Yea — When we hear the word “monorail,” our minds (at least around here) turn to vacations to Disney World or, in a few cases, a classic episode of “The Simpsons” in which a singing traveling salesman (think “The Music Man”) tries to sell Homer’s town of Springfield on installing this futuristic mode of transportation.
But a growing number of people think that kind of future is now for us here in Frederick.
A measure approved by the state Board of Public Works to add toll lanes to Interstate 270 between Frederick and the Shady Grove Metro station in Montgomery County will include plans to study the possibility of adding a monorail to the project. The idea is that adding a monorail would be an alternative to adding auto capacity to I-270.
The state’s acting transportation secretary, Greg Slater, called a monorail a “really, really interesting proposal,” and Rick Weldon, president and CEO of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is “enthusiastically supporting it.”
We’re intrigued by the idea, though we’re not ignoring that $3.4 billion cost. Still, wouldn’t taking a monorail to work be a lot cooler than being stuck in traffic on I-270?
Yea — Eight soldiers from Fort Detrick’s 6th Medical Logistics Management Center received a well-deserved heroes’ send-off on Monday as they left for deployment to Southwest Asia, where they will be responsible for medical supply logistics.
It’s hard any day to send members of our armed services off to foreign lands, but it’s especially sobering in the context of global news this past week. We salute these brave men and women from Fort Detrick, as well as all the brave men and women who serve this country here and abroad. Godspeed.
Nay — Nowadays, it seems that no amount of name-calling is off-limits for our elected officials. But that level of comment has typically been at the national level, mostly between the president and members of Congress.
So we were really dismayed this week by a social media post on the Frederick County Democratic Central Committee site that likened the entire Republican Party to Nazis. Comments like this just go too far.
We’ve never been fans of that kind of discourse, which is one reason we remove the name-calling and personal attack comments when we see them under comments on our website.
We get that Democrats have deep issues with Republicans in general over how the government is being run. And we encourage them, as we would Republicans, to fight hard for what they believe in.
But as naive as this may sound, we’d have a better chance for all sides to work together if we could just cut back on the name-calling.
Yea — Millennials may get blamed for a lot, but their love of vintage goods is helping local record shops.
As we reported in 72 Hours on Thursday, statistics released in late 2019 by the Recording Industry Association of America showed that vinyl record sales were outpacing CD sales. That means that for the first time since 1986, more records were expected to be sold than CDs. The data also showed that the sale of vinyl albums grew 13 percent in 2019.
While the numbers may be a little misleading because CD production is slowing down, it’s still good news for the three record shops in downtown Frederick. Maybe we’re old-school too, but we’re happy to see that records are still cool and seem to be sticking around, even with the popularity of streaming services. And we like even more that local business owners are benefiting from it.
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