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Crime: don’t ask why, do something about it
Wednesday night at about 7:30 p.m., two young men got off the southbound bus at its 81st Street stop followed by two other young men who immediately knocked the first two down and began to kick them.
A motorist intervened by pulling up behind the bus and pressing down on his horn as the bus drove way. The assailants quickly fled the scene.
Only the bus passengers and the bus driver might know what, if anything, transpired between these four people before the attack. But no matter what it was, that is the kind of crowd Ocean City has been drawing in early June.…
A parking study would accomplish nothing
The discussion, or debate, over whether Ocean City government should conduct a study of the resort’s parking needs brought out what we have been saying for years. As Councilman Joe Mitrecic observed this week, a study can produce whatever results its sponsors want.
Meanwhile, other proponents of city government’s new parking plan suggested that a study of this particular situation could be a tactic to delay the installation of meters on the designated streets.
How true both these statements are.
The filing cabinets at City Hall are full …
Pension talk evades truth about its cost
It has become apparent in recent weeks that either Ocean City officials do not understand how their pension costs are structured or they do not trust the public to be able to understand. Either scenario is less than ideal.
The city’s FY14 Budget Message, issued by City Manager David Recor last week, notes the budgeting difficulties the staff encountered as well as triumphs it produced.
But the message suspiciously sugar-coats the change being made to the city’s pension plan for public safety employees and verges on the edge of being intentionally…
Paid parking good or bad for resort
To pay or not to pay for parking: that is the question and it’s not only the residents and property owners up in the 146th Street area who should be asking it.
Although those north Ocean City condominium owners feel singled out, the greater issue is whether this is the beginning of a gradual expansion of paid parking here or just a one-time thing to help balance the coming year’s budget.
Generally speaking, government – any government, not just this one – never saw a potential revenue source it didn’t like, especially when the method of generating that …
County budget talks take warts-and-all approach
Whether people like the results or not, it has to be said that the Worcester County Commissioners are going about setting the next fiscal year’s budget in the right way.
Of course, when budget requests are $7 million or so more than anticipated revenue, they have no choice but to scrutinize and debate even comparatively minor expenditures. Normally, one would not expect haggling over a half-percent pay raise for this or that department or contractor, but that is the new reality of things. The money simply is not there as it once was, when high housing…