Council Should Settle Open Container Debate

Council Should Settle Open Container Debate

The Ocean City Mayor and Council tabled a discussion this week on decriminalizing the town’s open container policy, but it’s our hopes it was simply a delaying of the inevitable.The decision to postpone talks was understandable, since two council members and the mayor were absent as well as the chief of the town’s police department.The… Read more »

Mood Change Could Improve OC Talks

Mood Change Could Improve OC Talks

Ocean City Council President Joe Mitrecic did the right thing last week – he admitted the Mayor and Council mishandled the situation with the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company and should have done a better job of taking the lead on the matter.It’s not often a public official admits to a mistake these days. Unless,… Read more »

More Sunshine, Not Less

More Sunshine, Not Less

The flow of information between government and citizens is changing rapidly with new technology. Maryland isn’t exactly leading the pack in adapting to these changes, but it’s not operating in the dark. Sunshine Week, a news media effort to focus on the need for more transparency, is a welcome reminder that open government should be… Read more »

What Others Are Saying

What Others Are Saying

The nation’s credit crunch is driving many toward insolvency and foreclosure. Some of the people caught in this mess would no doubt benefit from sound financial advice and help with creditors. But there’s also a danger that these same consumers could be ripped off by debt management companies more interested in getting big commissions and… Read more »

Compromise Is A Reasonable Solution

Compromise Is A Reasonable Solution

In many ways, compromise is the key to life. With government and public policy issues, it’s essential to maintaining a balance and moving forward. Perhaps no better example is the current situation involving the current state of affairs with the fire service in Ocean City as well as its future.The scene at City Hall on… Read more »

Compromise Is A Reasonable Solution

Compromise Is A Reasonable Solution

In many ways, compromise is the key to life. With government and public policy issues, it’s essential to maintaining a balance and moving forward. Perhaps no better example is the current situation involving the current state of affairs with the fire service in Ocean City as well as its future.The scene at City Hall on… Read more »

No Harm In Giving Slots To Fraternal Clubs

No Harm In Giving Slots To Fraternal Clubs

Worcester County fraternal organizations should be allowed to have slot machines in their buildings under the conditions they devote a certain amount of the proceeds to the community. However, the path we are taking to get to that outcome has become quite bizarre and seems to have further fractured relations between county and Ocean City… Read more »

No Harm In Giving Slots To Fraternal Clubs

No Harm In Giving Slots To Fraternal Clubs

Worcester County fraternal organizations should be allowed to have slot machines in their buildings under the conditions they devote a certain amount of the proceeds to the community. However, the path we are taking to get to that outcome has become quite bizarre and seems to have further fractured relations between county and Ocean City… Read more »

Cell Phone Ban Could Have A Familiar Fate

Cell Phone Ban Could Have A Familiar Fate

The proposed ban on handheld cell phones while driving in Maryland has followed an eerily familiar path as some other measures recently approved by the Maryland General Assembly.The bill essentially expands the current prohibition of hand-held cell phones by drivers under the age of 18 who hold a learner’s permit or provisional license to Marylanders… Read more »