City’s Position On Sponsors Needs Another Look


The recent discussion over whether to allow West Ocean City-based businesses to sponsor Ocean City special events is perplexing. It’s an easy decision that has been clouded by overthinking. At some point in time, it appears Chick-fil-A, which has locations in West Ocean City and Salisbury, as well as across the country, expressed an interest… Read more »

Safety Concerns Warrant Prom Breath Tests


While it may be unusual around these parts, there is plenty of precedent for what administrators and decision makers at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury did last weekend when they suspected a group of prom-goers had been drinking. The school decided to have the group undergo a breath test to confirm what was… Read more »

Another Center Expansion Already?


It might seem crazy to many that Ocean City is beginning the process of further expanding the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, but it’s actually sound planning and will address a significant shortcoming at the facility. At this week’s Mayor and Council meeting, elected officials endorsed moving ahead with the hiring of an architect to… Read more »

Paid Sick Bill’s Local Impact Could Be Serious


Maryland’s perception of an anti-business state seems secure as the General Assembly’s current session nears its conclusion in Annapolis next week. Topping the examples this year is the controversial paid sick leave bill, which passed the House this week easily after clearing the Senate Finance Committee and will head to the Senate for almost certain… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

The Long and Short View of Chesapeake’s Islands SMITH ISLAND- A few autumns ago, I took the students in my Chesapeake Bay class at Salisbury University to Smith Island to discuss how rising seas, accelerated by a warming climate, will threaten such low-lying communities before the end of this century. I didn’t have to teach… Read more »