Maryland State Delegate for
Legislative District 12B
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Hello Again from Annapolis to All of You Back Home
On Monday evening Lloyd and I drove home to hear Hans Peter Durr speak at Wisdom Well, a family acupuncture and wellness center in Columbia. Hans Peter is a world renowned nuclear physicist and past president of the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, generally agreed to be the foremost physics institute in the world. Bob Duggan and Dianne Connelly, the founders of TAI Sophia, where we had heard Hans Peter speak two times before in years past, now practice at Wisdom Well. Dianne has been my acupuncturist for almost 20 years.
Hans Peter, who had just finished a world tour advocating for peace, spoke of the connectivity principle and how absolutely everything and everyone in the universe is connected. "We are not separate. We are all together." His simple words come back to me as we are working to develop just public policy for the people of Maryland. "When you put a drop of water in the ocean, it is no longer a drop; you have added something to the whole."
This humble man with a magnificent intellect and beautiful soul spreads the unity of love wherever he goes. Lloyd and I are so grateful to Bob and Dianne for creating this opportunity for us to be with Hans Peter once again. He left Columbia on Tuesday to continue his tour in New York City.
On Wednesday morning, the Ambassador of India, Nirupama Rao, spoke to the members of the House of Delegates from the Speaker's podium. Listening to this lovely woman relay her thoughts on the relationship between our two democratic nations, I found myself transported back three months in time to my pilgrimage through India with Gandhi's grandson. Frequently during the weeks of the legislative session, Gandhi's peaceful manner of dealing with conflict has inspired me. We can learn so much from this simple man.
I look forward to planting pansies in our little garden this weekend.
The Sun: We all benefit from transit, and we should all pay for it; Our view: Gas tax opponents are wrong to claim that spending more on public transit shortchanges motorists (or anyone else living in Maryland)
The following point made in this Baltimore Sun editorial is a good one. "Without buses, light rail, and subway to connect low-income workers with employment, particularly in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, poverty and government-dependence would spike."
These 5 questions sum up the remaining questions on the gun regulation bill that the two committees will be meeting today to address. Then, next week, if it passes out of committee, it will come to the rest of us in full session of the House.
In my March 15th e-newsletter, I wrote of my concern about legislation that would create “onerous" requirements for referenda signatures. So I was pleased to read this article in the Maryland Reporter. Although I must say, I can't fathom the Senate President's saying he is concerned about having "every single piece of legislation" going to referendum. Which ballots has he been observing?