An Editor’s Note To Close Out 2020

An Editor’s Note To Close Out 2020

There are two critical components to a free community newspaper – readers and advertisers. Without folks seeking to pick up the product each week and businesses supporting it through their marketing dollars, The Dispatch would not exist.No year in our history, dating back to 1984, was more trying than 2020 for a variety of factors,… Read more »

Carrying Hope As We Enter 2021

Carrying Hope As We Enter 2021

We can officially look beyond 2020 next week, and there are a few reasons for optimism to start 2021.It’s customary to start a new year with hope and cheer for what lies ahead. Perhaps no year will start with higher expectations than 2021 because this year was one of unprecedented struggle and angst for a… Read more »

Vaccinations Bring Better Hopes For New Year

Vaccinations Bring Better Hopes For New Year

Distribution plans for the COVID-19 vaccines are in full force currently, providing some hopeful indications the pandemic might soon be under control and the economy can begin a long-term recovery.At a press conference this week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Maryland is expected to soon receive 155,000 initial first doses of the two-dose COVID vaccines…. Read more »

OC’s Public Safety Concerns Must Rule

OC’s Public Safety Concerns Must Rule

It’s will require a big play to gain serious traction against the pop-up rally held every September in Ocean City, but potential solutions should not come at the expense of heightened public safety concerns.The dilemma facing city officials now is whether the risk of having bikers mix with the rowdy and rude pop-up rally crowd… Read more »

Lockdowns Make Cure Worse Than Disease

Lockdowns Make Cure Worse Than Disease

How can we avoid another lockdown? This is the question on most minds. The prevailing sentiment seems to be its inevitable, but we should learn from the past and not make this same mistake.Maryland was in a lockdown for much of the spring, despite what Gov. Larry Hogan maintained at a press conference last Thursday…. Read more »

Transparency, Communication Key In Education

Transparency, Communication Key In Education

It’s trying, if not impossible, times for educators. The concerns expressed this week — by two teachers publicly but shared by numerous in public schools – are inevitable.These folks are teaching in unprecedented times, amid a pandemic with real health concerns for all. Complicating the ongoing extreme range of individual comfort levels about the pandemic… Read more »