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Gazette Editorial: Our primary election recommendations

As the final countdown begins for next Tuesday’s primary elections in Worcester County, “balance” is the word voters should consider when they go to mark their ballots. With a couple of exceptions, ideology and personal alliances should have nothing to do with the positions up for election. That said, the ballots next Tuesday will contain… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: More respect needed

Brooks Davis, who owns Wainright’s Tire Center in Berlin, doesn’t want to be the Grinch who stole the town’s many downtown festivals and events. That’s why he more or less threw up his hands and gave up Monday, when he admonished town officials for not keeping its end of a post-event clean-up agreement deal for… Read more »

Canadian newsprint tariff just doesn’t make sense

Dear Rep. Andy Harris, In March, after the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed a second round of preliminary tariffs on Canadian newsprint, which constitutes about two-thirds of this country’s supply, we asked you as our congressman to consider the damage that would do to newspapers large and small. You replied that government has a duty… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Outsourcing talk in Pines is premature

The campaign season is in full-swing in Ocean Pines and one of the platforms being touted by some candidates is to outsource administrative management and financials. One candidate also looks to outsource individual department directors as well. Last year, saw a tremendous amount of change, with almost a full sweep of high-level personnel throughout the… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Our letters to the editor policy during elections

With the Ocean Pines Association election underway and the candidates about to receive their instructions on what’s acceptable and what isn’t on the campaign front, it’s also time for us to reiterate our political letters to the editor policy. It is the practice of this and our other publications to publish all letters we receive… Read more »

Bayside Gazette Editorial: Auditors, not committee will know what’s best

Citizen involvement in government is a good thing … up to a point. Too much involvement can make government unwieldy, as elected officials must listen to and consider many voices, relevant or not, before they can act. To do otherwise would offend participants and, more specifically, make the citizen participation approach to governance meaningless. This… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Town hall was minefield

Going into a question-and-answer session with a hostile agenda, which some members of the audience did at the Ocean Pines town hall meeting last Thursday, is one of those increasingly disagreeable developments of our current democratic circumstance. Why, for instance, would anyone ask a question of the presiding person or group, when he or she… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Town meeting tonight

The Ocean Pines Association town meeting tonight (Thursday) is an excellent idea … going into the session. Whether it will be perceived that way after it takes place remains an unknown. The success of this gathering will depend on how the audience responds to the opportunity to communicate directly with the board of directors and… Read more »