Cumberland Times-News

Letters

May 13, 2014

Plan for Potomac requires responsible action

I read with interest an email correspondence and subsequent newspaper advertisement regarding the suggested “Potomac Riverside Park and Recreational Area” being advanced by local businessman George Merling. (“Local businessman’s plan to develop along river gets complicated,” May 5 Times-News, Page 1A)
I applaud Mr. Merling for thinking creatively in how to leverage current assets in ways previously not considered. 
While I have not supported the removal of the Blue Bridge Dam, I am on record supporting efforts to more effectively utilize the North Branch of the Potomac above the dam — so I was encouraged to see a motivated businessman wishing to take on this effort. 
The proposal as it currently exists is complex and full of challenges — all of which I believe are worth tackling. The first pertains to the issue of illegal trespass. 
The land which Mr. Merling wishes to develop is not his own. As such, it is first and foremost the responsibility of all who wish to see this project to fruition to seek lawful permission to encroach on federal land. 
The second challenge pertains to the actual construction of access to the river. I have now twice visited Mr. Merling’s proposed kayak launch — once in the late afternoon of May 10 and again late morning on May 11. 
On each of my visits, more than half of the steps approaching the top of the levy were loose, and on my second visit, six of the steps became fully dislodged from their placement in the hill. As I reached the top of the levy, I observed a long wooden ramp, slick with rain, serving as the intended access to the Potomac River. 
The angled pitch of the ramp is far too steep to serve as a public access point (there should be no more than one inch of rise for each foot of run on the ramp). While there are strips of wood that serve as treads along the ramp, they simply were inadequate to prevent slipping as I descended the ramp to the waterway. 

Text Only
Letters
  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014

  • Northern Garrett Rescue Squad raising funds, seeks members

    The Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad recently conducted several fund raising events to raise funds for new Lifepak 15’s, which are EKG monitors with AED / defibrillator.

    July 16, 2014

  • Citizens should be more ready to deal with power failures

    An open letter to the electrical power companies in West Virginia and Maryland:
    The return of electrical power to my home recently, after its unexpected failure for approximately 48 hours, as a result of such a sudden and violent storm, reminded me anew of how much I take for granted.

    July 14, 2014

  • Scare tactics, misinformation abound regarding marijuana

    In response to Frank J. Clark’s well intentioned letter, “Don’t be too quick to legalize marijuana use,” July 10 Times-News), I believe that his letter misses the point of legalizing and regulating marijuana.

    July 12, 2014

  • Trading dollars for nickels just doesn’t make any sense

    Thank you for providing an opportunity for comments on the 2014 draft of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.

    July 10, 2014

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads