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Topic - Roger Berliner
Members of the Montgomery County Council on Thursday unleashed their frustration with Pepco, publicly scolding the beleaguered utility company for what they deemed an "antiquated system" that "let [its] infrastructure go to hell."
Local leaders in Maryland say a proposed state mandate on local education funding goes too far in dictating the fiscal decisions made by county governments.
Apparently, Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner and the rest of the Democrats on the council take us mere citizens for fools ("Montgomery County bag tax to take effect with new year," Web, Dec. 27). They insist the new bag tax is not about raising money and that "its purpose is to cut down on littering." In these tough economic times, it is hard to believe this new law is about anything other than raising money for the county coffers.
Montgomery County Council President Roger Berliner has spent months getting in the habit of taking reusable bags on shopping trips, in preparation for the county's 5-cent tax on paper and plastic shopping bags that goes into effect Sunday.
The Montgomery County Council voted Tuesday to effectively kill a proposal for a youth curfew, with members saying they needed more time before voting on the emotionally charged issue, which split the community.
"The commission is really beginning to understand that reliability must get better and faster beyond what they already put in place," Mr. Berliner said. "They realize it's an old system, they realize improvements have to happen faster and our needs are not being met."
"This issue is not so much about dollars as it is principle — Pepco should share the financial pain associated with power outages," said Council President Roger Berliner.