DPI: Poultry farmers care about our environment

Maryland’s family farmers raising chickens have played a key role in achieving the state’s well-documented progress in reducing nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay and improving water quality. Maryland has its water-quality goals for reduced phosphorus seven years ahead of the 2025 deadline, in part because of reduced phosphorus loads from agriculture and despite phosphorus loads […]

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Back-in parking is worth a try for Downtown

Two weeks ago I was in the Canton section of Baltimore to see the Quebe Sisters, a Texas Swing band that I became enamored with during their performances at 2018’s National Folk Festival here. The Quebes were playing that evening at the old Patterson Park Theater. I had read a lot about Canton’s neighborhood renaissance, […]

Shuck responsibly – More Oysters, Lower Taxes

Once the Chesapeake’s most plentiful fishery, the oyster population has been shellacked by overharvesting, disease and degraded water quality conditions. Capt. John Smith, the first English explorer to sail the Chesapeake Bay, experienced great difficulty navigating as he noted the oysters laid “thick as stones.” Today, the opposite is true, and as the Shell Recycling […]

Tonney Insley: What role will you play in our future?

I am a local citizen. I am a local business person. I am a member of our community of Salisbury, Maryland and Wicomico County. I have roots on the Eastern Shore, and I returned to those roots as a son, a brother, and now a father and husband. I am proud of this place, my […]

State’s Attorney: Community has an opportunity to heal

As we process some of the recent events that challenge our community, I am reminded how important it is for us to keep perspective. Even now, as I write this letter, I am keenly aware that I do so not only as your State’s Attorney, but as a wife and mother of two young boys. […]

Tom Horton: Hopes are eroding hopes for saving Bay

Always, I’ve assumed knowledge equals power. If you do the science that makes sense of a mysterious world, it enables you to comprehend your problems and you’ll eventually solve them. I’ve seen it work here on the Chesapeake Bay to restore rockfish, stabilize blue crabs, improve water quality and make the case for protecting oyster […]

A message to our local leaders: We can do better

How was your summer? Hopefully, it was full of beaches and boats and barbecues and boardwalks. And much more. That’s what summers are for, here on Delmarva. Locally, in the Salisbury/Wicomico area, summer was as busy as it could be. In case your hectic summer caused you to miss some of the community fun and […]

Lora Bottinelli: National Folk Festival — Why we do it

As we enjoy the rewards and returns from the National Folk Festival, I want to share some reflections with the Salisbury community on why we do this work in the first place. While the images of Salisbury’s packed streets and restaurants, and news of great event income on food, beverage, and merchandise sales, are very […]

Salisbury Independent is seeking your feedback

As your community newspaper, we have enjoyed a close, personal relationship with our readers and have appreciated feedback so freely shared with us over the years. That’s why we’re excited to launch a new survey to learn more about what you like and want in the Salisbury Independent. We strive to bring you the most […]