Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wiener of the Week

Last week I posted a story titled "Only in Columbia". It detailed the "plight" of a Left-Liberal woman subjected to the "horror" of Fox News Network. I guess Kensington didn't want to be give Columbia the title of Maryland's moonbat haven without a fight. For those of you not familiar with Kensington, it's a hoity-toity suburb of Washington, DC. It's not exactly hurting for money. Which makes this story even more annoying.

Public parks are usually the places where children go to have fun. But the town of Kensington just passed a new rule that bans kids over five years old from playgrounds during the daytime.

"It's like a sad children's story," said Joe McPherson, headmaster of the Brookewood School.

But it's no fable. The girls at Kensington's Brookewood School are banned from using a public park right across the street for recess.


The town council unanimously passed a resolution this week saying only caretakers with children five years old and younger can be in Reinhardt Park from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Since that resolution passed, Brookewood students have gone elsewhere for recess.


The town manager says students using the park for recess created maintenance issues and damage. The town council asked the school to pay $4,000 a year to help with upkeep but never heard back.

"Do a clean through trash pickup, lay mulch around the swings -- we could do that," said McPherson. "But pay $4,000? We just don't have it. We just don't have it in our budget."

Brookewood's headmaster tells ABC 7 News it's a public park for all to use but Kensington's mayor disagrees. By phone he said the park is for taxpaying citizens -- not abuse by a private non-profit school.
Okay, if you're from Kensington, I'll try to explain the asshattery of your town's actions as slowly as I can.
  • The park is a PUBLIC park.
  • The children attending the school have parents who, presumably, live in Kensington.
  • Those parents pay property taxes to Kensington.
  • Much of the money from those property taxes goes towards the failing public schools in Kensington.
  • The rest goes towards....wait for it...things like park maintenance.
Epic fail, Kensington. Epic.

Congratulations, Kensington! You're the Wiener of the Week.