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Vandals and vandalism will soon be forgotten

As disturbing as it was, people shouldn’t read too much into the vandalism spree that ruined cars and defaced buildings in Berlin last week. This was not the result of a societal upheaval or the emergence of a hate group that threatens to grow and develop, but was the work of one or more young… Read more »

A better way to look at community’s budget

The goal of any government or homeowner’s association is to give the public the kind of community it wants at a cost it is willing to pay. Establishing the cost factor is the easier of the two to accomplish, because it’s just math, aided by a good read of the public’s mood. Much more difficult… Read more »

Waiting for real set of design standards

It is not the people who are serving who need to be considered when granting a government body the authority to impose subjective standards, it is the people who might serve in the years ahead. That is the situation with the town’s proposed amendment to the zoning code giving the Planning Commission the legal right… Read more »

Don’t criticize park idea at this juncture

Raising the alarm based on first impressions and perceived, but not necessarily real, problems generally accomplishes little, because the critical outburst is usually the result of instinct rather than solid information. That’s the case with the Town of Berlin’s proposed purchase of the former Tyson poultry plant. The operative word here is “proposed,” because nowhere… Read more »

Traveling light into another new year

Two thousand fourteen, 2014 or MMXIV. No matter how we might write it, it still comes out the same. The results are in and no matter what we think of the 12 months past, 2014 is over and out. There are, of course, all kinds of years besides this one – fiscal years, legislative years,… Read more »

Ehrlich: I’m just looking, thanks

(Dec. 11, 2014)  He won’t do it. You read it here first. Former Gov. Bob Ehrlich is having fun — with us and with himself, right? He’s made a couple of trips to New Hampshire. People are polite to him. The group he meets with likes his message: loves the Constitution, hates Obamacare, hails the… Read more »

Gas price comparison certainly worth a look

Unless there’s something we’re missing, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors is on the mark about the community’s price schedule for propane not adding up … or adding up to much more than it needs to be. As board member Marty Clarke observed, no superior math skills are required to see the difference between… Read more »

Berlin thankful for … it’s a long, long list

To say the Town of Berlin has something it ought to be thankful for this year would be a gross understatement. By any measure, it would not be an exaggeration to say that the town has had a magical year and that the food on the Berlin’s table Thursday would likely grow cold were it… Read more »

Deficit changes Hogan’s pitch

(Nov. 20, 2014) Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan said Monday that a larger-than-expected budget problem will likely affect how quickly he is able to keep a campaign promise to roll back taxes in Maryland. The comments are Hogan’s first in public since a joint legislative committee heard that Maryland faces nearly $900 million in combined budget… Read more »

Temporary skateboard park makes more sense

Berlin officials are taking the reasonable approach in seeking an answer to the recent demands for some kind of skateboard facility by suggesting that a temporary facility would be easier and quicker to do as they consider the feasibility of something much greater. That would include looking at the vacant Tyson property, which might be… Read more »