Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

January 13, 2013

Stop stealing from small cities and towns

As the Maryland General Assembly convenes for another session, many important issues have yet to be resolved.

One major issue is the restoration of funding to cities and towns in the state.

For the past several years, the governor has taken funding that is required by law to go to cities and towns as part of highway user shared revenue in order to fund other projects. This has left a large hole in the budgets of cities and towns.

This is unfair, unethical and perhaps one of the worst examples of leadership ever.

Taking from the backs of our cities and towns to boost pet projects in the Baltimore metropolitan area and saying he is increasing funding to schools, while cutting it to local funding of schools and causing closures.

I say, Gov. O’Malley, stop stealing our funds and claiming one thing while doing another. If you had not taken our funding, our citizens would not be facing the service cuts and tax increases that have been imposed in most cities because of the stolen funding.

I do not understand how you think it is OK to steal money from towns, close schools and yet find money to increase funding to other areas that were never cut in the larger populated areas.

As the president of the Allegany-Garrett Chapter of the Maryland Municipal League, I ask that our funds be restored, and not stolen again in this year’s budget.

The people who pay the taxes have a right to know what has been happening to the money that has long been promised to our communities and are tired of roads that are full of holes and being told the money is not there to fix them. We have cut, and maintained low tax rates so as to not hurt our citizens and even cut pay to ourselves in order to make sure our citizens are taken care of.

I say if you are stealing from us, Mr. Governor, you should work for free until all our funding is restored, and do away with your large staff, car fleets, security and other perks of the job, and what about your health insurance plan.

I ask you, do you think we have those things? Heck no, yet you continue to take our funds and maintain your king like status living in a taxpayer funded mansion, escorted in a large SUV with armed security. You are the governor, not the president.

Aren’t our children in western Maryland as important as those in the cities? Stop stealing our futures. With all due respect, we do not ask for an increase, just give us what we should have at 100 percent and stop stealing from the small cities and towns to make the large eastern cities happy.

On behalf of Western Maryland cities and towns,

Mayor Edward E. Clemons Jr., Luke

President, Allegany-Garrett Maryland Municipal League

 

1
Text Only
Editorials
  • 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

  • Editorial Cartoon Editorial Cartoon

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 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.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo