Cumberland Times-News


November 12, 2013


Voters in some states have their say on ballot issues

Maryland did not have an election this time around, but other states did, and voters had their say on a number of ballot initiatives.

One involved the Houston Astrodome, which when it opened in 1965 was called “The Eighth Wonder of the World” by some people.

It since has fallen upon hard times, and voters rejected the authorization of bonds that would renovate it and turn it into a convention and exhibition center.

This means it probably will be torn down.

Voters in New York state agreed to authorize the construction of seven casinos across the state.

They are described as Las Vegas-style gaming palaces, and one of them will be in New York City.

However, voters in Massachusetts rejected a plan for a $1 billion resort casino and entertainment complex in Palmer. Officials of the Suffolk Downs racetrack in Boston said they would reconsider plans to build a resort casino after voters in one neighboring area approved it, but rejected it in another.

Voters in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac agreed to raise the minimum wage for workers at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport and nearby large hotels to $15 an hour. Supporters said it was time that workers made a living wage; opponents said SeaTac will become the next Detroit — which is the nation’s largest city to declare bankruptcy. Washington state already has America’s highest minimum wage at $9.19 an hour.

Colorado voters approved a 25 percent tax on newly legalized recreational marijuana. Voters in Portland, Maine, legalized possession of recreational marijuana, and three cities in Michigan approved some legal protection for users of small amounts of marijuana.

Hyde Park, Utah, was one of the few dry towns left in the state but approved the sale of 3.2 percent beer by a vote of 859 to 481. Residents will now be able to buy beer at the town’s lone convenience store, but will have to go elsewhere to buy higher-octane beer or liquor.

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  • 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:

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Editorial Cartoon Editorial Cartoon

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  • Decriminalizing marijuana lines pockets of drug cartel

    Has the Maryland government decided they like contributing to the drug cartel? Their new decriminalization of marijuana does nothing but line the pockets of the cartel.

    April 11, 2014

  • Speed cameras Speed cameras

    We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.

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