July 4, 2011
Members of the Academy of Finance program at South Hagerstown High School recently visited the business district in New York City. The tour began at the Grand Central Terminal, a transportation hub for commuters and a destination for tourists like the academy students, who had the opportunity to marvel at its history and architecture, and to enjoy the local cuisine. Other attractions visited included Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ground Zero, Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty and the observatory deck of the Empire State Building.
August 28, 2010
"I'd like to make a comment of the money that's being spent in these bad economic times at the County Commuter offices; their lot, their fencing. It's quite expensive looking, and then this transfer point. My question is, who is paying for this? Are the taxpayers paying for it - but then, who else?" - Hagerstown "I would like to thank President Obama for ending and winning the war in Iraq and bringing our troops home. Now, it's on to Afghanistan, and as soon as he's done there, he'll finish cleaning up all the mess that Bush made.
July 9, 2010
Big business needs supervision, oversight To the editor: Former President Calvin Coolidge is remembered for his comment, "The chief business of America is business. " Among some conservative circles, Coolidge's thought is one to be emulated. Coolidge's works might fairly be amended to read "big" business since he had disdain for those on Main Street who sought to keep their business afloat or the small farmer attempting to keep the family farm going. What Coolidge and his Treasury secretary sought to do was to roll back the safety restrictions that had been passed in previous administrations and remove constraints on business and those who were willing to invest at risk.
December 10, 2009
The outrage at the unconscionable behavior of the financial elite is appropriate. We now hope that the halls of Congress are vibrating because of the populist fury. Reports of committee hearings are encouraging about the clarity of rebuke they deserve and the will to put checks on their excesses. At this moment, stories of financial abuse continue to show a lack of shame and little interest for reform. AIG, for example, was saved from collapse by the infusion of $180 billion of taxpayer money.
December 30, 2008
Not-quite quiet period Good Tuesday morning to all my friends. Here we are caught between the Christmas holiday and the new year and the news to report is slim. Rest assured, our town has not been totally quiet and reposed; however, the happenings are more of the personal nature and it is not the intention of my weekly chats with you to divulge the comings and goings of the neighbors. Just leave it at the town has its cheer on and families are enjoying this down time to relax and visit.
March 23, 2008
Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail. Last week's poll question was: Should the Federal Reserve continue to bail out Wall Street? "The real people getting hurt (big time) are the millionaires. Why help them out? They pay little taxes and they will take all their losses and write them off. For the big companies, all they will do is increase their cost (losses)
September 28, 2007
"I have noticed that some visitors arrive in Chicago still expecting little more than a provincial town. That attitude amazes Chicagoans, and it amazes me. " - Julie L. Belcove, writing in "Frommer's Chicago" While on business in Chicago a few years back, I struck up a conversation on an "el" train with a young man who turned out to be from Philadelphia. It was his first time in Chicago. "See anything that surprised you?" I asked. Slight hesitation.