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
Cumberland residents who want to make an impact on their community have an opportunity in that the city is seeking applicants for five of its boards.
If we don’t sell it to them, somebody else will
The front page article on coal exports by AP writer Dina Cappiello is one of the most asinine and biased “news” articles I’ve read (“Not in my backyard: U.S. sending dirty coal abroad,” July 29 Times-News, Page 1A).
Not a villain
Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”
Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.
Where is it?
Once upon a time, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce held its annual conventions at the Bedford Springs resort hotel near Bedford, which is in Pennsylvania.
- Korean War
- Sloppy lawmaking is to blame
If a survey conducted by Thumbtack.com and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.
How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.
File this one under the We Thought We’d Heard Everything category: A man who attempted the armed robbery of a pizza shop is now suing the pizzeria and the employees who tackled him and wrestled his gun away during the holdup.
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