Cumberland Times-News


January 9, 2014

Tell them

Let your legislators know what you think

Do you have an opinion on whether marijuana use should be legalized in Maryland? Do you favor expanding pre-kindergarten to all-day sessions? Afraid that the “rain tax” will be expanded to include Allegany and Garrett counties? What should legislators do about the future of Canal Place in Cumberland?

Those are just a few of the thousands of topics and decisions that will be addressed over the next 90 days as the Maryland General Assembly holds its annual legislative session.

Your opinion counts — and if you make it known to your senator or delegate, it just may influence the way he or she votes.

One of the best, and easiest, ways to keep in touch with legislators is via the website at  There you will find the names of every senator and delegate, which district they represent and how to contact them directly.

The website is a trove of information about the legislative process. Among the information it lists are Senate and House bills and their status, committee hearing schedules, budget information and legislative services.

If you do not go to the website, you can still contact your representative by calling 410-946-5400 or toll-free at 800-492-7122, extension 5400.

Through the wonders of social media, many legislators have Facebook pages. All of them have email that enables easier back-and-forth communication between lawmaker and constituent.

Follow what your legislators are doing and let them know your opinion. It’s what makes the democratic process so unique and relevant. Given today’s communications capabilities, keeping in touch is easer than it has ever been.

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  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
    When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014

  • Speed cameras Speed cameras

    We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Group wants status quo on Sunday hunting

    Many Maryland residents have grown very concerned about two legislative bills that are arriving on the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley after being approved by both the Senate and House chambers this session. With the governor’s possible signature of these bills into law, hunting would be allowed on certain state lands on Sundays — a day in the past reserved for rest and non-hunters to enjoy public lands.

    April 10, 2014

  • New policies will grow better streamside buffers

    Well-functioning forest buffers along streams are perhaps the most effective and least costly best management practice we have to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

    April 10, 2014

  • National Day of Prayer events begin April 30

    The Cumberland National Day of Prayer Committee has finalized plans for the 63rd annual observance, with a prayer rally, a breakfast, an outdoor worship ceremony and youth rally planned April 30 through May 2.

    April 9, 2014