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Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

August 27, 2014
Commercial Real Estate, Politics and Abraham Lincoln
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Examine well that Pig in the Poke before you buy ... or cast your ballot in November’s General Election.

August 20, 2014
Time Travel with the Frederick County Chamber
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Sometimes to see the political future, it is important to go back in time! It was an exciting day for the Chamber of Commerce on August 12, as Board Chairman Josh Bokee introduced the new President and CEO of the organization – Elizabeth Cromwell.

June 23, 2014
More Primary Endorsements
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

With the primary official ballot-casting day tomorrow, let's take a deeper look into the Republican primary election ballot. Two weeks ago, I put a bi-partisan endorsement for voters to consider of three Republican candidates and three Democrats on their respective ballots.

June 9, 2014
Primary Election Endorsements – Part 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

For long time Frederick County, Maryland residents, Tuesday, June 24th represents a new era in local politics. With the new Charter Home Rule form of government adopted in 2012, voters will see a different format on their ballot when completing their ballots for county government.

March 24, 2014
Building on the Foundation of Charter Home Rule
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

A forum of panelist urged a strong and unified effort by the first county executive and council to build a sturdy structure upon the new Frederick County Charter.


January 28, 2014
2013 Frederick Commercial Real Estate Sales Jump 40%
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

This past year was a year of growth for Frederick's commercial real estate market, in both year-over-year dollar volume and transaction volume.

January 14, 2014
2014 Economic Forecast: Bankers Cautiously Optimistic
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

This week I thought I would offer a commercial real estate broker's take on the Maryland Bankers Association First Friday annual Economic Outlook Forum.

December 17, 2013
County Executive: Other Applicants Need Not Apply?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Former County Commissioner Charles Jenkins proclaims and anoints Jan Gardner as Frederick County's first county executive. What's up with that?

November 19, 2013
Why the Gettysburg Address Still Matters to Me
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

I was 10 years old when I got hooked on the American Civil War. It was 1960, and it seemed that, as the media often does, the word of the upcoming centennial celebration of some of the most pivotal years in our nation's history was everywhere.

November 4, 2013
Who will win and who will lose tomorrow?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

This year's campaign has generated discussion on any number of key issues. From a local businessman's perspective, I feel strongly that the other core city priorities should be to project strong leadership, have a long term plan for fiscal responsibility and take a fresh look at economic development.

October 22, 2013
Is Downtown Frederick's Hotel a Pipe Dream?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

With nearly all 2013 city candidates campaigning on a platform of "no financial support" from city government for a Downtown Hotel/Conference Center, how can this vision be prevented from becoming just a pipe dream?

October 15, 2013
I Left My Droid at Snoqualmie Falls – Part 2
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It never fails that I discover I have misplaced something I need, whether at home, work or on vacation…

October 8, 2013
I Left My Droid at Snoqualmie Falls – Part 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Well, it had to happen eventually. Seems that in my less than organized life, misplacing things is often more the norm than not.

September 24, 2013
Butting Heads over Housing Growth…Again?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Once again Frederick County’s no-growthers and pro-growthers are baaaaaaaaack…and are at odds, but surely and ultimately market forces will prevail.

September 12, 2013
Remembering M. Robert Ritchie, Jr.
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

There was no Frederick News paper on April 27, 1913, because it was a Sunday. The next day the Frederick News was full of headlines from the weekend events.


August 28, 2013
Hirsch wants to tell the Inconvenient Truth
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Answering to a higher calling, this candidate for mayor aims to make Frederick more environmentally friendly!

August 27, 2013
Holtzinger wants to retake the bull by the horns!
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

For the man who said just four years ago that he had no interest in seeking a second term to serve as mayor of the City of Frederick, Jeff Holtzinger has made a complete 180 degree turn by throwing his hat in the ring one week before last month’s filing deadline of July 2nd.

August 15, 2013
Shelley Aloi Kicks into High Gear
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Taking a page out of a ninja super hero script, Alderman Shelley Aloi waited until the last moments of the 2013 City of Frederick mayoral filing deadline to announce her candidacy on July 2nd.

July 30, 2013
Young Blood on the Campaign Trail…Again!
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

No doubt that mayoral candidate Karen Young will wear out more than just a few pair of shoes over the next few months in what is clearly shaping up to be the race of her political life!

July 16, 2013
Another Voyage for the Good Ship Frederick?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The difference between the winner and the loser in the 2009 mayoral race in the City of Frederick was just 281 votes.

July 2, 2013
A Tale of a Pioneer PUD
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Within the last 30 days of this writing two significant events have taken place in the evolution of Frederick County, Maryland real estate development planning.

June 18, 2013
Tales from the Darkside – Final Episode
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

As the dusk of the late winter afternoon turned to darkness, my heavy left foot let up only for the sharp curves along the road home.

June 5, 2013
Tales from the Darkside – Episode 4
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Picking up where Episode 3 left off, one could say the roar of the lion that brings in the month March was apropos for what was up next.

June 4, 2013
Tales from the Darkside – Episode 3
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

… and now comes Episode 3 of the eerie tale of a young man who suspected another commercial real estate agent of criminal activity, and how it played out.

May 21, 2013
Rain, Rain, Go Away – Before O’Malley Taxes Us Another Way
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The Federal Pollution Control Act of 1972 was a landmark decision to control pollutants pouring into our waterways from commercial and farming operations. So, why is Maryland rolling over for the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Rain Tax” when Virginia successfully fought and won?

May 7, 2013
Tales from the Darkside – Episode 2
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In the first episode of Tales from the Darkside, I shared an experience I had back in the late 1970's. This story continues into darker places.

May 6, 2013
Tales from the Darkside – Episode 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

For most commercial real estate brokers, if you get enough active duty in this crazy business years under your belt … you can say you've seen it all.

April 23, 2013
The Relentless Mayoral Candidate is Back!
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It seems that the Doherty Clann of County Donegal in northwestern Ireland has always been a proud and rebellious bunch. Derived from the Gaelic O'Dochartaigh, the name has evolved over the centuries into many variations including (O) Dougherty, Daugherty, Docherty, and Doharty.

April 9, 2013
Don Corleone for Mayor of Frederick?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

As most readers of the and MacRo Report Blog know, I have not been a fan of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

March 12, 2013
Campaign Promise: No More Can Kicking
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In “Mayor, Mayor, on the Wall, Who’s the Strongest of Them All?” I gave an overview of the candidates for the 2013 City of Frederick mayoral election. This is the second part of that column.

February 26, 2013
Mayor, Mayor on the Wall, Who’s the Strongest of Them All?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Frederick City’s next mayor needs to bring fiscal order and a commitment to economic development. It appears that the dust has settled enough from the 2012 presidential election…

February 12, 2013
Region’s Commercial Office Market Cramped
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

With additional cuts looming and the impending loss of Bechtel jobs to Virginia, Frederick needs new employers more than ever.

January 29, 2013
Frederick’s Commercial Real Estate’s Future
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Frederick County’s Department of Economic Development recently hosted a round-table discussion about the health and future of Frederick’s commercial real estate market, and I was invited to be a panelist.

January 16, 2013
Tracking My Missing iPad – Part 2
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It was another call to Vivian at the central taxi cab dispatching office and her disappointing response of no luck that made it clear: We needed to take this matter into our own hands!

January 15, 2013
Tracking My Missing iPad – Part 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Well, it’s that time of year when gifts of techy devices have changed hands in mass quantities. Today’s technology can make one feel like a 21st Century Sherlock Holmes.

December 11, 2012
Kicking the Can, Shifting the Burden
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The Frederick News-Post reported last week that Frederick County’s commissioners are proposing a merger of fire taxes with property taxes to make up shortfalls in emergency services funding.

November 27, 2012
Strip Center Foreclosures Here Reflect The Economy
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

As reported in the MacRo Report Blog last week, there were some bright spots in what appeared to be a stall in the economic recovery during the third quarter of 2012.

November 13, 2012
The Assiduous Vetting of Charter Government
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Election Day is now passed, and as usual the Wednesday morning quarterbacks around the country, the state, and here in Frederick County were quick to recite all the reasons why certain candidates and ballot issues won and lost.

October 30, 2012
Debunking Five Myths About Charter Government
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

As Election Day one week away draws near, there have been a vocal minority who have used some of the following statements to express opposition ballot Question A – the proposed charter for Frederick County.

October 16, 2012
The Issue of Charter Home Rule
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Tuesday, November 6th will be the day that Frederick County voters will provide the “for” or “against” answer to Ballot Question A – County Charter.

October 2, 2012
Assessing the Board of Education Race
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

After a heated, down to the wire primary battle last spring, the six candidates for the three open seats for the Frederick County Board of Education were set.

September 18, 2012
Key Points to Charter Home Rule
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

After 18 months of outreach, research, and earnest debate, the appointed charter board (including myself) has completed a proposed charter document for Frederick County.

September 4, 2012
Charter: Two Reasons to Vote "Yes"
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The Frederick News Post ran an editorial last week endorsing the Charter of Frederick County proposed by the Frederick County Charter Board.

August 21, 2012
The Truth about Jobs Growth in Maryland
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Now that presumptive Republican nominee for president Mitt Romney has chosen his running mate, the real debates can begin in what is shaping up to be a very close race. Surely the malingering “Great Recession” is on deck to be the most hotly-debated issue of the campaign.

August 7, 2012
Industrial Real Estate Bargains Abound
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Nationwide, the flow of European investment capital into the United States has combined with our sluggish economy to bring the cost of capital to historic lows, which in turn has real estate investors hunting for good deals.

July 24, 2012
There's got to be a better way!
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

On July 31 the Frederick County Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners will hold a joint public hearing on the 2012 comprehensive plan and zoning review.

July 10, 2012
In the Crosshairs: Blighted and Vacant Real Estate
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

A committee appointed by the City of Frederick to examine “blighted commercial properties” has issues its recommendations, which include a tiered tax system, escalating fines, and receivership on unkempt real estate within the city. The problem has a long history.

June 26, 2012
Maryland, the new Michigan? – Part 2
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In my last post The Economy and U.S.: Insight from Anirban Basu -- Part 1, MacRo’s Kathy Krach asked Mr. Basu to shine a light through the murk of conflicting economic data that makes it difficult to determine whether or not the U.S. is, in fact, experiencing a sustained economic recovery.

June 12, 2012
The Economy and U.S.: Insight from Anirban Basu – Part 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Late last week Kathy Krach, the strategic marketing analyst for MacRo, Ltd., Real Estate Services, had the opportunity to interview renowned economist Anirban Basu, chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc.

May 29, 2012
Austerity: A Bitter Pill or One for Fiscal Health?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

"Austerity" was named the word of the year by Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2010. (It’s nice to know that the global economy has a stronger influence on Webster’s top words than the urban dictionary.)

May 15, 2012
Obamacare to Reap Rewards from Real Estate Sales
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Contemplating the sale of a tract of land or commercial real estate, or even a personal residence? A property owner may want to consider taking action sooner rather than later.

May 1, 2012
A Key to Frederick’s Economic Recovery
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Most people think of It’s a Wonderful Life as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Christmas movies ever filmed. It also happens to be just about the best public relations that local community banking has ever received.

April 17, 2012
Septic Bill Devalues Frederick’s Agricultural Land
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Last week Maryland Senate Bill 236 passed and with Gov. Martin O'Malley's signature it will soon become law. Otherwise known as the Septic Ban Boondoggle the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, it is part of Plan Maryland, which MacRo Report has covered before.

April 3, 2012
Candidates Threatened Mr. Brennan’s Neighborhood
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

For the first time in his career as president of the Frederick County Teachers Association (FCTA), Gary Brennan is feeling threatened that he may lose his coveted cabal of allies on the Frederick County Board of Education.

March 20, 2012
Land Use and Politics – A Must See Drama
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In the age before voice mail, mobile phones and emails, pink memo pads used to be an important staple for an efficiently run business. In those days, the office was a hub for making and receiving calls.

March 6, 2012
Busting Myths about County’s Charter Schools
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It has been only a little over a month since I last wrote about the plight of Frederick County’s straightjacketed charter school movement. However, I can’t let the Frederick County Board of Education’s recent rejection of Frederick Classical Charter School’s request for an eight-year charter go unremarked.

February 21, 2012
Lessons from the New Third World
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Good news is trickling in about the economy: signs of job growth, record corporate profits, and a downtick in real estate foreclosures.

February 7, 2012
Land Use Cage Match: Are You Ready for This?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The fight rages on as the Frederick Board of County Commissioners press forward with the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Review.

January 24, 2012
Time for Charter School Proponents
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

I guess one can call it "Straight Jacket Approval" in that – once approved – public charter school start ups have to enter the cold cruel world of real estate.

January 10, 2012
“To The Victor Goes The Spoils”
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The Evil of the Victors … Anger lingers, I guess, when you and your fellow cohorts are still reeling from the major defeat you suffered in the 2010 Frederick County elections.

December 29, 2011
Playing Politics with Land Use Planning
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In our last exciting episode of the Land Planning Game Show, our Frederick County Planning Commission superstars Catherine Forrence and Robert “Bob” White placed high reverence on the sanctity of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan … something they take great pride in playing a part of its assemblage.

December 27, 2011
The Land Planning Game Show
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Playing politics with land use and comprehensive planning often leads to a “farce.” It’s been nearly 45 days since the Frederick County Planning Commission voted to “Cease and Desist” its review of the 2010 Comprehensive Plan as requested by the Board of County Commissioners.

December 13, 2011
Christmas Wishes for Frederick County
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Here it is, almost Christmas, and we are rapidly closing in on another disappointing year for the national and local business climate. Climbing out of this recession is proving to be a much harder and longer ordeal than most of us had hoped.

November 29, 2011
Charting Solutions To Charter School Problems
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

There are creative ways in which tenants and charter school start-ups can reduce their annual rental payments by employing innovative financing and longer term leases.

November 15, 2011
Affordable Housing Capitalizes on Foreclosures
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The Frederick Affordable Housing Council (AHC) has identified a unique way to harness Frederick County’s Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDU) Program as a source of funds to purchase foreclosed properties and rehab them as sustainable affordable housing.

November 1, 2011
Business Friendly Coming True?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

After spending a couple of weeks in the Eurozone, I returned to a pile of newspapers that offered plenty of fodder to pontificate over. But as things settled down, I chose a follow up piece on the efforts by our Board of County Commissioners to make our community a more "business friendly" environment.

October 18, 2011
Revelations from France’s National Highway
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Could it be that making good wine is not the only thing the French do better? It’s hard for me to admit that I’ve had a Maryland driver’s license for just 48 months shy of 50 years, but it’s the truth.

September 6, 2011
Economic Recovery without Housing?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It has never been accomplished before in modern times, but could the economy come back to nearly full strength without a real estate comeback in housing?

August 23, 2011
Firing-up The Contenders
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Now that the Republican Iowa Straw Poll is in the rear view mirror, the level of speculation regarding the GOP’s true national presidential front runner has kicked into high gear.

July 12, 2011
Tweeting a Real Estate Recovery
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

President Barack Obama once again made use of the power of social media by holding the first ever “Presidential Twitter Town Hall” July 6. While 27% of the questions “tweeted” to him placed focus on the very poor jobs market and the sluggish economy, 6% of the queries zeroed in on the nation’s housing crisis.

June 28, 2011
Privatization: The Devil’s in the Details
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh


It was June 16, 2011, and a man from Georgia presented the results of a study at a Board of County Commissioners workshop that he was paid $25,000 to perform. Oliver Porter asked the commissioners to allow him to have the opportunity to present it as soon as possible once completed verses releasing for a public vetting beforehand.

June 14, 2011
The Power of Power
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Is there an epidemic of power addiction among the politically powerful? For many Americans the recent rash of political sex scandals leaves them – once again – baffled by the incredible foolishness of powerful men, asking “what were they thinking?” Throughout the media we hear and read differing opinions.

May 31, 2011
Making Housing Pay Its Way
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The debate over whether residential real estate growth pays for itself has been reignited over the last few months. The Frederick Board of County Commissioners have been moving forward with a school mitigation proposal for future housing projects that have been stuck in the Catch 22 of its very strict Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance (APFO).

May 3, 2011
Repercussions for Tight Fiscal Fists
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

"Heartless, inhumane, and cruel" are just a few of the words used to describe the Frederick Board of County Commissioners as they have come closer to finalizing the budget for fiscal year 2012.

April 19, 2011
An Ill-Lustrious Future for Frederick's Golden Mile?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

While the value of gold has been soaring the last several years, the commercial real estate values of Frederick’s Golden Mile continue to plunge. Much has changed since the early 1990s when the west end of Frederick City was touted as the county's retail hub.

April 5, 2011
Frederick's $2.65-per-minute Dilemma
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Will the dream of developing the Hargett Farm, off Butterfly Lane in western Frederick City, into a regional park ever become a reality?

March 22, 2011
“Superman” and Education Reform
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

As many know, I've expressed my views here and on the MacRo Report Blog regarding my advocacy of public education reform, school choice and specifically public charter education.

March 8, 2011
Can The Hopefuls Take The Heat?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

This past week the Frederick Board of County Commissioners whittled the list of 50 applicants for the proposed charter government writing board down to 15 people.

February 22, 2011
The Case of the Unfinished Wall
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It all started about 14 years ago when Capt. Edward “Massie” Simpkins began the process of removing “peeling paint” from the west elevation of his residence located at 134 W. 3rd Street in downtown Frederick.

February 8, 2011
Revisiting Merging Governments
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

On January 30, Jennifer Dougherty, a former mayor of the City of Frederick (2001-2005), offered a commentary in The Frederick News Post entitled Uni-Gov — a great option for Frederick County. She seems to suggest that we skip the county's effort to consider a charter home rule form of government and jump right to "dissolve county government and create a Unified Government" with the City of Frederick.

January 25, 2011
The Intelligence of Blaine Young
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Frederick County Commission President Blaine Young has been a hot topic lately, capturing what seems to be an unceasing flow of headlines in both The Gazette and The Frederick News Post. In the 54 days since taking the oath of office, Mr. Young along with fellow board members are making a serious dent in fulfilling campaign promises.

January 10, 2011
Reading Kai Hagen's Tea Leaves
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Well, if you haven't noticed already, former Commissioner Kai Hagen is on the campaign trail; not sure that he ever really stopped campaigning after his sixth place showing in last November's Frederick Board of County Commissioners' race.

December 27, 2010
Top New Year's Resolutions
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Well, it's that time of year again, when the topic of establishing resolutions is rolling off of the tongues of many – and it seems that the same eight to 12 timeless resolutions dominate the discussion.

December 13, 2010
Want some cheese with that whine?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The Frederick Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Education begin to fulfill campaign promises … and the whining begins!

November 29, 2010
Say Good Night, Lennie!
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

As the Thompson Era comes to an end, it's not only the business community that has a lot to look forward to.

November 15, 2010
So much to do; so little time
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Okay, so election day has passed … almost two weeks ago! The local pundits have done their share of Monday morning quarterbacking on the near full sweep of Republicans into all local offices. Of course I have my opinions, but that is not the focus of this column.

November 1, 2010
From Outrage to Voter Action
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It seems all too often that in order to affect an ideological change circumstances must get so serious that people “just won’t take it anymore!”

October 18, 2010
Hotel/Conference Center’s Top 10 List
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

The revitalization of Downtown Frederick has made the city a genuine arts, entertainment and recreation destination for residents of Frederick County as well as for visitors. The Tourism Council of Frederick County reports that a record number of hotel room nights were booked in Frederick County in 2009, despite the economic downturn.

October 4, 2010
Does O'Malley have a septic problem?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

For those who are fans of country living, including the farming community, it may be worthwhile to keep a close eye on what our governor is up to with his vision to put his stamp on Smart Growth. The O’Malley version is called PlanMaryland (

September 20, 2010
The Grand Abyss
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

I have decided to change things up this week from typical posts I do on the MacRo Report Blog and and write about a little adventure that I am about to embark.

September 6, 2010
Lessons of School Choice – Part 2
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In Part 1 of my column on this topic I outlined some of the differences between public and private education. The goal is to offer information that the new and existing members of the Frederick County Board of Education should consider as they move forward in this new school year.

August 23, 2010
Lessons of School Choice – Part 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

I've been a long time advocate of the school choice movement. I see some tremendous opportunities for the soon-to-be elected Frederick County Board of Education to break from its long entrenched establishment and take a fresh look what this movement has to offer our public schools.

August 9, 2010
So, where have I been?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

In my last article on, entitled Pushing the Envelope: Taxes and Leadership, I expressed concern with Frederick City alderman for what I misunderstood as an effort on their part to increase certain taxes to supplement the city's revenue stream.

July 26, 2010
Pushing the Envelope: Taxes and Leadership
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

One of the below-the-fold front page headlines in The Frederick News-Post last week caught my eye:  “City considering new tax options.” Seems that a couple of the Frederick City aldermen threw out some “preliminary ideas, including a hotel/motel tax, a property recordation tax and an excise tax on construction … to raise tax revenue for the City,” according to Patti Borda’s article July 20.

July 12, 2010
Charter, the Government of Choice
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Over the course of the last few months, I have made it pretty clear that I believe that Frederick County’s current form of government is outdated and not appropriate for the complex obligations that face our community. especially as we dig deeper into the 21st Century.

June 28, 2010
Governing Frederick County – Part 2
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

Up until just 50 years ago the economy of Frederick County ran purely on the business of agricultural. Our 12 incorporated areas (Frederick City, Thurmont, Middletown, Brunswick, etc.) were centers of trade that served the farming community.

June 14, 2010
Governing Frederick County – Part 1
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh

It's been quite a few years since I last wrote something for As some readers may know, I started a blog several weeks ago called the MacRo Report Blog (, and the response has been terrific; so I appreciate the invitation to pontificate in more than one place on the web!

October 22, 2002
What Is It About CODE HOME RULE?
Earl 'Rocky' Mackintosh
Guest Columnist On October 20, The Defenders of Citizens Rights, a local property rights organization, held a very well attended pre-election rally at the Lynfield Events Complex. Earl "Rocky" Mackintosh, president of MacRo, Ltd., Real Estate Services, made a presentation on Code Home Rule. He has submitted a follow-up article on the topic to the readers of The Tentacle: CLICK HERE!

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