Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

February 27, 2010

Check out our new look

February 28, 2010 — The new Times-News Web site was placed online late last Tuesday night. If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look. It has a “cleaner” look that is much easier to navigate when you are looking for news or advertising information.

One new feature are the pull-down tabs that run along the left side of the home page. The tabs allow you to easily find local news, police/fire log, births, sports, editorials and letters to the editor, weddings, engagements, local columnists and a lot more.

There are four separate search boxes on the home page. One is to search our archived information. The others are search boxes for local jobs, homes and shopping.

Our two reader polls, one dealing with a news topic and the other a sports question, are now in place.

Despite a few bugs the first day or two the site was operational, we have received many favorable comments about the new look. The Web site address is

It appears likely that today’s relatively “cheap” gasoline will soon be a thing of the past. The Schork Report, which monitors energy cash and derivatives markets, is predicting $3-per-gallon gas — or higher — will  be common across the U.S. this summer.

Speculators have driven the price of crude oil up well beyond where it should be on a fundamental basis, Schrock says. Refiners, in turn, are getting squeezed and are responding by cutting capacity.

AAA Mid-Atlantic listed the average price of gasoline in Cumberland last week as $2.69 per gallon. Unless market conditions change, we’ll be missing that $2.69 rate in a few months....

Old-timers say that this winter is like the ones we had decades ago. Maybe so, but not all winters long ago were so brutal.

Consider this report in the Hampshire Review, a Romney, W.Va.-based weekly newspaper: “50 Years Ago, Feb. 17, 1960 — Romney and Hampshire County had its first snow of the winter over the weekend. Beginning with snow flurries Saturday afternoon and continuing until Early Sunday morning, the snow gained depth of between four and five inches. It was accompanied by high winds and caused deep drifts in many places.”

Hard to believe that Romney would have gone all the way to mid-February before the ground was white....

Dave Williams, a local motorsport enthusiast and organizer of the National Road Rally, received word last week of the death of Malcome Robert “Jesse” Wyllie, 90, of Troy, Va.

Known as Doc, Wyllie was a prominent racer in the heyday of sports car racing at the Cumberland Municipal Airport in the 1950s and 60s, competing against such racing legends as Donna Mae Mims and Don Yenko. He was one of the early pioneers of the Sports Car Club of America and in 1962 he won the United States National Championship, Class G, driving a Lola....

There is a good chance that cell phones soon will be banned from all courthouses in Maryland.

Presently, rules on cell phones vary from county to county. In Allegany County, the phones are allowed, but they must be turned off.

Robert Bell, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, recently asked the court whether cell phones should be kept out of courthouses, and a majority said yes. The issue is to be taken up March 5 by a court rules committee....

A museum honoring famous World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle has been closed because of failing attendance.

Located in Dana, Ind., the museum averaged only 1,500 visitors a year over the last four years. By shutting it down, local government will save about $50,000 per year.

Pyle became an American legend in the war years for the hundreds of columns he wrote while traveling with American GIs....

The Bargains on the Bricks became a popular Sunday event on the Downtown Cumberland Mall last year. The event was held every Sunday, offering canopy tents, tables and chairs for people who wanted to participate in a massive outdoor flea/market yard sale.

The event will return again this year, opening on Sunday, April 18, and continuing through October. Proceeds are used to benefit Friday After Five events....

Seen on the Internet — Information from actual job applications:

• “I procrastinate — especially when the task is unpleasant.”

• Physical Disabilities: “Minor allergies to house cats and Mongolian sheep.”

• “Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping.’ I have never quit a job.”

• Personal: “I’m married with 9 children. I don’t require prescription drugs.”

• “They insisted that all employees get to work by 8:45 every morning. Couldn’t work under those conditions.”

• “I am extremely loyal to my present firm, so please don’t let them know of my immediate availability.”

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. His email address is


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