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 »

Reducing Bus Service On Some Level Wise

Reducing Bus Service On Some Level Wise

It’s unclear what action the Ocean City Mayor and Council will take after this week’s public hearing on proposed changes to the town’s mass transit system. Although there were strong sentiments expressed to not alter the bus service to save money, we think the council should institute some reductions.Government, at times, is all about compromise,… Read more »

Take Tax Rate Hike Off Table Early On

Take Tax Rate Hike Off Table Early On

Ocean City property owners are now receiving their assessment notices and discovering first hand what happens when a real estate market basically collapses.Three property owners we spoke with this week saw annual decreases in property values of 2 percent, 7 percent and 11 percent. One property owner saw an increase of 4 percent because his… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are SayingState’s Budget Blues Unlike Any Of LateForget the comparatively minor cash crunch that Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. faced as governor. Even the three-year budget debacle that began in 1991 under William Donald Schaefer has been eclipsed. Last week, it became official: The national recession is pulverizing the state budget like no other… Read more »

Night Swimming Ordinance A Must

Night Swimming Ordinance A Must

Night Swimming Ordinance A MustTwo men were honored recently by the Ocean City Mayor and Council for the courageous rescue of three swimmers in the middle of the night last summer. The incident drew the council’s attention at the time with some recommending the council should put a law on the books outlawing night swimming… Read more »

OC Website Process Left No Other Choice

OC Website Process Left No Other Choice

OC Website Process Left No Other ChoiceIn a surprising turn of events, the Ocean City Mayor and Council voted 4-3 on Tuesday to award the redesign of the town’s website to its own advertising firm, MGH Advertising, rather than seek price quotes and design ideas from other agencies.About a month ago, members of the council… Read more »

Little Reason To Oppose Fraternal Slots

Little Reason To Oppose Fraternal Slots

Little Reason To Oppose Fraternal SlotsSome decisions confronting governments are difficult but that cannot be said about the one made by the Ocean City Council to send a letter to legislators supporting slots in fraternal organizations. We have been down this road before as both Ocean City and Worcester County sent letters last year to… Read more »

Extreme Reactions

Extreme Reactions

The reactions heard over the last week after a clear majority of state voters said they support slots machines in Maryland have ranged from the ridiculous to the naïve.There comes a time when folks need to get a grasp of reality. Yes, slots are coming to Maryland, specifically and most likely the Ocean Downs racetrack,… Read more »

Wise To Stay Course On Grad Requirement

Wise To Stay Course On Grad Requirement

Lost amidst all the hoopla of this week’s election was a decision by the state Board of Education last week to keep to its word that current high school seniors need to pass a series of standardized tests to get their diplomas next spring.A few years ago, Maryland made national news when it announced beginning… Read more »