Cumberland Times-News

Jan Alderton - Opinion

November 14, 2009

They’re sure to sell out soon


Krimm has lived in Frederick for nearly 30 years. She is a graduate of Bishop Walsh High School, Frostburg State University and the University fo Maryland. For the past 10 years she worked as a legislative staffer for Delegate Galen Clagett and Delegate Sue Hecht. She and her husband, Alan, are the parents of two grown children, Jennifer Boothe and Kevin Krimm. They also have two grandchildren....

While the spotlight now is on the brand new Western Maryland Health System’s hospital on Willowbrook Road, another new hospital will be opening in another year or so. A new regional medical center on Robinwood Drive in Hagerstown will replace the current Washington County Hospital building on East Antietam Street.

According to the Hagerstown Herald-Mail, the old hospital may be demolished once the new center opens. In Cumberland, the city is attempting to finalize a lease with Ridgecrest Investment of Frederick for the old Memorial Hospital. What happens to the former Sacred Heart complex is still uncertain...

An astonishing 44 percent of the members of Congress — or 237 senators and congressmen — are millionaires, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The findings were reported last week by the political Website Politico.

The center said California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is the richest lawmaker on Capitol Hill, with a net worth estimated at $251 million. Other top wealthy lawmakers are Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), $244.7 million; Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), $214.5 million; Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), $209.7 million, and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), $208.8 million.

Senators’ estimated median reportable worth decreased to about $1.79 million from $2.27 million in 2007. The House’s median income is $622,254, down from $724,258 in 2007.

With wealth like that, no wonder many in Congress seem to be out of touch with how difficult it is for many Americans to simply get by paycheck to paycheck....

The Associated Press reports there will be fewer rest stops open for travelers on interstates this Thanksgiving weekend because some states have closed the facilities as part of budget cuts.

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