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good-bye mike knapp

Mike Knapp of Germantown moves on from Montgomery County Council.


clarksburg to become dormitory town


Clarksburg is nothing but houses.

“[Clarksburg is] fast becoming a dormitory town unless we get some employment here,” said Kathie Hulley, president of the Clarksburg Civic Association.

“It’s not even a town, it’s just houses.”

I doubted this statement when I first read it. But now I think Hulley has a point. Clarksburg doesn’t even have a descent ice cream place. Damascus, the dry town, at least has a Jimmie Cone. And Germantown has a Dairy Queen. No college town should be without a few ice cream places. And I won’t touch upon bars. And IHOPs.

Let’s face it. Clarksburg is worthless without a medical campus.

Clarksburg leaders are trying to paint a scenario that if an (Adventist HealthCare) hospital and medical campus is not built in their beloved town, all is lost. No other business will come. A field of dreams will be turned to a dust bowl.

Clarksburg residents see the Adventist Healthcare proposal as the last chance to attract a major employer, writes the Gazette.

Give me a break.

The Gazette quotes Clarksburg ombudsman Kathleen Mitchell. “Stores and restaurants depend on customers throughout the day. “Without businesses such as the hospital complex, the community will not have the economic base to support them.”

I like a hospital in Clarksburg better than a facility on the grounds of Montgomery College – Germantown. But please go back to comparing the two proposed hospitals.

And drop the pity talk. No hospital is being built to save your town. Leave saving towns for the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns.

1/28/09 town hall meeting: get ready to bitch

A part of Boyds (Black Hil Lake) not overun by tract housing.

A part of Boyds (Black Hill Lake) not overun by tract housing.

The Montgomery County Council wants to know which issues are of concern to residents of West Germantown, Darnestown, and Boyds.

The Council will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28. The meeting at Kingsview Middle School will start at 8 p.m. A pre-meeting reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. I wonder if they’ll have milk and cookies, Dennis Queen style?

East Germantown will have a meeting at some other time.And I don’t suppose as many Boyds residents are expected to attend, as they have to get up early in the morning to milk their cows, hay their horses, and tend to their barns. All is not lost. I believe Boyds has the internet now. So they can look up any town hall developments on a blog.

Mike Knapp, Council President, at the podium

Mike Knapp, Council President, at the podium

The meeting will allow residents to let the Councilmembers know how they feel about specific issues and will allow them to ask questions of the Councilmembers in an organized, but informal, setting.

According to the county, topics expected to be of interest include schools, public safety, traffic, growth, the proposed ambulance fee, the proposals of two organizations that operate hospitals to build new upcounty facilities, the proposal to limit parking of commercial vehicles on some County roads, and affordable housing and taxes.

I am not sure if you will be permitted to bring up any topic you want, or the presumed popular ones.

Of little or no interest: how an elderly woman was run over by a dump truck while a county fire station was under construction on Germantown Rd. Good news, though. I hear that once the fire station goes operational, the firemen will use loud sirens upon exiting.

This will be the first Town Hall Meeting hosted by the Council in 2009. In 2008, the Council held Town Hall Meetings in downtown Silver Spring, Clarksburg, Bethesda and Burtonsville.

everyone wants to build a hospital these days

Adventist Healthcare has asked me to decide whether or not they should build a hospital in Clarksburg, Maryland. But it’s not that simple. If I like the hospital idea, they would then have to ask a hospital committee if it was ok. There’s a matter of financing. The soil has to perk. Then they’d have to see if there was a Dunkin Donuts near the site.

And the dreaded Holy Cross Hospital (operated by Trinity Health) wants to build a hospital too. I’ll advise the Adventist people to learn from Holy Cross’ mistakes. Whatever they do, come up with some really cool reasons why WE would want to have a new medical facility.

Apparently, Holy Cross did not. This bring me to my…

Worst 10 Reasons for Building a Hospital


Montgomery College's ubiquitous globe being moved to make way for Holy Cross' planned hospital.

10. Mike Knapp likes the idea.

9. We’ve planned some nice private rooms so our hospital doesn’t give you an infection.

8. We can teach nurses onsite. Cute nurses.

7. This hospital will cost $267 million dollars, have 93 beds and 5 floors, and sit on 23 acres. These are all lucky numbers for us. And no 13th floor.

6. Beats another Burger King.

5. We already filed a letter of intent.

4. We want to serve the upcounty, and they need us.

3. We see old people. Old people with money.

2. We’re going to open community clinics for the poor. You should be grateful and let us build a little hospital that will get bigger.

1. But Montgomery College doesn’t have a medical school. So what?

My vote is in.

I’m faxing a letter to Adventist right now. Or maybe just an email. It will contain three words. Tora Tora Tora!!!

That’s Japanese for Build Build Build!!!