The Challenge Of Balancing Optimism, Reality

The Challenge Of Balancing Optimism, Reality

A summer season with consumer restrictions is most likely ahead for the Ocean City area. There seems to be an acceptance this summer will dramatically underachieve from previous seasons, as business operators balance optimism with realism for 2020.City Manager Doug Miller’s memo to the Mayor and Council this week set off a firestorm. Miller’s memo… Read more »

Feds Must Decrease Unemployment Stipend

Feds Must Decrease Unemployment Stipend

Though clearly well intentioned, it’s counter-productive for the federal government to supplement the states’ unemployment benefits with a $600 boost a week in “pandemic unemployment.” It’s simply too much money to accomplish the goal of unemployment – keep people afloat while jobless but low enough to incentivize seeking work.It’s clear the majority of people are… Read more »

Education Funding Bill Must Be Delayed

Education Funding Bill Must Be Delayed

In trying to form budgets for the next fiscal year, governments across the country are predicting – guessing is the better term – how much of a disastrous economic impact the COVID-19 health crisis will have.On the state front, Comptroller Peter Franchot reported last Friday the state should expect a 15% loss – about $2.8… Read more »

Find Silver Linings During Uncertain Time

Find Silver Linings During Uncertain Time

In this unprecedented time of anxiety and uncertainty, it’s incumbent upon us to seek out the good things in life. With a somber future ahead for now, it’s these silver linings in our daily life that require attention and reflection and even celebration when possible.We have published numerous stories with this objective in mind in… Read more »

Natural To Worry About Unknown Future

Natural To Worry About Unknown Future

As a disclaimer, this is not a hard-hitting editorial criticizing a certain government’s direction or policy decision. We look forward to those critiques soon. In the meantime, this comes from this newspaper’s heart and in many ways is the exact opposite of what a newspaper editorial should represent. We don’t care. We need to work… Read more »

Special Event Zone Changes Required

Special Event Zone  Changes Required

The hope with the reinvented special event zone legislation working through the Maryland General Assembly currently in Annapolis is local courtesy will win out.It’s what should have happened last year, but partisan whining over the previous year’s election results derailed it. In the 2018 election, the state’s Republicans went hard after sitting and ranking Democrats…. Read more »

Reducing Permit, Impact Fees A Logical Start

Reducing Permit, Impact Fees A Logical Start

Though the dialogue involving year-round residency remains speculative in nature, the ongoing frank discussions at City Hall remain productive.There are many different reasons why people choose to not live in Ocean City. Some folks simply do not want to be subjected to the crowds and traffic of the hectic summer season as well as shoulder… Read more »