OPINION: Defense Budget: Direct Threat to Our Country PDF Print E-mail
Written by Craig Etchison   
Friday, 13 February 2009 11:16

            The disastrous reign of George W. Bush is now over.  For that, we can all sigh in relief.  But he has left us a mammoth cleanup job, one that is likely to extend out for generations, whether it be the economic mess, the environmental mess, the health care mess, or one of many other messes he created or made worse through inaction or, sadly, through his desire to give his greedy friends unlimited freedom to gorge at the public trough.  Before Obama even took the oath of office, the word out of Washington was that many of Obama's promises would have to be put on the back burner because of the economic catastrophe left to him by Bush and those free-marketers in the Congress.  Nothing is safe in the budget...well, almost nothing.  I've heard nary a word from the new President about cutting the defense budget, that obscene, gluttonous swine that has done so much to weaken out country, both its infrastructure and economic well-being as well as its standing in the world community.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2009 12:19
Fort Hill history class responds to Kerns column PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fort Hill High School Historical Research Methods Class   
Tuesday, 10 February 2009 23:39

Editor's note: The following letter was written by the Fort Hill High School Historical Research Methods Class in response to a Dec. 7 column by AppIndie Editor Richard Kerns. The column, which aired on WCBC Radio prior to being posted on AppIndie, is posted below this commentary on the main AppEd page.


"The character of any school cannot be judged by a single incident, nor can it be judged by the actions of few. We stand strong and united no matter the conflict. We are Sentinels and we are proud..."


February 10, 2009

Mr. Richards Kerns,

On December 7, 2008, you made commentary in reference to past issues that have occurred at Fort Hill High School. Your comments were accusations that you supported with the details of one event that occurred at Greenway Avenue Stadium. These accusations sparked us to write this letter. We, the students of the Historical Research Methods class, took offense to these comments as they were detrimental to not only the Social Studies department of Fort Hill, but also the students of Fort Hill. Let us first state that we are not trying to argue the events of the Dunbar-Fort Hill football game, we are simply defending our school. Fort Hill is concerned that the public's perception of the school is not the positive one held by our students and staff. Our school provides students with many positive programs and activities.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2009 06:17
Cumberland Autism Walk Kickoff PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kurt Hoffman   
Monday, 09 February 2009 01:51
On Friday February 6th at the Ali Ghan Shrine Club, co-hosts for the evening Jeff Kirk and Marcy Hardinger kicked off the Cumberland Tri-State 7th Annual Autism Walk.  The dinner was attended by 175 people whose family and friends have all been touched by Autism.  The purpose of the kick-off dinner is to update volunteers on the latest scientific research, introduce advocacy and family services for families with children living with autism, and to organize the fundraising efforts for the Autism Walk that will be held on Saturday April 18th at Allegany College of Maryland.
Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2009 01:51
Fast Away the New Year Passes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maggie Pratt   
Friday, 06 February 2009 23:25
During the Christmas season, a friend of mine lamented that she had not seen
or cooked a meal for her family in over two weeks, done any shopping,
wrapped any gifts (highly overrated, anyway) and had not left her job until
7 PM most evenings, a personal choice.  She then apologized for not calling
or stopping by for a glass of wine and a sit-down, telling me what a bad
friend she is (in her mind).  On went the self flagellation with worries
that the house wasn't ready for the holidays (again, highly overrated) there
were still pumpkins on the porch, leaves and remnants of last spring's décor
lingering about the yard.
Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 23:26
Carpenters In The Forehead/ Just Say No To Drugs, "Wink, Wink" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 14:40

Carpenters In The Forehead/  Just Say No To Drugs, Wink, Wink



Granted, I know it's something akin to beating a dead horse (see "What Hath We Wrought," in a previous column),   but I can't resist pointing out the double message being sent to the public, and especially to our youngsters, by the Cumberland Times-News , in conjunction with the Allegany County Liquor Board and District 1 legislative delegation.














Last Updated on Thursday, 05 February 2009 16:47
Present is the Past PDF Print E-mail
Written by Steven Diggs Jr.   
Monday, 09 February 2009 17:16

Editors Note:  Herein is a short story; the first such contribution from one of our citizen journalists.  May there be many more to come from our readers.  Please check in the Arts and Leasure section for new material as it is submitted.....and send me your stories, poetry, pictures, etc. at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it    Thanks so much.

Present is the Past

by Steven Diggs Jr.


I'm here all alone, but only in a physical state. Wherever I go, I feel other people. The people that were here before me. I could tell that lots of people were with me when I went to heavily dense areas so I was never really alone. When I would go to a restaurant, I found out if the food was bad or good sometimes based on the voices. It can be a horrible burden as the voices can overrun me. And sometimes it could be a great way to understand certain things.



Last Updated on Sunday, 06 December 2009 05:20
Carpenters In The Forehead/ "The Mother-Sin of All Sins" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jeff Davis   
Sunday, 08 February 2009 14:16

Carpenters In The Forehead/  "The Mother Sin of All Sins"


"Vatican secret confession tribunal opens up."

Headline in The Washington Post.


Dateline:  Rome


Sssssh!  We must be silent as we traipse by the piazza of boisterous bars and profane festivities in the Campo dei Fiori, as we approach the entrance to the fortifications of the grand palazzo. 

Our portal through the imposing structure will be from a darkened alley, where no one will witness us going in for a glimpse of the most hush-hush of secrets, for we are about to embark on a revealing adventure into the innermost workings of the Vatican.   We on the outside have heard-tell of intrigue that takes place in the shadows of the ornate architecture, hidden from the view of all but the most devout and privileged.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2009 04:01
Miner Fall, Major Lift ... Unto the Springs of Savage, and the Heart of Me PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Kerns   
Thursday, 05 February 2009 23:53


It's not often a man's steps find sacred ground, but last week's snow blessed me so. After years of wondering, if not wandering, stars finally aligned and I tracked the headwaters of Savage River.

Born of springs at the western base of Big Savage Mountain, in such a number that if a town had landed there, they'd have named it such, like Berkely, Warm or Sulphur.

Fortunately the springs were remote of God's Country, tucked among the hollows that knew Braddock's march, but a mile or so distant the National Road that opened the land. Before the springs could be developed for the 18th century version of Deer Park bottled water, they were found and taken in by the city fathers of Frostburg, 5 miles northeast as the crow flies, on the far side of Big Savage.

For more than a century the springs have flowed through Frostburg taps, blessing the Mountain City with tap water unrivaled of Western Maryland, and far beyond. As a supplement to the main Piney Dam supply, the springs enhance and purify crystal waters the equal of any plastic bottle.

Far deeper still, the springs birth the River that flows through the heart of this man, and the valley I call home, 10 miles or so downstream.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 February 2009 23:40
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