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Local Events / Re: Allegany Boardgaming Society
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:28:11 AM »
The Allegany Boardgaming Society will be hold its next Game Day on:

Saturday, October 25th, 11AM-5PM - at the Frostburg library meeting room

Come play some games!

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 22, 2014, 11:45:50 PM »
Not really. I'm not against anyone getting a college education ... even if they will leave the area after they get that degree. It's a free world. However, in putting the casino money into over-priced college degree racket, they have forgone the opportunity to directly benefit Allegany County other than keeping them around for another 2 to 4 years. That is not the best use of the funds to help economic development.

So what was the better use of the casino money?

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:58:16 PM »


Of course, "free stuff is a human right" is used to justify all sorts of theft as well.

Of course, that translated means "work makes you free," not "free stuff is a human right."  That is far closer to to "work is good for the human psyche."

Right.

I was just pointing out that just because one idea is wrong doesn't make the other right.

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:22:08 AM »


Of course, "free stuff is a human right" is used to justify all sorts of theft as well.

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 21, 2014, 12:13:51 AM »
The human psyche benefits from work.

Does it? Hunter-gatherer cultures (the way of life for 90% of human history) only worked a few hours a day.

My psyche would benefit from nothing but beers on a warm beach.

:D

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National Politics / Re: Is A Basic Income Inevitable?
« on: October 20, 2014, 11:07:58 PM »
The human psyche benefits from work.

Does it? Hunter-gatherer cultures (the way of life for 90% of human history) only worked a few hours a day.

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National Politics / Re: Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 20, 2014, 10:53:24 PM »
Who is the racist?

Sarcasm. :)

Anyone calling for restrictions on travel from Ebola-infested countries has been tarred as a racist. I was just pointing out that travel restrictions aren't quite the racist Tea Party plot they've been made out to be.

I am not saying they are racist, but...

Given the number of jihadis that are British, why are we not calling for a travel ban from London?  If there was an outbreak in London of the same type that is in West Africa, would there be the same calls for a travel ban?

Was the Mexican government acting out of racism when it kept the American cruise ship from docking?

How about Jamaica, Trinidad, and Guyana? Are their travel restrictions motivated by racism?

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National Politics / Re: Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 20, 2014, 08:03:57 PM »
Who is the racist?

Sarcasm. :)

Anyone calling for restrictions on travel from Ebola-infested countries has been tarred as a racist. I was just pointing out that travel restrictions aren't quite the racist Tea Party plot they've been made out to be.

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National Politics / Racists want to close border to Ebola
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:30:54 AM »
Quote
Mexico fails to grant access to cruise ship carrying Texas health worker

The cruise ship carrying a Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Dallas Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan is headed back to the United States after Mexican authorities failed to grant permission for the ship to dock off the coast of Cozumel, according to a Carnival spokeswoman.

Si se puede? ;)

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Local Politics / Re: Cumberland City Mayoral Race
« on: October 20, 2014, 01:20:23 AM »
Mary Miltenberger said in the paper today that the city is keeping $190,000 of the $249,000 it received in hotel/motel tax money. The rest went to various tourism groups like the railroad and arts, etc. Where does this money go? I feel it needs to used for tourism. I don't agree with Mary's politics a whole lot, but she has a point here. Also, what happened to Jeffry Grogg?

The number from the FY15 budget is $230K. According to the T-N, the mayor and council disbursed almost $59K of that, leaving $171K.

I believe that in the past, some of that money has gone towards police overtime for events and things like that. Whether that accounts for all of the balance, I don't know. Perhaps one of our council members will inform us...?

I'd personally put public safety and infrastructure ahead of the tourist railroads and arts councils and basketball tournaments. You know what else tourists like? Well-policed places with streets that are in good repair.

I don't care where the money came from - that doesn't give anyone a claim on it. Do we take the money that CSX pays in taxes and give it back to them via a "Railroad Fund"? What about Queen City Motors, or Gianni's, or even you and me? Where's our fund? :)

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It's not just Allegany County. (And here's the New York Times, if you want a second opinion.)

Relative poverty is one thing; wealth has never been evenly geographically distributed. But just because you can't make as much money here as you can in Bethesda is no reason why our community should be afflicted with the crime, drug abuse, broken homes, and so on. You can make less money and still be a decent person.

Unfortunately, the root cause is not within our power to control. As long as Uncle Sucker keeps on paying people not to work, we can expect these pathologies to continue - and worsen. Incentivize bad behavior, and you get more of it.

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:21:02 PM »
See Baltimore city council member Rikki Spector.

But just because it might not be a legal issue doesn't mean it couldn't become a political issue. Kelly Moran's residency has come up with regard to her possible political ambitions.

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 15, 2014, 01:09:59 PM »
Can Councilwoman Wagoner legally continue serving on the council if she is living in Clear Spring?

Most likely.

Maryland courts have taken the position that a candidate lives where they say they live. Baltimore politicians have been caught living all over the place - in a different council district, out in the county. If they can point to a house they own or even a room in a family member's place in the district, the courts have let it slide.

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 13, 2014, 01:31:42 AM »
This race is not so black and white as the numbers would have it. Scarpelli will do well in Allegany County, and he is making more headway in Washington County than McKay would like people to think.

Care to make it interesting?

What's the spread?  :D

Hmm... McKay -13?

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Be nice to see some feature stories about these neighborhoods where most of the crime is taking place. It would be interesting to see articles in which neighbors and area business owners are interviewed, the crime rate and individual crimes detailed, etc.

Such stories can do a lot to shed light on what's actually happening that allows or encourages criminal behavior.

Agreed!

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 10, 2014, 10:41:19 AM »
This race is not so black and white as the numbers would have it. Scarpelli will do well in Allegany County, and he is making more headway in Washington County than McKay would like people to think.

Care to make it interesting?

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The Queen City sure did live up to her ranking last night!! Especially with the battle royal on MD Ave. Stabbing to the chest, someone with head injuries and someone getting cracked with pipe. Yeah crime is on the decrease...... :o

What I would like to see is some media scrutiny of these cases. The crimes get covered, but often not the resolution.

Let's see a story six months from now when this guy gets nol prossed, or gets a year of probation.

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Local Politics / Re: McKay vs Scarpelli debate
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:07:52 PM »
The grapevine is telling me that Delegate Meyers and Commissioner McKay had a "falling out" and that Delegate Meyers is no longer actively supporting MM.  Anyone else hear this rumor?  Or is it all rumor?

I just heard LeRoy on the radio in a McKay ad, so I guess so.

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Local Politics / Re: Term Limits
« on: October 09, 2014, 03:06:54 PM »
Hey!

I hate the player and the game. :)

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Allegany County Discussion / Re: Building by DQ
« on: October 09, 2014, 10:07:09 AM »
We're upset that a business is opening?

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