Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Looks like the new Silver Spring library will have free parking after all. The MoCo council voted to "have taxpayers (i.e. you) pick up the parking tab".

"If we do not see libraries as part of our free education system, we have a problem," said council member Michael L. Subin (D-At Large), who supported the proposal. "Libraries have been free since the time of Ben Franklin."
Did Ben Franklin park his carriage in a garage and have someone else subsidize it? I doubt it. Besides, the library is still free - that was never an issue, despite Mr. Subin's claims to the contrary. God forbid anyone should have to walk, ride a bike, or take public transportation to the library. Or even (gasp) pay fifty cents to park across the street! I don't know why this bothers me so much, but there are certainly a lot bigger issues that people should be getting outraged about.

- First it was Jack Abramoff, now another high-profile Silver Spring resident is in hot water. This time it's Brian J. Doyle, a deputy press secretary for Homeland Security. He was arrested yesterday at his Silver Spring home and charged with "using a computer to seduce a child". Creepy. (Link)