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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  • Life-saving law Life-saving law

    Not many pieces of legislation to come out of Annapolis can be described as a matter of life or death. But the CPR law signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley is just that.
    Known as Brenna’s Law, the legislation requires that all Maryland high schoolers will be required to complete CPR training as part of the graduation requirement.

    April 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wildfires Wildfires

    The huge woods fire in nearby Pennsylvania shows just how much devastation can take place when a blaze breaks out during early spring. In this case, 900 acres of forest — much of it public game land — became engulfed in flames.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Street flowers Street flowers

    Walk along Frostburg’s Main Street in the spring and summer and one can’t miss the beautiful floral arrangements that adorn the lampposts.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • First base First base

    The idea of spending up to $7,500 for a study about the possibility of bringing a minor league baseball team to the area should at least be allowed to reach first base.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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