Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

July 30, 2009

Is the Legislative Forest dead?


Kudos to the Maryland State Highway Administration for the manner in which they recently paved U.S. Route 220 between Cresaptown and Bel Air.

After scraping off the old surface, the agency worked during the night of July 27 to pave the southbound lane and then the night of July 28 to resurface the northbound lane and repaint the yellow stripes.

The middle-of-the-night schedule allowed the busy daytime traffic on that highway to flow without interruption. ....

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, new college graduates with engineering degrees often attract the best starting salaries.

The council said average starting pays are $83,121 for petroleum engineering, $64,902 for chemical engineering, $64,404 for mining engineering, $61,738 for computer engineering and $61,407 for computer science. By comparison, a student graduating with a degree in social work usually starts out earning about $29,000 a year....

What has happened to the Friendliest City in the USA signs that used to be so prominent in Keyser, W.Va.? The city recently put up new signs identifying the community but without its friendly slogan.....

Workforce West Virginia has recovered more than $100,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits during the second quarter of this year. There were 129 fraudulent cases, including a few in Mineral, Berkeley and Preston counties....

Seen on the Internet — Funny one-liners:

— If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.

— I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather — not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

— Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

— I intend to live forever — so far, so good.

— Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

— A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick-boxing.

Jan Alderton is managing editor of the Cumberland Times-News. Contact Jan Alderton at

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