Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

September 7, 2013

After four years, all they have accomplished is a plan

In a May 2011 county commissioners’ meeting, six months into their only term in office, I hope, I asked the current commissioners to work on bringing good paying permanent jobs to our community as our county is the poorest in the state of Maryland.

According to the Times-News Sept. 1 article, “Allegany considering its next move for economic progress” (Page 1A) the county commissioners have finally gotten around to writing and passing a plan to bring good paying jobs to our county.

Good grief! Almost three years into their four year term and all that they have accomplished is to write a plan to bring good paying jobs to our county.

As citizens, we should not tolerate this ineptitude.

It is incumbent upon us voters to do the only thing that we can do and that is, vote these three out of office next year.

Once, I tried to tell the current commissioners how important free speech is, to our country, in a public meeting using the famous free speech case of Cohen V. California.

At that meeting Commissioner McKay, in my opinion, suppressed my free speech rights by telling me that instead of using the four-letter expletive made famous by Cohen that I should use the word “BEEP” instead. He told me that everyone would know what I was talking about.

So, let us test out Commissioner McKay’s theory.

In conclusion, these three commissioners are BEEPing incompetent.

Kevin Shaffer

LaVale

 

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • 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 Thumbtack.com 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