In-Fighting Over In-Person Learning Unproductive

In-Fighting Over In-Person Learning Unproductive

There is no productive reason for this ongoing war of words through letters, newspaper columns and press conferences between the governor, the state superintendent of schools and the teachers’ union.The focus needs to be ensuring public schools are as safe as possible while committing to the highest level of in-person instruction as possible. The political… Read more »

Committee Approach On Fire/EMS Issues Wise

Committee Approach On Fire/EMS Issues Wise

Creating a committee to study the complex issues surrounding fire department funding in Worcester County is an appropriate direction.Though they face similar issues, mostly centered around funding, the needs and concerns of the various fire departments in Worcester County vary by their response areas. Forming a committee of commissioners, fire service leaders and county staff… Read more »

Patience Required With Vaccinations

Patience Required  With Vaccinations

The distribution is not happening as fast as anyone would like, but patience is a must when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccination process.Within a few hours of an initial announcement being released to the media, Atlantic General Hospital’s 300 vaccination slots for a phase 1B clinic this Saturday were filled and a wait list… Read more »

Bad Timing For Room Tax Hike

Bad Timing For  Room Tax Hike

The Ocean City Mayor and Council could soon deliberate on whether to support a room tax increase, which would then need to go through the Worcester County Commissioners and the Maryland General Assembly. This year is not the time for this consideration.There is too much instability within the economy and unknowns associated with visitor travel… Read more »

An Editor’s Note To Close Out 2020

An Editor’s Note To Close Out 2020

There are two critical components to a free community newspaper – readers and advertisers. Without folks seeking to pick up the product each week and businesses supporting it through their marketing dollars, The Dispatch would not exist.No year in our history, dating back to 1984, was more trying than 2020 for a variety of factors,… Read more »

Carrying Hope As We Enter 2021

Carrying Hope As We Enter 2021

We can officially look beyond 2020 next week, and there are a few reasons for optimism to start 2021.It’s customary to start a new year with hope and cheer for what lies ahead. Perhaps no year will start with higher expectations than 2021 because this year was one of unprecedented struggle and angst for a… Read more »

Vaccinations Bring Better Hopes For New Year

Vaccinations Bring Better Hopes For New Year

Distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccines are in full force currently, providing some hopeful indications the pandemic might soon be under control and the economy can begin a long-term recovery.At a press conference this week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Maryland is expected to soon receive 155,000 initial first doses of the two-dose COVID vaccines…. Read more »

OC’s Public Safety Concerns Must Rule

OC’s Public Safety Concerns Must Rule

It’s will require a big play to gain serious traction against the pop-up rally held every September in Ocean City, but potential solutions should not come at the expense of heightened public safety concerns.The dilemma facing city officials now is whether the risk of having bikers mix with the rowdy and rude pop-up rally crowd… Read more »