March 12th, 2008

we can't teach what we don't know
  • uu_mom

"Men who have problems dealing with difficult women"?

Prince George's Co. is known for domestic violence issues and yet I called around and could find no classes that would encourage people to voluntarily attend a class before something so bad happened that it went to court. Co-dependent situations are very common and people will not admit to having anger issues or tempers (see what happened to Keith Washington, though his anger issues weren't domestic violence, as far as we know, it's certainly an example of temper & violence).

I was thinking that these men who hit women most likely are thinking that they're doing what they can to deal with difficult women (it's the women who make them angry, right? - I mean, in their minds). So if there were free classes available in local areas with titles like "Men who have problems dealing with difficult women", they might attend and get the help they need. I spoke to social workers and domestic abuse organizations and none of them could give me any good suggestions about how to make that happen & nothing like this currently exists. As a matter of fact, I was even told that the county doesn't put money into this sort of thing (in spite of all the publicity about it).

A good idea gone to waste? Or maybe I'm deluding myself to think that men would actually go to some kind of class voluntarily, though there are classes in some churches that men attend. If you know how this could be implemented or someone who cares about the domestic violence issues in this county, please share this idea & share with us about the state of the resources in Prince George's Co. for potential offenders.
we can't teach what we don't know
  • uu_mom

Post reports incorrectly about LNG bill

From Imani Kazana who appeared in today's Washington Post article:

For those who have seen the article in the Metro Section today which discusses our attempts to keep an LNG plant from being built on Chillum Road, please make note that there were actually 2 terribly incorrect points, which I'm now trying to correct:

1. The reporter was not aware of the two amendments, one of which has already been approved by the full delegation. The changes will eliminates the 2 mile approach and seeks adoption of the HUD safety standards. This creates a more objective evaluation process, on a case-by-case basis. We are supportive these improvements to the original bill.

2. He also misunderstood and repeated the gas company's erroneous claim that picking another site would drive the cost from $164 million to $687 million. Understandably this figure is making people from several counties fearful that their gas bills will jump significantly.

This high figure is actually what the Gas Company claims would be the cost to consumers if they don't build an LNG plant at all. This is what we call the "no build" option, and we believe this figure to be a gross exaggeration.

The cost to forget Chillum Rd. and acquire an alternative site is only $15-20 million greater than the Chillum Rd. cost. This extra $20 million is to pay for the cost to purchase a new site and build the pipes needed to connect the new site to the closest major distribution or transmission line (which costs $2-3 million per mile).
we can't teach what we don't know
  • uu_mom

County Transportation Master Plan Workshops & Dialogue

The Prince George’s County Planning Department (M-NCPPC) invites you to attend their upcoming Master Plan of Transportation (MPoT) workshops. Check out their webpage for full details (PDF):

The page doesn't allow copy & paste, but I can tell you quickly that there are 2 events:

Monday, March 31 6:30 - 9:00 PM at Suitland High School cafeteria & Wed., April 2 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School cafeteria 6:30 - 9:00 PM.