Thursday, March 1, 2012
WHY SNOWE LEFT: "Given her continued popularity, her retirement is a rebuke to the partisanship that has come to define the political times in Washington," Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza say in The Washington Post. "Sniping and partisan acrimony inside Congress are evidently as bad as they seem from the outside, and Sen. Olympia Snowe would be first to second that. But in the end, she cited partisanship, gridlock, and an inability to get things accomplished as not worth another six years of her career," Gail Russell Chadock writes in The Christian Science Monitor. "Snowe, in her announcement, said she believes there is a vital need for a stronger political center so that true governing is possible. Here’s hoping," Linda Killian says on POLITICO. "It puts a human face on a sad truth," the Associated Press quotes No Labels Co-Founder Bill Galston saying. "Especially in Congress, the polarization of our party system has now reached the point where building bridges has become almost impossible when the issue is one of any significance."
MORE MODERATES LEAVING: "With each day on Capitol Hill comes more evidence that the place is broken beyond repair — and that the last remaining vestiges of sense and moderation are fleeing. The latest blow came on Tuesday, when Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine, one of the Republican Party’s last moderates, said she wouldn’t seek a fourth term because she sees no imminent change in “the partisanship of recent years.” Also heading for the door is much of the remaining core of Senate moderates: Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas; independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut; and Democrats Kent Conrad of North Dakota, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Jim Webb of Virginia. After that kind of exodus, Bennet will be one of the last reasonable lawmakers still standing. “I think that it should be a real wake-up call to people here,” he said. “There are a number of folks who don’t want to come here and participate in the dysfunction.” Read more: Dana Milbank for The Washington Post: A moderate's lament
IT'S THE APPROACH: "'Everybody’s got to rethink how we approach legislating and governance in the United States Senate,” Ms. Snowe said in an interview on Wednesday. She shook her head at how “we’ve miniaturized the process in the United States Senate,” no longer allowing lawmakers to shape or change legislation and turning every vote into a take-it-or-leave-it showdown intended to embarrass the opposition." Read more: Jonathan Weisman for The New York Times: After Many Tough Choices, the Choice to Quit
MISSOURI EDITORIAL: "Americans are fed up with Congress and with good reason. Congress is for all intent and purposes broken. Members of Congress spend more time bickering among themselves than working toward solutions for the common good of the people they serve. The toxic level of partisanship is bewildering to the average American struggling to make ends meet." That's why the editorial board for The Missourian thinks it's time for No Budget, No Pay in Congress. Read more: The Missourian: 'No Budget, No Pay'
ACTION OF THE DAY: Join a No Labels Town Hall Teleconference with Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) on March 13, at 11 a.m., eastern time. Click here to RSVP.
STAT OF THE DAY: Independents played a large part in GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's victory in Michigan. The state's open primary system allowed Independents and Democrats to vote in the election. According to exit polls, Romney took 39 percent of this key constituency while runner-up Rick Santorum had 33 percent. In a closely contested race, this difference may have determined the outcome.
The ACO’s are on duty Monday through Friday from 8am to 7pm. They are available for emergencies 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. They can be reached by phone at: (410) 548-3165 ext. 1781 or 1768. If you have an emergency, call Salisbury Police (410) 548-3165 and give your information to the police communications officer so that they may immediately contact the ACO for you.
Our city ordinance has a chapter concerning dogs, fowl, and other animals. Copies of this ordinance can be viewed online or the ACO’s can provide you with a written copy at your request. Here are some of the ordinances-
Pet owners in Salisbury are required to: not allow their dogs to run at large, which means off the premises of the owner, and not under control by leash or cord.
Owners/ custodians must provide their pets with proper amounts of food and water, medical care, sufficient air and ventilation, sanitary living conditions, sufficient living space, proper collar or chains, or pens.
Owners/ custodians shall not leave their pet inside an unattended motor vehicle in a manner that endangers that animal. Animals shall not be left in said vehicle for more than twenty minutes.
If you observe any of the above violations or you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Salisbury Police Department and relay the information. Do not try to help the animal yourself. That could put you in danger. You could be injured by the animal that you are trying to help, or even its owner. Under no circumstances should you go onto private property. Leave that to the proper authorities.
If you observe a stray animal on your property, wild or domestic, leave it alone and contact the Salisbury Police Department. Do not attempt direct contact with it and encourage children to do the same. It may not be obvious if the animal is injured, sick, or diseased. Play it safe.
Please do not feed stray animals, either directly or by leaving food outside for them. This practice encourages them to return, as well as other animals, thereby possibly spreading disease and promoting overpopulation. If you have any animal related questions or concerns, contact SPD Animal Control at (410) 548-3165 ext. 1781 or 1768
This is Luther. Luther has had a hard few years. His wife passed away and now he is a single father trying to raise to teenage sons. He got injured a few years back on the job and now his disability has stopped. All of this lead to him losing his home and now him and his 2 teenage sons have to sleep wherever they are able to. I found this posted on a local charity page by an employee of a store he was seeking out employment at. He is desperately looking for work to once again be able to put a roof over his sons heads and food in their stomachs. Please, if anyone in the Sussex County area knows of any job openings or day work consider Luther. His contact number is 3023399313 and he does have a vehicle for his own transportation. These are hard times we are living in, lighten your heart and help others :)
People love to sit and be critical of Rick Pollitt for any decisions he makes which sadly for him is his job to make those decisions popular or not, in the spirit of open discussion if you were handling the County budget what would your priorities be? School? Roads? Rec and Parks? Law Enforcement? Tourism? and what would you cut out ?
Yesterday was a tough day in our local law enforcement community, we went from a Wicomico County Sheriff Deputy getting shot while serving a warrant to a fatal shootout in Somerset involving MSP. This is what people need to remember and I am stating this up front. There are some bad seeds in the police departments, but this constant talk of o they aren't heroes is crap. Each day that they put their uniform on they are placing their lives on the line to keep us safe, and that is a hero in my book. I know the minute you use that word people jump up and down and want to compare them with soldiers in the field, but I counter this.
What these people are in our communities are local terrorist because they keep the population in fear which is no different than what Al Qaeda do worldwide. You want to put a uniform on and go out and and have people shoot at you to protect my safety I will consider you a hero
With a new source of intel I have found out that County Council President Joe Holloway likes to spend time with Joe Albero at his home in Delmar Delaware. These get togethers which include cigars usually occur Friday nights. As citizens of Wicomico it should make you proud that this elected official is hanging around with the scourge of the area who attacks police officers and law enforcement on a regular basis.