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Gazette Editorial: Ethics generally deal with actions, not words

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The Berlin Ethics Commission’s decision that At-Large Councilman Thom Gulyas committed no breach when he allegedly criticized a citizen in harsh terms during a telephone call is almost a head-shaker. This isn’t because the commission failed to do its job, or that Gulyas was right or wrong or that public officials just shouldn’t criticize non-officeholders…. Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Tax increases arrived with town’s success

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One of Berlin’s problems — and it doesn’t have that many — is its own success. While most other small towns on the Eastern Shore continue to suffer from an economic malaise that began decades ago, Berlin’s economy has surged in the past 20 years. An empty space in the business district isn’t empty for… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Public participation is the public’s job

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Public distrust of government has been around since the beginning of organized rule, and it is no worse now than it was 100 or even hundreds of years ago. In the 14th Century Florentine Republic, in what would become Italy some 500 years later, skepticism of government was so great that voters elected new rulers… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: Berlin park has little to do with budget woes

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New critics of the Town of Berlin’s purchase of the former Tyson chicken processing plant in 2015 are mistaken, when they argue that passing on that purchase would have eliminated the current need for a tax increase and higher sewer and water rates. The property, which was bought for $2.5 million drawn, in part, from… Read more »