Joel Hurewitz is the Best for Harper’s Choice

There is only one Columbia Village holding contested elections for the Village Board on April 30–Harper’s Choice.

HoCoCommonSense endorses Joel Hurewitz for the Harper’s Choice Village Board.*

Joel is the only candidate to use his 150 candidate statement to give specific and detailed ideas about what he will do for Harper’s Choice.

Joel has been working with the Board to have the Howard County Board of Elections make the election precinct locations more convenient for voters in Harper’s Choice. Residents of Hobbit’s Glen vote at River Hill High School and not in Harper’s Choice.

Joel has also been working on ideas to make more efficient use of the available parking near Kahler Hall and the Athletic Club. He has suggested that by getting Howard County to paint parking lines on Beaverkill Road, people will be encouraged to park their cars closer to each other. This is already done in the limited parking area in Downtown Ellicott City.

Joel also have ideas to increase the number of specialized recycling collections for Harper’s Choice, such as the eCycle and Shred Event on May 7.

So come out to vote on Saturday and vote for Joel Hurewitz for Harper’s Choice Village Board.

*Well perhaps I am a bit biased.


Howard County’s Urban Renewal Law (ReImagine Long Reach) is Constitutionally Defective



The Howard County Urban Renewal Law as codified in the Howard County Code is constitutionally defective. It was initially adopted by the General Assembly pursuant to a special grant of power found in the Maryland Constitution. Local governments cannot amend urban renewal laws as enacted by the General Assembly—a principle expressed in an opinion of the Maryland Attorney General. The Constitution has an ambiguity and an unanswered question regarding what to do with the references to county commissioners when a county adopts a charter subsequent to the enactment of a public local law for urban renewal. Howard County has amended the urban renewal law several times, beginning after the adoption of the County Charter in 1968. On at least two instances, these amendments have been substantive in nature: transferring review of the urban renewal plan from the Planning Commission to the Office of Planning and Zoning and removing the interest rate cap on bonds. Anne Arundel County has had a similar history regarding its urban renewal authorization and adoption of a charter, however, the county subsequently received legislative relief and clarification by the General Assembly.

The full memorandum which was requested by the Howard County Solicitor can be read here:

Howard County’s Urban Renewal Law is Constitutionally Defective

This memorandum was emailed to the Howard County Law Department on January 29, 2016. The response from the County can be read here:


Oh, sorry you can’t read it because County Solicitor Gary Kuc has declined to give any response even after repeated inquiries.


President DJT’s Address to Congress on the Hostilities with Japan

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives:

Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 – a date which which was a total disaster –a huge disaster- the United States of America was attacked by the third rate navy and air force of the loser Empire of Japan.

America was at peace with that loser nation, and I had been talking with Japan, was still in conversation with the Japanese, I love the Japanese, I have made great deals with the Japanese. I was talking with that little loser Emperor and his little hands looking toward a deal in the Pacific. Have you looked at his hands? They are so small. I make great deals. I have Japanese living in my buildings.

One hour after Japanese airplanes bombed in Hawaii (I love Hawaii) the lyin’ Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his loser colleague delivered to my Secretary of State a letter to my recent message. I should not have read the letter. I should have said bye bye. This loser reply stated that it seemed useless to continue with diplomatic negotiations; the lyin’ ambassador said nothing about his loser attack which killed our troops. We love our troops. Don’t we love our troops? Nobody loves the troops more than me. I will take care of our troops.

Excuse me, the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the past weeks the third rate Japanese Government has lied to me. The little Emperor lied that he wanted continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. We will rebuild our military. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed in the ocean between San Francisco and Honolulu. I have made great deals in Honolulu. It’s expensive, but I make great deals. Many Japanese live in my buildings in Honolulu. However, no more Asians will be allowed to enter the United States until our leaders can figure out what the hell is going on.

Yesterday the third rate Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Hong Kong a colony of a third rate empire. Britain is such a loser. They will not be around much longer. Every night they hide in the subways. What kind of country makes the people hide in the subway? Americans do not hide. We do not hide.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night loser Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island. Midway is not that big, we really do not need it anyway.

Japan has therefore undertaken a surprise offensive all over the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the America have already formed their opinions and well understand the what this means to the very life and safety of our great nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures—all measures–be taken for our defense, that always will our whole nation remember the character of the attack against us. I will fight this loser nation. Believe me, I will make America great again.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this loser attack from a lyin’ nation, the American people, in their might, will win through to absolute victory. I will make Japan pay for this attack. Mark my words. We will rebuild our military and Japan will pay for it. It will happen.

I believe that it is the view of the Congress and of the people when I say that we will not only defend ourselves but will make it very certain that this form of war shall never again endanger us. I will protect America.

Hostilities exist. There is no doubt at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the support of our people, we will win. America will win. So help us God. So help us. Only I can protect America.

Donald Trump says that the Congress must declare that since the unprovoked and loser attack by that little Japanese Hiro on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the third rate Japanese Empire.

President Donald J. Trump – December 8, 1941