Voices From The Readers – April 19, 2019

Berlin Needs To Follow Standard Best PracticesEditor:The Government Finance Officers Association website details best practices for the level of fund balance that should be held by local governments. While they make exceptions for cities facing unusual financial situations or threat of natural disaster, the rule of thumb is two months of operational expenses (16.7%). In… Read more »

Students Deserve Credit For Talking

Students Deserve Credit For Talking

How bad could it have been?That’s what many were wondering after last week’s press conference on the legitimate threat made by students at Snow Hill Middle School last month.While details are scant, what we do know is authorities were alerted by the school system of a potential school shooting plot. School officials learned about it… Read more »

Berlin Must Phase Planned Tax Hikes

Berlin Must Phase Planned Tax Hikes

The Town of Berlin must do better than imposing an unprecedented 29% tax increase on property owners in a single year.The problems leading to the consideration of this huge hike did not arise overnight. Years of mismanagement and poor decisions caused the town’s present financial quagmire. The citizens should not have to fund the consequences… Read more »

Politics Stir Up School Start Drama

Politics Stir Up School Start Drama

Maryland’s debate over when public schools should start represents a departure from typical partisan feuding.Republicans typically oppose government intervention in local matters. Republicans prefer government not play a huge role in people’s daily lives and when that’s necessary it should be done on the micro level by local legislators who know their constituents. Democrats usually… Read more »