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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | March 8, 2012
Candidates vying for the seat held by Maryland U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin pounded the federal government Thursday night for its perceived “fiefdoms” and proclaimed the need to put someone in Congress with some “backbone.” The comments came during a U.S. Senate candidates forum hosted by the Hagerstown Tea Party at “Next” Dimensions restaurant, bar, event center and catering on Old National Pike near Funkstown. Any of the candidates running for Cardin's seat were invited to participate in the forum, and nine of the 19 candidates seeking to unseat the longtime incumbent participated, said Don Hineman, president of the Hagerstown Tea Party.
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 27, 2012
Maggie Silva of Shippensburg, Pa. said her family moved from Cuba to the United States in 1950, and she supports the Tea Party because she does not want the United States to end up like her home country. “My father was born in Spain, and he lost it to communism. I was born in Cuba because he emigrated, and we lost Cuba in 1958,” she said. “Now we live in the United States, and I don't want to lose it.” Silva, 80, joined the Tea Party contingent from Hagerstown Tuesday in traveling toWashington, D.C., to join the Hands Off Our Healthcare Rally held by Americans For Prosperity on Capitol Hill.
NEWS
November 30, 1999
Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Maryland Inc. in Williamsport eliminated a third shift of about 150 workers after completing its part of an order from the federal government to make 7,500 travel trailers for victims of Hurricane Katrina, a company official said. Read the full story in Thursday's Herald-Mail newspapers.
OPINION
October 20, 2012
Federal government remains important to everyone To the editor: Almost daily, I hear people assailing the federal government with claims that it would be best downsized or all rights given to the states. Of course, President Obama is the target for big government. However, all of our rights and freedoms as Americans are protected by government. Our states receive emergency funding when our states cannot take care of disasters. Our roads and bridges and states and municipalities are subsidized by the federal government.
OBITUARIES
September 17, 2012
Elizabeth E. Messick, 99, passed away Sept. 14, 2012, in Hagerstown. She was born in Griswold, Conn., on May 13, 1913, to Herbert Henry Hurst and Hinkley Kate Howard. She graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1933 and was a practical nurse at the Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn. She joined the federal government, retiring in 1980. She is survived by a son, Kenneth H. Messick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward E. Messick, in November 1976 and a grandson, Vance E. Messick, in April 2012.
OPINION
By ANDREW A. SERAFINI | December 2, 2012
One of the main principles of investing is diversification. I believe this also applies to the economy. Washington County experienced a lack of economic diversification years ago when Fairchild and Mack Trucks were the dominant employers. As these companies did well, the local economy did well.  However, when they declined or left the area (as was the case with Fairchild), the local economy suffered greatly.  The problem for our country, and also for our state, is an overdependence on the federal government for economic stimulus.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
The great fear of humorists everywhere (everywhere being defined as within the confines of my cubicle) is that the world will one day turn so bizarre that humor and reality collide at speeds normally associated with Hadron Colliders and obliterate all that was previously funny into a spray of decaying bosons. Like what if someone said to you: “I know how to solve the debt-ceiling crisis; the government just needs to mint a $1 trillion coin and deposit it in the treasury.” Or if someone else said: “Remember AIG, the grossly irresponsible insurance company that required a taxpayer bailout of $182 billion in order to survive?
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | February 24, 2013
Have you ever worked for a company that one day suddenly went bankrupt? I have written several columns about cities and companies that have filed for bankruptcy protection, but not until recently had I worked for a company that filed for bankruptcy. It is an interesting experience. TW & Company was a government contractor that provided security services for 22 contracts in the country and had a workforce of 617 employees. One of the most significant assignments of this contractor was the responsibility to dispose of the White House's records.
NEWS
By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | March 29, 2012
Richard Brown does not support the U.S. health care law in its current state. “I want the government to pay for health insurance,” he said. “I think it's unconstitutional for the government to force people to pay for their own insurance.” Brown, 52, was among the Hagerstown residents who offered their opinions Wednesday on whether Congress was within its rights to pass the health care bill signed into law by President Obama in 2010. He said that he would support an individual mandate if the government paid for everybody's health care.
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May 27, 2013
Hagerstown's federal Community Development Block Grant entitlement is expected to decline for fiscal 2014, a trend that has been ongoing for about three years, according to Jonathan Kerns, the city's Community Development manager. CDBG is a program run by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Planning Division, Kerns said recently. “In general, the federal government has been cutting its budget” in areas such as CDBG funding for a few years, Kerns said.
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OPINION
By ANDREW A. SERAFINI | May 5, 2013
In an effort to provide open and transparent government, the Washington County delegation to the Maryland General Assembly will be hosting a post-legislative public forum on Thursday, May 9, 2013. The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 212 of the Career Programs Building on the campus of Hagerstown Community College. The delegation members will give a brief overview of the 2013 legislative session and afterwards, audience members will be able to ask questions. The event is free and open to the public.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | April 27, 2013
You can lose a job for many different reasons. Maybe it's because of job performance, decision-making, office politics or economic conditions. Or even a multitude of other factors. Regardless of the reason, losing a job can be a very stressful situation for a person desiring to get out of bed and contribute to his own livelihood. A few weeks ago, I went to work and - due to budgetary shortfalls with our federal government - witnessed the permanent layoff of 98 people at our government work site.  During my last nine years of employment there, I had the opportunity to come to know many of these people.
OPINION
By LLOYD WATERS | February 24, 2013
Have you ever worked for a company that one day suddenly went bankrupt? I have written several columns about cities and companies that have filed for bankruptcy protection, but not until recently had I worked for a company that filed for bankruptcy. It is an interesting experience. TW & Company was a government contractor that provided security services for 22 contracts in the country and had a workforce of 617 employees. One of the most significant assignments of this contractor was the responsibility to dispose of the White House's records.
OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | January 9, 2013
The great fear of humorists everywhere (everywhere being defined as within the confines of my cubicle) is that the world will one day turn so bizarre that humor and reality collide at speeds normally associated with Hadron Colliders and obliterate all that was previously funny into a spray of decaying bosons. Like what if someone said to you: “I know how to solve the debt-ceiling crisis; the government just needs to mint a $1 trillion coin and deposit it in the treasury.” Or if someone else said: “Remember AIG, the grossly irresponsible insurance company that required a taxpayer bailout of $182 billion in order to survive?
OPINION
By ANDREW A. SERAFINI | December 2, 2012
One of the main principles of investing is diversification. I believe this also applies to the economy. Washington County experienced a lack of economic diversification years ago when Fairchild and Mack Trucks were the dominant employers. As these companies did well, the local economy did well.  However, when they declined or left the area (as was the case with Fairchild), the local economy suffered greatly.  The problem for our country, and also for our state, is an overdependence on the federal government for economic stimulus.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | October 21, 2012
A Democratic challenger from Franklin County, Pa., is eyeing the U.S. House of Representatives' ninth district seat long held by a Republican. Voters headed to the polls Nov. 6 will be choosing between incumbent Bill Shuster and his opponent, Karen Ramsburg. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no early voting in Pennsylvania. Shuster, 51, of Hollidaysburg, Pa., is running for his seventh term in the House. A Republican, he won the seat in a special election in 2001, succeeding his father, Bud Shuster.
OPINION
October 20, 2012
Federal government remains important to everyone To the editor: Almost daily, I hear people assailing the federal government with claims that it would be best downsized or all rights given to the states. Of course, President Obama is the target for big government. However, all of our rights and freedoms as Americans are protected by government. Our states receive emergency funding when our states cannot take care of disasters. Our roads and bridges and states and municipalities are subsidized by the federal government.
OBITUARIES
September 17, 2012
Elizabeth E. Messick, 99, passed away Sept. 14, 2012, in Hagerstown. She was born in Griswold, Conn., on May 13, 1913, to Herbert Henry Hurst and Hinkley Kate Howard. She graduated from Norwich Free Academy in 1933 and was a practical nurse at the Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn. She joined the federal government, retiring in 1980. She is survived by a son, Kenneth H. Messick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward E. Messick, in November 1976 and a grandson, Vance E. Messick, in April 2012.
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