking Out!

A Green Fund Too Far, Or Not Far Enough?

Growth Back to the Future

Revisiting an Iraq War Opinion Four Years Later

Second Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

Unrepentant Cady

Sour Grapes and Fine Wine

There's Hope for Good Government

The Democratic Fifth

The County of Feel Good

Hypocrisy Indeed

The Alliance

The Growth Machine Slate

"The Issues are Bipartisan" - David Gray

The Importance of Jan Gardner's Campaign

Form Follows Function

Route 15 Scenic Walmart

Frederick Blue

The Curtain Rises

Housing Growth, Not Smart Growth, Not Progressive Planning

Understanding Lennie Thompson

Frederick's Tale of Two Rabbi's

Wellhead Protection

Make Believe, or Desperate Duncan?

A Progressive Concept Approved...then Defeated!

Hog Wild

Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

We're No Gwinnett County

"An Election, Not a Selection...!"  Indeed!

A Potpourri of Thoughts and Issues...

Now That the Smoke Has Cleared


How am I to Decide on Mayor of Frederick?

Doomed To Repeat It

Frantic Orthodoxy

Stealth Candidate

Another Perfect Day for Bananafish

This Summer Election

Building Issues

Just Powers

Death Defying Election?

In the Heat

Horse Sense for Frederick County?

Kudzu and Million Dollar Homes

Bartlett's Ozone Trip

Let the Games Begin

Blood in the Water

Coffee Klatch

Archaeology in Frederick

Bizarro World

Mr. O'Malley's March

Playing All the Cards

Who are Your Friends New Market?

Mixed Use

Beijing Spring, Interrupted

Passion, People and Politics in Frederick City

Millennium project

A Frederick Leader of Distinction

APFO Under Attack

State Lands Sale

Frederick Water Sourcing

Frederick Water

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People vs. Croswell

Serving the Frederick, Maryland Community Proudly!

Hairly There by Constance Trump

West Virginia Glen Looks at Frederick

Against Gun Control by Jesse Atchison

Republican Fissures by Ted Waddelow

 Jack Lynch, Editor
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January 8, 2009

Fourth Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

It has been four years now that I've tried to use this website to engage in a public discussion of the ways and means of growth, environmental concerns, and it has now even served to launch my aspirations towards public office.

It brings in about 15,000 unique visitors each year, and about ten times that many 'hits' - I'm fairly proud that it has used the power of the web to reach that many people, and I hear from many local folks to Frederick who watch it regularly. I've just added a GuestMap that will allow visitors to pinpoint their locations - it will be interesting to watch - my web server reports show that even Tunisians and Mongolians occasionally stray upon this website - such is the wonderful communication tool of the internet!

Updates have not been as frequent as I would like - hopefully my current engagement will egg me on to show more ancillary thoughts around the on-going discussions on these vital matters and how they apply towards my ideas for developing a more sustainable future for the City of Frederick, Maryland.

In this age when conglomerates are taking over the media and eliminating independent local voices we need every new source of commentary that strives to be credible and current to local interests.

1/3/2008 - I was featured on WFMD Am 930 Radio in Frederick - hear the broadcast/podcast here: Hour 1 and Hour 2

Be sure to peruse the August report of the Abell Foundation in Baltimore: Growing, Growing, Gone!: The Chesapeake Bay and the Myth of Endless Growth

"Nixon and the U.S. Congress, influenced by widespread population concern around the first Earth Day in 1970, appointed a bipartisan Commission on Population and the American Future.12 It was drawn from the labor and environmental movements, academia, politics, and business. Known as the Rockefeller Commission after its chairman, John D. Rockefeller, 3d, its conclusions 36 years later seem fresh
and original:

“After two years of concentrated effort, we have concluded that, in the long run, no substantial benefits will result from further growth of the Nation’s population, rather that the gradual stabilization of our population... would contribute significantly to the Nation’s ability to solve its problems.”

“We have looked for, and have not found, any convincing economic argument for continued population growth. The health of our country does not depend on it, nor does the vitality of business, nor the welfare of the average person.”

- demands for big suburban yards have driven development of open space up 100 percent in the last 30 years while population has risen only about 30 percent. And people on large lots commonly generate four to eight times the sewage from their septic tanks as people in more urban areas hooked to sewage-treatment plants...

Economic development would continue to underpin our prosperity – a shift to building more comfortable, affordable and energy-efficient homes versus more homes; to producing tastier, more nutritious burgers with less impact on the environment, rather than more and bigger ones; to rebuilding our cities and towns and mass transit systems versus expanding roads and the suburbs. This focus on a “steady state” economy, rather than on a high-growth one, will better serve those already here...

A sustainable society is one that meets its present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs – one that can persist over generations, using natural resources at rates that allow nature to renew itself."

I'm working on an update - Snallygaster: The Lost Legend of Frederick County. Check out the new book Here.


"For several hundred years, tales of the Snallygaster have terrified the people of Frederick County, Maryland. Described as being half-reptile and half-bird, this winged creature is said to live deep in the caves of South Mountain. Legend has it, this mysterious monster swoops down from the sky and steals children and chickens from unsuspecting farm folk. Some say it's real. Some say it's a myth. But when they see it coming, they all say... "Better run and hide...the Snallygaster's comin' to get ya!"



Jack Lynch Campaign for Mayor of Frederick 2009 Here!

Visitors - Add a Map Marker of Your Location Here on my GuestMap!


Check Out a lively and progressive Frederick political blog : Air It Out with George. I've recently begun posting blogs there

Chesapeake Blues on Tangier Island

July 4, 2008

Mass Burn

Appalachian Blues on Hillbilly Highway

Buying a Congressional Seat in Maryland's First District - Coming to the Sixth District?

Democratic Candidates on American Foreign Policy

All the King's Horses!

Campaign in Song: Bushie Head Out the Mixing Bowl

Democratic Campaign's Vertical Treadmill on Space Mission

A Bit of Olympic Political History

Obama for the Chesapeake Bay?

Politics is Personal: Repeat Three Times

Prediction: Bad News for Obama, The End of Post-Racial Politics

American Exceptionalism on the World Stage

Obama Speaking on March 18th - Political Equinox

Yee Haw! On to Pennsyltuckey!

American Blackface: Tragic Octoroon

Key to Success - Lesson for Frederick:

Republicrats Yes, Middlecrats No

Too Many Promises ...Loaves and Fishes

Identity Black and White in Frederick

Mashup 1968 - 2008: On to Texas, Out with Clinton?

Fat Tuesday!

Symbol, Sense and Substance

Eight More Years

The Dollar Bubble

Judging a Candidate By Their Website

Baby, We Were Born to Bun!