Start Over With Slots Language

Start Over With Slots Language

The wording of the upcoming slots referendum needs to be changed. The best thing would be to toss out the current language and start from scratch.In November, voters will be specifically asked to check whether they are for or against the constitutional amendment that will place slots at sites across the state.As it stands today,… Read more »

Abstinence Message Is Not Working

Abstinence Message Is Not Working

A firestorm has erupted in the wake of a group of higher education leaders’ call for an open debate on the effectiveness of the country’s legal drinking age of 21.Earlier this week, about 100 college and university administrators, including six from Maryland, stopped short of requesting the drinking age be lowered, but they did say… Read more »

Bridge Tragedy Leads To Normal Reactions

Bridge Tragedy Leads To Normal Reactions

All of the details of what happened last Sunday morning on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are still being investigated, but one thing is for sure – it was a terrible tragedy that could have been avoided.That’s why it’s understandable some folks are using this tragedy to further their agenda and seeking to use it as… Read more »

Interpreting State’s Drop In Cigarette Sales

Interpreting State’s Drop In Cigarette Sales

A recent report showed fewer cigarettes are being bought in Maryland. There seems to be much debate over whether it’s economic concerns limiting people’s spending power, smokers trying to quit or simply folks finding their cigarettes in neighboring states.Sales are reportedly down 25 percent year to date since the per-pack tax was doubled to $2… Read more »

Showing Ocean The Respect It Deserves

Showing Ocean The Respect It Deserves

With all the tropical activity off our coast this month and the subsequent record number of rescues by the Ocean City Beach Patrol, it’s startling there have been no fatalities reported this summer.Certainly, the beach patrol and its staff deserve much of the credit for saving lives and keeping a watchful eye over the water…. Read more »

See Offshore Wind Farm’s Big Picture

See Offshore Wind Farm’s Big Picture

The Ocean City Mayor and Council heard some more about a potential wind farm off the Maryland coast this week. If the proposal ever comes to fruition, the alternative energy it produces could power as many as 136,000 homes in the region when at capacity.One clear message was delivered to Bluewater Wind, the company pitching… Read more »

School Reserve Fund Needed, Not Bad Blood

School Reserve Fund Needed, Not Bad Blood

The friction between the Worcester County Board of Education and County Commissioners over a fiscal year 2008 financial overrun has led to the school system creating a contingency fund. Several commissioners scolded school board officials, notably Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jon Andes, last month after they were informed about more than $385,000 in overruns that… Read more »

Taking Aim At An Easy Target

Taking Aim At An Easy Target

Several County Commissioners gave the business to the Worcester County Board of Education last week, criticizing school officials for not letting them know earlier there would be a substantial expense overrun in the current budget.After some harsh criticism and threats, the end result was the commissioners voting 5-2 to allocate $385,000 to offset the shortfall,… Read more »

Campaign Wrongly Targets Tourneys

Campaign Wrongly Targets Tourneys

Predictably, last week’s decision to accept a full-page advertisement from The Humane Society of the United States regarding the Ocean City Shark Tournament was blasted by some. Captain Kerry Muse’s letter was the only written or verbal reaction we directly received, but we understand the ad touched a nerve with many as was the case… Read more »

Affordability Should Be Next Campaign

Affordability Should Be Next Campaign

It’s refreshing to see the folks involved in the tourism industry being candid about what’s happening these days in the hospitality industry, specifically on the local front.In the past, no matter what was going on in Ocean City and the economy, nobody told the truth. The idea was hide the reality and make it seem… Read more »