Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

February 5, 2009

Old favorites coming soon


Among those going are Andrea McCarren, Sarah Lee, Alisa Parenti, Emily Schmidt, Jennifer Donelan and sports announcer Greg Toland....

Bobby Jones, longtime mail processor for the Times-News, recently was injured in a fall at home and is now recuperating at a Morgantown, W.Va. facility.

Jones for nearly three decades has been a familiar figure on the downtown mall as he delivers newspapers and makes frequent trips to the Cumberland Post Office.

Cards may be sent to him at HealthSouth Mountain View Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, 1160 Van Voorhis Road, Room 241B, Morgantown, WV 26505....

With Greyhound bus service here long gone and no prospects for commuter air service, Amtrak in and out of Cumberland is a travel necessity for some people. But Rep. Roscoe Bartlett apparently doesn’t agree. He is the only Maryland congressman to vote against stimulus funding for the rail service.

Fortunately, the Flake amendment which would have stripped President Obama’s stimulus bill of an $800 million infusion for Amtrak, did not prevail. Bartlett, a Republican congressman, saw 50 of his GOP house colleagues support the Amtrak funding....

Think the interest in wind energy is just a passing fad? Consider this: Wind industry jobs now outnumber those in the coal industry. Or, at least, maybe.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind industry-related jobs in 2008 jumped to 85,000, a 70 percent increase from the previous year.

In contrast, the coal industry employs about 81,000 workers, according to 2007 statistics from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Still, the numbers may be a matter of comparing apples to oranges. The 85,000 wind jobs include positions like installers, maintenance, legal, marketing services and the like. The coal employment figure is strictly for coal miners and not ancillary jobs....

Seen on the Internet — Questions to ponder:

• Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over?”

Text Only
Jan Alderton - Opinion
  • Internet sales tax coming?

    Look for Maryland legislators to zero-in on how to tax Internet sales when the General Assembly convenes next year.

    June 25, 2011

  • Frederick may lose postal jobs

    At one time, it appeared that U.S. Postal Service jobs in Cumberland would be moved to Frederick. But the agency couldn’t justify the move, so now it is considering moving Frederick’s operations to Baltimore.

    May 14, 2011

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg Their days are numbered

    Incandescent light bulbs and mercury thermometers — long staples of everyday life — are nearing extinction in the United States.

    February 27, 2011 1 Photo

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg Why not ask those who know?

    Instead of considering another survey about the condition of its streets, the city of Cumberland should turn to its own employees for input.

    January 23, 2011 1 Photo

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg Let’s test your memory

    How is your recollection of major local news events of the past year?

    December 19, 2010 1 Photo

  • Talking turkey (and more)

    While researching Cumberland Evening Times files for some information on local historical sites, I ran across several items that gave a glimpse of local Thanksgiving observances 90 or so years ago.

    November 21, 2010

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg eEdition generates interest

    Although it been less than two weeks since it was launched, the Cumberland Times-News eEdition is generating a lot of interest.

    October 26, 2010 1 Photo

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg Meetings: Still only partial sunshine

    On March 15, 1973, The Cumberland News — which was the morning newspaper published by the Times-News — carried the following column written by me about the need for more open government in Maryland.

    September 26, 2010 1 Photo

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg We’ll get a break this winter

    Amidst one of the hottest summers on record comes a forecast for how much snow we might expect this coming winter.

    August 8, 2010 1 Photo

  • JAN-ALDERTON-1.jpg Guess who’s 60? Beetle!

    A Deep Creek Lake house recently sold for $3.5 million — a record for the Western Maryland resort spot.

    July 5, 2010 1 Photo