Darel La Prade: Our newspaper is your newspaper

In this unique historical moment, when everyone is struggling to understand the definition of “flattening the curve” and how to practice “social distancing,” questions abound and proliferate. Where will you find accurate and credible information about what is happening in our community? Where will you find an explanation of the steps taken by state and […]

Brad Gillis: Let’s lead with honesty, humility and vision

This is an extremely challenging time in our community. We will remember Covid-19 for the rest of our lives, this experience will reshape the world for generations to come. The deadly virus Covid-19 is here, in our community; no sugar-coating the circumstances we are truly joined together in a fight for everything we love about […]

Laura Soper: Small Business Resiliency in wake of virus

Well friends, it’s been one crazy week. As we navigate this maze of mandated shutdowns, social distancing and quarantines, one thing that never fails to amaze me is how our small business community shows resiliency and the ability to adapt through periods of uncertainty. During Gov. Larry Hogan’s news conference last Thursday, he said: “The […]

Carrie Samis: Now more than ever, it’s time to shop local

Now, perhaps more than ever, it’s time to shop small and shop local. Local, family-owned businesses are struggling to adapt to changes nearly hour-by-hour. This rapid flux demands that we all shift quickly. Small businesses operate on thin margins. Their daily operations don’t allow a lot of wiggle room nor do most small businesses operate […]

Erick Sahler: Life at a Salisbury crossroads

Both Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell said they painted their life stories. If you wanted to know them, look at their artwork, they said. Wyeth wandered the Brandywine countryside and coastal Maine, capturing the rural landscapes and its people, and somehow made the mundane seem magical. Rockwell used objects and experiences from his life to […]

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 […]