Cumberland Times-News


May 1, 2013

Relief is here

Spring has finally sprung, but not for everyone

It looks like we are finally in store for some spring-like weather, which is a good thing — particularly in light of the fact that the annual downtown plant sale begins today and runs through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Considering what our neighbors to the immediate west endured because of Superstorm Sandy, we’re not going to say that, all things taken into account, we were fortunate to have a mild winter.

We will say that it could be worse.

What The Weather Channel calls Winter Storm Achilles (a most appropriate name) is hammering the Midwest with even more snow.

One normally expects that by the time May arrives, all of this winter-type nastiness should be over until the next go-around arrives at the time of year we usually expect it.

Ssuch unseasonal bad weather can have — you should pardon the expression — a snowball effect.

Due to the sequester, the National Park Service decided to delay snow removal for two weeks in one western resort area. Citizens whose livelihood depends on tourism decided to pay for the snow removal themselves.

And it has been reported that due to the repeated late-winter Midwest snowstorms, a sizable percentage of the nation’s grain crops remain unplanted. That won’t bode well for the price of produce.

All this will no doubt contribute to the ongoing debate about “global warming” which, according to some folks, can result in colder winters.

 “Climate change” is another thing. The climate seems to have been changing for some time now, and the people who live in America’s heartland would no doubt like to see it change for the better.

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  • Preposterous Preposterous

    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.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • No secrets No secrets

    The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don’t do it. Don’t do it

    Temperatures have been moderate recently but are projected to rise to the upper 80s and low 90s later this week, so we want to remind you: Never leave children unattended in a vehicle.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 20, 1969 July 20, 1969

    When Apollo 11 landed on the moon 45 years ago today, it was until that time the mostwatched television programming in history.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stopgap

    Kicking the can down the road was one of the things American kids did to pass the time in the old days, particularly if they lived in rural areas where there was little traffic to contend with.

    July 16, 2014

  • Maryland on target to meet 2025 bay restoration goals

    July 16, 2014

  • Tough luck Tough luck

    The state has for a second time declined to help Allegany County get federal flood recovery funds in the wake of the June 12 storm.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Heard it all Heard it all

    Pesky thing, this requirement that political candidates file campaign finance reports.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Build it now Build it now

    Anticipated savings from demolition work that will provide ground for a new Allegany High School on Haystack Mountain may allow the addition of an auditorium at the school.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Get on with it

    Now that Maryland State’s Attorney General Doug Gansler has been asked to help with the investigation of the McCoole Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department it is our hope that the probe regains traction.

    July 12, 2014