Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

December 1, 2007

Commandments displays thrive

While Swanton resident Jeff Davis is still pushing the Allegany County commissioners to move the Ten Commandments from outside the county courthouse, a growing number of communities in Georgia are displaying the commandments in their government buildings.

The most recent are Barrow County and Dougherty County. Within the last 10 days, the two counties have decided to install the Ten Commandments as part of a historic document display.

About 10 Georgia local governments have bought and installed Foundations of American Law and Government Collections, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

State lawmakers approved a law last year allowing such displays after a controversy over the posting of the commandments at the Barrow County Courthouse. The law was a result of a federal judge’s previous order to take down the commandments at the insistence of the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 2005, the Allegany County commissioners moved the commandments to behind the Gilchrist Gallery next to the courthouse, but after public protests, the commandments were taken back to the front lawn of the courthouse. At a recent commissioners meeting, Davis again requested that the commandments be moved or that his organization be allowed to place a statue honoring the U.S. Constitution next to the commandments monument....

We received word through Don Mason, former Allegany County state’s attorney, that Al Darby, a retired Cumberland News reporter, has died at age 86.

Darby moved to his native Martinsburg, W.Va., after his retirement in the mid-1980s. He worked for The News, for 37 years and was the newspaper’s court reporter. He and Mason were both graduates of Washington and Lee University....

Garrett County residents who are highly incensed over paying a “flush tax” to clean up the Chesapeake Bay — even though they do not contribute to the bay’s runoff pollution — are probably clamoring to buy a new music CD that includes the song: The Maryland Flush Tax Blues.

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