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By ART CALLAHAM | April 10, 2011
In my last column, I explained how the government, by funding projects, creates private-sector jobs. In this column, I will explain why private-sector jobs are better than government jobs. The reason is the fourfold return of taxes for private-sector jobs versus a threefold return for jobs within the government. The return is taxes paid back to the government by workers, and in the private sector is the taxes paid by the employer. Those taxes paid back can be reinvested in more projects, perpetuating economic growth.
NEWS
April 22, 1997
By LAURA ERNDE Staff Writer Before Fred Otto was hired as executive director of the Commission on Aging in 1990, salaries at the nonprofit organization were "miserable," says John Kenney, who was on the board of directors then. It took a salary study to bring the pay scale in line with county government, he said. For the most part, salaries of nonprofit executive directors in the county are comparable to national salaries. Most nonprofit agencies say they are able to pay enough to attract qualified people.
NEWS
January 27, 2005
Why should the Washington County Commissioners vote on the proposed salaries of elected county officials if the county's Maryland General Assembly delegation isn't bound by their recommendation? For the same reason that various political bodies, including the commissioners, issue proclamations - to show where they stand. That's what delegation members were asking for last week after the commissioners forwarded a list of recommendations for pay increases for the sheriff, the School Board and future commissioners.
OPINION
By DAVID HANLIN | October 19, 2011
Local politicians have said repeatedly that redevelopment of downtown Hagerstown will take time. After 20 years of asking for patience, it would seem that something in their strategy is amiss. In my previous column, I promised a blueprint on redeveloping downtown Hagerstown. This blueprint is taken from a March 2005 Brookings Institution report entitled “Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization” by Christopher Leinberger.  I add commentary to each of the first six steps Leinberger recommends before the redevelopment process can begin.
NEWS
by BOB MAGINNIS | June 25, 2002
In April Hagerstown Suns owner Andrew Rayburn said he was not involved with discussions with other cities about a possible move. Two months later, those talks have begun, according to County Commissioner Paul Swartz. If this is a public-relations ploy designed to push local officials to act, it's the wrong strategy. Swartz, who supports a new stadium, said he believes if there's no plan for a new stadium by the start of next season, the Suns will move. In April, Hagerstown Mayor Bill Breichner said that Rayburn's prediction of a 2003 ground-breaking was optimistic, given the difficulty of developing a plan.
OPINION
January 26, 2012
Phrase, 'government can't create jobs' is a bedrock truism To the editor: Allan Powell begins “ Five conservative myths ” (Jan. 13) with that hoary fallacy known as “attacking a straw man.” To attack a straw man is to subtly misrepresent the other side just enough to make for an easy knockout. You have heard the phrase “government can't create jobs.” Powell calls that a myth and correctly points out that police officers, food inspectors and public school teachers hold jobs created by the government.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
City officials took the mayor and Hagerstown City Council on a downtown walking tour Tuesday to get a firsthand look at three city-owned buildings, two of which are undergoing renovations aimed at eliminating the “barriers” for private-sector redevelopment. The tour included stops at 36-40 N. Potomac St., which the city is renovating and plans to lease to commercial and residential tenants, and 43-53 W. Washington St. It also included 170 W. Washington St., the former Holiday Motel, also once known as the Midtown Motel, which the city has marketed on its website through a competitive negotiated sale process.
OPINION
By ART CALLAHAM | April 3, 2011
There’s been a lot of talk about the economy lately. Couple that with the role of federal, state and local government, and you have a subject that will usually set anyone’s hair on fire. So, what is the role of government in the economy? On one side, you have conservatives, who believe the government’s role in the economy must be “hands off.” The more conservative in nature, the more and more hands off. Some conservatives beat their chests and shout, “Don’t spend taxpayer money (often expressed as “my money”)
OPINION
By SPENCE PERRY | May 1, 2013
This has been an active winter for downtown Hagers-town. A stadium proposal came and went. The school board, on hearing the siren call of City Center, fled for the burbs. The march of small business bankruptcies continued, often leaving unpaid lessors and development loans in their wake. The downtown souffle rose and then fell. The net result is not positive. Perhaps part of the difficulty that Hagerstonians have with downtown recovery lies in a failure of analysis. Look at the news stories, the comments at public meetings, the views expressed in private conversations and you will see that downtown's demise seems to be regarded as an act of fate - rather like an earthquake, hurricane or plague.
NEWS
September 1, 2013
Washington Co. Commissioner candidate to make announcement Rodney Pearson Sr., a Republican who is running in the 2014 elections for a seat on the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, will make a formal campaign announcement at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19. at the Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro. One other candidate, County Commissioner John Barr, has filed papers to run for re-election as a commissioner in 2014. Barr, a Republican, also is the vice president of the board of commissioners.
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NEWS
September 1, 2013
Washington Co. Commissioner candidate to make announcement Rodney Pearson Sr., a Republican who is running in the 2014 elections for a seat on the Washington County Board of County Commissioners, will make a formal campaign announcement at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 19. at the Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro. One other candidate, County Commissioner John Barr, has filed papers to run for re-election as a commissioner in 2014. Barr, a Republican, also is the vice president of the board of commissioners.
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By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | July 30, 2013
City officials took the mayor and Hagerstown City Council on a downtown walking tour Tuesday to get a firsthand look at three city-owned buildings, two of which are undergoing renovations aimed at eliminating the “barriers” for private-sector redevelopment. The tour included stops at 36-40 N. Potomac St., which the city is renovating and plans to lease to commercial and residential tenants, and 43-53 W. Washington St. It also included 170 W. Washington St., the former Holiday Motel, also once known as the Midtown Motel, which the city has marketed on its website through a competitive negotiated sale process.
OPINION
By SPENCE PERRY | May 1, 2013
This has been an active winter for downtown Hagers-town. A stadium proposal came and went. The school board, on hearing the siren call of City Center, fled for the burbs. The march of small business bankruptcies continued, often leaving unpaid lessors and development loans in their wake. The downtown souffle rose and then fell. The net result is not positive. Perhaps part of the difficulty that Hagerstonians have with downtown recovery lies in a failure of analysis. Look at the news stories, the comments at public meetings, the views expressed in private conversations and you will see that downtown's demise seems to be regarded as an act of fate - rather like an earthquake, hurricane or plague.
LIFESTYLE
March 17, 2013
The I-81 Corridor Coalition will hold its spring conference March 24 to 26 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Hagerstown. Approximately 150 people are expected to attend.  Founded in 2007, the coalition is a partnership of local, regional and state organizations that are all interested in transportation planning. The coalition includes local governments, metropolitan planning organizations and state transportation departments, as well as private sector and nonprofit organizations.
OPINION
September 14, 2012
In remembrance of a fine historian To the editor: I am very sad to learn that Don C. Wood has passed on.  When I was researching my novel about the first year of Belle Boyd's career, “The Shenandoah Spy” and doing the final walking-around tour of the Martinsburg, W.Va., area in 2005, Don was very helpful and provided some facts and copies of documents that were very useful.  He was cordial and generous with his time, which is,...
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2012
Friday was a big day for private-sector health care specialty services in Hagerstown and Washington County. Dozens of people, including employees, doctors, guests and elected officials, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Parkway Professional Center at 13-17 Western Maryland Parkway. “We have been overwhelmingly welcomed by the community, and this is just one of the most impressive days that I've seen in Washington County with regards to health care,” said Kara Vittetoe, chief operating officer of Parkway Neuroscience and Spine Institute, which has operated in the community for more than 16 years, about six at its current location.
NEWS
March 6, 2012
Date of birth : April 16, 1963 Address : 8921 Durham Drive Hometown : Potomac Education : bachelor's degree in biology and English from Columbia University in 1985; law degree from Georgetown Law School in 1988 Occupation : entrepreneur; has started two businesses Party affiliation : Democrat Political experience : won a race to be a delegate for Hillary Clinton at Democratic national convention ...
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | March 6, 2012
Hagerstown and Washington County officials have agreed on a leadership structure for a potential project to build a multiuse stadium at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue in Hagerstown. Should the project move forward, the city will take the lead, but county, state and private-sector support will be critical, city and county officials agreed during a joint session Tuesday. The session marked the first time the city and county had discussed a stadium together in open session since the latest push for a new stadium began.
OPINION
By BRIEN POFFENBERGER | December 14, 2011
Sometimes in Annapolis, a phrase is so overused - and used to mean different things to different people - that after a while, it means nothing at all. And so it has become with the term “business friendly.”   Maryland politicians use “business friendly” as both a sword and a shield. One side complains about its absence to criticize policy as hurtful to economic recovery, and the other side includes a “business friendly” talking point as political window-dressing to fend off attacks.
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