Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 5, 2012

The zombies got it right, but the others did not

A realization of different points of view from our local citizens was vividly proclaimed in the Nov. 3 edition of the Times-News.

This should be a healthy thing! But when it comes to planning the future, and/or spending money to seek economic return, we should all be very vigilant when opening the purse strings.

Let me explain from a very suspicious and skeptical point of vision.

Amidst stories of devastation from the wind and rain caused by Superstorm Sandy, the front page articles covering “Kelly questions Canal Place plans” and the report on the forum conducted by the Maryland Legislative Sportsmen’s Foundation (“Elk meeting draws a herd of anxious Marylanders”), present one point of vision.

The other contrasting point of vision is the first page in the local news section (Page 1B). The photo and article covering the “Mall zombies raise hunger awareness,”a flash mob gathering on the downtown mob area, is the other vision of our citizens.

There is no expressed political or social division between these two groups. It’s just a matter of what’s important.

Let me dissect one at a time to the best of my experience and knowledge.

Footer’s Cleaners and Dye Works building at Canal Place, considered by some, to be of great historic value, is virtually unknown to the vast majority of locals as well as visitors to our area.

During my years as a local tour guide, I never hesitated to inform the folks, visiting on a bus, the service provided by Footer’s, such as dyeing drapes for the monarchies of Europe, or cleaning carpets and drapes from the White House.

But you know what? The travelers were more interested in the story of why the fire station was put along side of the JFK building.

And they enjoyed my response of it was due to “My mother lived on the ninth floor and smoked in bed.” Although only partially true, it was more fascinating than Footers.

As for the elk being reintroduced in Western Maryland. The very thought of adding to the hazards of a large deer presence is absurd! Unless the herd would be fenced in, like the Savage Farm once was, forget it!

Then there is the flash mob of “zombies.” Do you think the dollars proposed by the backers for restoration of a unknown, no-use, building, or the expense of transporting and maintaining a herd of elk, supposedly to attract droves of tourist, equal the needs of the hungry?

How many of you visited the Savage Farm? I must say that I did, once! Heed the zombies. Support places like St. Anthony’s Place, and other local charities that feed the needy!

Robert Fair

Cumberland

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