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Public input could be key to harmony in Pines

As Ocean Pines looks to the future and, hopefully, tries to determine how much and on what they will need additional member funding for, board members should follow the recent example of the Town of Berlin. Given the opportunity to make a landmark purchase of the old Tysons chicken plant and faced with a decision… Read more »

‘5-year’ plan feels slushy

The Ocean Pines board should reconsider its stance on continuing the so-called 5-year funding plan until a proposal for those monies is in place and put to referendum.   The special assessment was instituted about six years ago and billed as a short-term increase that would be dissolved after that timeframe. The intent was to… Read more »

Media could learn lesson

Recent events in Berlin made for big headlines with an ensuing rush to get a “big story” pressing a daily media outlet go awry.  An example of why rash decisions by both adults and kids can have unfortunate consequences. The firestorm kicked off with an unseemly posting by one student on Instagram, quickly followed by… Read more »

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 »