Thanks, but no thanks.
That is about as polite as we can be in commenting on Texas Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert’s proposal to have Maryland take over the District of Columbia.
The truth is, Maryland state politicians haven’t been doing the greatest job in running Maryland government as it is. Can you imagine the problems Maryland leaders would have if they had to contend with the District of Columbia’s finances and foibles?
Gohmert believes a Maryland takeover of the District would ease D.C. residents’ frustration of not having full voting rights.
According to American University’s radio station WAMU, the Texas Republican also introduced a similar bill in 2007. Neither D.C. nor Maryland officials are behind the idea. Maryland Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen says the bill is really just a distraction from the real fight to give city residents full voting rights. "I think that we should continue to focus on trying to make sure that Eleanor Holmes-Norton gets full voting rights in the House rather than be distracted by some of these proposals," says Van Hollen.
In 1847 Virginia agreed to take back the portion of land it ceded to D.C. But that is the last time the District’s boundaries have changed. Perhaps Virginia would now be inclined to take over the entire present-day District.
We are all for giving District of Columbia residents voting rights. Just, please, don’t do it at the expense of Marylanders. We’ve already got enough on our plate.
Assimilating D.C. would be the last thing Maryland needs
Thanks, but no thanks.
Not a villain
Time was that we looked for heroes. Heroes of the make-believe variety have sold a lot of comic books. We also had real-life heroes like Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, whose deaths the whole nation mourned.
These days, we seem to be more interested in looking for villains. “Vote for me because I’m the good guy” has taken a back seat to “Don’t vote for him, because he’s the bad guy.”
Other groups get county funds, so should CHCO
At a recent county commissioner meeting, members of the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization, Maryland Delegate LeRoy Myers Jr. and Pastor Alfred Deas of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, Cumberland attended to request from the commissioners $5 dollars of marriage license money be permanently allocated to the CHCO (“Cemetery group renews funding request,” July 25 Times-News, Page 1A).
No public funding for extremist organization
Once again, the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization has asked the Allegany County commissioners for public funding (“Cemetery group renews funding request,” July 25 Times-News, Page 1A).
Although many Cumberland streets are in need of repair and improvements, the decision by city and county officials to address Greene Street is a good one.
Why are fair officials targeting firefighters?
The Allegany County Fair has been known for its Demolition Derby for a long time. Several years back the operation of the derby was awarded to the local Cresaptown Volunteer Fire Department.
Here’s a time when W.Va. law took precedence over Md. law
There may be an applicable precedent concerning any assumption that the Potomac Highlands Airport Authority (PHAA) can choose to ignore West Virginia territorial state laws.
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