Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Logic Behind Room Tax Plan ExplainedEditor:I feel compelled to respond to recent letters regarding the high cost of vacationing in Ocean City. While it is quite easy to get caught up in the mindset that Ocean City’s prices are driving tourists away, there are a few very important things to keep in mind. Operating a… Read more »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Revisit Parking LawEditor:Apparently, the Ocean City Town Code allows a mere 48 hours to pay a parking violation ticket without extended penalty. For many, this is impossible. They are on a budgeted vacation and have planned accordingly – they have not included a parking ticket. Many wait until they get home to pay – this,… Read more »

Give Wind Farm Proposal Due Diligenc

Give Wind Farm Proposal Due Diligenc

Here’s to hoping the latest wind farm proposal for off Ocean City’s coast goes over better than the one presented years ago.Years ago, when a major wind farm was last pitched for miles off Ocean City, the man making the proposal was practically chased out of City Hall. It was difficult to find fault with… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Conspiracy theories have been flying along Baltimore Avenue in Ocean City in recent weeks. It’s understandable, considering strangers have been walking along the road and on private properties, marking sidewalks and utilities with spray paint. Questions circulating include: Is the state expanding the roadway for a bus lane? Are the utility lines finally going to… Read more »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

A 35-Year ReflectionEditor:Thursday, Oct. 19, marked the 35th anniversary of the passage of the Clean Water Act. Thirty-five years later, our waterways are still polluted, and the protection we largely take for granted is virtually non-existent.In 1972, Congress passed the Clean Water Act, making a promise to the American public that the sewage stench, oil… Read more »

Leave Slots Out Of Special Session Talks

Leave Slots Out Of Special Session Talks

Governor Martin O’Malley has officially summonsed legislators to Annapolis for a special session starting Oct. 29 to discuss and ultimately approve a reform package aimed at addressing an estimated $1.7 billion structural deficit.The governor believes time is of the essence and his proposed budget plan needs the state’s attention immediately rather than next January. “Now… Read more »

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

Thoughts From The Publisher’s Desk

A big slots rally is planned for the Boardwalk tomorrow morning. A press release from the Stop Slots Maryland organization reports the event is a rally for the anti-slots movement in Maryland and timely because it’s about a week before the legislature is expected to convene for a special session. According to the press release,… Read more »

Voices From The Readers

Voices From The Readers

Hoping Trimper’s Rides Stays AroundEditor:I guess I would call it a kind of hazy disbelief when pondering the specter that Trimper’s Rides could actually be closing, even partially, after a gazillion years. The kind of feeling I had just after the Colts left Baltimore.Trimper’s Rides is a truly magical place filled with indelible memories for… Read more »

Rough Times Ahead On Local Roadways

Rough Times Ahead On Local Roadways

The State Highway Administration (SHA) has confirmed it once again – it will do what it wants, and local authorities, residents, businesses and visitors will just have to put up with it.That much is clear. That’s why it’s important for people to understand their angst over road closures and associated impediments should not necessarily be… Read more »