Extremist Views Serve No Purpose

Extremist Views Serve No Purpose

The extremism over masking in schools is rooted in ignorance and a misunderstanding of the realities imposed upon school by the health protocols.Three times this week, public meetings on the lower shore have featured anti-mask speakers. In the case of Wicomico and Somerset counties, the sheer volume of would-be commenters and their refusal to comply… Read more »

Masks In Schools Not Complicated

Masks In Schools Not Complicated

Requiring students wear masks has nothing to do with politics, freedom or rights. It has everything to do with ensuring kids stay in school.Without masks, the fact is hundreds of kids will be quarantined every day in local schools. Right or wrong, and there is a lot to debate with the rules, the protocol states… Read more »

Commitment In Place For Broadband

Commitment In Place For Broadband

It’s going to take a long time, but Worcester County’s broadband effort appears to finally be happening. Many steps are being taken that cumulatively make it seem like within a few years the connectivity dark spots will be addressed.It seems incomprehensible to many of us in today’s age for people to be without Internet connectivity… Read more »

What Others Are Saying Outdoor Teacher, Congressman ‘Too Good To Be True’

What Others Are Saying Outdoor Teacher, Congressman ‘Too Good To Be True’

Tom HortonSpecial To The DispatchThe Sassafras River, mid-May. Tulip poplars and black locusts in full and fragrant blossom. Local watermen offloading tons of catfish as hungry ospreys, eagles and herons soar close.The little landing here on Turners Creek, just off the Sassafras in the Upper Chesapeake Bay, has been in constant human use for thousands… Read more »

Court Ruling Ends City-County Tax Setoff Debate

Court Ruling Ends City-County Tax Setoff Debate

The decades-long battle over tax differential between Ocean City and Worcester County government is finally over.All efforts have been exhausted for Ocean City to secure a tax setoff for duplicated services the town provides to its citizens that are also provided by the county but not utilized by those living in Ocean City proper.The closure… Read more »

Mixed Emotions On Redevelopment Understandable

Mixed Emotions On Redevelopment Understandable

It’s natural for Ocean City traditionalists to frown on Boardwalk properties being replaced by massive redevelopment projects. However, each case needs to be evaluated independently before rushing to judgment. In the case of the Phillips Beach Plaza property and the plans to develop a major Margaritaville resort, this is a good thing. It represents a… Read more »

Local Rule Critical With Perception Changing

Local Rule Critical With Perception Changing

Concerns are mounting over another possible upward swing in coronavirus cases. While there does appear to be legitimate reason to worry, especially with the problematic variant and breakthrough and double positivity cases on the rise, proper perspective is important.Worcester County’s positivity rate was 3.46% on Wednesday (above the statewide 2.45%). This is a low number… Read more »

Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy

Moving Beyond To-Go Drinks A Sign Of Normalcy

There are more than 330 alcohol licenses in Worcester County and only three spoke during a public hearing for an extension of carryout drinks.This lack of robust support to allow to-go drinks resulted in an easy call for the Worcester Board of License Commissioners. Couple the paltry turnout with opposition from veteran restaurateurs Shawn Harman… Read more »