I have many questions.
1. Why were citizens of this county taken into a coalition of counties and money paid by citizens to appointed people by a person elected to represent citizens without their having a referendum or voice in the decision?
2. Why is one elected official who is to be commissioner of Allegany County making decisions to pay a lobbyist and possibly a law firm and pay large sum of money without referendum or notice to taxpayers?
3. Now he is going to take on Canal Place. The tourist business is a flat out no revenue dean. Even the suggestions were made at meetings where the public was to be heard and discussed for viability, they were dismissed or ignored. You have to have a marketing structure in this area or no increment of capital is going to be viable to bring in tourist revenue to Cumberland. Is this his position to take all this authority without public voice? This is democracy?
We need jobs in Cumberland and Allegany County. I have read in yor editorial page, suggestions for promoting livelihood for residents. They also seem to be ignored. Where are our state representatives to speak out on the legality of all this authority? Are you aware it is being implemented without any voice from the taxpayer?
We as citizens do our duty and obligation to vote you into office, so what are you doing to serve “We, the People” of Cumberland, Allegany County and the state of Maryland? Governments are created by the people to serve the people.
Patricia J. Sweitzer
I have many questions.
Sick leave bill would benefit Marylanders
The Cumberland Times-News Feb. 27 article, “Chamber of Commerce opposes bills for required paid sick leave” (Page 1A) presented a one-sided account of a measure that could improve the lives and communities of more than 700,000 Marylanders.
Something on this list just might help you to save a soul
Every day, 18 veterans commit suicide. Every week, thousands of American children commit economic suicide by quitting school.
Money wasted on roundabout could have been spent in city
When the idea of a roundabout on the Route 220 off Interstate 68, that was the biggest mistake the state had made.
America, the ball is now in your court
A question for Americans: Do you still want to control your government as the Constitution allows, or would you rather just let government take control of everything you do? If you chose the latter, why?
Thanks for keeping Frostburg businesses’ sidewalks clean
The Design Committee of FrostburgFirst, A Main Street Maryland Community, would like to express their appreciation for the snow removal from the sidewalks of the business district.
How can we respect a religion when it subjugates women?
In 1649, Maryland was the first colony to enact the first law ever to guarantee the right of worship regardless of its Christian denomination.
There must be better ways to promote cycling
It is a very rare event for me to agree with any politician irrespective of their party. And here I find myself agreeing with Delegate Kevin Kelly (“Plan to establish bike lanes is both absurd and dangerous,” Feb. 27 Times-News).
Roundabout could have been the scene of a fatal accident
I am writing this letter because I am concerned with the safety of this fiasco Maryland calls a roundabout. I call it a death trap waiting to happen. (“Runaway SHA truck injures driver,” Feb. 26 Times-News, Page 3B)
Thanks to the doctors for the inspiration and care they give
National Doctors’ Day is held every year on March 30 in the United States to celebrate the contribution of physicians who serve our country by caring for its citizens. This year, March 30 falls on a Sunday.
School board can’t be trusted with fiscal matters
Ahh — the new high school is over budget. (“New high school over budget: With $6.2M shortfall, officials consider scaling back Allegany project,” Feb. 19 Times-News, Page 1A)
Is anyone surprised? The Board of Education knew the amount of money available, yet they decided they wanted a luxury school. Now they need to get back to reality by scaling back their plans to fit the available money.
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