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You may have noticed that it is That Time of Year Again.

In case you hadn't, there are all sorts of radio advertisements and newspaper columns to remind you. Heard one the other day on the car radio while driving around the county. Sure enough, said the advertisement, it's That Time of Year Again.

Funny how these things happen. I could swear that just before Labor Day, it was That Time of Year Again. They were pushing supplies for backyard cookouts then. And before the Fourth of July, it was again That Time of Year Again.

It occurred to me the other day while examining the refrigerator at the apartment in Annapolis, that, lo and behold, it was That Time of Year Again. Time to clean out the crisper.

We must conclude that it is always, in some form or another, That Time of Year Again. I have given this considerable thought and cannot come up with a time of year that is not That Time of Year. We must ask that this madness cease. We must now begin the campaign to rid the language of this messy business.

The General Assembly reconvenes in Annapolis on Jan. 9, at which point it will be That Time of Year Again. It will be time for making law. Perhaps time to consider some penalty for use of this expression in advertisements and other matter for public consumption.

If the state is looking for ways to raise money, then a fee should be imposed for every use of this expression in the print or broadcast media.

These fees ought to be collected once a year, at which point a state official would knock on the door of the offending organization, present a huge bill and sing out: "Yes, it is That Time of Year Again."

That should do it.

SOURCE: Arthur Hirsch


Eager to resolve a dispute over the Annapolis landfill and improve city-county relations, County Councilwoman Maureen Lamb has called a rare joint meeting of the city and county councils for next week.

Lamb, an Annapolis Democrat, has been criticized by Mayor Alfred A.

Hopkins and aldermen for her opposition to the city's landfill expansion plan. The county has denied the city's proposal, and negotiations on a compromise plan fell through when city officials said it was unworkable.

The dispute spilled over into Lamb's re-election campaign last month.

Some aldermen opposed her, and Alderwoman Theresa DeGraff, R-Ward 7, rose during a debate, held a Florida newspaper article and declared Lamb's idea of a composting plant unworkable.

Lamb thinks it's time for officials to put tensions behind them and begin working together.

"There's been a lot of mud-slinging between the city and the county," Lamb said yesterday. "Hopefully, we will improve relations. I'm anxious to get this thing behind us and move onto other things. It's taken up a tremendous amount of time the last two years."

Both councils are invited to the meeting, along with Hopkins and County Executive Robert R. Neall. The meeting is slated for 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Arundel Center.

Neall has promised to work out a solution with city officials within one month of taking office, and has already met with Hopkins. Lamb, who opposed the expansion in favor of more high-tech, environmentally safe disposal methods, apparently will play a key role in that compromise.

While the landfill is the main reason Lamb called the meeting, other issues are likely to come up, such as the property tax differential, a perennial city complaint. Annapolis provides many of its own municipal services, yet residents pay only a slightly reduced county tax rate in addition to the city tax rate. City officials have long sought a bigger break on county taxes.

SOURCE: Paul Shread

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