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The fracking issue
I don’t want to take the time to write another letter, but I am compelled when I read such ridiculous nonsense.
I am referring to an article or advertisement in [another local publication] on Nov. 25. It was entitled: “My Nature Presents.” The author came out with all the typical “sky is falling” dangers of fracking and, in essence, is telling us to change our diet or the planet will suffer.
Once again, a liberal telling us to reduce our standard of living. The article states that fracking increases seismic activity, pollutes air, water and soil. The author is fearful that Maryland may start fracking in its western counties and emulate the fantastic success being enjoyed by neighboring Pennsylvania.  
He or she doesn’t realize that the money saved by cheap gasoline is because of fracking. (Done on private lands, Obama closed federal lands to fracking). Fracking indirectly gave him or her more money to spend on Christmas then on the gas tank. What is so strange about this piece is that the main point is to get us to grow hemp, but weaves that commercial starting with an alarming, inaccurate, hit on fracking and then moves onto our diet. This is really a whack-job piece.
Here is a sample of what was said: “what we currently decide to eat creates more global warming than all the cars, trains, planes, buses and trucks in the world combined.”
No studies sited, just this alarming blanket statement. Also, “future generations will unearth our oil-producing artifacts and marvel at how primitive their ancestors were.” (No, I say that future generations will look at us and ask how we could legally kill – painfully – unborn babies. How do we look back at slavery now? But I digress or do I?)
The liberal progressives are always wrong. What happened to the scare of the 60s about world population as illustrated in the book “The Population Bomb” by Paul Ehrlich warning of mass starvation in the 70s and 80s? What about the global cooling scare of the 70s that made cover story in Time magazine? We were all going to freeze.
That same decade the liberal environmental wacko extremists said we are running out of petroleum. With our sophisticated drilling techniques we are capable of mining at least 200 years worth coupled with less use because of natural gas from fracking. How about the ozone hole scare of the 80s? As soon as they outlawed the cheap and very efficient Freon, you didn’t hear a peep out of them.
In the 90s they started with the global warming farce that will flood NYC and all coastal towns. I have lived on waterfront property for 34 years and have not seen a one-inch sea level rise. As a matter of fact, I own an airboat because there is so little water.  And now in 2016 we have the general, catchall scare phrase, “climate change.” It was changed from “global warming” to “climate change” due to the hacking of the East Anglia emails that admitted that global warming was a hoax.
Let’s pray that Maryland does reap the many wonderful benefits of natural gas production thereby reducing and, under this new administration, illuminating our dependence on those radical countries that want to kill us all.
Dennis W. Evans
Sixth annual Wild and Scenic Festival successful
The community really stepped up on Nov. 17 to protect clean water and healthy communities, for the sixth annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival hosted by Assateague Coastal Trust.  
We could not have brought this fun, affordable, inspiring evening to Morley Hall at Seacrets without the amazing support of our local sponsors, and we’d like to encourage the local community to support these fine businesses during the holiday season.
Thank you so very much to our event sponsors: the great crew at Seacrets and Ocean 98 radio; as well as OC Wasabi, South Moon Under, the Maryland Coast Dispatch, and Seaside Plumbing. Thank you also to our wonderful silent auction donors: A Perfect Face, Anthony’s Beer Wine & Deli, Atlantic Hotel, (artist) Patti Backer, Baked Dessert Café, Bleached Butterfly, Blacksmith, Burley Oak, Delmarva Boardsports, Dolle’s, Gilberts Provisions, Go Organic Grocer, Harrison Group, K-Coast Surf Shop, (artist) Lynne Lockhard, Longridge Gardens, (artist) Kirk McBride, Nest, (artist) Fred Peterson, Plak That, Pocomoke Canoe Company, Raggamuffin, Sea La Vie, Siculi, Super Fun Kayak, The Globe, The Iron Horse, The Shark/Culture, Uncle John Soap, Urban Nector, Joe & Lisa Inzerillo, Victorian Charm, West O Bottle Shop, Zenna Wellness.  
Steve Farr, Development Director
Assateague Coastal Trust, Inc.

Thanking sponsors of Berlin Christmas parade
The Town of Berlin and Berlin Main Street wishes to thank the following businesses for their donations towards the 46th annual Berlin Christmas parade, held Dec. 1.
Pitt Stop Beer and Wine LLC, Day’s Aluminum, Worcester Preparatory School, Dr. Gerald Ott, Healing Hands, Diversified Maintenance, Custom Mechanical, Bundles of Joy University, Bleached Butterfly, Francis Scott Key Family Resort, Purnell Inc., Taylor Bank, Esham Family Partnership, Shirley Grace Pregnancy Center, Una Bella Salute, Carey Insurance and Financial Services, Doodle Design, The Adkins Company, Hunan Chinese Restaurant, Berlin Shoe Box, Burbage Funeral Home, Atlantic Orthopedic, Bunting Realty, Worcester County Developmental Center, Evergreen Lodge #153, Gary’s Shore Service, Berlin Optical, Stevenson United Methodist Church, World of Toys, First Shore Federal, Poole Contracting & Consulting, Action Island and State Farm Insurance.
Many thanks and wishing you a happy holiday season.
Sharon Timmons
Administrative Assistant
Economic Development
Town of Berlin