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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 »

Q&A session at town hall, tonight

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (April 19, 2018) The Ocean Pines Association will host a town hall today, Thursday, at 7 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. The agenda includes a presentation by the Matt Ortt Companies, which have been hired to run association food and beverage operations, and… Read more »

Audit like a physical …

In some respects, a forensic audit, such as the Ocean Pines Association is about to undergo, is like an autopsy and executive physical rolled into one: the autopsy shows what went wrong, while the comprehensive physical determines whether that same thing is likely to happen again … if left untreated. But also like the executive… Read more »