Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

October 4, 2008

You can still register to vote


The Federal Trade Commission warns that scammers are sending out e-mails and making phone calls purporting to be from local election boards or civic groups who are calling to confirm your eligibility or registration to vote.

The scammers ask for a Social Security or credit-card numbers to verify your eligibility to vote. But the FTC said no states require any such information.

The trade commission asks those receiving one of these calls or messages to report the incident at or call 1-877-FTC-HELP....

Allegiant Air, the new commercial air carrier at Hagerstown Regional Airport, is one of only two U.S. airline companies reporting profits this year, according to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail. The other is Southwest Airlines.

The company announced plans Sept. 17 to start twice-weekly nonstop flights between Hagerstown and Orlando Sanford International Airport. The flights, to begin in November, will end a yearlong absence of commercial service at the airport.

The jets Allegiant is to fly into and out of Hagerstown have 150 seats. “We fit (Allegiant’s) mold perfectly. People in this area have long wanted service to Orlando. We know this area will respond to this wonderful service,” Carolyn S. Motz, airport director, told the Herald-Mail....

The State Highway Administration reports that Maryland’s seat-belt rate increased to 93.3 percent this year, up from 93.1 percent last year.

The state’s rate is considerably better than the national average. The U.S. Department of Transportation says 83 percent of drivers have been using seat belts this year, compared to 82 percent last year....

Seen on the Internet — More strange job interview behavior (as reported by human resources personnel):

• (Applicant) chewed bubble gum and constantly blew bubbles.

• When I asked him about his hobbies, he stood up and started tap dancing around my office.

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