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Jason Miller

September 17, 2018
The Apple Ballot Blues
Jason Miller

It's that time of year again, fellow citizens. The time of year when local Republican candidates, and local Republican leadership, issue gripes and complaints about the Frederick County Teachers Association’s Apple Ballot, those candidates recommended by that group in an effort to garner your vote.

September 10, 2018
Citizen Chmelik
Jason Miller

Last Wednesday on WFMD's Mid Maryland Live radio program, current County Councilman Tony Chmelik announced his intent to run as a write in candidate for County Council District 2.

September 4, 2018
A Sign Forecasting Future Spending
Jason Miller

Many small towns in America are competing for businesses in the name of economic development. In the quest for growing local entrepreneurship, beautification efforts can be a cheap and effective way to attract new additions to local commerce. The town of Thurmont is no exception.

August 27, 2018
The Worst of Politics at Its Finest
Jason Miller

Well, here we go again ladies and gentlemen. The redrafted Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan has the members of the Smarter Growth Alliance for Frederick County running to the press in an attempt to once again derail a plan not resembling their wish list.

August 20, 2018
Blinded by Wasteful Spending
Jason Miller

Who is Shannon Bohrer? He is the Democrat running for office who wants to increase your taxes until you become enlightened.

August 13, 2018
A Hymn for a Lost Cause…
Jason Miller

There was a lot of commotion in some political circles this past week. A disastrous press conference held by Democrat Ben Jealous is a tell-tale sign of things to come for Maryland Democrats and Jealous their pick for governor.

August 3, 2018
Scenic River Plan Escapes Blockade
Jason Miller

The Frederick County Council workshop last week raised serious questions before it even began. The agenda continued the latest in the contentious debate on the 2017 version of the Monocacy Scenic River Management Plan. The original version of plan was handed to the Frederick County Council in August of 2017.

July 24, 2018
A Third Cog in the Wheel
Jason Miller

On July 16th, Earl Robbins made an announcement to his supporters through his social media platforms. The Frederick County Board of Elections had confirmed his signature count for an independent run for Frederick County executive. He is the first to seek the office of county executive without a party affiliation.

July 11, 2018
Who’s the alternative?
Jason Miller

It’s nice to be back here, this time as a simple voter with lots of opinions on the recent primary election, offering insight on county races and even about my own campaign.

May 21, 2018
Fumble Changes the Posturing
Jason Miller

So, I was taken aback, along with many other conservatives, when I heard that the 2018 Farm Bill failed as the Republican Freedom Caucus joined with Democrats to ensure its defeat in the House of Representatives.


May 14, 2018
More Than a Bump Stock Ban
Jason Miller

I was clicking on my Facebook news feed when I ran across an ABC News story headline. “ATF can't save bump stock owners from Maryland ban.” It was by Victor Ordonez and Dylan Goetz of ABC.

May 7, 2018
Old Diplomats Should Fade Away
Jason Miller

Remember when President Donald Trump was tweeting about “Rocket Man,” and the mainstream media was prancing about declaring that a nuclear war was on the horizon. Our president stood up at the United Nations and declared Kim Jong Un to be on a suicide mission himself.

April 23, 2018
A Possible Tempest in a Teapot
Jason Miller

Once upon a time, national Republican congressional and senatorial candidates in general used to pride themselves on championing the noble truth that conservative values lay the best foundation for future economic prosperity and overall social harmony.

April 16, 2018
Mr. Zuckerberg goes to Washington
Jason Miller

Two weeks ago, I wrote an article critical of Facebook users behaving like victims of their own user agreements. I put forth the fact that user agreements are contracts and as such keep Facebook free for the users under the aspects of the contract.

April 4, 2018
Nothing about Facebook is Free
Jason Miller

The recent data scandal involving user targeting and manipulating at Facebook was inevitable. The company’s business model has been in flux since the fake news revelations in late 2016.

March 26, 2018
It’s perfectly fine to protest
Jason Miller

An engaged public clamoring for the latest political cause de jour is a truly American experience. Sure, it can be loud and messy, and, at times, hurtful and crass.

March 19, 2018
Pride Always Goeth Before a Fall
Jason Miller

This past week former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton went to India and Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake stayed home. Both made a spectacle of themselves. I shudder when I hear that Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to speak on foreign soil, or that Senator Flake has scheduled a press conference.

March 12, 2018
Willing to Listen
Jason Miller

I want to start this off by saying that as a U.S. Army soldier, I did a tour of duty in South Korea at Camp Humphries from 2004 through 2005. The United States own Korean War memorial stands out in my mind as one of the most moving monuments on the National Mall.

March 5, 2018
The Problem with Socialism
Jason Miller

In looking at the troubles facing Venezuela right now, I can’t help but recall a quote by a brilliant political thinker. United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said famously: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”


February 26, 2018
Gun Violence and Critical Thinking
Jason Miller

Like all of you, I was repulsed by the mass shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. That said, I am a National Rifle Association (NRA) member and supporter of the Bill of Rights.

February 19, 2018
That’s what happens……
Jason Miller

Let’s just face it. Our modern media has socially engineered our culture to be as nonjudgmental as possible on almost everything. Many Hollywood celebrities have joined in a chorus to reassure all of us in the United States that this live and let live mentality is a testimony to the grandeur of our national tolerance.

February 12, 2018
A Uniquely American Parade
Jason Miller

I really like parades. I think they bring people together for an opportunity to be with one another as a community. We have several notable parades celebrating Christmas, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July right here in Frederick County.

February 5, 2018
My, My, How the High and Mighty Fall
Jason Miller

Like many of you, I was waiting to see the damaging GOP/Congressman Devin Nunes (CA) memo that Democrats said would destroy the fabric of America. What I read reminded me of how adept some Democrats are at the game of political victimhood.

January 29, 2018
Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Jason Miller

In February of 2017, Maryland attorney general was given special powers to sue the White House for almost anything in a show of Democrat Solidarity with a resistance movement aimed at President Donald Trump.

January 22, 2018
Shutdown for DACA?
Jason Miller

It’s that time again! Time for a government shutdown! It’s about evil Republicans, right? It’s about the heartless and cruel conservatives who want to rip families apart, right? Wrong.

January 18, 2018
Lost in Translation
Jason Miller

Many of the progressive talking heads around the main stream media have been melting down over President Donald Trump’s reported use of crudeness and profanity during a closed-door meeting on national immigration policy. They seem to forget the cringe-worthy moments with Vice President Joe Biden’s hot microphones.

January 15, 2018
Hold On! REAL ID is kicking in
Jason Miller

Did you know that some county residents are now being required to show a birth certificate to renew their Maryland driver’s license at the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)?

January 8, 2018
The Marijuana Merry-Go-Round
Jason Miller

A lot has been made recently of United States Attorney General Jeff Session’s decision to rescind an Obama era executive memo by Deputy Attorney General James Cole that had adopted a federal policy of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws.

December 18, 2017
Shall Not Be Infringed
Jason Miller

This past week I was ecstatic when the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 passed through the House of Representatives in a 231-198 vote. This proposed law enables every citizen who can legally carry a concealed firearm in one state to do so in other states as well.

December 11, 2017
Learning from Montgomery County’s Mistakes
Jason Miller