Dog-whistle racism hurts the GOP
Give the city of Cumberland high marks for its
handling of fire-damaged properties.
Several major fires have occurred over the last
year or so and many of the buildings that were
badly damaged have been razed.
When a building has major damage from a fire
it can be a problem for an entire neighborhood if
the structure is not
repaired or demolished.
buildings can lead
to blight to nearby
We like the city’s
to the problem. “We
realize that a fire is a very traumatic event, as
anyone who has experienced one surely knows,”
said City Administrator Jeff Rhodes. “Dealing
with the financial repercussions and the insurer
can also add to the difficulty in resolving these
issues. Recognizing that, city staff handles
these instances with greater sensitivity than a
typical blighted property.
“However, we also recognize the adverse
impact a fire-damaged property has on neighbors
and neighborhoods if repair or removal
takes too long, so we try to stay on top of these
properties and offer what assistance and
encouragement we can to expedite the repair or
removal,” he said.
Rhodes cited five different properties that
have been dealt with following fires. Most of the
buildings are on Cumberland’s East Side.
In nearly all of the cases, a cooperative spirit
between the city and property owners and
insurers has resulted in demolition. The other
case involves a Maryland Avenue home in the
600-block that the city is in the process of
City adept at handling fire-damaged properties
Dog-whistle racism hurts the GOP
We’re certain that Donald Rumsfeld, who served as Secretary of Defense under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, echoes what many Americans feel about the complexity of filing income tax returns.
When he filed his return, Rumsfeld sent the following letter to the Internal Revenue Service:
The first step
If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.
Where to look
Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.
Public libraries remain one of the best uses of taxpayer dollars. They are open to all. Young or old, poor or wealthy, residents can use computers and read current magazines and newspapers. Compact discs featuring a wide variety of music and
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One cannot compromise on God’s word
A recent letter asked, “What is it about compromises that seem so undesirable?” Most of us are familiar with John 3:16, which says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The next verse goes on to say, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him”
Ballpark project a partnership, not a government handout
To the Editor:
Regarding Mark Nelson’s recent objection to county government assistance to exploring the placement of a minor league baseball team in the Cumberland region, I would answer that the project should be considered a partnership between private enterprise and government. The private support would come by way of donations collected from local citizens, currently banked through the Dapper Dan Club.
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Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.
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