Proposed Booze Hike Too Much Too Fast

Proposed Booze Hike Too Much Too Fast

In an effort to find money to save programs and help with a huge budget deficit, Maryland legislators are currently considering a wealth of bills, some aimed at increasing fees and at least one targeting a tax increase.House Bill 791 and Senate Bill 729 call for sweeping increases in the state’s alcohol excise taxes. The… Read more »

Where Will New Cuts Come From?

Where Will New Cuts Come From?

The county’s budget problems took a turn for the worst this week as it appears the county’s 3-percent mandated cuts will not include public education.In a choreographed sequence of events at school board headquarters in Newark on Tuesday, Worcester County Board of Education did not approve a budget for the next fiscal year as was… Read more »

Officials Opt For Wise Horse Course

Faced with natural concerns associated with the wild horse population on Assateague Island, federal officials opted for the logical alternative. Going with what is essentially a slightly more aggressive version of the status quo was a wise decision. The millions who visit Assateague Island each year find the wild horses to be quite charming and there… Read more »

Flounder Data Explanation Needed

Flounder Data Explanation Needed

Fishermen, by their nature, are a sensitive and cynical bunch. This is usually the case whether you are a recreational or commercial type. However, the current situation involving proposed flounder restrictions is reason for concern.There are times when fishermen cry foul unnecessarily. There are some who seem to take the proverbial “us vs. them” mentality… Read more »

OC Right To Go With Larger Project

OC Right To Go With Larger Project

A major decision, one that should have long-range ramifications for Ocean City and the surrounding area, was made at City Hall this week.Presented with a number of options for the expansion of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, the Ocean City Mayor and Council chose the most aggressive. It was the right decision. The option selected… Read more »

Supply Deal Should Help Customers

Supply Deal Should Help Customers

Optimism is difficult to come by for many folks these days, but that’s exactly what Berlin residents should have today because a major step was taken this week toward lower electric rates for town households.A major water cooler conversation over the last year in Berlin has been electric rates. Many people can’t afford to pay… Read more »

Starting Slow With Slots Is Proper Course

Starting Slow With Slots Is Proper Course

After all the bids were submitted last week, it’s appropriate to refer the current turn of events regarding slots in Maryland as a debacle.The word “disappointment” was often used over the last two weeks to describe the fact there were only six bids offered for the five selected sites for slots parlors in Maryland. More… Read more »

Parking Rate Hike Calls For Some Mettle

Parking Rate Hike Calls For Some Mettle

On an almost weekly basis, it seems the Ocean City Mayor and Council is facing tough decisions, revolving largely around saving money while trying to balance financial common sense and quality service to the community and visiting public.All in all, the judgment of the town’s elected officials seems to be on par. Proposals to cut… Read more »

Freeze Salaries For All Employees

Freeze Salaries For All Employees

All public sector employees should be forced to go at least one year without any kind of salary increase or addition to the benefits package they already receive. Although some may find it drastic, mandating federal, state, county and municipal employees go without any kind of increase for at least one year is necessary and… Read more »

Bad Policy To Change Slots Specifics Now

Bad Policy To Change Slots Specifics Now

The County Commissioners’ recent letter to the local state delegation seeking specific changes to the slots legislation has agitated officials in Ocean Pines, Berlin and Ocean City.A little background: On Dec. 22, 2008, the County Commissioners wrote Gov. Martin O’Malley, Senator Lowell Stoltzfus and Delegates Jim Mathias and Norman Conway asking for “some changes to… Read more »