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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  • Time to do it 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.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Get involved Get involved

    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.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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).

    July 30, 2014

  • Not a villain 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.”

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • About time About time

    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.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    July 28, 2014

  • Korean War Korean War

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sloppy lawmaking is to blame

    July 27, 2014

  • C-minus grade C-minus grade

    If a survey conducted by and the Kaufman Foundation is an accurate portrayal, Maryland has a long way to go to become a business-friendly state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Big loophole Big loophole

    How ironic — and how sad — that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority plans a closed executive session to discuss the open meetings law.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story