Parallel Maryland – How Wide the Divide?

Posted on April 15, 2008


In Maryland’s parallel universes, I wonder if there are any points of contact between the universes.

For example, Albert Einstein High School in Kensington (Montgomery County) is a pretty good public high school, as public high schools go. Einstein is located in one of the richest counties in the richest state in the richest nation on planet Earth.

Of the 5.6 million people living in Maryland, approximately 6,000 are fortunate enough to qualify for the “Millionaires’ Tax.” How many of the 6,000 people earning over $1 million per year do you think have a child at Albert Einstein High School? How many do you think have a child at any public school in Maryland?

There’s this universe of folks who pay the “Millionaires’ Tax,” and there’s another universe of children who attend public schools. Does the millionaires’ universe intersect at any point with the public school universe? Or do the millionaires and the public schools run parallel from here to eternity? — Bernie Hayden