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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Monday, December 06, 2010

Prince George’s County Executive’s New Beginnings

Upper Marlboro,Prince George's County Maryland - inauguration December 6th, 2010
     Rushern L. Baker III was sworn in as the seventh County Executive around noon today in the winds and bluster of December in Upper Marlboro. With flags billowing and speeches echoing, interspersed with prayers for guidance, the newly elected County Council and Executive of Prince George's County swore, affirmed and promised to uphold the constitutions of the United States and Maryland and the Charter of Prince George's County. The biring cold did little to restrain the enthusiasm for change and the calls for greatness.

Rushern L. Baker III Prince George's County Executive
    Mr. Baker called for a planned partnership with education to bring the excellence to the students of the county, and reaffirmed his intention to bring jobs as well as transparency to the development process in the county. He thanked the first responders for their sacrifices and paid compliment to the county work force promising to visit all the departments – a commitment that brought a loud round of applause. Mr. Baler also took time to mention the environmental focus of his new administration and his promise to extend a "green" vision across the county. Will the new Executive reach out to the broad spectrum of environmental and ecosystem constituencies ranging from the economic concerns of environmental justice to river keepers and clean water, from historic preservation to agricultural preserves? (In the interest of full disclosure, I would like to work in the new administration in some capacity to help Mr. Baker achieve these goals)

    Observing the ceremonies were US Senator Cardin, Congresspersons Edwards (D) and van Hollen (D), MD Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown (D) and Comptroller Peter Franchot (D) as well as the Maryland Secretary of State. Watching were dignitaries from the County's Annapolis Delegation including Senator Peters and Delegate Frush among many. Also in the audience were the Mayor-elect of Washington D.C. Vincent C. Gray (D) and Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8).

Prince George's County Md Council & Executive
    The singing of the Star Spangled Banner was wonderfully done and reminded me of the history of Upper Marlboro and the writing of the anthem in part due to the arrest of town resident Dr. William Beanes. The brilliantly sung music and the stirring words spoke to the trials and tribulations once faced and overcome. The evident desire to begin anew and to work for the betterment of the County's residents was elucidated at length by Councilperson Harrison in here winter warming remarks that reminded us of the history we all share. Mr. Johnson, the out-going County Executive, was also in attendance supporting his wife Leslie Johnson (D) who was sworn in to represent my district, District 6.

     So for the moment parochial interests were set aside and promise of partnerships for the citizens of the county rippled through the assembled crowd as hope was renewed for a fresh start and a new beginning. Coming up, who will be the new Chair of the County Council, and how will serve in the new Administration. Will there be a general collegiality of purpose between the County's new Executive and its new Council?
Prince George's County Md Inauguration Upper Marlboro 2010 

The Site of the Residence of Dr. William Beanes On the site of the Marlborough High School stood the residence of Dr. William Beanes. Here General Ross made his headquarters August 22, 23, 1814, on his march to Bladensburg and Washington. Here Dr. Beanes was made a prisonor for instigating the arrest of marauders from the British Army. It was to secure his release that Francis Scott Key visited the British fleet and being detained during the bombardment of Fort McHenry was inspired by its valiant defense to write the American National Anthem. This tomb was restored by the public school children of Prince George's County assisted by the National Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Commission under the auspices of the Star-Spangled Banner Society of Prince George's County


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