Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

OC Has Opportunity To Distinguish Town

My reason for writing is to agree with Mr. Donald Giancoli who last week wrote to you concerning the proposed wind farm off the coast of O.C. and how it will "look" seems like the question with the most concern.

Worcester Preparatory School Virtual Tour

Ocean City has a chance to set an example for how alternative energy use can work! Ocean City should be jumping at this opportunity. I have spent years teaching my students, the youth of Worcester County, the importance and urgency of taking the initiative to help preserve and conserve Earth’s natural resources by having a "greener" life style.

Myself and my colleagues are truly changing the way our kids think about the environment. If you asked them, they would agree that this is awesome for Ocean City and the environment. Maybe some of the City Council members need to speak to my students who are more knowledgeable and open-minded on the subject concerning the importance of alternative energy use.

Gretchen Greene Hancock


Knowledge Is Key


This is concerning the letter about keeping English the official language in the U.S. While traveling in Europe, I was amazed that virtually everyone spoke their native language plus one or two others. It didn’t seem to hurt them a bit – quite the contrary.

No one is asking us to unlearn English. Learn a little Spanish – it’ll keep your brain sharp and more knowledge is almost always better than less.

D. Heinecke

Not The First Time For Beach Grasshoppers


In regards to the grasshoppers on the beach story, interestingly enough, I recently told my nephew about this very phenomenon.

His reply of "sure Aunt Mel" almost made me think I had dreamed this one up. If memory serves me correctly, it was in 1965 or 1966 the same thing happened in Ocean City. I was working for the Gordons on the pier and it was the hit of the summer.

There were more grasshopppers than anyone of us had ever seen, let alone seen on a beach. It seemed that every square inch of sand had one of those big-eyed nasty looking things on it. Since I am just a tad prissy, just the thought of crunching one in my bare feet kept me from going on the beach.

For some reason, only a rare one landed on the pier and I was pretty safe in my ticket box accompanied by one John Brown. He was the owner’s Chesapeake Bay Retriever, not quite a year old and he was he was locked up with me because he was disturbing the peace. Seems he could see them from the pier and he was not happy.

I was having “it’s Friday and I can’t get to the beach for another two weeks feeling sorry for myself kind of day”. Thanks for the chuckle. A beach full of grasshoppers should be the worse thing that happens to any of us.

Melody McSweeney

Addressing A Problem


Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and his fellow democrats in Annapolis have some explaining to do. Rising taxes and fees, declining services, financially strapped hospitals, crumbling infrastructure and overcrowded schools are just some of the highlights of the O’Malley Administration. Equally disturbing is the unrelenting financial, political and sanctuary support provided by the Governor O’Malley and the legislature to the illegal alien support group CASA of Maryland (Central American Solidarity Association).

Millions of tax dollars are annually pumped into the non-profit CASA of Maryland. Combined with significantly larger illegal alien social and economic costs —schooling, law enforcement, criminal justice, insurance, medical and health care, day labor centers, gang violence, declining neighborhoods and more, this raises serious concerns about the public policy benefits of the O’Malley -CASA relationship.

The more O’Malley feeds CASA, the more illegal aliens find their way into Maryland looking for drivers’ licenses, free social and health services, tax free employment, in-state college tuition, fraudulent voting opportunities and immunity from law enforcement. Under the charade of “helping poor, hard-working, family oriented immigrants”, CASA of Maryland Director Gustavo Torres has played Governor O’Malley, the legislature and elected officials in Baltimore City, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties for the lawless, shameless politicians they are.

When CASA publishes a handbook to teach illegal aliens how to not cooperate with Maryland law enforcement officials, no problem for our elected officials; when Gustavo Torres lobbies our police and sheriff departments not to enforce federal warrants against wanted criminal illegal aliens, again not a concern; CASA’s participation in a bond fund to free illegal aliens when arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and provide legal support to tie up deportation actions in our judicial system, oh how thoughtful; finally accepting $1.5 million from Venezuelan Dictator and Iran/Hezbollah terrorist partner President Hugo Chavez to fund CASA’s new O’Malley donated headquarters in Prince George’s County, just peachy!

Time to end this dishonest, sanctuary relationship between Governor O’Malley, CASA of Maryland and our precious tax dollars. No more tax dollars for CASA and their illegal alien clientele. Help Save Maryland.

Brad Botwin


(The writer is the director of the Help Save Maryland organization.)