My Two Cents

A meaningful discussion about the tax rate

March 15, 2014

Patrick Paschall Shani Warner This year many Hyattsville homeowners are paying about $150 to 200 less in real property taxes to the City than they did the year before. This relatively modest tax savings came at the cost of a $1.1 million budget shortfall this year, and if the rate stays the same [read more]

My Two Cents: Resolve to help a local child this year

January 14, 2014

  BY BRITT JUNG — Can you imagine what it would be like to be a child living in foster care and have no one exclaiming “I want you!”?  To have no one fighting for you? That is the reality for hundreds of abused and neglected kids in foster care in Prince George’s County. That is why [read more]

Community needs to speak up to create something worth preserving

December 12, 2013

BY STUART EISENBERG — Do you want a great, kid- focused, non-profit arts school in Hyattsville, to round out our momentum-gaining Arts District? Who doesn’t want a proven, tasty, hip pizza restaurant in the neighborhood?  Gimme a slice!  If your answer is yes to these questions, then you had [read more]

My Two Cents: An Unwelcome Rite of Passage

October 9, 2013

BY SUSAN HINES — One of the most enjoyable aspects of life in Hyattsville is the city’s commitment to and celebration of walkability. Yet our “World within Walking Distance” is compromised when women and girls can’t travel those streets without being victimized by unwanted attention and [read more]

My Two Cents: We don’t want to miss this bus

September 10, 2013

April Downs BY APRIL DOWNS — Have you noticed that red “Fear the Turtle” bus coming through Hyattsville during the last year or so? It’s the University of Maryland’s Shuttle-UM number 113.  I first saw it come by my house on 42nd Avenue and briefly wondered where if I could ride it even [read more]

You live in Hyattsville?! Yes, we do.

July 8, 2013

Well, it happened again, that sympathetic aside that you get when someone hears that you don’t live in Montgomery County or Northern Virginia. They don’t actually say it – most of the time – but you can see it in their expressions: Faces set grimly, with a glint of pity in the eye. You live [read more]

Rethinking Community

March 20, 2013

Embracing the radiance and vitality of people and place By Pierre Walcott What are the possibilities ahead for people and place in Hyattsville? We are told two divergent stories. On the one hand, there’s a public narrative of Prince George’s County powerlessness in the face of daunting social [read more]

My Two Cents: I’m dreaming of a purple Christmas

December 10, 2012

BY REV. TODD THOMASON — ’Tis the season to be jolly, or so the carol goes.  In reality, though, December often winds up being the season to fly into a tizzy, as my mother would say.  Fa la la la la, la la la AAUGH! There are lights to put up and lists to check off and presents to wrap and [read more]

My Two Cents: A wish list for the new DPW director

October 10, 2012

BY SAM WILLIAMS — At the September 17 city council meeting, attendees were given an update on the status of the search for a new head for the Department of Public Works, to replace our former director, Mr. Patrick Ryan.  DPW’s baseline responsibility is to clear the waste and refuse from our [read more]

My Two Cents: Does your baby smoke?

August 10, 2012

BY KIMBERLY SCHMIDT — The words “Honey, I’m pregnant” are often followed, in six to nine months, by Severe Nesting Syndrome. Every corner of the house is scrubbed, organized and decorated. Paint colors are chosen, and the merits of strollers and diapers are discussed with more vigor than an [read more]
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