Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

September 17, 2009

We’re not by ourselves in this


CSX Corp., received some good news last week when a proposal to expand freight capacity on Maryland rails received high priority from the state.

The Maryland Department of Transportation issued a first-ever statewide freight plan. It calls for more than $35 billion in improvements that will shore up the state’s capacity for handling increasing shipping traffic to, from and through Maryland....

The Cash for Clunkers program paid off handsomely for West Virginia auto dealerships. The West Virginia Auto and Truck Dealers Association said 6,923 vehicles were purchased from state dealers. The transactions amounted to $2.7 million. Ruth Lemmon, president of the group, said most of the dealers have now received the federal funding that made the program possible.....

About 100 jobs at the NewPage paper mill in Rumford, Me., could be lost while of the the mill’s paper production machines is shut down, The Associated Press reports.

The temporary shutdown is scheduled for today. A company spokesman said the machine will be restarted once the economy rebounds....

We always appreciate readers who make us aware of possible stories. Recently, Leo Rowan of Wiley Ford, W.Va., told us about high weeds at the Evitts Creek Community Ponds — weeds high enough that they prevented his grandson, 4, from casting a bait. Congratulations and thanks to the Maryland Natural Resources Police who, after we contacted them about the matter, saw to it that the weeds were cut, almost immediately, by people doing community service in Allegany County’s alternative sentencing program.

WorkForce West Virginia recently listed the state’s top 100 private employers and, perhaps not surprisingly, Wal-Mart topped the list.

The top 25 included several names easily recognizable in our area: No. 8 CSX, No. 10 Lowe’s Home Centers, Inc., No. 15. Verizon, No. 16. Pilgrim’s Pride, No. 18 Rite Aid of West Virginia, Inc., No. 19. Allegheny Energy Service Corporation, and No. 25. Aliant Techsystems, Inc.....

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