Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

January 12, 2008

Let’s have a national primary

‘‘ You know things are bad, politically, when your poll numbers are lower than that of President Bush. But that is where Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley finds himself. ”

Unless you are one of those political junkies who just can’t get enough exposure to campaigns, voter polls and electioneering, these caucuses and primary elections can get awfully tiresome. So why not cut to the chase and come up with a single national primary election day?

To be sure, the idea is not new. Indeed, Congress took up the matter in 1911, only to see it eventually fail.

A national poll would put every state on equal footing and do away with the madness of moving primary elections to January and February as part of “super primary” days. Unfortunately, Maryland moved this year’s primary election from May to Feb. 12 to be part of super something.

Never mind that we may all be up to our knees in snow that day and the voter turnout could be abysmal....

You know things are bad, politically, when your poll numbers are lower than that of President Bush.

But that is where Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley finds himself, at least according to a Fox 5/The Washington Times/Rasmussen Reports poll.

Marylanders gave Bush, a Republican, a 36 percent job-approval rating, just slightly more than the 33 percent they gave O’Malley, a Democrat. A separate poll in Virginia shows 51 percent of residents approving the work of Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine as opposed to 46 percent approval for the president...

If another drug store locates in the area of Virginia Avenue, it will mark the first time in years that The Avenue has had more than one pharmacy.

At last Tuesday’s mayor and council meeting, an ordinance was introduced to close an alley between East and West Industrial Boulevard near Virginia Avenue to make way for a new pharmacy. The identity of the store was not disclosed.

Hank’s Pharmacy has been operating at the old Keech’s drug store site next to the Virginia Avenue underpass for many years. At one time, Keech’s operated at the underpass and also up the street at 43 Virginia Avenue. The 1947 city directory, for example, lists both Keech sites as well as Truitt Drug Company at 238 Virginia Avenue....

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