Greg Bassett: Change is good, but sometimes not

Last week’s story on the Downtown parking garage generated some surprising reaction. In a community that hates change –- but which desperately needs change – people suddenly are feeling sentimental about the four-story concrete and brick parking lot structure in the heart of Salisbury. I received several notes about the crepe myrtle and dogwood trees […]

Greg Bassett: ‘Heavy lift’ executed for schools

Feedback is still pouring in about the education funding story that we printed in the May 31 Salisbury Independent. I’ll forgo the temptation to write a new story and offer this column to address some of the feedback. Those who made various points – and those concerned that I left information out – will see […]

Community engages in conversations about race

Benefits of having discussions about race and related issues were highlighted this week, at the first of three Tri County Mediation’s Community Conversations on Race. Panelists, meeting on Monday at the Greater Salisbury Committee building, represented one of several groups of about 20 people, who began meeting in October 2016 and explained the results. A […]

Susan Peacock: Whitehaven memorable for characters

In spring, my thoughts return to Whitehaven, nestled in southwestern Wicomico County, where my husband and I lived in a frame house beside the Wicomico River from 1984 to 2000.  We were still young then, and our move from the “big city” of Salisbury to the wilds of a downriver, historic village often seemed as if […]

Opinion: Investing in schools is good for business

At the recent Wicomico County Council public hearing on the FY 2019 county budget, the council’s meeting room was standing room only for discussion on the Board of Education’s budget for the coming fiscal year. A cross-section of business leaders, organization leaders and parents testified before the County Council, and listed abundant concerns. Among those […]

Tom Horton: Images of the Bay Country

Combing the beach, I stoop to pick up an essay for my upcoming college nature writing class. It’s a reddish, roundish pebble, tumbling in the clear lapping waves during a campout to the vanished community of Holland Island. For a couple of centuries, before erosion forced Holland’s people to the mainland, my pebble was a […]

Bob Culver: Open discussion on Revenue Cap worthwhile

Lately, because of a report put forward by the Greater Salisbury Committee and coverage of the issue in the Salisbury Independent, much interest and attention has been given to Wicomico County’s Revenue Cap. So what, if any, restrictions has it caused on the growth of Wicomico County? Many people will say it has been a […]

Wayne Cannon: How the Kennedy casket ended up off Ocean City

When the 35th President was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, there were two caskets that would hold his body. One was a polished bronze casket used to carry his body from Parkland Hospital to Love Field and placed on Air Force One for the trip back to Washington. The other casket was made of hand […]

Mike Dunn: Time to give Revenue Cap a public review

In late 2016, the Greater Salisbury Committee, in keeping with its commitment to be a catalyst in the community, decided it was time for the Wicomico County Revenue Cap, which has been the law of the land since 2000, to be reviewed. So, a task force was commissioned. It was led by nine GSC members, […]

Tom Taylor: Constitutional Concealed Carry is what we need

Laws based on emotions, make bad laws. The uproar of emotions concerning the recent school massacre are understandable, but basing legislation on that emotion will not solve the terrible problem of school killers. I use killers, because those who are intent to kill will find a tool to do the deed, whether it is an […]