OPINION: Carpenters In The Forehead/Once Again the Catholic Church Amazes and Bewilders the World PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Thursday, 19 March 2009 09:40

Carpenters In The Forehead:  Once Again the Catholic Church Amazes and Bewilders the World

 

The Pope has managed to do it again.  It seems he just can't help but give people good reason for not being religious, especially not on his terms.  According to his most recent pronouncements while on a trip to Africa, you are not allowed to use condoms, even though there is an epidemic raging, devastating whole populations and economies, a deadly contagion that could be significantly diminished by the widespread use of condoms.  There are 22 million people already infected with AIDS in the sub-Sahara.  The average life expectancy in Mawali is thirty-six.

Last Updated on Saturday, 21 March 2009 07:16
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The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol, Part 9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 23:15
The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol,

Part 9

 

In a prior letter to the Cumberland Times-News, Sheriff Goad stated that "the claim of shredding official documents is absolutely slanderous; since I have never shredded an official document pertaining to nor obstructed an investigation by any outside agency."   As noted in Part 8 of this series, there is substantial evidence that documents from the Sheriff's Department had indeed been destroyed and/or shredded.  While it is true that the Sheriff himself was not the culprit, it was done under his command and with a timing that raised serious concerns of impropriety.

At this time it would be worthwhile to look into the latter part of Mr. Goad's quote whereby he asserted that there was no obstruction into investigations by any outside agency.  As before, it would be most appropriate to examine original source material to see if his contention is accurate.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2009 19:34
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Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia and the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team Honored PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Devine   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:52

   The Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia (CCCWV), a Beckley based nonprofit organization with multiple offices throughout the state, was recently honored at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill with the 2009 National Strategic Partnership Award for its exceptional collaboration with the Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team (ACCWT).

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The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol, Part 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 10 March 2009 14:15

The Raging Controversy of the Allegany County Road Patrol,

Part 8

 

We left off in Part 7 with a quote from Sheriff Goad that "the claim of shredding official documents is absolutely slanderous; since I have never shredded an official document pertaining to nor obstructed an investigation by any outside agency."

Add to this the assertion made in a letter-to-the-editor by Deputy Craig Bridges the following day that, "In conveying this information to the finance department somehow it was contorted to suggest that I had shredded off-duty overtime documents, which did not happen because there were no documents to shred in the first place."

Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2009 15:03
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City begins fiscal 2010 budget process PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Saturday, 07 March 2009 20:32

Despite economy, city in better shape than last year;

decisions await on taxes, utility rates and salary increases

 

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FROSTBURG - The Frostburg City Council this week plunged into what promises to be a two- to three-month effort to produce a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Despite the economic crisis rocking the nation, the city finds itself in a better financial position at the outset of the budget formulation than it was a year ago, officials reported.

Briefing the mayor and four council members on the upcoming budget process at a March 3 special work session, City Administrator John Kirby said the group could expect at least four budget-related work sessions between now and the end of April.

"In part, because we don't have all the numbers," Kirby said. "And in part because it will take that long to understand all of this."

Looking ahead to the fiscal 2010 spending plan, city officials expect revenue to increase only modestly in the area of real estate taxes and income tax - which together account for about half of the city's $3.8 million in operating revenue. Other revenue sources are expected to decline, however, including admissions tax, highway user tax, parking meters, building permits and various grants.

"I've been 30 years (in local government) and I've never seen anything like this...," Kirby said. "It's a direct reflection of people not doing, not going, not buying."

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 March 2009 20:37
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The Electric Mule--Foreign Correspondent PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Electric Mule- Ernest Gusella   
Tuesday, 17 March 2009 08:52

"The Electric Mule" will be a regular posting to our front page and our  "Global Studies" People section.  The author is on a 5 month travel of Asia with his wife.  He will write from his unique perspective of his travels and offer non-sequiturs to current events in the world.

 

Hello to Everyone in Radioland:

This verbal frisbee cow-pie is being hurled into cyberspace from the polluted, traffic infested, land of the great Mahatma- a certain Mr. Gandhi, whose eye glasses made a spectacle of themselves this week while being auctioned in New York by a Mr. Otis of elevator fame. Life does have it's ups and downs- in the elevator business and in India. I have decided that life in India can be most accurately compared to Indian music- which is a slipping a sliding scale of constantly changing notes (unlike the 12 percent guaranteed by Mr. Bernie Madoff- who promised a constant payment on your investment, no matter what the vicissitudes of the stock market! Unfortunately, it turns out that Mr. Madoff had a slipping and sliding system of morality similar to Indian music!).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 March 2009 08:55
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SRWA Prepares for a Stream Corridor Assessment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Devine   
Wednesday, 11 March 2009 07:45

 

The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) will hold their regular meeting at the Route 40 Elementary School on Thursday, March 19th at 7 p.m.  Each meeting brings local citizens and SRWA members together to talk about issues within the watershed and to host an expert from an assortment of professions. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Leah Miller from the Izaak Walton League of America to talk about the stream corridor assessment that is planned for the Savage River watershed this spring.

 

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A jewel among many at the Frostburg Community Library PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Sunday, 08 March 2009 19:24

lasalle-beall programs

Beall-LaSalle programs part of Mountain Maryland history section

 

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The Frostburg Library is home to untold treasures. Not just books, though it is a local repository of hard and softbound wonder of which to truly be proud, together with DVDs, magazines, daily papers. If they don't have it, chances are they can get it.

Near its showcase Main Street window - which the architect described as like a bay window unto the community, alive with light in the day, warm and inviting at night - toward the back is where I'm drawn. Two bookcases chocked full and capped by various books and displays, the Western Maryland history section.

(For those interested in wind turbines, there's a scale-model display that puts the height of the turbines in true perspective.)

As The Boy plays chess, or learns cool things in Webelos, I spend an hour perusing the collection. Usually don't get past the first thing I pick up.

Like these old programs from the Beall-LaSalle Turkey Day game.

They reached out to me on one of my first stops to the section.

Last Updated on Sunday, 08 March 2009 20:26
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