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Liz Bobo
Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B

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My 2oth and Final
Legislative Town Hall Meeting

Thursday, February 27th, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Kahler Hall, Harper's Choice Village Center
5440 Tucker Row, Columbia, MD 21044
 

With less than six weeks remaining in my last year in public office, I am finally experiencing some feelings of nostalgia, not about my days in Annapolis, but about my last town meeting back home in Columbia. These occasions have been such a great way for me to give constituents information on pending legislation and get feedback in return.

As I mentioned in last week's e-newsletter, Pete Seeger has been an inspiration to me in my 35 years work on public policy. At my town meetings last year and the year before, all of you in attendance "Zached" with me for a photo which I shared with Zach.

This year we will close our meeting with one of Pete's songs and a very brief video in honor of Zach. Bruce Casteel, who is the recipient of this year's Howard County Arts Council's annual Outstanding Artist Award, will play his banjo and be accompanied by JD Smith on harmonica, and Alan Klein on vocal. We can all sing along.

I would love for you to be there with me.

Hello and Update on Zach

February 21, 2014

Zach has been in home hospice for more than six weeks now. He continues to rest mostly peacefully. Lloyd and I drive home from Annapolis most days to spend a half hour or so by his bed. I find such a deep sense of peace there.

Pete Seeger

Having "grown up" on Pete's music and been inspired by his continuing to demonstrate for peace well into his 90's, I felt a deep sense of loss when he left this earth.

Then, it occurred to me that it would be a healing endeavor to invite some friends over for a sing along accompanied by guitar. So, last Sunday, with Alan Klein and David Glaser on guitar, and JD Smith on harmonica, about 25 of us did just that. It was a very moving experience for all of us.

Below is a link to a piece Alan provided which we watched before beginning to sing. I was not aware of the "Zach" adaptation until Alan played it on our TV. What a gift.

www.alanklein.net/zachseeger.wmv


Art Exhibit on Women

In keeping with the Human Trafficking day in Annapolis which was covered in last week's e-newsletter, Columbia artist and photographer, Ann VonLossberg will have an exhibit at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Center for the next several weeks. Her exhibit is entitled "Honoring Women of the World -- Commemorating National Women's Day". There will be a reception on Sunday, February 23 from 3-5.

A related potluck event, “Hope and Action: One Woman's Chronicle of Two Decades of Work in Guatemala," will be held on Saturday, March 8, from 6 - 8:30 pm in Duncan Hall at Howard Community College.

Tax Breaks

Although we preferred the British version, Lloyd and I enjoy watching “House of Cards”. Our enjoyment will be diminished after reading the article below. This is another tax credit for a thriving business that I will not be voting for.

Washington Post:  ‘House of Cards’ threatens to leave if Maryland comes up short on tax credits

Salary Concerns

From my perspective, the St. Mary's College professors calling for a better balance in salaries in their institution are courageous individuals shining a light on a growing inequity across our nation.

Washington Post:  Some back salary cap at College

Health Insurance Exchange

I have deep respect for Delegate Pete Hammen and I am grateful for his "asking the right questions" as reported in the Sun editorial below. I also agree with the editorial that he and his senate counterpart need to "'give the auditors the tools they need to provide the public with all the answers it deserves."

The Sun: A peek into Md. health exchange's failed launch [Editorial]

Farm Bill

Although this article covers a federal issue, my observation in the legislature is that this same situation exists at the state level.

Washington Post:  In Congress’s farm bill, the rich get richer

Peace.

Liz

Delegate Liz Bobo
Elizabeth.Bobo@house.state.md.us
Annapolis Office  410-841-3205
District Office   410-997-2626

 

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