Thanks, but no thanks.
That is about as polite as we can be in commenting on Texas Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert’s proposal to have Maryland take over the District of Columbia.
The truth is, Maryland state politicians haven’t been doing the greatest job in running Maryland government as it is. Can you imagine the problems Maryland leaders would have if they had to contend with the District of Columbia’s finances and foibles?
Gohmert believes a Maryland takeover of the District would ease D.C. residents’ frustration of not having full voting rights.
According to American University’s radio station WAMU, the Texas Republican also introduced a similar bill in 2007. Neither D.C. nor Maryland officials are behind the idea. Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen says the bill is really just a distraction from the real fight to give city residents full voting rights. "I think that we should continue to focus on trying to make sure that Eleanor Holmes-Norton gets full voting rights in the House rather than be distracted by some of these proposals," says Van Hollen.
In 1847 Virginia agreed to take back the portion of land it ceded to D.C. But that is the last time the District’s boundaries have changed. Perhaps Virginia would now be inclined to take over the entire present-day District.
We are all for giving District of Columbia residents voting rights. Just, please, don’t do it at the expense of Marylanders. We’ve already got enough on our plate.
Assimilating D.C. would be the last thing Maryland needs
Thanks, but no thanks.
Time to do it
It never made sense that criminal background checks were not made on medical license applications in Maryland. Fortunately — for the protection everybody — the background investigations may soon be a matter of routine.
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.
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