Students Deserve Credit For Talking

Students Deserve Credit For Talking

How bad could it have been?That’s what many were wondering after last week’s press conference on the legitimate threat made by students at Snow Hill Middle School last month.While details are scant, what we do know is authorities were alerted by the school system of a potential school shooting plot. School officials learned about it… Read more »

Berlin Must Phase Planned Tax Hikes

Berlin Must Phase Planned Tax Hikes

The Town of Berlin must do better than imposing an unprecedented 29% tax increase on property owners in a single year.The problems leading to the consideration of this huge hike did not arise overnight. Years of mismanagement and poor decisions caused the town’s present financial quagmire. The citizens should not have to fund the consequences… Read more »

Politics Stir Up School Start Drama

Politics Stir Up School Start Drama

Maryland’s debate over when public schools should start represents a departure from typical partisan feuding.Republicans typically oppose government intervention in local matters. Republicans prefer government not play a huge role in people’s daily lives and when that’s necessary it should be done on the micro level by local legislators who know their constituents. Democrats usually… Read more »

The Dispatch Marks 35 Years In Circulation

The Dispatch Marks 35 Years In Circulation

This month marks 35 years in circulation for this newspaper. Whenever we encounter these sorts of milestones, we can’t help but think about our founding publisher, Dick Lohmeyer, who was also our current leader’s stepfather.To mark the occasion of the newspaper’s 20th year in business, we featured an interview in a special publication with Lohmeyer,… Read more »

We Need More Leaders Like Late Harry Hughes

We Need More Leaders Like Late Harry Hughes

During his two terms as Maryland’s 57th governor, from 1979 to 1987, Harry Hughes enhanced civility, integrity and prudence in state government leadership. Elevating Maryland’s political culture and public discourse at a difficult period in our state’s history, Governor Hughes reinforced the value and credibility of public service.He was a much-understated politician and became successful,… Read more »

Berlin Tax Talks Require Attention

Berlin Tax Talks Require Attention

Berlin businesses and residents need pay attention to the current budget process. Through tax and fee increases, it’s clear the cost to live and do business in town is about to jump significantly. How much appears to be the only question at this point.This has been a talking point for the last six months, but… Read more »

Congratulations To Decatur Wrestlers, Coaches

Congratulations To Decatur Wrestlers, Coaches

Sports can be cruel and heartbreaking at times, but they can also be inspiring and rewarding.The Stephen Decatur High School wrestling team’s state Class 3A championship earlier this month is one of those feel good stories that highlights the positives in amateur sports.It was a memorable season for Decatur, rolling through most of their matches… Read more »