It would seem that some of our politicians
may suffer from a case of cognitive dissonance.
In a recent
U.S. Sen. Ben.
what he considers
as positives for the area, such as the North-
South highway (“Senator optimistic on
region’s future,” Jan. 26, Page 1A). That’s been
in the works for decades and nothing much
Cardin plugged the Appalachian Regional
Commission. The ARC is almost 50 years old.
We’re better off now than 50 years ago, right?
He mentioned the “possible” energy corridor
for our area; but not if his party has their
way on fracking. How can he be so duplicitous?
Cardin’s also high on tourism. ‘Nuff said.
How about other cognitively dissonant policies
pushed by Cardin and his compatriots?
How do politicians seek to make firearms
illegal which have been legal for many years,
yet intentionally increase the carnage on our
highways by forcing Detroit to build smaller,
lighter, and more dangerous vehicles?
The Heartland Institute estimates an additional
1,300 to 2,600 people have died every
year since 1975 due to government mileage
That is about 70,000 additional Americans
sacrificed at the altar of energy efficiency,
which is more than perished in Vietnam, Iraq,
and Afghanistan combined.
Did Cardin drive to mountain Maryland in a
These deadly gas mileage rules are intended
to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
Yet Cardin’s party wants to stop positive
efforts for energy independence such as the
Keystone pipeline and to severely limit or stop
fracking in our own country.
No one will argue against the safest, most
cost-effective gas and oil exploration and
extraction, but is it rational to seek a complete
ban, or study the issue to death, which is the
obstructionists’ strategy du jour?
Instead, let’s keep killing a couple of thousand
people a year who have to drive kiddiecars?
Logic hurts, doesn’t it?
Then there’s life.
Somehow it’s OK to snuff out 3,000 innocent
lives each day (yes, each day) without due
process, but our Maryland Democrats seek to
preserve the lives of those who deserve society’s
most severe consequences for their
Has the world gone mad? Any death penalty
case should be proven using the most stringent
standards, but consider the unintended
consequences of abolishing the death penalty.
In the past several years we’ve seen a number
of murders at our local prisons. The press
then dutifully reports that the perpetrator,
who is already serving a life sentence, will
serve an additional 20 years. How? Embalm
him when he dies and prop him up in a corner
for 20 years? It’s laughable if it weren’t so serious.
Suppose you’re already serving a life sentence
and you really don’t like a particular
We’ve already had many attacks on guards
here. Or you put a hit out on the district attorney
and police officers who put you away for
life. Worse yet, their families are targeted for
What’s the worst that can happen to you if
you’re already a lifer?
And suppose you are such a loser that the
next serious crime you commit will result in a
life sentence. If it is a crime against another
person, will you let that person live to possibly
help put you away, or cover your tracks and
eliminate witnesses when the penalty is the
Innocents die while the guilty go on. It boggles
How do some politicians hold so many conflicting
or contradictory views in their minds
at the same time? It would drive most of us
mad. Maybe they’re already there.
It would seem that some of our politicians
President and Obamacare: Who needs Congress?
Being a fellow from a small town like Cumberland I don’t always really understand what’s going on in Washington. But I have watched a few houses being built over the years. I even helped some with one house, but my brother fired me from that work pretty quickly, mainly because it was his house being built.
Sweet Success Business Forum this evening in Frostburg
As a member of the Frostburg Business and Professional Association (FBPA), I am pleased to inform the community of the “Sweet Success” event sponsored by the city of Frostburg and our organization.
You can help United Way reach its goal
The United Way of Allegany County campaign for 2013-14 will end April 30 and to date has raised more than $430,000, which is over 86 percent of its goal. But there is still $70,000 to be raised in a very short time.
Support the March for Babies May 3 at Canal Place
At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.
The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.
Celebrate Earth Day every day: Reduce, reuse and recycle
April 1 marked the beginning of April Envi- ronmental Education Month in Maryland — and with Earth Day coming up on April 22, Maryland has much to celebrate.
Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift
While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.
Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man
I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.
It’s a secret
Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.
What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?
Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.
Which approach to the school makes sense?
What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.
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