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June 27, 2011
The Washington County Commissioners, Washington County Board of Education, and Hagerstown Mayor and Council will not meet Tuesday, June 28.
By TOM FIREY | July 20, 2011
Herald-Mail columnist Allan Powell has devoted several recent op-eds to arguing for bigger, more activist government. He claims that limited government as envisioned by the Founders and advocated by many people today is “obsolete” and can't address the problems of the modern world. Powell's comments are sincere and thoughtful, and deserve reply. To answer him, we must understand limited government's core principles: what it values, what it considers the proper role of government and what it considers private.
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | | March 8, 2011
The newspaper industry clashed with government Tuesday over a proposal to allow counties and municipalities to publish required legal notices on their own websites. Under state law, government bodies must take out newspaper advertisements to alert their communities of government hearings, annexations, tax rates, bids and similar proceedings. Government leaders say the requirement has become wasteful as more people turn to the Internet for information. But newspaper representatives argue that newspaper legal notices are effective and contribute to democracy.
By ALLAN POWELL | March 20, 2011
The present popularity of the so-called Tea Party and other right-wing enthusiasts for a minimal government should be taken with a large portion of salt. They have the typical burst of power that erupts from new converts to a cause: brashness and certainty of rightness. One major article of faith is their belief that all government is to be feared. Certainly, there is ample evidence from history to warrant a studied control of government. But the advent of the mammoth aggregates of wealth and power inherent in the modern corporation makes it absolutely necessary to have the countervailing power of government to contain their potential for abuse.
By GEORGE MICHAEL | July 30, 2012
In a recent speech, President Obama said that government creates jobs, not individuals.  He belittled the efforts of most business endeavors by saying, “If you've got a business - you didn't build that.  Somebody else made that happen.” The President added: “You didn't get there on your own. I'm always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart.” Personally, I am more often struck by politicians who are...
September 9, 2013
The agenda for this week's scheduled meeting of Hagerstown's Mayor and Council (the Washington County Commissioners and Washington County Board of Education are not scheduled to meet):   HAGERSTOWN MAYOR AND COUNCIL   City Hall, Council Chamber 1 E. Franklin St., Hagerstown  Tuesday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. • 4 p.m.: 24th special session (1) Approval of an ordinance -  Authorizing legal counsel and staff to commence with eminent domain proceedings at the old City light plant (MELP)
August 26, 2013
PetSmart presented a check for $10,000 to Star Community on Monday as part of a new initiative that empowers the company's district managers and distribution centers to award up to $5,000 to nonprofit groups that enrich peoples' lives through pets, according to a Star Community news release. The $10,000 donation came from the local PetSmart distribution center on Hunters Green Parkway, as well as from 23 PetSmart stores and 100 associates in Western and northern Maryland, said Charlie Keller, operations manager for the local distribution center.
By JOHN LEAGUE | August 18, 2013
A classic scene in the movie “Network” has one of the key characters, a mentally unstable TV anchor named Howard Beale, flying off the handle during a newscast. Fed up with the current state of affairs, Beale reaches a breaking point, going on a tirade against the powers that be, exhorting his viewers to begin screaming, “We're as mad as hell and we're not going to take this anymore.” The movie cuts to scenes across America where citizens throw open their windows, following the anchor's lead, and begin to pour out their frustrations at the top of their lungs.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | | August 10, 2013
Martinsburg government employees might very well get cost-of-living and merit pay raises this year after all. The Martinsburg City Council is expected to vote Thursday on its budget and finance committee's recommendation to give the municipality's employees a 1 percent cost-of-living pay increase and a 2 percent average merit pay hike. The proposal is part of the council's agenda for their regular August meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the J. Oakley Seibert Council Chambers at City Hall, 232 N. Queen St. If put into effect, the pay increase would be made retroactive to July 1, City Finance Director Mark Spickler said Friday.
By JENNIFER FITCH | | August 6, 2013
Franklin County's borough councils, boards of township supervisors, school boards and county commissioners all regularly host meetings that can have a sense of being routine or ordinary. But the news that three people died during a shooting at a similar meeting in northeastern Pennsylvania on Monday evening left many locals reeling. “In the end, these tragic events are very sad for all citizens, not only government professionals,” Chambersburg (Pa.) Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill said.
August 4, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free online government contract training for 7(j) businesses. Eligibility includes firms that are owned by a socially and economically disadvantaged individual whose firm might or might not be a participant in the 8(a) Business Development Program; a firm in a high-unemployment or low-income area, as defined in the U.S. Census Bureau's County and City Data Book and in the poverty guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or DHHS; or a firm owned by a low-income individual, as defined in DHHS poverty guidelines.
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