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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  • Restore them Restore them

    There are an estimated 47,000 deceased veterans whose remains are unidentified and unclaimed throughout the U.S. A group of senators and congressmen hope to do something to
    bring these men and women some dignity after death.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Support the March for Babies May 3 at Canal Place

    At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.
    The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.

    April 20, 2014

  • Happy Easter

    For the world’s more than 2 billion Christians, Easter is the day that defines their faith.
    The exact date of Christ’s resurrection is unknown, and even the precise locations of his crucifixion and burial are uncertain. This hasn’t stopped some people from saying they know the answer to these questions and others from trying to find out for themselves, or simply arguing about it.

    April 20, 2014

  • We concur We concur

    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:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The first step 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.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look 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.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Library week

    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
    movies on DVD may be checked out in addition to novels and other books.

    April 13, 2014

  • Sunday hunting Sunday hunting

    Legislation that increases hunting oppportunities on Sundays in Garrett, Allegany and Washington counties has passed the Maryland General Assembly and reached the governor’s desk.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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”

    April 13, 2014

  • 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.

    April 13, 2014