Read Past Columns:

by Jack Lynch, Editor


Remembering my Revolutionary Ancestor - Abraham Faw

Why Not the Best?

A Tree Grows in Frederick for Anne Frank

The Tragedy of Kai Hagen

Frederick County's Gunslinger Slate, Fire from the Lip, shoot from the Hip!

A Visit to Tangier Island

Historic Snowfall, Road Salt, Watershed Protection and the Chesapeake Bay

Will It be Progress or Retrenchment in Frederick County?

Is This the End of Frederick Smart Growth?

A Series of Links Follows from the Air It Out with George political commentary website:

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!

The subsequent links are again from older dates of The Frederick Citizen:

A Rememebrance: Beijing Spring, Interrupted

County Officials and Public Communications

The Snallygaster in Frederick County

Fourth Anniversary of the Frederick Citizen

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 FiatCountering Alderman Imhoff's Growth Beliefs

An Alternate View of Frederick CityGrowth 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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July 7, 2011

Bulldozer Blaine Young

by Jack Lynch

There he goes again!  Fresh off the deregulation of builder’s codes and requirements across the board, and after launching a proposal to gut county employees with a ham handed privatization scheme, our good old boy “Bulldozer” Blaine Young has released his latest diatribe aimed at the heart of Bay cleanup plans from the state.

First, a bit of background  on septic growth from the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP):

“Maryland has about 430,000 septic systems on developed parcels; 420,000 of them are on residential parcels.  About 50,000 are located in the Critical Area, sensitive areas within 1,000 feet of tidal waters.

Septic systems release pollutants, such as nitrogen, into ground water. Ultimately, much of this groundwater is discharged to surface waters. For example, in the Critical Area about 80 percent of nitrogen from septic systems will reach the estuary.”

A graphic on state septic growth from MDP’s Chesapeake Bay goals planning:

sewer growth loads

Here’s an overview of Blaine Young’s Tentacle column Here.  It contains two boogey men, state planning personified by Governor O’Malley, and Democrats, whose little lefty hearts only beat in rhythm to sissy little feel good causes – not the manly Bob the Builder type’s interests!

A sampling of the impressive intellectual output of those big boy pants:

“…proposal to all but eliminate private well and septic development in the State of Maryland.”

Strike One! – sorry Blaine, but allowing up to 5 septic lots per farm is not really eliminating property rights, it’s really only stopping the kind of massive developments sought through rezoning by the builder boys.

“…governor’s proposal fits squarely with the philosophy and strategy of the Democratic Party.”

Strike Two! – sorry Mr. Blame, but Democrats believe in their children’s futures too, and thinking a bit farther out than suburban sprawl as the highest achievement of human happiness.

“…squarely target people only in certain portions of the state…fits in with the overall strategy of the Democratic Party, moving forward in their effort to win more political campaigns. The Democratic Party leadership does not like rural and suburban areas. The reason for that is simple: They vote Republican.”

Strike Three! – sorry Bad Boy Blaine, but you’ve objected to a proposal based on hearsay and illogical thinking rather than addressing the basic facts and rationale – where do you address the actual concept of limiting septic growth?

Do you think that if we were living back in the 1950’s Mr. Blaine would be fighting for outhouses in the City?  Excuse me for a cigarette break, and a martini at lunch, and a call to make sure my wife's home doing my laundry!

Here’s a more reasonable look at what is being proposed with septic limiting regulations.  A few facts from the Maryland Department of Planning website:

“An estimated 7 percent (3.6 million pounds per year) of the Chesapeake Bay's total nitrogen load in Maryland comes from septic systems. Based on current growth trends, MDP projects about 145,000 new septic systems will be added over the next 20 years, resulting in a 34-percent increase in total nitrogen load.

The average person using a septic system contributes about 9.5 lbs of nitrogen per year to ground water. Installing or upgrading to a nutrient enhanced removal septic system, reduces the nitrogen load delivered to the Chesapeake Bay by half.”

And from the B’more Green reporter’s blog on the Baltimore Sun’s website:

“Each household on a septic system produces up to 10 times as much nitrogen as one connected by sewer to a wastewater treatment plant.”

“This is far more important than just meeting our nitrogen reduction goals," said Russell Brinsfield, director of the University of Maryland Center for Agro-Ecology. He noted that if state planners' projections are correct, nearly one-fourth of the state's remaining agricultural lands could be lost to development in the next 25 to 30 years.”

And a look at a mapping of septic growth across the state of Maryland from MDP:

Maryland septics mapping

So who’s going to benefit?

#1  Blaine Young, with campaign cash and a Builder Boy campaign for County Executive!

#2  Bob the Builder’s, they can put away the dry mock crying towels and pave a few parking lots and bulldozer more large developments!

So who’s going to lose?

#1  Farmers, who stand the watch creeping growth and rising land development values eat away at their passion to keep farming.

#2  Ordinary citizens stuck in increasing traffic to drop their children at overcrowded schools.

#3  The wallets of future residents who will someday have to mitigate the problems of privatizing increased growth profits and passing along responsibility and costs.

Watch out when the big bulldozer comes through, it’ll run you over and never stop!