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Smith has a long career of helping women with limited means

Below is a response from Commissioner Paul Smith regarding criticism during the 2014 campaign that he is anti-women. On October 16th, a campaign hit piece was mailed to thousands of Frederick residents, criticizing me for (1) cutting funding to Head Start, (2) stating that “Mothers should be home with small children,” and (3) “saying women do not […]

Opponents Are Silent on These Issues

Why are my opponents silent on these issues? Tax and Budget Increases – State budgets have increased over $1 billion/year for the last 8 years (from a budget of $29 billion to $39.5 billion).  The Maryland budget is now $3 billion more than the Massachusetts budget ($36 billion), and Massachusetts has almost 700,000 more people.   […]

Maryland Stormwater Runoff into the Chesapeake Bay

Below are some comments and corrections Paul made on an opinion piece in the September 21, 2014 Frederick News Post in response to some misstatements about his positions. Katherine Van Der Lee’s September 21, 2014 letter in the FNP contains three errors, that I would like to correct.  Her letter partly addresses my opinion piece of a […]

Reforms Needed to Clean the Bay

Laws and policies for cleaning our Maryland waters should include the following limiting terms: They should be uniformly applied to all jurisdictions in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; The financial burdens should be equitably shared among all of the people in all jurisdictions in the Bay watershed; The extent and amount of the financial burdens should […]

Clean Chesapeake Coalition

In 2012 Dorchester County Maryland initiated an organization of counties to help address environmental and economic issues related to the Chesapeake Bay.  Frederick County was one of the initial parties in this coalition, which is called the Clean Chesapeake Coalition (CCC).  The CCC has now grown to nine counties, including Dorchester, Allegany, Caroline, Kent, Frederick, […]

2014 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement

In June of 2014 six states, the District of Columbia, the United States of America and the Chesapeake Bay Commission all signed the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, agreeing to work together to clean the Chesapeake Bay.  This agreement reaffirms the Chesapeake Bay Program partnership that was first formed in 1983 by Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and […]

MDE’s Tentative Stormwater Discharge Permit

Frederick County Should Oppose MDE’s Tentative Stormwater Discharge Permit Statement by Commissioner Paul Smith August 29, 2014 On about June 28, 2014, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) submitted its tentative (or proposed) stormwater discharge permit for Frederick County, Maryland.  This permit would require Frederick County to do $22.5 Million/year in stormwater remediation work, to […]

Clean Water Policy

At the request of Commissioner Smith, the Frederick Count Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) unanimously passed the following clean water policy for Frederick County. POLICY OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND ON CLEAN WATER (unanimously passed 1/9/14) WHEREAS, working to improve the quality of our streams and rivers is essential to the health, safety and well-being of all […]