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For voters, how it happens not as important as results

The problem with government is that most people don’t care who’s in charge, as long as they get what they want, while elected officials concern themselves first with who’s in charge and then worry about the results. Were that not the case, the nation wouldn’t be witnessing the huge mess that is Congress, which devotes… Read more »

M. Day, Pocomoke River key to Snow Hill growth

Where Michael Day goes, the resurgence flows. Or so it would surely appear, given the turn his latest project is taking. Day, who supposedly retired last year as the director of economic development for Berlin, took on the revitalization of the Town of Snow Hill as – one might assume — something to keep him… Read more »

Electric hike not shocking

The flap over Berlin’s electric rate miscue turned out to be somewhat less exciting than the major municipal malfunction it originally appeared to be. This was a case of a misunderstanding between town officials and Booth & Associates, the company with which it contracts to advise it on the operation 0f its electric utility. That… Read more »

Traffic could jam future

Palmer Gillis, of Gillis Gilkerson, the builder and developer of the Delmarva Health Pavilion in Ocean Pines, has a point. Although he refrained from saying it bluntly when he met with residents last Friday to discuss his project’s traffic flow problems, that facility is there to stay, like it or not. That won’t be the… Read more »

Bargain of assessments

The release this week of the Ocean Pines Association reserve study, coupled with comments made by General Manager Bob Thompson at his town hall meeting Saturdy, should provide residents with plenty to think about — and argue over — should they be so inclined. The reserve study, conducted by Design Management Associates Inc. of Richmond,… Read more »

Case of motion sickness

Although the matter was discussed Thursday and whatever resolution might have resulted occurred after this publication went to press, the philosophy behind the proposal to form a committee to study the Ocean Pines Association’s management situation by itself deserves some discussion. The short question, obviously, is why the OPA Board of Directors needs a committee… Read more »

Ask your own questions

Even though writing about budgets is part of reporting, there’s no way to present a story with sufficient detail to give the public anything more than a general idea of how a proposed financial package is going to work. Or not work, as the case may be. Even on the local level — never mind… Read more »

Registration open for Komen Race

Registration is open for the Susan G. Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure, which features a competitive and recreational 5K run/walk and 1-mile family fun course, Saturday, April 16 on the Boardwalk beginning at the inlet.   Through Friday, Jan. 22, Komen Maryland is offering a $15 early bird discount on all adult… Read more »

Bravo to Berlin’s bold approach to its future

Congratulations to the Town of Berlin, again, for continuing to go after opportunities that should bear fruit over the next few years, rather than focusing exclusively on projects and needs that deliver an immediate return. While there’s no such thing as a risk-free deal, the town’s pending purchase of the former Tyson chicken processing plant… Read more »

Manklin Meadows reports should not cause concern

There’s no point in jumping to conclusions, which would seem to be the case with reports that the Manklin Meadows project has gone over budget. It hasn’t gone over budget for one simple reason: no work has been done, outside of the creation of a site plan for an overhaul of the complex, so not… Read more »