The creative genius of George Washington Carver was not just in his astonishing research on peanuts. He knew the human spirit and the importance of community. Carver wrote, “How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday, in your life, you will have been all of these.” And another man of wisdom named Henri Nouwen said, “Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.” “Compassionate with the aged” and a sense of “community,” which means that we are “alive not for ourselves but for one another.”

This is the truth that needs to be spoken to the powers that be in Frederick County, as they have lost any compassion for the aged and a sense of the need for a community that has for 200 years prided itself as a caring place for Frederick County elderly in a place called Montevue. This isn’t about taxes too high for one of the richest counties in Maryland. This isn’t about cutting budgets and shrinking government — mere ploys for those who have a different agenda for the quality of life in Frederick County for the elderly.

If Carver were alive today and came to Frederick County, he would be shocked at the thought that there are those who are more interested in profiteering off the elderly than serving the needs of the elderly in our community. Why else would there be empty beds and rooms at Montevue that could be filled by needy citizens, but because it wouldn’t be profitable those beds remain empty? If Nouwen and his deep-seated Christian faith came to Frederick, he would probably stand before the powers that be and ask them if they truly believe in compassion and that we are alive “not for ourselves but for one another.” When are the citizens of Frederick County going to see what is happening and what is going to happen if Montevue and its historical mission of serving the needs of the elderly who would have no place to go would be lost in our community? We are the only county in Maryland that still provides this need for the elderly, to give them dignity and a “home” when there are no other homes. Throw them in nursing homes, no. Force them into homelessness, no. They paid taxes, they worked hard all their lives; they are not asking for a handout but merely the human compassion of a caring community that truly believes in the fact that “we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.”  

Montevue has been a beautiful example of a caring compassionate community called Frederick County. Let’s not destroy that compassionate history by privatizing or literally committing the neediest in our elderly population to be the pawns of corporate profiteering and political manipulation. This battle is not over yet, and every concerned citizen of Frederick needs to understand what is at stake for Citizens and Montevue. The winds of change will come to Frederick County, either by the ballot box and the court or both. As Carver stated, “someday, in your life, you will have been all of these” — “tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, tolerant of the weak and strong.” How far you are depends on these qualities in order to truly be a community with a caring heart that puts people over profit.

The Rev. Dr. RAYMOND MORELAND

Frederick

(81) comments

dbjanda1

Touscents---[thumbup][thumbup]

touscents

Thanks, you made my day.

Extra Ignored

There are 993 government owned nursing homes in this county. One of them is in another county in Maryland.

Wicomico County Council has owned and operated Wicomico Nursing Home since 1972.

http://www.wicomiconursinghome.org/Default.aspx

http://nursing-homes.findthebest.com/

JGraham

993 in this country, correct? Certainly not county. Are you suggesting we send our elderly to Wicomico County? That will never work.

Extra Ignored

No I am saying owning a nursing is a viable service for a government entity.

FarrilTheVader

It looks like Darth is really thinking about what he writes before doing so!

squibmyer

Or reduce other services (perhaps reduce the BoE budget, if that were possible) to pay for the losses every year.

Or increase the property taxes enough on the people who oppose the sale to cover the cost of keeping it under the county. Wonder if those people are compassionate enough to pay more in taxes... somehow, I doubt it.

kjswartz

I certainly will vote to raise taxes to preserve our local heritage.

I also apologize in advance for raising your taxes as well.

My bad.

squibmyer

I think the tax increase should be voluntary. If you want your taxes raised to continue to support MAL and Citizens, then by all means, volunteer.

Extra Ignored

Why are you allowed unlimited use of any public road or sidewalk in the county? You could even operate a taxi service for a profit on public roads without paying any additional fees. That is not fair to the taxpayers who are homebound.

touscents

I will gladly pay if everyone else who can also pays. That is the most fair and affordable way.

squibmyer

Raising taxes even higher on others to pay for something you think government should be doing is the farthest thing from compassion that there is.

kjswartz

Isn't it, though?

kjswartz

I will volunteer, but it will be through my vote and not through strawman arguments that pretend to remedy the situation AFTER the sale takes place.

mllposey

I'll be glad when our tax dollars no longer contribute to a nursing home business. We offer plenty to the seniors ---> https://frederickcountymd.gov/documents/13/Senior%20Programs%20and%20Initiatives%20030413_201303041142376041.pdf

mllposey

Trying to share the link again: https://frederickcountymd.gov/documents/13/Senior%20Programs%20and%20Initiatives%20030413_201303041142376041.pdf

(that's the complete link)

mllposey

Yeah, you often came to my rescue on the forum - thanks, squib! [smile]

public-redux

Oh, yes, let us not forget that the current BOCC brought us the Senior Homeowner Tax Credit Welfare Program.

touscents

Good link. True, Frederick is awesome. It can be even better.

rpkrauss

Yeh, those seniors sure are a burden. Thanks for providing the link I am sure it will give Blaine and co. a bunch of new ideas for things they can cut.

guido207

I'll be glad when Blaine Young stops shipping our tax dollars to developers in exchange for campaign contributions.

Extra Ignored

Why should any tax dollars go to any senior services if they can't go to the Nursing Care Services?

How many of these senior services are actually funded by the county? The county is more than happy to take federal and state money to provide senior services but when it comes to putting out its own doe well thats another story. If the county can't make a profit off the seniors by taking over their homes with reverse mortgages then forget it.

When the county starts collecting tolls on the roads it builds and maintains you might have a different opinion.

squibmyer

Keep Montevue and Citizens under the county and tax Rev. Moreland's church and congregation more to pay for it. He sounds like he is compassionate enough to give more.

mamlukman

One can only hope that "karma" exists, and what goes around comes around. I am constantly baffled by conservatives who go on and on about religion and then turn their backs on everyone in need. I guess Matthew 25 is unknown to them, so just to jog their memories:

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

public-redux

" I am constantly baffled by conservatives who go on and on about religion"

Me too.

averagejoe33

the government doesn't have anything they have to take from one to be able to give to another and that is steeling

dbjanda1

Darth---Why did the BoCC float millions of County bond money on Homewood and

Buckingham Choice Nursing homes if government should NOT be in the nursing

home business ???...Montevue and Citizens are not worth it ???...Why care in one

instance and not the other, government should be fair if nothing else for the

community ???...Me

touscents

Djanda, I think Darth is pleading his 5th ammendment rights.

darththevader

Pretty funny a tax exempt reverend doesn't mind more taxes.

Not a single whinning commentor has yet to find a single problem in all the other counties that aren't in the nursing home business.

So much drama

public-redux

FWIW, clergy are not tax-exempt although they do benefit from some provisions. For example, housing allowances are non-taxable. This can be a real scam when you think of the prosperity gospel preachers. There is no "reasonable compensation" standard so a housing allowance big enough to support a 50,000 square foot mansion is peachy keen and tax free.

The non-taxability of housing allowances for clergy is in now in doubt. A federal court ruled against it earlier this year in a case brought by the executive directors of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The Obama administration is appealing (meaning it is siding with the ministers instead of those nasty, nasty atheists.

The real scandal is the property tax exemption for non-profit organizations. I've seen estimates that we could all get a reduction of 5% to 10% in our property taxes just by including all private property in the tax base.

squibmyer

Maybe darth meant the church itself.

Churches in Frederick County own about $375 million of tax-exempt property, according to the county tax assessment office.

public-redux

Possibly -- although I have noticed that darth is usually precise in what he/she writes. I appreciate a fine sense of definitional accuracy and I think darth exhibits that.

To add to your list: Hood and Mount St. Mary's add at least another $100 million of tax-exempt property. I estimated a few years ago that Hood could raise enough money to pay property taxes by increasing their annual tuition from approx $30,000 to $30,500. Hard to see how that $500 would deter anyone who was already willing to fork over $30,000.

rpkrauss

If Rev. Mooreland makes a salary, owns property or earns interest he pays taxes. If he is a local resident he pays property tax and sales tax. The only part of his income that he can shelter from any tax is the amount he pays for housing which reduces his federal tax burden but is still subject to social security tax and Medicare tax unless he chose to opt out of those programs altogether ( an option most ministers don't choose). Before making ignorant, misleading ill informed comments get your facts straight.

soule1061

What's the problem? Increase taxes to cover Montevue's costs. Match compassion with money. For that matter, every other nursing home in the county is privately owned. What's wrong with that?

etown9799

And for those who aren't able to afford the privately owned nursing homes?

darththevader

I guess they do the same thing as they do in every other county. I doesn't seem to be a problem

japorciento

Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist.

kjswartz

Solent Green is made from people!

squibmyer

"Solent[sic] Green is made from people!"
[thumbup]

touscents

From people in private nursing homes. It's good on Ritz crackers.

SaveFrederick

No need to increase taxes. Allow Citizens to operate as intended, make a profit, and use it underwrite the cost of Montevue. This was the plan. These facilities did support themselves financially for many years and the plan was in place to help them achieve financial stability again. Keeping beds empty (current reality) won't let that happen and neither will Blaine Young.

squibmyer

When was the last time they were self-sufficient?

Extra Ignored

Originally Montevue was an asylum and other counties paid Frederick County to take their unwanted citizens.

Dr. Herring made Montevue Asylum the focus of the Lunacy Commission's October 28, 1908, meeting. Though the conditions at almshouses were addressed broadly, the commission postponed making public conditions at Montevue until they could "go tactfully and win the co-operation of the County Commissioners, if possible." The commision decided to "adhere strictly to legal lines" but "to use the public press to expose conditions." They also discussed rescinding the license of the asylum if non-cooperation continued.

http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/speccol/sc5400/sc5492/html/almshouse_iv.htm

squibmyer

When was the last time they were self-sufficient?

Extra Ignored

When was the last time the trash department was self sufficient?

There are plenty of private trash hauling companies.

squibmyer

"When was the last time the trash department was self sufficient?

There are plenty of private trash hauling companies."

Good point. We should privatize the city trash collection.

guido207

You can have people AND profits. Or in the case of Blaine Young, you can have neither, when everything he does is to benefit himself.

Citizens was on budget to become profitable and to offset losses at the other, until Blaine Young's ambition to cut employees ruined everything.

His rush to sell the nursing homes to this specific buyer will cost Frederick County taxpayers a loss of more than $25,000,000.

When Blaine Young wins, everybody loses.

MCEDDE21

You are so right. Blaine and the boys went out and hired Marcus & Millichap in a sole-source contract (a violation of standard contracting rules, which require bids on contracts worth more than $30,000). But, this private contractor didn’t perform a valuation analysis on the property (cash flow, or asset basis).

Instead, they picked a number--$27.5 Million—as an offering price and then told everyone that the building, alone, was worth $38 Million. This immediately signaled the market that this was a “distressed” property, attracting the “turn-around” specialists and the bottom feeders.

If a proper valuation had been performed, and the Blaine Board had exercised due diligence, a more realistic price could have been realized. But, no.

As you say, “When Blaine Young wins, everybody loses.”

touscents

Interesting.

vicdavy

When I was a boy 10 or 11 I read the biography of George Washington Carver. I was originally drawn to him cause I liked peanut butter. I got allot more then an appreciation for peanuts. I became aware of a brilliant and compassionate Black Man,in the midst of a racist society. This was in 1956 or 1957,and it was one of the seeds of understanding that I am,in which,I am grateful.

SaveFrederick

Well said. Frederick County has been a caring compassionate community for 200 years. One individual, Blaine Young, wants to bring that to an end. It is a positive reflection on our community that so many people are willing to fight to save Citizens and Montevue. Just think how many people will vote to save them too.

marylandmirage

This County government is an example of what happens when people elect representatives with their own self-serving interests and agendas, rather than the wishes of the people. Hopefully, there is a lesson learned by all who vote.

squibmyer

I think you aren't 100% correct.
I think people elected this board for a myriad of reasons:
a) name recognition
b) for the reason you mentioned
c) lack of education on the issues and the candidates
d) Kai fatigue

Probably other reasons that I can't think of yet this morning.

touscents

True. I would also ad that the last election was during the height of Tea popularity and anti-dem sentiments. There was a pro-development dem who lost, and David Gray won because he is a repub.

squibmyer

That's the only reason he made it. I'm about 70% sure that he won't make it through the primary this year.

dbjanda1

Darth---Are you saying government should be 'heartless' in dealing with the citizens

that pay the taxes, then there is no 'community'...Me

darththevader

Government isn't there to take care of everybody's everything. Government does not equal community.

japorciento

You're only speaking of life in Blaine's world

rpkrauss

Govt. of the people, by the people and for the people is the ultimate expression of community. As such how a community/ government meets the needs of the people should be the ultimate measure of its effectiveness /success. In the coming local election the people will decide if their elected government/community leaders have done their job. I suspect the community is going to say no!

touscents

Governments are formal representatives of communities. Frederick County's elected leaders are taking away some of the good things that our communities represent. It is so ironic that most of Blaine's support comes from long-time residents, and his biggest enemies are from Montgomery County. The latter want to preserve the good things in Frederick, while the former are turning it into northern Montgomery County and don't seem to realize it.

Newthinking7

Why all this drama. There is no garentee i life. If you fail, you wind up at the bottom. I do believe that is the way of nature and the world. Our system is set up to reward the winners of efforts, not persons who can not make the grade. It is that simple.

kjswartz

The drama begins when people are upset over matters of great significance to them. Why do you want to silence their voices and squelch their passion?

vicdavy

Your "Newthinking" is the problem! Social Darwinism has been practiced in this world for too long and look at what it has gotten us! Totalitarian regimes whether called Communism, Capitalism or Fascism have controlled Humanity long enough.

squibmyer

What is your solution?

vicdavy

Tax Reform,closing corporate tax loopholes while lowering the Corporate Tax rate to 15%. Three Marginal Tax Brackets 20%,40% and 60% and lifting the ceiling on SS tax. Single Payer Universal Healthcare=Medicare for all. Two year draft into the military or In Service to America(ISA) after High School before college,no deferment except physical disability. Term limits,No Lobbying,Reform campaign financing,limits on corporate donations, overturn Citizens United. Should I continue? You get the picture?
Or the Republican Conservative solution,"Are there no Prisons,are there no workhouses?"

jacksback

Newthinker: There was no drama until you posted your comments. Obviously the LTE writer sees the world in a different light that you, I'd say his vision is more the half full view.

newtofc

Newthinking, it's not quite that simple.

darththevader

Rev, where did Carver say anything about government? You quoted "community"

kjswartz

The charm of this community was how wonderfully it held onto traditional values for most of its existence. The political leaders were paid extremely well because their workload was light and the citizens did most of the heavy lifting.

We deviated from our values the instant we elected commissioners who thought they were stalwarts of the public trust and no longer servants to the public. Our traditional values took a major jolt on that day.

darththevader

Traditional values were never "the government is the solution".

This same issue was an issue 100 years ago. It's not new

japorciento

What? The government was created to find a solution to the many problems faced in society. What you're actually saying is, we don't need society or government. The problem isn't government. It's Blaine's exploitation of government power and assets for his personal gain--not to mention the endless lying, of course.

kjswartz

Strange - government control of Citizens and Montevue wasn't an issue for 200 years, but now, all in a sudden, you are quick to blame long-passed citizens for their support and contributions.

You either stand with the ghosts of traditional values, or you side with the developers wanting to sterilize our community.

squibmyer

"Strange - government control of Citizens and Montevue wasn't an issue for 200 years,..."

Actually it was an issue (and it was losing money too) 100 years ago.

From the 20-50-100 Years Ago piece from April 20 2014 FNP:

"Because the county commissioners of Frederick County do not feel justified in sinking any more money in Montevue, now that more than half the patients have been removed to other institutions, it is likely that a bill will be drafted and introduced at the next session of the Maryland Legislature providing for an appropriation to be used for the purchase of Montevue. It is understood that the price to be asked for Montevue will be between one hundred and fifty thousand dollars and two hundred thousand dollars. The institution has cost Frederick county much more than two hundred thousand, but "

squibmyer

"...the commissioners feel that it would be a big saving to the county to get it off their hands."

sorry, that part got cut off of my last post. These comments section suck

#BringBackTheForums

kjswartz

So the unanswered question is "Why continue to support a "'failing'" institution for another hundred years?"

That is an inconvenient question, isn't it?

Extra Ignored

It is not a failing institution. Citizens had over $19 million in revenue and is only budgeted for a $700,000 subsidy in FY 2015 less than the $1,000,000 that was given to Habitat for Humanity for housing to benefit families with income between 30% and 80% of the median; i.e. income over $31,000 per year.

http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/documents/27/64/FY15%20Proposed%20Summary%20Operating%20Budgets%20with%20bookmarks_201404171518265536.pdf

armillary

Government consists of members of the community elected by the community to lead and represent the community. Four members of our current BoCC fail on both leadership and representation.

darththevader

They are elected to run governement, not the community.

armillary

Our BoCC members obviously feel they were elected to dismantle government and attack the community.

bukweet

darththevader - you are mistaken in your knowledge of the true function of elected governmental officials, AGAIN!

you state (referring to government):

"They are elected to run governement, not the community."

no, they are elected to REPRESENT the people who elect them along with the rest of the community which didn't vote them into office, in addressing concerns of the community.

it is NOT their job to "run" government. government is not a business, and is NOT to be run by any elected official. you sound like blaine young. ? .

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