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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - George Leventhal
In these tough economic times, not many people stop to worry about the plight of the underprivileged members of the Montgomery County Council in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital. Fortunately, the members, the equivalent of aldermen in many cities, might get little respect from their constituents, but they do have the authority to look after themselves. This is a responsibility they take very, very seriously. They're giving themselves a 17.5 percent raise.
Some politicians in Maryland's Montgomery County are afflicted with playground scoreboard envy. They think a little redistribution could equalize their field of dreams.
A Montgomery County lawmaker is proposing a bill that would ban smoking on all county property — including parking garages and jail — as part of what she called a "filling in the gap stage" for a county that's been at the forefront of the anti-smoking movement.
The signs at the entrance to Americana Centre Condominiums in Rockville reads: "No skateboarding, no roller blading, no roller skates."
Montgomery County is set Tuesday to further restrict smoking by banning lighting up in such non-public places as apartment lobbies and playgrounds, but not without opposition.
George Leventhal, a Democrat, courageously avoids taking a forthright position on the raises, but says he works an average of 65 hours a week.
"I've not made a judgment, one way or the other," he told a radio interviewer, conceding that he expects to "get the input of my constituents."