Republicans in Calvert Protest Obama Policies With a Nod to 1773

This nonvoting member of the Calvert GOP Central Committee appeared at a rally in Solomons on Sunday.
This nonvoting member of the Calvert GOP Central Committee appeared at a rally in Solomons on Sunday. (By Christy Goodman -- The Washington Post)
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By Christy Goodman and Jenna Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Holding signs that read "Send Geithner to Gitmo" and "I Miss Reagonomics," several hundred Republicans from Calvert County -- and some from Virginia -- surrounded the pavilion in Solomons on Sunday afternoon to protest the taxing and spending policies of the Obama administration and U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner.

"We are not going to have anyone tax us unfairly without us having the last word," said Charles Lollor, chairman of the Charles County Republican Central Committee.

The demonstrators said they hoped to send a message to Annapolis and Washington that they "are vigilant, doing our duty as citizens," and will hold elected officials responsible for their spending, said Ron Miller of the Calvert County Republican Central Committee.

In a nod to the Boston Tea Party of 1773, organizers Sunday handed out tea bags for supporters to send to U.S. House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.). At the time of the Boston Tea Party, colonists argued that the Tea Act, passed by the British Parliament, violated their constitutional right to be taxed only by their elected representatives.

"Maryland's 5th Congressional District is on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, not the western shore of the San Francisco Bay," said state House Minority Leader Anthony J. O'Donnell (R-Calvert). He said that Hoyer is voting more like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and "spending our children's future."

The Solomons crowd also tossed empty boxes labeled "Stimulus" and "Bail Out" into the waters off the town's boardwalk. This time, the boxes were pulled from the water for environmental reasons.

Ex-Editor of Post Is Hailed in St. Mary's

Lovers of Maryland history were to celebrate the state's 375th birthday yesterday by honoring Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of The Washington Post, who has been instrumental in the restoration of Historic St. Mary's City.

The Maryland Historical Society planned to present Bradlee with its Marylander of the Year award during a luncheon in Baltimore. The guest list featured many prominent Marylanders, along with Bradlee's wife, journalist Sally Quinn. Also to be on hand was a costumed character portraying Lord Calvert, who landed on Maryland's shores in 1634 and became the state's governor.

Although Bradlee lives mainly in the District, he owns a waterfront home in St. Mary's County. For more than 18 years, he has served on the boards of the Historic St. Mary's City Commission and nearby St. Mary's College of Maryland. In that time, historians have unearthed the lead coffins of Calvert family members, reconstructed the historic city's brick chapel and developed the St. John's Site Museum.

Along the way, Bradlee has promoted the city, raising money and attracting visitors, said Louise Hayman, a spokeswoman for the historical society.

"He has an enormous enthusiasm for Historic St. Mary's City," she said. "He was just terrific in getting the word out."

Bradlee also helped broker peace between officials for St. Mary's City and the college. They had been at odds for years until Bradlee helped them realize that they had a common interest in Maryland history, said college president Jane Margaret "Maggie" O'Brien. She said that Bradlee's "imagination and determination" were catalysts for the college's partnership with the city.

"Everything that Ben does feels like it's out on the frontier, that it's something that has never been done before," O'Brien said. "Everything you do with Ben is marked with a valiant charge."

Police to Crack Down On Illegal Littering

Starting Saturday, police officers throughout the Washington area will crack down on people who pollute through illegal dumping and littering.

Officers will issue citations and make arrests during the campaign, which will coincide with Litter Enforcement Week, sponsored by the Alice Ferguson Foundation and the Police Chiefs' Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The effort will culminate April 4 with the 21st annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, when volunteers will remove trash at hundreds of sites.

Littering fines range from $75 to $2,500. Illegal dumping can cost as much as $40,000 and lead to up to five years in jail.

Calvert Officials Back Grant For Land Trust Projects

The Calvert Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support a grant application for $50,000 being submitted by the American Chestnut Land Trust to the Maryland Heritage Area Authority.

The environmental organization wants the money to buy 18 acres from St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Prince Frederick and to create a trail from Main Street to the trust's network of trails along the Chesapeake Bay, said Karen H. Edgecombe, executive director of the trust. The money would also be used to build a platform overlooking the bay.

The American Chestnut Land Trust maintains about 15 miles of hiking trails in the Prince Frederick and Parkers Creek areas. In addition to guided hikes, the group also provides canoe tours and other activities to teach residents about the environment.

Calvert Proposes 1.3% Hike In Budget for Fiscal 2010

Calvert County staff members were to present a proposed spending plan for fiscal 2010 during a public hearing Tuesday night. The $224.3 million budget represents a 1.3 percent increase, or $2.9 million, over this year's budget.

Under the proposal, county employees would not receive salary increases, and no new initiatives would be adopted. County departments would be held to the same level of spending as this year's.

County residents can submit comments until Tuesday. Another public hearing will be scheduled in May, and a budget is expected to be adopted in June.

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