Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

May 29, 2008

‘Readers’ Choice’ is coming

Readers’ Choice, one of the biggest projects of the year for the Times-News, will appear in our June 30, 2008 edition.

Last year, readers cast 42,000 votes in selecting their favorites in 45 categories.

The ballots are appearing every day and deadline for returning them is June 9. You can vote for your favorite restaurant, beauty salon, dentist, golf course, tire shop, etc.

Winners in each category will receive an award certificate and be listed in our June 30 Readers’ Choice section....

Clotheslines, which in some communities disappeared years ago, are making a comeback thanks to the “Right to Dry” movement.

Project Laundry List, promoter of the clothesline comeback, notes that community covenants, landlord prohibitions and zoning laws in many communities stop people from using the lines. The organization is encouraging state and federal legislators to introduce “Right to Dry” legislation as a way of saving money and energy by using a “solar dryer.”

The movement is already making an impact in Vermont, New Hampshire and North Carolina....

Tax deadbeats are everywhere — even in the White House.

Scripps Howard News Service says 2.2 percent of employees of the Executive Office of the President are tax scofflaws, while 4 percent of the House of Representative staff are delinquent in paying taxes, and another 3 percent in the Senate. The worst agency for deadbeats is the Government Printing Office, with 7.2 percent being delinquent....

There are not many freight trains traveling through Cumberland on CSX lines that do not show signs of graffiti. CSX reports graffiti costs the company between $5 million and $7 million a year to clean up.

The cost of repainting one 53-foot boxcar in CSX colors is about $3,083....

The Philadelphia Inquirer last week published an article entitled 10 for the Road. It told readers about weekend events occurring within a few weeks and within a day’s drive of Philadelphia.

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